My name is Luna Lopez and I’m from the South West of England.
I am a single mother of five children that keep me busy, and leave little time for anything else.
Following years of false starts, I released my debut short story ‘First Kiss’ in January 2019 and have finally finished my debut novel, ‘Where My Heart Lies’, which will be available on 29th March 2019.
The Southern Tale Spinner is back with a cult unlike any other. Most who leave behind their lives and make a break for Green Bay Community in Green Bay, West Africa believed to be leaving behind a world riddled with ungodly temptations and sinful lusts. Upon committing to the sanctuary as a member, they swore off money, sex, and anything deemed unfit for members to participate in. They were fed and all had necessary jobs around the commune to make this little piece of paradise move through time in synchrony. Women were subservient to the men and were treated as such by all male members of the community. However, once you join, and no matter what you are told, you can never leave. Your freedom comes at a price and many are ready to make a deal with the devil. Join those at Green Bay Community to taste that luxury… and be free.
The Southern Tale Spinner delivers a cruel slice of horror in this heart-rending novella as he unfolds yet another bloody, intricate puzzle for your delight. Woolard has buried a secret message to you in these pages, between the scenes of heart rending sorrow, savage illnesses, and shameful transgressions. His words will reach deep into your heart and tear out the throbbing muscles still dripping with hot blood—as only the words of the Southern Tale Spinner can.
Woolard skillfully reveals the gradual corruption of a man, a virtual saint, entrusted with a strange and sacred power, as he stumbles down his own twisted path to the depths of love and death, losing all he holds most dear. Your tears may flow, worse yet, your heart will shatter.
Author of the Amazon short reads, The Girl with Atypical Eyes, Crawl Space, Kiss of Quicksilver, and Shypoke
T.s. Woolard’s poetry book Sugar & Cyanide will take you on a rollercoaster ride of depth and emotions. His poetry is from deep within his soul where he bares raw emotions and pain. There are extreme love and loyalty, alongside desperation, grief and loss, that we have all felt in our lifetimes but we prevail. His words will bring you from the highest heights to the lowest of lows and every other emotion there is in-between.
The Southern Tale Spinner bursts from the North Carolina pines with his third straight victory, Psycho Circus! This collection has the tall task of living up to Woolard’s last two books, and it does not disappoint as it punches out vicious themes of love and death.
Woolard performs his hallmark feats, showing off high-risk maneuvers with bold grisly delight as he catapults the terror to new heights in ten standout stories. Six beautifully brutal poems slice between the tales. Hardcore highlights capture the essence of the cult phenomenon that is the Southern Tale Spinner. The collection too quickly climaxes with the cruelest, the show stealer, the novelette, Heaven’s Healer from Hell.
All the drama, gore, and blood that a transgressive horror fan desires. Emotionally charged, innovative, revolting. Will cut fresh wounds and salt lingering injuries from Woolard’s earlier works. Lives up to every ounce of hype. Another spectacular collection, hardwired to make you feel alive.
From the Southern Tale Spinner, T.S. Woolard, comes 15 Creepy Tales of Horror and Dark Transgressive Fiction unlike anything you’ve ever lived through before. There are stories where clearly someone is stark raving mad—and before you’re through—it may well be you. Open the door and step into Woolard’s World—if you dare.—Dona Fox, award winning author or “Taking Ink.”
From The Southern Tale Spinner’s darkest side, courtroom scenes so vivid, so engrossing, at first you may forget you’re reading a story from the man who’s been to Hell himself, the transgressive terror T.S. Woolard–until the fists fly out of the page and grab you by the throat. Yes, this is Hell, and it’s going to get so much worse for Attorney John Rhaport. John represents an insane and guilty client, a man who committed heinous crimes–a giant who terrifies John and pulls him into Hell. Horrific scenes of violence will flow like ice water through your veins. Unexpected plot twists and a riveting ending wrap up this gripping page-turner. By adding his transgressive talents to the Courtroom Thriller, I believe T.S. Woolard has created an exciting new genre. Dona Fox – Multi-award winning author of “Darker Tales from the Den”
We got a chance to catch up with horror author and poet T.S. Woolard, the Southern Tale Spinner himself. You know that the TroubleMakers like to be a little nosey & get down & dirty so let’s see how the Southern Tale Spinner held up under the harsh lights of the library. Did he keep us on our toes, surprise us a little and maybe have a little fun at the expense of a Trouble Maker…maybe. You’ll need to read to find out.
What made you decide to become an author? The simple answer is The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Reading that as a kid changed my life.
What is the hardest thing about writing for you? Bleeding out in front of the world. I know it is a bit cliché, but I put so much soul into my writing. There is so much emotion behind each thing I write that it’s difficult to do that constantly.
Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? I always listen to music. The type of music varies from story to story, and sometimes even scene to scene. Funnily enough they tend to be very juxtaposing in nature. If I’m writing a super gory scene, I tend to listen to classical music. Something slow and brooding. More narrative-driven writing I listen to faster, fast-tempo metal.
Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? So many people I could think of for this that I know both personally and only as a fan. There are typical ones horror authors say, like Stephen King (we all have that King story that we love), Joe Hill, Jack Ketchum, Thomas Harris, Edgar Allan Poe. Then there is Lewis Carroll. And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who I think had the best writing style of any author whom ever lived. And peers whom I think are incredibly inspiring. Dona Fox, John FD Taff, Alice J Black, Essell Pratt. There are so many that I pull inspiration from. It’s like asking, “Who is your favorite band?”
Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why? My favorite character I’ve ever written is probably Ashley. Ashley the Doll Doctor. He was so deep and just plain messed up. He scared the shit out me, and I wrote him. The hardest to write was Vince the Healer from Heaven’s Healer From Hell. His story was so tragic and painful. It was like siphoning happiness out of my very soul to write that story.
Would you consider collaborating a book with anyone else? If so…who? Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? I would. I’ve talked to a few people about collaborating before. My unicorn author would be Joe Hill, if I’m picking still alive. Doyle if picking all-time
Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking? Joe Hill, Michael Scott, and, yes, JK Rowling.
What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish? Be you. Don’t try to “tell the story like…” Tell it like you. Learn all you can, but be yourself.
If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be? Why do they like my writing? Seriously… why?
What is your writing kryptonite? Playing music. I suck at playing music, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I’ll be going along good with a story and catch the guitar in the corner of my eye, and the rest of the night is gone.
Do you plot out your books or do you write as you go? Both. I will outline a book, even short stories, and they’ll even be detailed. But if the characters decide they don’t like that direction as I write their story, I won’t hold to the outline. They change over time. Their story does. So do we as authors and people. I don’t try to make them fit a mold they may have been in 6 weeks ago.
Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? All should stand on their own, unless are outright tied to another story. Like, The Meaning of Hell has two companion shorts. But the idea of standing alone doesn’t mean they’re not taking place in the same universe. Each and every story I write has a character somewhere in it that is in another story. Sometimes they are simply mentioned. Sometimes they are bigger parts of the story. They all exist in the world I create, though. Woolard’s World: What a Wonderful place.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be? Write for me more, not the editors.
What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book? Learn better grammar, because my country ass was not good at all.
What is a guilty pleasure? I love to read The Notebook about once a year. I also love the Pitch Perfect movie.
What is your favorite movie? Tombstone. Hands down.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot? North Carolina/Tennessee mountains is my usual answer, but after going there last year, Montana may be where my heart lies.
What’s an Item on your bucket list? Going to a Wrestlemania. And RKO’ing Antonette Santillo.
What is your most treasured possession? All the notebooks I have with all my stories and poems written out longhand. Yes, I wrote a novel longhand, first.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? I don’t know. I feel like someone else should answer a question for me rather than me doing it myself. Like, I feel like all answers would be flattering whether they mean to be or not. How many people would answer this with something real, like, “a pissed off donkey with dwarfism and a bad leg.”
What is your favorite holiday & why? Halloween. Because I love the fall and creepy things.
If you could have a superpower, what would you choose? I would control the weather, and there would be a love of chilly rain.
What would be your theme song? I think this is another situation where someone else would have to answer this for you. Ain’t no one gonna pick a song like Barbie Girl or Wannabe by Spice Girls. No one that looks like me, anyway.
What is the funniest thing someone has ever said to you? My mom told me a lot of funny things. Follow my page for installments of “Shit My Mother Says.” an example of this was the time she asked what a surprise I had for the group was in the comments. I asked did she know what a surprise was. In public comments, she says “I sure do, but me and your daddy loved you anyway.”
What’s your favorite candy? Reese’s Fastbreak, almost anything gummy.
Nicole Dykes is a wife and professional assistant/mom to two gorgeous girls. Currently residing in Kansas, she’s a lover of coffee, Kansas City Chiefs, and all things romance.
She currently has over 20 published books with her Monroe and Adamson series being the most popular. She enjoys cranking up the angst level, making her readers cry, and turning those tears into the coffee the fuels her writing.
It’s Cover Reveal day for Stripped Love by Chelsea McDonald. Who’s ready to meet Callum and Melody?
Stripped Love releases September 12th!
Callum Wright. I thought I knew Melody O’Connor but I had no idea that she was hiding her night life from me. If someone had told me that Melody, my sweet Mel, was a stripper for a club downtown? I would’ve laughed in their faces and said they were out of their minds. On a night out, I finally caught her tangled in an intricate web of lies. She was a deer caught in headlights, too scared to move. I waited for an explanation but it never came, so I high-tailed it out of there. As I walked away that night, I half expected her to chase after me. But she didn’t. The next time I see Melody, she’s different. Despite it being my big night, my feelings for her are still there. A desire begins to stir to life inside of me, it’s dark and dormant and ready to consume me if I let it. Maybe it’s a mistake, it definitely should’ve been but I was too far gone to care.
Melody O’Connor. I’d learnt my lesson and his name was Callum Wright. Don’t ever pretend to be someone you’re not, it will only come back to bite you in the ass. All it took for that life lesson to sink in was the sight of Callum’s back as he walked away from me and right out of my life for good. He’d caught me in a lie and I was too scared to tell him the truth, scared that he’d hate me. So instead, I said nothing. I was so in love with him, that I’d rather have lost him then have him hate me. It took time to pick myself up and move forward, but as hard as I tried I couldn’t ever move on from him. The next time he walks into my life, I’m not prepared. I’d worked so hard on suppressing my emotions and moving forward with my life, but one glimpse of him and everything comes roaring to the surface. I knew it was wrong, so I tried to resist but he wouldn’t let me.