I’m a author.

More specifically, I’m a newbie author, since I have very few published works to show for my time. One of the things I have spent significant time doing over the past couple of years is to research other authors in my genre(s). Primarily I’m interested in horror, but many of my stories also could be called urban fantasy. I’ve found a lot of new (to me) authors, but few whose work I really admire.

One of my favorites is Jack Kilborn, although it turns out that Jack is merely a pen-name for J. A. Konrath when he’s writing horror stories. J.A. writes in multiple genres and has a large fan-base for his Thrillers, but it’s the Kilborn stories I enjoy most.

I like the idea of using a different name for different type stories, which is why I have introduced my own pen-name Danothy Grimm for some of my stories, although I just came up with the name recently (thanks, Tim Kelly) so it may be a while before you can find books under that name.

Meanwhile, I recently read through J.A. Konrath’s blog “A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing” and saw this little tidbit entitled Konrath’s New Year’s Resolutions for Writers 2017 and enjoyed it so much that I want to pass along the wisdom of somebody I hope to one day call my peer (don’t worry, J.A., I’m still merely a fan.)

So, here are the resolutions (along with my responses.)

I will start/finish the damn book (check. Zombiphobia is finished. Urban Legends is in progress.)

I will always have at least three stories on submission, while working on a fourth (partial-check. I have only one on submission, but give me time…)

I will attend at least one writer’s conference, and introduce myself to agents, editors, and other writers (on my list for 2017)

I will subscribe to the magazines I submit to (haven’t gotten that far yet…)

I will join a critique group. If one doesn’t exist, I will start one at the local bookstore or library (check. I already belong to the Cincinnati Writers Group.)

I will finish every story I start (oh, man! do I have to?)

I will listen to criticism (check, although I don’t always take it to heart. Ultimately it is my story, not theirs.)

I will create/update my website (half check. I’m working on it.)

I will master the query process and search for an agent (partial check. I’m learning how.)

I’ll quit procrastinating in the form of research, outlines, synopses, taking classes, reading how-to books, talking about writing, and actually write something (check.)

I will refuse to get discouraged, because I know JA Konrath wrote 9 novels, received almost 500 rejections, and penned over 1 million words before he sold a thing–and I’m a lot more talented than that guy (okay, now I’m depressed… )

But thanks for a good starting point, J.A., and please continue dispensing your nuggets of wisdom. I’m listening.

Dana / Danothy

I am a published author of horror, sci-fi, and urban fantasy stories, which sounds really cool, but doesn’t mean much these days with all the self-publishing venues now available. Last year I self-published my first collection of short stories, Altered Perceptions, on Kindle and actually sold several copies through friends, family, and social media (You know who you are and thank you very much.)

I also received feedback, the most notable of which praised my talent as a story-teller, but also mentioned that one story in particular, Ghost Job, went too far. In my defense, Ghost Job (betcha can’t guess what it’s about…) was prefaced with a disclaimer stating that it was blatantly sexual and that, if the reader was likely to skip over one of my stories for being too intense, this was the one to skip.

My tales generally deal with the supernatural, or at least the really weird and creepy. But some really push the reader past their comfort zone, and intentionally so. In light of feedback, I decided to separate those stories, set them apart from the rest, so as not to alienate my readers.

Actually, I hope you like both, but if you’re a fan of true horror, if you appreciate the thrill of being taken to the edge of your comfort level, and just beyond it, then you are welcome to read stories attributed to Danothy Grimm (my evil twin.)

And if those are a little too much for your taste, no sweat. You can follow stories written by Dana Kisor (Danothy’s evil twin, but a little more laid back.) While all my tales are designed to push your boundaries, these will push only a little.

Basically Danothy doesn’t want specifically to offend anybody, he just believes that horror stories need to be, well, horrible. If it doesn’t make you squirm, then how effective is it?

So, from here on out, I will attribute stories like Ghost Job to Danothy Grimm. Incidentally, my first novel, Zombiphobia, which I am trying to get published this year, will probably have Danothy’s name on it.

So, to get your first peek at my way of story-telling, at a pretty reasonable price, look for Altered Perceptions on Kindle. It may also prove informative if you continue to read my upcoming books, since many of them share settings and characters.

And, if you find some of my work a bit too extreme, remember what Danothy always says.

‘It’s called horror for a reason.”

You have been warned… 😉