Lori Fontanez
Lori Fontanez
ES Oakes (Sara Jones)
ES Oakes (Sara Jones)

This week on THE KATY, I am helping celebrate the release of the anthology “Bite Sized Offerings,” which many authors wrote to help pay for a little girl’s medical bills. This coming Saturday (9/5) from 12PM- 10PM CST, is the “Bite Sized Offerings” release party on Facebook! Join the event here! In preparation for this awesome party for such a wonderful cause, I am interviewing several authors from the anthology. (Check out day one’s interview here)

You can buy “Bite Sized Offerings” here on Amazon!

Today’s author for my Bite Sized Interview are authors Lori Fontanez and Sara Jones (also known by pen name ES Oakes)!

You can find ES Oakes on her author website, Facebook, and her editing services website.

Thank you for joining me here on THE KATY today, Lori and Sara!

HOW DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

Lori: I decided I wanted to be a writer a very long time ago. I  just never knew how to bring it to life.
Sara: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I remember wanting to be one since fourth grade. As I grew up, people and teachers would encourage me to write, but I was afraid to put anything “out there” for fear of rejection.

 

ANY PEOPLE, BOOKS, OR MOVIES THAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE YOUR DREAM?

Lori: This great group of people I met on Facebook opened it up for me. ATZ Jeff Clare had me submit a short zombie story for an anthology, “A Very Zombie Christmas.” It was accepted and then I started writing more short stories for a few anthologies.

Sara: All books I’ve read inspired me. The one person I give credit to for me finally coming out of my writer’s shell is John O’Brien, author of the New World Series. He asked for some fan fiction, so I gave it a shot (I was super scared, though). My story had a lot of good feedback, which gave me the courage to keep writing.

ARE YOU SELF PUBLISHED?

Lori: I haven’t been self published yet, I am still getting my name out there. The groups are very supportive and that makes it easy.

Sara: Yes, I’m self published. Why? I’m so new at this and have no idea how to go through a publisher. I’m not really sure I’d want to. I like self-publishing.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT ANY OF YOUR RECENT PROJECTS?

Lori: My recent projects  are coming along. The Closet is a ghost story, I’m working on the rewrites right now. I also have a  story  called Mirrors. and a zombie story called Zombie hells.

Sara: I spend a LOT of time editing books for others. I love it! With that said, I need to manage my time better so I can finish a WIP that is only at about 50K words. I have a short story coming out soon in an anthology. It’s not dystopian… just sort of creepy.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH “BITE SIZED OFFERINGS?”

Lori: I spoke with Sara about a way to help Mysti. I would do anything to help her! Sara and I chatted and we decided to do it. Sara was amazing through the whole process. She did all the hard work.

Sara: How I got involved and my role: I’m the co-developer; Lori had the idea and we ran with it. I’m also the editor.
I also co-wrote two of the stories…one under my pen name and one under my real name. The one with my real name was co-written with my brother, so that was fun!

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS A FUTURE? ARE ZOMBIES A POSSIBILITY?

Lori: Zombies are a possibility, I  feel as though what could be next . We had cavemen, dinosaurs etc…why not zombies?

Sara: Hmm… I suppose anything is possible. I’m more worried about financial collapse and what would happen if the power grid went down than I am about zombies.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ZOMBIE BOOK, MOVIE, OR SHOW?

Lori: I am a die hard TWD fan. I was hooked when I read Mark Tufo Zombie fallout series. His book was the first zombie  I had ever read. I Love all of his books.

Sara: Too many great zombie books to mention. Since I edit and/or proof for a lot of the authors, it’s sort of like asking me to pick my favorite son. The Walking Dead, of course, is my favorite TV show and what got me into reading zombie fiction.

WHAT DOES THE BAND OF DYSTOPIAN AUTHORS AND FANS GROUP ON FACEBOOK MEAN TO YOU?

Lori: The band of dystopian authors are very talented. I love shelbi Westcott books. Love the way we group together and have contests.  The authors are very supportive and get their books out there.  Shelbi Westcott was my first dystopian book I’ve read. I won the second book in a contest. I bought the first book from her. Now I’m hooked.

Sara: BOD has cool shirts. But more than that, I see BOD as a great way to meet authors and readers of the genre. The group is fun, inclusive, and well run.

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE AWESOME INTERVIEW FOR A GREAT CAUSE! JOIN ME TOMORROW FOR ANOTHER GREAT BITE-SIZED INTERVIEW!

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