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Author Tommy B. Smith Talks About Writer's Block and Originality | The Mourner's Cradle Book Tour | Horror

The Mourner's Cradle by Tommy B. Smith  is on virtual book tour.  The horror stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post. ...

The Mourner's Cradle by Tommy B. Smith is on virtual book tour. 

The horror stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Writing can be a selfish affair. I know these stories, and it isn’t my way to cater to others’ whims or desires in telling them.
Despite my saying that, I do invite any questions and comments from readers. What I do is a different animal from someone else’s reaction to it, and that can make for some interesting conversation.
I don’t listen to the people who simply tell me I should be writing something else. That I should write “nice” things instead. Or those who detest a sub-genre of horror and say that no one should write it. I’ve heard this from some, yes, but someone who doesn’t like certain types of fiction—for example, a slasher story, or a tale set in another time period, or any number of other types of tales I’ve heard some say they don’t appreciate—they aren’t likely to persuade me not to write it on that basis. The easy answer is, if you aren’t open to it, don’t read it. We all have a choice.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
What is writer’s block?
You tell me, other writers. What is it that prevents you from writing?
I view writer’s block as a vague, general term for not getting any writing done. It’s more useful to pinpoint the reason why the writer can’t write, as there assuredly is one.
Are you too tired? Are the problems of everyday life occupying your attention? Are you pressed for time and overly stressed? Are you peppered by distractions and unable to focus on the writing as a result?
Rather than calling it writer’s block, call it what it is, that would be my answer—and once you’ve identified the problem, seek a solution.

The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow's Journey
by Tommy B. Smith
Genre: Horror

The tale of a widow's harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.

Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle.

A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the desperate answers she seeks…or die trying.

Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, author of The Mourner's Cradle, Poisonous, and the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, as well as works appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout the years. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats.

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  1. Rough journey but sounds really interesting. Sometimes you know that's the way it goes.

  2. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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