Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 1
By Various Authors: Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges and Gary Zenker
GENRE: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry (narrative)
This gripping collection of stories – fiction, nonfiction, and narrative poem – will make your imagination run wild! Featuring stories by Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges, Gary Zenker. You will travel alternative planets, run away away like teens in search of adventure, solve a murderous mystery, come to grips with your fears, and much more.
“The jumpsuit was a thing of beauty. Made of dark-blue, shiny denim, it had an orange zipper that spanned from the crotch to the cleavage. It even sparkled ever so slightly in the sun, like it had been dipped in a vat of finely grained fairy dust. It sported capped sleeves, a wide collar, and bellbottoms. It was worthy of Cher or Liza Minnelli— certainly a back-up singer for Diana Ross. Nonetheless, it made me queasy. But, the jumpsuit also made me feel sexy and daring, which incited an occasional wave of sweaty armpits. In it, I was anxious to flaunt my new body and my new image. Seventh grade, here I come! There was no stopping me. I would no longer be the nerdy, fat kid. I would be a star.” From Lisa Montagne’s “The Jumpsuit”
Interview with the Author:
By Lisa Diane Kastner
- How long have you been writing?
My father was a radio personality back when they had to write their own news stories off the AP (Associated Press) wire. Probably the day after I learned how to write a sentence with the proper noun-verb agreement, my dad taught me how to write in the AP journalism format. This typically meant that I was volunteered by teachers and advisors to write for school columns, papers, and enter essay contests. By the time I started at college, writing for a local newspaper seemed like the best way to make a few bucks and have flexibility with my schedule. I wrote long enough to never get a byline and to be chewed out by my editor for not wanting to publish a serious article about how a resident of Delaware County wanted to run a story that the local government was being controlled by aliens and he had the proof. Oh yeah, and he wanted to be called Deep Throat. Not kidding. This happened.
I graduated from writing for newspapers (although I still did so on occasion) to writing for corporations and running public relations campaigns for non-profits. I never considered myself a writer though. When I graduated with my undergraduate I went right into working in technology.
When I graduated with my MBA is when I started writing creatively. So, let’s just say I’ve been writing for a really, really long time. Really.
2. How long have you been a published author?
My first article was published in the 1990s. My first short story (that I can remember) was published in 2008 by a newly defunct online journal. My first novel was just published by Running Wild Press.
3. What titles do you have available?
Other than the anthology, Jersey Diner is available. It is about Lauren who has a dead end job and daydreams about the magical worlds of the celebrities she follows. Until one day, where she works is scouted to be in a movie and Lauren is asked to work as part of the crew enabling her to be even closer to the man of her dreams, Jonathan Pearce. Until the end of this month, the eBook of Jersey Diner is available for 99 cents. https://www.amazon.com/Jersey-Diner-Say-Youre-Only-ebook/dp/B06WV96YQM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1494776921&sr=8-2&keywords=lisa+kastner
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
I started Running Wild Press because at the end of the day, everyone wants to read a great story. No matter the genre, no matter the form, we pick up books, read magazines, watch television, and chomp on popcorn while being enthralled in movie theaters for a great story. I knew so many excellent writers whose writing didn’t fit into a box and yet the writing and stories were great. They kept you engaged, enthralled, and with a wonderful feeling at the end. Yet these stories couldn’t find a home. Their rejection letters were full of praise and yet ended with statements like, “It’s not for us” or “I don’t know where to sell it”. I wanted to give these stories a home and enable the broader world to love them.
Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume One is a reflection of this. All great stories, engaging voices that may not fit into a genre box. It’s a mix of fiction, nonfiction, narrative poem. We have horror/mystery, fantasy/non-fiction based (based on true events), literary fiction/women’s fiction and much more.
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
Later this year, Running Wild Press will publish the first in a series by Jack Hillman. The initial title is Magic Forgotten about a wheelchaired warrior and his warrior sorceress partner/wife. We will also publish a novella anthology as well as a novella series called Newly Minted Wings and Salty French Fries.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
My favorite-favorite? Well, most days I’m good for a great magical realism story. I like reading stories that give me the unexpected. If it’s a strong story with interesting characters and good to great writing then count me in.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
I love everything about the writing process. Love brainstorming, freewriting, researching, plotting, editing. All of it. I think to get to a finished product you better love what you’re doing. Considering the amount of time it takes to get to a finished manuscript, you better feel a sense of accomplishment.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Oh wow. I don’t want to pick one person so I’m going to pick a few. 😊 I’d love to co-write something with Paul Coelho or maybe just bask in his brilliance. He writes these engaging and gorgeous magical realism stories that may be few in pages yet pack a huge punch. If Toni Morrison co-wrote then I’d love to co-write something with her. I’ve idolized her since I first read The Bluest Eye. Her prose are rich, gorgeous. It’s like they drip genius. I’d also love to co-write a story with Porochista Khakpour. She was one of my instructors in graduate school. I’ve always admired the writer as well as the person. Her writing is vivid and stories are off the chain.
If I’m more realistic about this then I’d pick writers who actually co-write like James Patterson and Jonathan Maberry. I could learn a lot from both of them in terms of knocking out a good story and learning about specifics regarding the genres they write in. Plus, I hear they are pretty nice guys.
Now this is a different question than who would I want to hang out with. Maybe over a cup of coffee we can talk about that one. I mean, the list is cray-cray.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?
Running Wild Press is at www.runningwildpress.com
My website is www.lisadianekastner.com
Honestly, if you google my name, it’s kind of obscene the number of hits.
Thanks so much for being my guest.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elaine Crauder’s fiction is also in Cooweescoowee, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Eastern Iowa Review , and Penumbra. Another story received the Westmoreland Short Story Award. Eleven of her short stories have been finalists or semi-finalists in contests, including finalists in the Tobias Wolff and Mark Twain House contests. ”The Price Of A Pony,” under the title”Christmas the Hard Way,” was a semi-finalist for both Ruminate Magazine’s short story prize and for the Salem College Center for Women Writers Reynolds Price short fiction award.
Richard D. “Ky” Owen is a lawyer with Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP, in Charleston, West Virginia. He earned a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University in 1981 and a J.D. from Hamline University in 1984. Coming from a family of writers, he considers himself a “writer by birth.” He is the author of
None Call Me Dad and he blogs about parenting and Michigan State sports on his website, www.nonecallmedad.com.
Keith R. Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in the Stonecoast Review. His debut novel, Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, will be published March 20, 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press.
Based in Southern California, Dr. Lisa Montagne currently divides her time between writing poetry and prose, teaching writing to (mostly) willing college students, and overseeing educational technology projects and support at Fullerton College. She is also a Swing, Blues, and Argentine Tango dancer, host, DJ, and instructor. She likes to drink Champagne in as many places as she can, including Europe; to read poetry aloud to anybody who will listen; to cook for anybody who is willing to sit down long enough to enjoy her food; to dabble in drawing, painting, and photography; and to read anything plopped in front of her, ranging from D.H. Lawrence to Vogue magazine. She also likes to watch television and movies, and to imagine how much better she would have produced them herself. She lived in Las Vegas at one time, so she likes to tell people that she was a stripper there. She was really just a graduate student and high school teacher, but it’s more fun to let people wonder. Although rumored to be a direct descendent of Oompa Loompas, Lisa is actually the offspring of a college professor and a circus dwarf. You can find some more of her writing at archive405.com and lisamontagne.com, and see evidence of her adventures @lisamlore on Instagram.
Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company, and three of her games are currently in the marketplace:
“MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia”; “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.”
Check out her website at www.gontzagames.com. She is also a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a full-service copyediting and content creating company. Visit http://www.geminiwordsmiths.com for more information and testimonials. Ann reviews books for Amazing Stories Magazine, an online sci-fi magazine which can be found at www.amazingstoriesmag.com, and is an Assistant Editor for Red Sun Magazine, www.redsunmagazine.com. Her most recent publishing credit is a poem in the Fall 2015 issue of Space and Time Magazine. She is a graduate of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s short story writing class.
Lisa Diane Kastner is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery. She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. (www.pennwriters.com). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey she migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously engage in little sparks of anarchy.
Aimee LaBrie works as a communications director at Rutgers University. She earned her MFA in fiction from Penn State, and her MLA from University of Pennsylvania. Her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007. Her second collection of stories, A Good Thing, placed as a finalist in the BOA Short Fiction Contest. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Pleiades, Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. You can read her blog at www.butcallmebetsy.blogspot.com.
Kristan Campbell is a short story writer born in Washington, D.C. but has only visited her grandmother there during some of the summers of her childhood. She’s more familiar with Philadelphia, New York City, and Paris than her native city and aims to weave her experiences in those places into tales based on places and people that are out of the ordinary. She studied Journalism at Temple University (what seemed like a practical approach to writing at the time) and Comparative Literature at Hunter College (which seemed like a fun idea at the time) before accepting that she should have been an English major all along. Kristan completed her B.A. in English at Temple University in 2010 and an MFA in Fiction at Fairfield University in 2016. She’s currently attempting to eke out a living doing freelance editing with the help of her cat, Fishy, who manages her desktop printer with enthusiasm.
Bill Ed Scruggs spent his younger years meeting the Southern mountain countryside and exploring the people, taking time out as needed for work in various occupations. He lives (temporarily) in Connecticut and has one child, a psychiatrist. Presently he is reconstructing his memories and imaginings in a series of novels and short stories (Facebook page Foothills Fiction – Bill Ed Scruggs) Warrensburg is a fictional photo of a country village in the illumination of fireflies.
Joshua Hedges is a debut Science Fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Computer Science. When he’s not writing stories or code, he ventures outdoors with his wife and three-year-old son to hunt dragons in the forest.
Gary Zenker is a marketing professional whose days are filled with creating business and marketing plans, and writing ad copy and media content. By night, he applies his imagination to flash fiction tales that cross genre and focus on revealing various facets of human nature. He is the author of Meetup Leader, a book on running successful groups; is editor and publisher of 19 books in the rock & roll Archives series; and co-author of Says Seth, a humorous collection written with his then six-year-old son. His work has earned a dozen marketing awards and placed in four writers’ contests, including a first place recognition from Oxford University Press. He founded and continues to lead two writers groups in southeastern PA, assisting others to develop their skills and achieve their writing goals. http://www.zenkermarketing.com
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