Hello My Happy People,
Oh my goodness! I am rushing like mad right now. I was just boppin' along finishing up my edits on the podcast and getting ready to broadcast everything, when I realized I had not created any of the promo images for Francesca's episode. I do not know how I missed that. Usually I do a bulk creation day and do several authors at once, but I am still trying to find some good images for one author and I think that is why I just forgot to create them.
Luckily, I have templates saved for all the images I typically need so I just had to drag and drop the new images for Francesca's episode into the base images. So here we are!
If you love horror, comic books, audiobooks, or anthologies with several engaging short stories ... I have your new favorite author! Francesca and I had such a great conversation and we even identified with each other over a few childhood memories. So check out her bio below and then go listen to her episode. When you are finished, be sure to mark your calendar for our October 25th Halloween episode. There was a large portion of my conversation Francesca which I purposely cut out to save for the October episode. I explain all about it in today's show.
So don't wait ... go listen now!
From her website:
Francesca Maria has been penning horror stories since she was able to pick up a pen and write at the age of six. This fascination with horror was spurred by her insatiable quest to uncover what was haunting her house as a child. Now in her late forties, Francesca is still haunted by her childhood home which continues to invade her dreams.
Francesca has spent 19 years as the co-owner of Black Cat Comics in Northern California and has been reading comics for over two decades. She is an avid fan of Neil Gaiman, Tom King, Stephen King, Tom Taylor, Geoff Johns and Jeph Loeb. When she's not reading and writing horror, Francesca visits haunted places and records their histories.
Francesca is a former journalist, a published author and a graduate from University of California at Berkeley.
Francesca is also a psychic medium and detective and uses her knowledge of the other world to aid in her storytelling. She has a black belt in Taekwondo, drives a '53 Chevy truck and drums until her hands bleed.
You can find her work in Crystal Lake's Flash Fiction monthly contests, the upcoming Death's Garden Revisited anthology, Black Cat Chronicles and her debut release of her short story collection: THEY HIDE: SHORT STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, is out now!
Francesca is the co-chair for the San Francisco Bay Area Horror Writers Association Chapter.Francesca Maria's Website
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Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)
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LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)
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C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)
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Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)
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