NIWA is the Northwest Independent Writers’ Association. NIWA’s primary goal is to help Northwest area writers achieve professional standards in independent writing, publishing, and marketing. Every year, NIWA releases an anthology, this year’s writing topic was Asylum.
The back book blurb reads;
A religious refugee fleeing for his life in his own country. A trickster asking an enemy for safe haven. A horrific visit to a psychiatric ward overrun by its charges. An unexplained theft from a biomedical lab. The last known survivor of a mysterious plague. A wormhole to the most peaceful and secret place in the world. A detective on the trail of a human trafficker.
What does asylum mean to you?
In the 2015 anthology collection from the Northwest Independent Writers Association, seventeen authors explore the obvious and hidden meanings of this theme—from a werewolf on a mission and self-sacrifice in a post-apocalyptic world, to shadowy wizardry, a questing knight, and a gentle prison for geniuses.
Featuring stories by:
Jeffrey Cook • William Cook • Pamela Cowan • Jonathan Ems • Ginger Dawn Harman • Connie J. Jasperson • Madison Keller • Cody Newton • E.M. Prazeman • Katherine Perkins • Dey Rivers • Walt Socha • D.L. Solum • Laurel Standley • Rebecca Stefoff • Jennifer Willis • Matthew Wilson
I asked a few of the authors some questions, this is what they told me;
Recently, Mike Phillips asked if I’d like to be on his podcast and talk about the struggles with my old publisher and what it took to break free from their shoddy practices. We talk about drug addictions, death, and many other fun things that can be found in my writing. Here is a link to Mike’s Podcast.
As a reminder, I’ll be reading from Hounds of the Hunted tonight at 6pm at the awesome taproom named Three Mugs in Hillsboro, Oregon. They have something like 22 beers from all over the world on tap. That’s just right for a hot day like today — 98* is the forecast — ouch! Hopefully I won’t drink too much before I read, but then again, it might make things more interesting.
Today’s guest is Peter Welmerink, author of Transport, and fellow author to include a tale in 2012’s Fading Light: Anthology of the Monstrous. Peter is an accomplished writer of Military Horror, and today he’ll challenge seven deadly questions.
Peter, would you tell us a little bit about you?
Thanks for having me here, Jake.
My name is Peter Welmerink. I was born and raised on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, before it was turned into a zombie enclosure and big a$$ military vehicles started rolling through it. I’ve been writing since finding pencils and pens can make funny little squiggly letters on notebook pages. My first professional piece of writing was pubbed in 1997, a fantasy piece entitled A PARTING AT SUNSET.