Seven Questions with NIWA

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;

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Keeping it Simple

There is a fair bit going on, so I’m going to approach this post in a simplistic fashion.

The revised version of The Wrong Way Down is near completion. I have seen the proof paperback copy and there are some minor adjustments to be made. I’m expecting a December 1st release.

Here is an interview with me and Pamela Cowan, who I collaborated with for the lead short story, Best Friends, written for the Northwest Independent Writers’ Association’s fourth anthology titled Underground. Here is the link

here is a link to Amazon for more information about Underground.

AMOK! is out and available at Amazon. It is a collection of short stories about madness and rampages. I’ve only had time to read the first story, and it was fun. I anticipate the rest of the book will follow though at about the same pace. I’ll review it here when I’m finished. Here is a link to Amazon for AMOK!

I also received a copy of Timothy Baker’s latest, Monster Ink. I’m hoping to review it before Christmas, but it might be in the new year before I have time.


Rurik’s Frozen Bones

Rurik’s Frozen Bones, my short story contribution to Fading Light, Anthology of the Monstrous is now solo through Smashwords. If all goes well, the e-book will be picked up by Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble within the next few days. Because it is a short story of under 5K words, I will not offer a print version, it would be too costly for readers. The cover art was provided by horror author/artist Greg Chapman.



The story synopsis is this,

Hundested, Denmark—819 A.D.
Rurik sits at the hearth in the old mead hall. With eyes on the fire, he’s trapped within himself, mumbling about the past. A flagon twitches between two shaky hands. Bring him another flagon of mead, and he might tell how he’d sailed upon the Windward Mare, a well-built ship commanded by a good captain. For one more quart, he’ll tell of the Mare’s fateful last voyage, of danger from the deep…the hungry beast from below…


Soon, a second short story will be released, and then I’ll begin the Kickstarter for the relaunch of The Wrong Way Down; Book One of the Heretic Series.