John J. Higgins Interviews StarkLight Press Editor

Tune in at 10 p.m. Eastern Time today to hear noted New Jersey Prosecutor John J. Higgins as he talks with our very own

Virginia Carraway Stark about life, British Columbia, screenwriting- and of course the many fantastic projects she spearheads at StarkLight Press.

jjhinterviewJohn J. Higgins is author of a fascinating set of novels involving angels, suspense and the supernatural. I thoroughly encourage all our fans to check out his work, and his set of remarkable radio interviews!

T.S.

Twitter Milestone Reached for StarkLight Press Author

A fantabulous, gigantic congratulation goes out to Virginia Carraway Stark, author of Dalton’s Daughter and other GAF tales!

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She has reached 1000- One Thousand- Mille- Tausend- húmë Twitter Followers!

 

 

A thousand thanks go out to her many followers, who all have excellent taste 😉

 

We’ll keep you posted when our other authors reach their own Twitter milestones… and let our blog followers know when Virginia reaches two thousand followers with her beautiful and thoughtful, wry and beautiful memes!

If you haven’t followed Virginia Carraway Stark or StarkLight Press on Twitter, you can do so here:

@tweetsbyvc

@starklightpress

 

 

 

-Tony Stark.

 

 

 

 

Dalton’s Daughter Update

Dalton’s Daughter, the Autobiography of Sasha Wheaton, is due to be released later this fall.

 

It’s release has been pushed back due to a variety of factors, some very good, some dreadful, some disturbing.

Check here at StarkLight Press for blog entries by its author, Virginia Stark, for her Dalton’s Daughter Saga

series- first post coming next week.

Get the whole scoop behind the tumultuous creation of the autobiography of the GAF’s most beloved first Lieutenant,

only at StarkLight Press- where the books we print are only part of the whole story.

 

Robert Marquiss, Author of Kingdoms of Magic

Robert Marquiss, author of Kingdoms of Magic, was one of our winners of StarkLight Press’ Short Story Contest this spring.

We are honored to be able to include Mr. Marquiss amongst our contest winners- a longtime producer and director in California, he is a font of amazing creative ideas and energy.

Included here is Virginia Stark’s interview with Robert Marquiss about his winning piece, his work and his views on writing.

 

Do you have any sources of inspiration for your world?

R.M: Seeing the creations of others in all the aspects of the arts and sciences. From American Indian jewelry and head-dress makers, to sculptors and painters in Italy; bone carvers in Alaska to aborigine stone painting in Australia. Every country has unique art forms that can make your mind dance with wonder and excitement if you would only look. There are those who don’t see the flower. Some will see it but don’t pay attention to it. But there are those who see it and all the wondrous things that surround it, the rain drops playing on its petals in a storm, the bees’ infatuation with it, the sparkle of the morning dew on it. These things give me inspiration.

What do you love most about writing?

R.M: Sitting down and creating worlds that others can enjoy and relate to and taking their minds to other worlds they have not experienced before. Making things come alive where there was noting there before. Watching a person read my work and come away having enjoyed something they had never experienced before. I like seeing people laugh, seeing someone come through hardship, someone winning against all odds.

Who are your favorite writers? Why are they your favorites?

R.M: Now that’s hard to say. There are so many works from different writers that I like.

The first on that comes to mind is Ray Bradbury. I spent some time with him at his home. Now there is a very creative soul and a very generous and compassionate person. (Did you know he wrote the script of the classic film Moby Dick?) I was invited to one of his plays in Pasadena: It was fantastic. I had the honor of sitting next to Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger) and we got a chance to talk about film making and special effects. It was great being with both of them.

What is the most unique aspect of your universe?

R.M: It’s still here. LOL.

To delve into many aspects of art and science and have people enjoy what I create.

What is your favorite part of your universe?

R.M: Writing, film making, drawing, painting, designing houses, (have built 2 in LA) sculpting, model-making, music, special effects, editing, sound effects, mechanical drawing, technical illustrating and prop making.

What do you think people will most enjoy about your universe?

R.M: That my work is so diverse and that there is something there for almost anyone. When you leave it you leave it feeling better and/or happy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

R.M: I’m creative, mild mannered, easy going. But when I’m working, sometimes I go non- stop. I am a very “A to B” kind of person. I also I really like to make people laugh. There’s a line from a film that explains me, “When I’m good I’m really good and when I’m bad I’m very, very bad.”

Any words of advice for struggling writers?

R.M: Yes. Go by your own knowingness, and if you make a mistake, so what? I have not met anyone yet who can point a finger and that finger doesn’t have some stink on it. Be your own advisor and keep your own counsel and just write. And yes there is hating that goes along with any subject, but you choose what you want. I read an article from one writer who said, [sorry, can’t quote it exactly, but you’ll get the idea], “It’s all been done before, just rehashing.” Now there’s one writer who can’t freely create on his own.

For more information on Robert Marquiss, his works and his C.V- click this link to his visually stunning website:

http://www.apex101.net/AzerothPrime/rmresume.htm

 

 

Status Update on StarkLight Volume 2

Following an unforseen copyright issue regarding one of our short stories, we are pleased to announce that StarkLight Press is able to release its second short story compendium on July 15!

StarkLight Volume 2, featuring stories by Will Norton, Virginia Carraway, Robert Marquiss, Hal Friesen and more will be available on ebook and in print within the next two weeks.

Thanks to all of our pre-order customers and StarkLight fans for waiting so patiently for our publication.

Check out our short story contest, open over the summer, for your chance to be included in StarkLight Voume 3, set to be released in Autumn 2014.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on StarkLightpress.com for upcoming interviews with our authors.

-Tony Stark, Publisher.

StarkLight’s Third Short Story Contest Rules

Well, here it is- StarkLight Short Story Contest #3!

 

Congratulations to Will Norton, a perennial StarkLight favorite, Hal Friesen of AstroHal fame, Robert Marquiss and all the rest of our second contest winners!

Here are our standard rules- and let it be known that previous winners may indeed submit fresh stories for submission.

 

Submission Length: 8000 words maximum, flash fiction accepted.

Submission Content:
Any subject matter of a speculative, science fiction or fantasy nature involving either original characters or characters published under the StarkLight Press imprint (ie: GAFF, Dor’iann, I’snian Characters or worldsets). Sadly, though we would love to hear your top notch fan fiction, we can’t accept any wider re-characterizations. Thinly veiled alterations of a truly original nature will be run past our legal department however, and will be considered for publication through our not-for-profit webpages.

Graphic novels, illustrated short stories consisting of grayscale (sorry, no color images) will also be accepted. Again, see content guidelines as above. We aren’t MAD magazine, so we can’t risk the litigation of a good caricature, even though we do enjoy them.

Submission Format: ODT, RTF, PDF formats. Images in JPEG only please, either embedded in file or tagged separately

Other requirements: Please include a five hundred word maximum bio that describes a bit about you and your writing career.

Also include a five hundred word maximum overview of the worldscape from which your story springs.

Include email address, webpages, facebook sites etc. Also include your phone number if so desired.

All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered, and all submitters will be contacted by July 26, 2014.

StarkLight Volume 3 will be published in September 2014.

Each winning contributor will receive:
a copy of Starklight Vol. 3
a Prize Packet of promotional materials including posters for the compendium, GAFF poster grab bag and a StarkLight t-shirt, hat, magic writer’s pen and mug.
Thorough, nay exhaustive publicity for the winner and their websites through StarkLight Media, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, web coverage
an interview to be posted on the StarkLight Industries and Carraway Productions YouTube channel.

 

 

StarkLight Volume One Enters Reprint- Volume Two on its Way

We are pleased to announce that our first volume of StarkLight Short Stories has sold its entire 100 copy run!  Featuring the winners of our first short story contest back in 2013, StarkLight Volume One has ten stories of chilling mystery, science fiction and fantasy.

StarkLight Volume One, second printing, will be available the third week of June, 2014. Place your orders at starklightdesk@gmail.com for both volumes of our short story compendiums.

StarkLight Volume Two, featuring stories by Will Norton, Hal Friesen, Robert Marquiss and more, hits shelves in June- order your copy today, before you have to wait for the second run!

– Tony Stark, publisher.