Bad Moon Rising 2019 — Brother Love

Teri Polen is hosting me at her yearly October festival, Bad Moon Rising.  Please click here to visit and comment.  (Comments are disabled here.)

From Teri Polen: Happy Friday!  And I’m about to make your day even better.  The creativity of today’s author never fails to astound me.  From her three ingredients stories (objects chosen by readers) to her collaborations with other authors, the tales are wildly entertaining and inventive.  If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s your opportunity to change that.  Welcome Teagan Riordain Geneviene!

Hi, everyone.  I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene.  Firstly, Teri, thanks for letting me be a part of Bad Moon Rising, 2019!  I know you sort of stretch the limits of the theme to let me participate, but this year I have a “Twilight Zone-ish” novella to share. 

Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene
Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri asked some fabulous, whimsical questions, and here they are!

Fun Questions – This year we’re playing Would You Rather

Whatever you choose, give a reason for your answer.

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Both sound like my warped idea of fun.  There’s a dark and mysterious figure in Brother Love – a Crossroad.  He sits on tombstones, playing blues songs on his guitar.  So, I’ll choose the graveyard, maybe he’ll let me sing along.  As he says, “Ain’t nobody here gonna complain about the noise.”

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Ha!  I’m not coordinated enough for Thriller, not to mention the fact that my back would probably get stuck in some very awkward position.  Play the Monster Mash for me, Teri.

Besides, even though the featured novella was inspired by a Neil Diamond song from a later time, there’s some fun 50s music in Brother Love — a Crossroad.  I had fun with the old song “Love Potion No. Nine” naming streets and even a character for the streets and people mentioned in that song.

Jinx on rotary phone next to
Jinx on rotary phone next to “Brother Love – a Crossroad” on my Kindle.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

You mean the door isn’t locked?  And there’s no serial killer lurking in the alley where the trash cans are?  Hmmm… 

If that seems like a strange answer, then click here and you might understand.

Writing Questions (choose 3)

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Sunset Alamogordo 04-09-2019
Sunset from my back yard

I’m actually very close to that right now.  I relocated from Washington, DC to a very small city in the “high desert” Southwest (USA) this spring.  Years ago, I started (barely) a story that I meant to be a three or four volume series.  The setting for the story is here – or rather fictional area in the state of New Mexico.  Sigh… there are so many stories I want to tell.  I need to live to be 120 years old.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Ugh!  I can’t seem to choose.  “The Skull of the Alchemist” is probably my favorite.  (Book awaiting rewrite.)  However, I was very happy with this one for Brother Love, because I was able to combine so many elements of the story without it seeming “busy.”  Thanks to fellow blogger, Dan Antion for letting me use his photo of a hymnal page as the background.  Dan also provided photo illustrations for the story when it was a blog serial.

I make all my own covers and promotional images, and love the work.  (If anyone is interested, I’m exploring the prospect of doing that for others.)

Skull of the Alchemist Cover 1
Promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

As I’ve already alluded to this, I guess I should choose this question.  Let’s see… Notes and plans for the third book in the Atonement series.  It will explore backstories for characters, including Teri’s favorite, Lilith the calico cat.  I mentioned The Skull of the Alchemist, that’s book-2 for my fictionalized Cornelis Drebbel.  In the where-would-you-live question, I meant the series (started, if barely) that begins with Tatterdemallian the Electric Zucchini, an urban fantasy/steampunk mashup.  There’s also The Guitar Mancer, an urban fantasy.  And… I’ll finish this answer by taking the liberty of using an extra question ― next.

What are you working on now?

I recently did a double cover reveal for two books I hope to launch soon.  Click here.  This includes the third of my 1920s mystery books about Pip and her friends, A Ghost in the Kitchen.  Also my first non-fiction book – a dictionary of Roaring Twenties slang, Speak Flapper.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Oh, I’m also in the middle of a #Steampunk serial on my blog, Teagan’s Books.  It’s called The Delta Pearl.  This is actually a rewrite of yet another novel that was waiting on the shelf for publication. It’s a Victorian looking mystery set on a magical riverboat.

The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri, thank you again for letting me participate in Bad Moon Rising.  I realize you put a ton of work into this event.  I look forward to it every year.  So many exciting books!  Enjoy the rest of October.

Author Bio and Universal Purchase Links

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Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries and steampunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no *extremes* in violence, sex, or profanity. 

Brother Love – a Crossroad



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