by Adam Messer
© 2020

Oscar Roberts had a funny peculiarity about the way he arranged his things. Nothing out of order, or at least the order to which he arranged them. He inspected his things and had to have a perfect version of the thing, lest he disregard it for the trash. For example, he loved his books more than he loved reading them. He collected volume upon volume of his favorite titles, often more than one copy of a particular printing.

He also collected toys. Not just any toys, but antique wind-up tin tinker toys which made all sorts of bells and whistles brim from the stroke of a key. Oscar delighted winding the mechanism and watching the little automatons run about aimlessly. Aimlessly to the average onlooker, but not to Oscar. He knew each toy had a life of its own, and a story to share.

Who was the little child who gasped for joy when they opened the ornately wrapped present on Christmas morning? Oscar especially loved the tinker toys that were well worn, but worked. Those were the ones had once brought a smile to the child’s face, much like his own.

Now with little time to spare, Oscar spent more time tracking down his tinker toys, often traveling great distances to meet the owner. He took the train, since he did not drive, and often he sat alone on the long rides. He didn’t mind though, as he would imagine the story behind the toy and the child who owned it he was going to collect.

But alas, it was rare for Oscar to meet the owner of many of the tinker toys. Their time had come and gone. Family members with greed in their eyes and hunger on their lips only wanted a quick transaction. Most cared more about selling the tinker toy than they did about the loved one who had owned it.

Oscar would ask who owned the toy originally. When he could find out the name, he named the tinker toy after them. Margery, Bill, Roy, or Cathy. Oscar delighted in collecting their names as much as he did collecting their once prized possession.

“How quickly do you think we can process this estate sale?”

“I feel we can find a buyer within a couple of weeks based on the rare and extensive pieces in this collection, Mr. Roberts.”

“Oh really? That sounds good. And you can handle the processing of the estate sale paperwork? How long will it take to process?”

“We handle the process from start to finish. It may take a few weeks. Once you authorize the sale, the payment will process, and the transaction will be completed, Mr. Roberts.”

“Thank you! Otherwise I would have no clue how to get rid of Uncle Oscar’s stuff.”

New podcast alert! #59 – Michele Tracy Berger

#59 – Michele Tracy Berger – Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a creative writer, and a pug-lover.

https://adammesser.libsyn.com/59-michele-tracy-berger-part-one https://adammesser.libsyn.com/59-michele-tracy-berger-part-two

Her short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction has appeared, or is forthcoming in 100word story, Glint, FIYAH: Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Flying South, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Carolina Woman, Ms., The Feminist Wire, Blood and Bourbon, and various anthologies.

Her science fiction novella, “Reenu-You” was recently published by Falstaff Books. Much of her work explores psychological horror, especially through issues of race and gender.
Come visit her at her blog ‘The Practice of Creativity’https://micheleberger.wordpress.com/

#56 – Mark Allan Gunnels and Ryan Dunn



#56 – Mark Allan Gunnels and Ryan Dunn- Author Mark Allen Gunnels and Afterlife Tours Ryan Dunn joined me to talk about Mark’s new book 324 Abercorn and all things spooky around Savannah.


324 Abercorn pre-order on Amazon


Author Mark Allen Gunnells and Afterlife Tours Ryan Dunn join The Adam Messer Show

 Author Mark Allen Gunnells and Afterlife Tours Ryan Dunn join The Adam Messer Show live on Sunday June 28 from 3 - 5 p EST on 107.5 FM WRUU talking about Mark’s new book 324 Abercorn and all things spooky in Savannah.

Listen live on Wruu.org or catch the podcast later on www.savannahmuses.com

#markallengunnells @crystal_lake_publishing #ryandunn #afterlifetours #adammesser #theadammessershow @thehorrorwritersassociation #hwa #ghoststories #savannahgeorgia #wruu @wruu_107.5_savannah #radio #author #writingcommunity #writing #books #reading

Dacre Stoker joins The Adam Messer Show

Author Dacre Stoker joins The Adam Messer Show live today from 3p – 5p EST talking about all things Dracula! He is Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, and an award winning author.

Tune in @wruu_107.5_savannah (www.wruu.org) Can’t listen live? Catch the #podcast later on http://www.savannahmuses.com

dacrestoker #bramstoker #dracula #vampire #theadammessershow #wruu #savannahvampires #thesavannahvampirenovelseries #dracul #bloodthrasher #stokeronstoker #author #writer

I am an author

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I’m an author, journalist, and radio show host. I interview authors, artists, and entertainers. I have been a freelance journalist for the Savannah Morning News since 2014. I began self-publishing horror fiction in 2018, and have one short story published with Crone Girls Press.
I founded The Savannah Quill May 13, 2016. The Savannah Quill connects writers and readers to promote literacy. With that, I have hosted several conventions, which were not a great turn out, and changed the format last year to Savannah Authors Expo. We had an incredible time with a smaller and more intimate venue.
I started Books and Brews Savannah in November 2018 as a charitable event to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald Charities of the Coastal Empire. Partnering with local authors and SouthBound Brewing Company, we raised $500 last year for the House.
This year I started Valhalla Books as my publishing imprint of The Savannah Quill Publishing House as a way to separate the non-profit events from the for-profit publishing industry. Our first horror anthology is called The Devil’s Due, where nothing is ever as it seems. I rescheduled the release to this fall in October.
As a fiction author, my goal is to become financially independent with my work. I am working diligently to restructure my professional habits as well as my work habits with my writing.

Mary Kay Andrews: New York Times Best Selling Author joins The Adam Messer Show

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New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Kay Andrews joins The Adam Messer Show on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 3pm -4pm EST on WRUU 107.5 FM Savannah talking about her new book HELLO, SUMMER.

Sarah “Conley” Hawkins left her family and their hometown newspaper The Silver Bay Beacon behind her years ago in pursuit of a bigger life—and career. When an unfortunate turn of events leaves her unexpectedly unemployed, she’s forced to return home and lick her wounds.  At home, she’s faced with unfinished business: a resentful older sister who sacrificed her own dreams to take over the family business; an aging grandmother; an old friend whose feelings run deeper than friendship; and trauma from her past that she’s never addressed. As she struggles to find a new job, she agrees to work for her sister at The Beacon. Soon, she finds herself covering a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a revered local politician, but the facts aren’t adding up. She goes in search of answers and in doing so reveals a number of skeletons in the Congressman’s closet. And as truths about his dark past emerge, the story catches the attention of national press, launching Conley back into the spotlight—but not without danger and difficult decisions.

An intriguing mystery, inspiring tale of second chances, and moving family drama with a touch of romance, HELLO, SUMMER is a quintessential summer read from the master of her genre.

Listen on WRUU 107.5 FM Savannah and at www.wruu.org. Can’t listen this Sunday? Catch the podcast on www.savannahmuses.com after the show.

Interview with Author James Nettles

37020022-fb20-49c6-8d95-1163eb4dc29c#44- James Nettles part one  and part two are now online!

James Nettles has a thirty-year career consulting for clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author. He is also the founding partner for Author Essentials.

His latest non-fiction release is the first in a series of books on business for creates called “Business Essentials for Writers” from Author Essentials.



Interview with Author Craig Martelle, founder of Independent Alliance of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

img_4315The Independent Alliance of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, IASFA, offers science fiction and fantasy indie authors an infinity premise of professionalism to hone their craft of writing. Author Craig Martelle founded the organization with the goal in mind to share resources and best practices with Indie Authors to help foster professionalism and learn key skills to become self sufficient. The only requirement to join as a member is one must have an Amazon author page. He also started a Facebookgroup for people to join.

We had the opportunity to speak with him about the new IASFA organization.


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Please talk about why you decided to create IASFA.

Martelle: I wanted a professional organization that helped its members be more professional, as in be self-sufficient as authors. Such an organization didn’t exist. I’ve been a member of a few and they dive deep into certain issues, but one thing they consistently didn’t do, was provide any insight into selling books. My idea of a professional is one who makes money in the business.

What is IASFA’s vision and mission?

Martelle: It’s two-fold. Help authors realize a higher level of professionalism through writing great stories that sell. “Great stories” is a term defined by readers who are willing to pay money for them. This does not mean you have to write what you don’t like (that’s too much like real work), but it does mean finding a target audience where you may have to wicker what you write to meet their desires.

What can authors experience by joining the organization? Who should join?

Martelle: I set the minimum standard to join of having an Amazon author page. If you’ve been able to finish and publish a book/story, then the conversation and discussion is a little more advanced than “How do I write a book?” I want people to have gone through the process of writing and publishing before joining. Also, understand that we already have members who are making mid six-figures a year. So to accommodate all, we will have all levels of discussion and our newsletters and readership will filter out the good from the mediocre. Not everyone gets a career in writing, but everyone can get the same chance.

What would you like to see for IASFA five years from now? Ten? In the year 3,000?

Martelle: In five years, I want to see success stories where part-time authors have fleeted up to full-time, where full-timers expand and grow. I want to see camaraderie of success as defined by happy fans. I don’t want to see drama because that doesn’t sell books. It is inevitably because of egos and envy, which we can minimize because of consistent application of basic principles and our founding principle of No Awards. The big award is the revenue one earns from their writing. In ten? We’ll see what five years brings first. In 3000? I’ll let others prognosticate that.

Please share an anecdote about your favorite childhood memory of what excited you about space and science fiction.

Martelle: Every year, we took our travel trailer from Iowa to Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day. My parents still go every year, some fifty years later. I didn’t much like the beach, so from early on, I’d sit in the trailer and read. When I was 12 or something like that, I wanted a post-apoc story with a man and his dog. I had read Andre Norton’s book called 2250 AD. A compelling book. My story was different, but I wrote one. I kept track because at that time, 30,000 words was the minimum size if one wanted to submit a story to Daw for publication. So that’s what I did. I wrote a book that was more than 30k words. And received my first rejection letters from all the publishing houses of the time:)

Who are some of your favorite authors and books?

Martelle: McCaffrey, Clarke, Howard, Norton, Heinlein, Lackey, Weis, and too many other old schoolers. I won’t listen indie authors that I read as I don’t want to be accused of favoritism, but if you watch me, I’ll promote their books when they run a sale. I’m also a huge fan of DC Fontana and her work with Gene Roddenberry to realize his vision for Star Trek (the original series). They did the best job at discussing social issues without preaching. They made it safe to talk about uncomfortable things (I’m a child of the 60s, so that’s my history).

Can you share your experience of some of the best practices you have learned as an author?

Martelle: The single greatest best practice for me is writing every day. You can’t sell what you don’t have. You can’t edit a blank page. You can’t improve your writing if you aren’t writing (or practice makes better).

You have written a series of Indie Author and Publishing books, as well as volunteer your time helping the indie author community. Please talk about the reason why you decided to give back, and how you continue to find new ways to offer help.

Martelle: I served more than twenty years in the Marine Corps through a number of different wars and turbulent times. I did things that no one should have to do. I give back for my own conscience.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?

Martelle: I love me some Sci-Fi:)

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Amazon – author.to/Martelle

Craig’s Series:
End Times Alaska
Free Trader
Cygnus Space Opera
Terry Henry Walton Chronicles
The Bad Company

New podcast is up!

Hey everyone!

I had a great time interviewing Author Mark Allan Gunnells today on The Adam Messer Show. You can catch the podcast on Apple Podcasts http://www.savannahmuses.com and on Libsyn http://adammesser.libsyn.com

#43 – Mark Allan Gunnells- Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his husband Craig A. Metcalf.