A. Craig Newman is a New Jersey native who has been writing since he was 10. He recently received his Masters in Creative writing from Wilkes University. Craig plans to work on his backlog of story ideas for short stories, screenplays, stage plays, and poetry until he finds his voice and his place in the writing world.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe are the two writers that I enjoy the most. Mr. King helped me see how much fun horror can be. Mr. Poe showed me that horror stories can be classics and that there's no shame in having a big vocabulary and trying out a new or big word every now and then. When I was a young writer, I hoped that people would refer to me as the black Stephen King one day. As I grew older, I decided that I wanted to be the black Edgar Allan Poe. Now, I hope to be a classic one day with work so appreciated and revered that people think of Edgar Allan Poe as the white Craig Newman of the 1800s. But I have a very long way to go before that happens. It's time to begin that journey.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day, I hope I make a difference in someone's life. It might be something big I do or something small. Whatever form it takes, I hope that someone walks away happy that our paths crossed and I did something they can appreciate. I think that's why I try to be very gregarious. I can't make a difference in someone's life if I don't meet them and find out something about them.
Dierste Hamelin is a backstabbing adulteress working a plan to cure all her problems. Weak men and poverty will be a thing of the past for her. But when the piper comes calling, will she be able to pay his price?
I enjoyed the story as a piece of erotica. It was a very tantalizing and arousing. I hoping to see Owen's "sick bastard" side come out, though, and I don't feel it ever did. I wanted to be offended or shocked, but I wasn't. This feels like the beginning of a larger piece. Oh, and watch the grammar and punctuation problems. A couple questions ended in periods and some sentences were missing periods. Could have used a good line edit. Still, a very hot and sexy piece. The hiccups did not stop me from getting turned on by the buildup and the pay off.