Sunday, October 11, 2015

Beyond the Wail Blog Tour: Interview with Alex McGilvery

Welcome to the next stop on the Beyond the Wail Blog tour. In honor of these 12 Grave Stories of Love and Loss which released yesterday, today I will present to you this amazing anthology and one of its featured authors, Alex McGilvery.

About Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Stories of Love and Loss

What is it about fear and the unknown that pulls so passionately at the human heart? Perhaps we are drawn not to the darkness itself, but to the resolution, the overcoming of what we most deeply dread. After all, the more terrible the struggle, the greater the victory when it comes at last. Presented in this anthology are twelve remarkable stories of the darkness that overshadows us, and the resolution that may be found beyond them. They are stories of fear and oppression, but ultimately stories of hope, stories that will take you BEYOND THE WAIL.

This is one amazing group of authors and I'm not being biased just because I'm one of them. Though each story is different and unique in its own way, they all share a wonderful depth to them and I enjoyed it from start to finish. 

Now I give you an insider's peek about Alex McGilvery, author of St. Peter's Fish. 

ST. PETER’S FISH- Sam is a walking disaster of biblical proportions, but how much is he willing to sacrifice to escape, and will the Powers That Be allow it? 

About Alex McGilvery:

Alex McGilvery is an author living in Flin Flon, Manitoba with his wife, Alex, and three dogs. He has been an avid reader all his life and wrote novels in his early teens. He has been writing short stories and poetry ever since. In addition to his first twenty-year work, he writes a novel every year through NaNoWriMo and another with the 3-Day Novel contest. He also writes reviews, specializing in indie authors, and works on short stories for contests.
He has now published five books, most recently Sparkles and Blood, a collection of horror novellas, edited an anthology along with the Flin Flon Writers Guild, and continues to be active in the Guild. In order to pay for his writing habit, Alex works full time as a minister in the United Church of Canada. Some of his parishioners wonder at the occasionally dark and twisted nature of his writing.

How did you come up with the title? 
The fish in the story burps up gold coins. It is a direct reference to a fish Peter caught to pay taxes. 

What was the most surprising part of writing this book? 
The fork. I had no idea that blasted fork was going to show up and confuse everyone. In the end I like the concept. 

What is your preferred writing genre?  
I don’t write heavy romance or hack and slash horror. Other than that I think I have stories at least in just about every genre imaginable, and a few you’d probably never think of.

How does writing impact other parts of your life?  
Sometimes people who hear my more twisted stories worry about my mental health. 

How do you unwind?  
When I’m not writing, I like shooting pictures with my camera. I’ve been planning to make a few more knives for my collection, but it will wait until warmer weather now.

What is your advice to writers? 
Write. Really. You aren’t a writer if you don’t write. Then find someone to help you deconstruct your writing to help you make it better. Then write some more.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about you? 
My wife is named Alex, same as me. My first published book was written as a gift for her. She is in some way the inspiration for all my stories, but she doesn’t read them. She makes me read out loud, usually in the middle of the night.

Now for the lighter stuff:

Star Wars or Star Trek? 

As a kid, we watched Star Trek every week, but I don’t have a strong preference.

Hunger Games or Divergent? 


James Bond or Jack Ryan? 

Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana

Sherlock: Robert Downey, Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch?   

Not a Holmes fan.

Spock: Leonard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto?   

As an old fart, Nimoy.

Vampires or Werewolves?  

Carnivorous Frogs

To learn more about him or read some of his other works, visit:

Don't forget to order now:

Also, check below for the awesome trailer, giveaway and the featured author for tomorrow's next stop on the tour.

Book Release Blog Tour

Featured Author: Danielle E. Shipley

Danielle E. Shipley

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Are you Afraid of the Dark? 
John's Writing
Spreading the Writer's Word

Featured Author: Alex McGilvery

Alex McGilvery

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ash Krafton: Emotion Between the Lines
Scott E. Tarbet, Author 
Writer's Law of Motion

Featured Author: T.N. PAYNE

Nicole Payne

Monday, October 12, 2015

Melissa McShane
Author Sarah's Secret Stash 
Notes from Author Ginger C. Mann

Featured Author: Ginger C. Mann

Ginger C. Mann  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

 L.K. McIntosh
J S Brown
Fairies & Pirates

Featured Author: L.K. McIntosh

L.K. McIntosh 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rampant Games
Scotty Watty Doodle All The Day
Terra Luft — View From the Crystal Ball

Featured Author: Jay Barnson

Jay Barnson 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Storyteller's Journey
Creativity from Chaos
Christine Haggerty

Featured Author: A. F. Stewart

A. F. Stewart

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tales by Julie
Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind
Anna Winter

Featured Author: Amanda Banker

Amanda Banker

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sebastian Bendix
Alex Campbell
Semi Short chic

Featured Author: Julie Barnson

Julie Barnson

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Ink Caster
The Road to Nowhere

Featured Author: Sebastian Bendix

Sebastian Bendix

Monday, October 19, 2015

The J. Aurel Guay Archive 

Featured Author: Tirzah Duncan

Tirzah Duncan

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Alex McGilvery's World

Featured Author: F.M. Longo

F.M. Longo

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ever On Word 
The Cult of Me

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