NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Hell's Kitties Blog Hop: Carole Ann Moleti

1.)      What was your inspiration for your story in Hell’s Kitties?

I'm a memoirist and wanted to write an essay about a particularly difficult to work with person. But I couldn't name names. Yes, Sasha is based on a real individual who made my working life miserable for years. And I don't think the person in question will even recognize herself because she is clueless.

2.)      What project(s) are you currently working on?
I am just finishing the third book in my paranormal romance series. Storm Watch will conclude the Unfinished Business series, which began with Breakwater Beach and continued with The Widow's Walk.

3.)      What is the scariest or funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

It's a toss up. The funniest was the employee that put a voodoo curse on me at 7am change of shift in front of all my nursing staff  (no not the same person as Sasha). She'd been disciplined for hardly ever showing up to work. The scariest was when some guy that looked like a normal construction worker went wacko on a packed subway train. He was in a war of words with another passenger who he accused of looking at him funny, then threatened to pull out a gun and start shooting if we weren't in Brooklyn in five minutes. We were in the Bronx, so that was not possible. Everybody cleared out at the next stop, and by the time the cops got there he'd fallen asleep--obviously overdosed on something.

That explains why I write urban fantasy and paranormals.

4.)     What does the near future hold?

After Storm Watch is complete, I'm getting back to my urban fantasy series, Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams. Some excerpts have been published in the Ten Tales series edited by Rayne Hall.

5.)      Why did you become a writer?

I started out in nonfiction and op-ed because I have no tolerance for bullshit and there is an awful lot of it out there.  My memoirs tell the truth about the health care industry--and the challenges, joys and heartaches of motherhood.  But I've always loved sci fi and fantasy and there is almost always a sliver of truth and in all my fiction. And lots of sarcastic humor--in case you didn't notice.


Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health care, politics, and women's issues. But her first love is writing science fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running into them.
Books One and Two in the Unfinished Business series, Carole's Cape Cod paranormal romance novels, Breakwater Beach and The Widow's Walk, were published by Soulmate. Book Three, Storm Watch, is expected in 2017. Urban fantasies set in the world of Carole's novels have been featured in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, and Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires.

Excerpts of her memoirs, ranging from sweet and sentimental to edgy and irreverent, have been published in a variety of literary venues. Carole was awarded the Oasis Journal award for best nonfiction in 2009. She has a piece in the acclaimed Shifts Anthology.



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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

My HP Printer Gave Up After 8 Months

Last month, my HP Printer simply would not print. I tried for over an hour, re-installing print drivers, resetting the printer, all in vein. I hardly used the damn thing! A few weeks passed before I could call HP. They told me it was a printheaad failure. My original warranty had already expired after only 8 months, but back in January I purchased an extended warranty. Foresight.

They sent a refurbished replacement, not a thrilling prospect, via Fed Ex. The new printer does not have the same model number as the first one, but it does use the same printer cartridges and drivers. Tomorrow, I have to pack up the first one and schlep it to a Fex Ex shipping center far from my apartment. Not fun...

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Had a Blast at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Yesterday I attened the Brooklyn Book Festival located just a few short stops away from my Park Slope apartment via the NYC Subway. The Horror Writers Assocation Booth wasn't exactly in a prime spot, located at the tail end of the festevail, but that's the entrance I used; luckily, so did lots of other people! Foot Traffic started off slow, but steadily progressed. I managed to sell a copy of my collection, Blanket of White by casually mentioning that it was out of print, since the publisher folded. I had an eagar buyer for Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City after I told him that the book is chock-full of crime fiction that takes place in the East Vilalge, Hell's Kitchen, Central Park, etc.; after he heard that, he couldn't buy a signed copy fast enough! I had some really yummy Thi food from a food truck for lunch and several Authors took my information so they can contact me about upcoming readings throughout New York City. I'll be back next year!

NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Eddie Bauer Has Been Hacked...

This past winter, I had to return a down jacket that developed a hole in one of the sleeves. I used the same credit card for the original purchase and the exchange. Eddie Bauer sent me a letter in the mail notifying me that my credit card information may have been compromised. Argh! Signed into my account and thankfully did not see any erroneous charges; just to be sure, I registered for one free year of credit monitoring...

Target was hacked back in 2014. Gasp! Seems like it's not safe to use credit cards anymore...

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