Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Carved in Flesh: Interview with MA Church

One thing MA Church does better than just about anyone is create moving, authentic characters. Today she talks a little bit about her writing process and what went into her latest story, Faded Love.
Let's get to M. and her answers to my questions.

~Out of all the stories you’ve written, which one are you most proud of?
Right now, I’d have to say Priceless. It was written for a Valentine’s contest and is one of my favorites. It’s really a sweet story of love at first sight and how two men from different walks of life can make a relationship work. Then, of course, there was Cupid popping in and out of the story. He kept making demands on me to find him a mate, and he had one picked out, thank you very much. LOL.
But honestly, Faded Love that’s coming out in the Storm Moon Press anthology called Carved in Flesh has a special place in my heart… because of the story line.
 ~Which character caused you the most difficulty to write?
Out of what I have published, I’d have to say Ziang from Nighttime Wishes because of the tentacles. I didn’t want him to be freaky—strong? Yes.  A warrior? Yes. And maybe a little intimidating…absolutely. But not freaky. When you’re dealing with tentacles, they can get freaky lol. 
~When do you do your best writing… morning, afternoon, evening, night?
It really depends on what the hubby is working, but I’m much fresher in the mornings. That’s not to say I’m a morning person lol. I’m actually not. I stay up most nights until midnight. J
~Do you plan your stories and, if so, to what extent?
I do outline, yes. I have the plot figured out and have an idea on how I want the story to end. That doesn’t mean things don’t get thrown out the window if my Muse feels like it lol. Sometimes he changes the character completely, which messes me up. Or we fight about how I want something to be… and normally he wins!
~How many stories do you work on at any one time?
Oh Lord. I don’t know lol. I have the main story, of course. That one gets first attention. But if things are lagging, then I’ll jump to a second story that’s on my main list in Word. Then there are the short flash stories I do with the Wednesday Briefers. Oh, I have a story running on Mondays right now too. Hmm, then there are small word count stories for anthologies… Oh my. It sounds like I just bounce all over the place lol.
But most of these stories have a finish date and I do meet them lol. Somehow! 

Carved In Flesh- an anthology due out September 14th by Storm Moon Press
People often say that the true perfection in the human form is in its imperfections. Scars are visceral reminders of a person's past, a sign of an event that can never fade. Whether it was gained in combat, a traumatic experience, or part of a ritual with a lover, scars are the ultimate labels. Carved in Flesh features short stories in which at least one character sports physical scars—visible to the naked eye, and prominent enough to spark a conversation.

Faded Love by M.A. Church


“Will?” Ashley’s hand was gently held and pulled down. Why did Will’s voice sound so funny, like he was hoarse? “Will? What’s going on? Where am I? What’s on my face?”

“Listen to me. You’re in the hospital.”

“Hospital? Why the hell am I in the hospital?” Straining, he was finally able to make out the pale walls, and smell a scent he had always associated with hospitals: cleaners and sickness.

“You don’t remember… anything?” Will bent over Ashley, still holding his hands. God, Will’s skin was so warm, and his was so cold. “Tell me what you remember.”

“Was on my way home from that shoot. You called. I was going to call you back… Will?” Ashley’s voice rose and cracked. “Then, nothing until now. What—what… Will?”

One of Will’s strong hands managed to loosen itself from Ashley’s death grip and brushed Ashley’s hair back from his face. “You’re in the hospital. There was an accident, a bad accident. You were hit on the way home two days ago.”

“Fuck me! Two days ago?” Ashley bit his lip as pain spiked in his ribs. “How bad? Who hit me?”

“It was pretty bad. You have bruised ribs from the impact with the steering wheel, your arm is bruised—not broken—and more bruises over your body. I forgot the driver’s name. They hit you on the passenger side, slammed you into a street light. Two people in the other car died.”

“Died? Jesus.” Every time Ashley tried to lift his hand to his face, Will stopped him. “What’s wrong with my vision? Why can I only see out of one side?”

Gripping his hand, Will hesitated. “You were struck so hard your head hit the driver side window.”

Ashley gripped Will’s hand. There was more, he just knew it. What little he could make out of Will’s concerned face told him that. “And? Tell me, dammit!”

 “The window busted. There was glass everywhere. Oh God, Ashley, I’m so sorry. You were cut. On your face… and—and… there’s going to be a scar.”

“A scar?” Ashley whispered, and then his voice gained in strength as horror stabbed at him. “A scar, on my face? My face? No! Oh my God, no! How bad, Will? How fucking bad?”

Tears soaked Will’s voice. “From the hair line to under your chin. Jesus, Ashley. I’m so sorry.”
The screams from Ashley’s room brought most of the nursing staff at a dead run.


Keep in mind I picked that excerpt. Storm Moon may use something else. J This was the picture that inspired the story. I took one look at this and knew immediately what I wanted to write.

And God, this guy is so damn sexy lol.   

Oh, and the Carved in Flesh anthology is available for pre-order right now.

Click this link to check it out. 

Where to find me:

Twitter @nomoretears00

Big thank you to Tali for letting me take over her blog once again lol!


My pleasure, M! (As many here know, I beta read quite a few of M's stories... well, this is one of them. It's a powerful story and I'm thrilled to talk it up!)


  1. Great post, Tali--and Ma, I can't wait to read more of your stories!

    1. Hey Michael! :) Thank you.

      And thanks again Tali; it's always a pleasure being here. :)


  2. Hi guys! Glad you could make this a party. :D