Getting personal with Armand Rosamilia

Armand Rosamilia is an author with Devil Dog Press. He has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to joke around. He is a proud family man and loves his wife and kids dearly! He has written many many stories and let me tell you they are good! If you haven’t read any of them you must do so immediately! Don’t let this pass you by! Please help me in welcoming Armand Rosamilia to Roadie Notes.

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing really bad Dean Koontz rip-off stories when I was about twelve. That lasted for way too many years. I never wrote for anyone to read it but at 18 I sent out a short story called ͞ Beastie͟ (about a drunk grave robber accosted by bats) to a side-stapled zine (you kids look that up to see what it was) and it got accepted. I got a free copy of the zine as payment.

2. How many books have you written?
Quite a few. I have over 100 short stories, novellas and novels released so far, with many more coming. In 2016 I made a conscious effort to write and release longer books but I still dabble with shorts and an occasional novella when an idea strikes me.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I have three kids so nothing really bad about kids. I don’t think a good story has to shock you with taboos or just messed up stuff for the sake of being shocking. Don’t get me wrong, people are animals and real life stuff on the news is too horrific at times, but I think violence for violence sake in a story isn’t my thing as a reader or writer. Yet… I’ve written some messed up stuff in my career…

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have
another job etc.
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I’m 46 but feel older. I am happily married to Shelly, who is super supportive of my career. I write full-time for the past six years with three children. I am overweight and lazy and hate the heat, yet I live in Florida… I tend to do things the hard way.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Tough question but probably The Enemy Held Near, which I co-wrote with Jay Wilburn. I think it showed a maturity and range for me as an author I hadn’t previously explored. It was definitely all about the characters and I loved how well-rounded we made them. It’s not just another haunted house story.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Dean Koontz books from my mother’s huge horror paperback library as a kid. My mother still is a huge horror reader although she’s only read a few of mine. She’s more into Stephen King stuff than what I write. She gave me her love of reading and my father gave me his storytelling B.S.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I read a lot of nonfiction at night before bed. I spend time with my family indoors. I eat out at restaurants too much. I watch the Red Sox on TV. Binge-watch shows with my wife. Just enjoy the quiet sometimes.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I really don’t. I am usually writing 3-5 projects at once so finishing one just means another gets added to the dry erase board to work on as well. I like to keep busy. I usually only take a break to get excited when my royalties come in or I smell food.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I have my own office in the house. I need some kind of noise, so a fan is usually on and I have headphones on with something loud and heavy playing, depending on the scene I’m writing. I’m an 80’s metal guy but I also like some randomly weird stuff I won’t mention so you don’t make fun of me.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Not really. I cringe when I read my earlier stuff. I think I’ve matured as a storyteller. I’ll never be anything more than a pulp writer telling a story. I just hope I keep getting better the more I write and read. Always room for improvement.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I have a checklist of the steps I’d like to take to get to where I want to be in my life. It’s not all about the money but the money plays a part in the grand scheme of things. I want to be comfortable and happy in my career. I also have an ego so moving up the chain is a nice perk, too.

12. Where do you live?
New Jersey boy living in Jacksonville Florida

13. Pets?
Nope. Not an animal person at all. My wife is allergic to cats and dogs, which is fine with me.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The connections to other authors and readers. Having people read your work and it moves them enough to write you a message and tell you the good and bad of what you’ve written. I love the questions from fans who can’t wait to read what’s next.

You can connect with Armand Rosamilia here:
http://armandrosamilia.com
Twitter: @ArmandAuthor
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorArmandRosamilia/?fref=

 

Some of Armand Rosamilia’s books:

 

Getting personal with Adam Vine

Instead of the normal introduction I’m going to do this one a bit differently! I’m going to open the interview with a blurb of Adams’s new book Lurk. I just finished reading it and must say…..WOW!

There are two sides to every possession…

When depressed college student Drew Brady finds a box of old pictures buried under his house that change to show him whatever he desires, Drew finds himself with the power to watch his friends without them ever knowing.

But as he begins to fall deeper and deeper into the hole of jealousy and despair, haunted by visions of the students who lived at the house twenty years prior and the gruesome fates they met upon moving out, as well as the traces of a stalker who may still be living on the property, Drew begins to suspect there is something under the house that is manipulating him through the pictures, an eldritch, not-quite-dead thing that feeds off depression and weakness, that will drive him to commit acts of unspeakable evil if he doesn’t look away…

A blistering page-turner, LURK is horror unlike you’ve ever read.

Dont miss this one! It’s a page turner!

Please welcome Adam Vine to Roadie Notes…….

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I started writing in third grade. We used to write stories during class and then do a round robin, reading what we’d written to the other kids. My teacher sent me to the principal’s office after my first reading because my story was too violent. I don’t remember what it was about, only that there was a lot of decapitation.

2. How many books have you written?

One that is published, and another which is finished and will be out early next year. I am currently working on the first draft of my third novel.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

As a matter of good taste, no. I think self-censorship is artistic suicide. But I only write about things that interest me, and there’s a lot out there that simply doesn’t interest me. Anything that happens in a story should not simply be there to be shocking; whether “shocking” content is overtly violent, overtly sexual, or just plain weird, it should first and foremost serve to advance the plot and deepen the characters.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I am thirty years old and work in the video game industry as a copy editor. I’ve done narrative design, screenwriting, and quest design in the past, as well. I am not married but have a steady girlfriend. We want to get a pug and name it Tyrion.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

I think Lurk is a great, creepy read, but I am really excited about my next one, a dark fantasy set in Eastern Europe, tentatively titled Corruption.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My parents read to me from a very young age. Not horror; what they read to me was usually fantasy. I was probably four or five when they read me The Hobbit. My mom was also my school’s librarian and would host Scholastic Book Faires every year, which were my favorite events to go to as a kid. Looking back on it, I was pretty obsessed with Goosebumps at that time, so that probably has something to do with it, too.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I don’t have much free time outside of writing and my day job, but when I do get some I like to travel. I also train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I’m 2-0 on dank victory beers so far but I wouldn’t call it a tradition yet.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I write in the morning as soon as I wake up, at the breakfast bar in my kitchen (since my current house doesn’t have a kitchen table). I used to live in Poland for a few years and had a big blue armchair there that was really comfortable, which is where I wrote the majority of words that made up my first two books… but alas, I couldn’t bring it with me back to the states.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I wish I could do more of it.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I would be very pleased to have a small following of regular readers who enjoyed my work and felt comfortable enough to engage me personally with their thoughts and feelings about it. Direct feedback is really the best wind a writer can have in his or her sails. Fame is not important to me. Money would be nice but doesn’t seem that realistic from writing novels.

12. Where do you live?

Currently in Los Angeles, but I’ve been all over. Before I moved here, I was in Boston. Before that, Krakow, Poland. Before that, Finland, Germany, San Diego, Santa Cruz… the list goes on.

13. Pets?

None yet.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Fiction writing is an extremely rewarding discipline, because you are creating a tangible product out of thin air and you can objectively measure your improvement over a period of time. If I look back on a story I wrote two years ago, it’s easy for me to compare it to one I wrote last month and see what worked, what didn’t, and where I’ve gotten better.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’m looking forward to the release of my next book, Corruption, which is book one of a series in early 2017. On a personal front, I’m also really excited for a month-long trip my girlfriend and I are taking to Iceland and Denmark next summer.

 

The Kindle edition of Lurk is free all Thanksgiving week, until 11/26, so now would be a great time to download it and get weird.

 

You can connect with Adam Vine here:

LURK ebook (free)
https://www.amazon.com/Lurk-Adam-Vine-ebook/dp/B01MG5LTL7

My website
http://www.adamvine.me

Twitter

Facebook

 

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Getting personal with LX Cain

LX Cain is an amazing person and one I’m proud to call my friend. Always ready to share or help another author. I can’t say enough the respect I have nor the admiration for LX Cain. If you don’t know or haven’t met LX do yourself a favor and do so immediately. You are in for amazing posts and a friendship like no other. Pick up the new book and don’t forget to leave a review! Please welcome LX Cain to Roadie Notes….

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was about 9, and I wrote a story about a secret agent and his talking super-car. Yes, the hero may have resembled the Hoff. My first and only piece of fanfic.

2. How many books have you written?
I’ve written 2, and more are on the way … except I’m a slow writer, so it may take a while.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
All my books have a closed bedroom door policy. No sex allowed.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I was born in ’66, and turned the big “Hawaii 5-0” this year (minus the Hawaii part). Married but no kids. I’m blissfully retired and have no job except being an author. It’s great to be your own boss. Did I mention blissful?

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Bloodwalker is definitely my favorite. I did a lot of research on circuses, weird superstitions of the world, and how to prepare a corpse for burial. I loved that part the most, and the book was a lot of fun to write.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Ever since “Dark Shadows” first crept onto my family’s TV set, I’ve loved horror. I was glued to TV shows like “Night Gallery” and “Kolchak,” and it was a short hop to being fascinated with horror novels. I was lucky because the 70s and 80s were filled with great authors, like James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, and F. Paul Wilson along with books that launched the popularity of horror in the 70s, like The Excorcist, The Amityville Horror, and The Omen.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I’m a TV addict and love when a good series comes on. When a re-run of one of my favorite movies comes on, like “Jaws,” “Aliens,” or “The Thing,” I drag out the popcorn popper, sit with a bowl of buttered popcorn in my lap, and grin like a little kid!

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I don’t celebrate until the book is released, and then I’ll go to my favorite Mexican or Chinese restaurants. Yum!

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
That depends. If the book is flowing and I need to concentrate, I’ll write at my desk in a closed and quiet room. If I’m revising or looking for inspiration, I’ll take my laptop to the living room and write (or procrastinate on social media) with the TV on. But if I’m stuck, I’ll break out a notebook and write longhand. The only problem with that is I end up with cross-outs, arrows to inserts in the margins, stars, boxes, and other chicken scratchings. Sometimes I can’t even read what I wrote.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I just wish I could write faster. A novel takes me over a year to write and revise. That’s a loooong time.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I don’t really need fame; I’d rather have fortune! LOL But seriously, the things that make me most happy are enthusiastic readers and good reviews. I was delighted when Bloodwalker garnered both a review in Publishers Weekly and a starred-recommendation in Library Journal.

12. Where do you live?
I live on the Red Sea in Egypt. I was born in the US, but in my thirties I got the opportunity to be an entertainer at European tourists’ resort communities in Egypt. (I can sing in 7 languages. LOL) The pace of life is slow and relaxed over here, and I liked it so much that I bought a place and retired early.

13. Pets?
I’m a cat person and have loved living with them for most of my life. It’s very sad that their life spans are so much shorter than ours… After losing all my furry friends over the years, I don’t have any now.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Finishing a manuscript! I subscribe to Dorothy Parker’s view, “I hate writing. I love having written.”

15. What is coming next for you?
I always have some project or another going. At the moment, I’m working on a thriller set in Alaska, and I’m researching a new novel set in the Paris Catacombs, which contain 6 million skeletons. You can’t get any creepier than that!

Contact L.X. Cain at:
Blog: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lx.cain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LXCain
Goodreads Author: https://www.goodreads.com/LX_Cain

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Blurb:
Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…

When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.

Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.

When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable.

Buy at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939844258/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodwalker-lx-cain/1123844780?ean=2940153034508
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/bloodwalker
iTunes: https://fnd.io/#/us/book/1116824924-bloodwalker-by-lx-cain

Getting personal with SEvans (Steve Evans)

SEvans is a really nice, kind and talented man. I have enjoyed getting to know him. He writes horror and poetry and loves to play pool. He is a father of three boys all grown now. He is very proud of them. He has a great sense of humor and a zest for life. The one thing he wanted to make sure his readers know is that he recently changed his author name from Steve Evans to SEvans. This change has not been made on Amazon yet but will be soon. If you haven’t had a chance to meet him or read his writing please take the time to check him out. Please welcome SEvans to Roadie Notes…….

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

The first thing I wrote was a poem. I was in fourth grade and it was based on an interview with a first grader regarding his likes; it was 86 lines long…lol.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written three poetry books, two of which are already published: Reflections of Life and Love, and Savor the Darkness. My third poetry book Deceiving Eternity is ready to be sent to my publisher and will be my final poetry book.
I’ve been in two anthologies with some incredible authors: Once Upon A Cursed Time is a dark fairytale anthology. I have two stories included in it; Prince Recreant is my retelling of The Princess and the Pea and A Game of Roses: Bocephus’ Revenge is more of a sequel to Rumplestiltskin. Both are dark and brutal and have a twist in them. The second anthology The Unforgiven is a horror anthology where the stories are based on revenge. I have one story in this anthology called White Wedding: Reckoning and it’s about a murderous little doll named Jen trying desperately to protect her best friend Jess.
My first horror novel WEEPING WILLOW book #1 Daddy’s Angel was released on Oct 22nd. It’s about the dangers of wallowing in self-pity and grief and how those actions can open your soul up to attack from a dark force. It’s the first of a three book series.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Nothing is off-limits to a writer, though, my mind tends to twist everything into a dark horror filled existence.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’M forty-two years old. I am currently separated and working on the divorce. I have three boys all grown now and on their own. Writing is my life.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

Weeping Willow for sure. I never thought I could keep focused enough on one subject to write an entire book without it reading like ten different people wrote it. It’s my favorite because I take you through the full range of emotions as the lead character experiences them.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I had a lot of family and friends who loved my poetry and kept encouraging me to write… so I did.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Shooting pool! That relaxes me and in ways allows me not to think; to silence the voices in my mind if you will.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Sleep…lol, a story keeps me awake and refuses to let me sleep until it’s finished and I type the words “The End”.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I write at a little desk in my room and I usually have my fan going and the radio playing loud. I can’t think when it’s too quiet.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I couldn’t change my style of writing if I wanted to. I’m too set in my stubborn country ways to change…lol.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Yeah, of course, I don’t believe any writer would spend this much time and energy agonizing over each word if they didn’t want to be known for it.

12. Where do you live?

I live in the small Oklahoma town of Welch. But, my heart will always be in Kentucky.

13. Pets?

No pets at the moment but I love dogs.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When I type “The End” and get the story out of my head but the most satisfaction is gained when people leave reviews or message me saying they liked it and felt moved by the story.

15. What is coming next for you?

Next up is Weeping Willow book #2 The Mark. Deceiving Eternity all I have to do is send it to the publisher. After that, I don’t know, it’s a free-for-all with the stories and characters fighting for top billing in my head.

You can connect with  SEvans here:

Author page:  amazon.com/author/7evans

 

 

Books by SEvans:

 

Getting personal with Joey Dursky

Joey Dursky is not only a writer but also an amazing singer and guitar player. You can check out his music on YouTube. He has an amazing sense of humor and loves to go to conventions and wear the T-Rex outfit making the kids and adults laugh while selling books with his buddy Mike Evans. He has two beautiful dogs that he loves and spoils rotten. He is a true creative to his core and is passionate about everything he does. If you haven’t read his books please take the time to check them out. If you haven’t met Joey yet send him a friend request you won’t be sorry you did. Please welcome Joey Dursky to Roadie Notes….

 

Do you do anything specific to try to differentiate yourself from other authors?
I am currently halfway through an interactive fiction series, Fallen. Inspired by “choose your own adventure” or “which way” books. The series is written from the first person point of view so the reader is the main character. I would describe it as a first person shooter in a role playing game. After the first book in the series readers are left with a choice, Love or Power. This is where readers begin making the series their own. After the choice is made, readers can continue on with the story or read the other path to see how the choice would have been different. When the series is done there will be ten books with four sets of choices to really make the experience personalized. I don’t want to force readers to just follow the story, so I put some major decisions in their hands.

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The first choice is emotional. The second choice is where readers choose to survive the post-apocalyptic world. The final choice, depending on the previous choice, allows the reader to side with a group that needs your help. Certain ones can only be accessed due to your previous choice. I have done my best to balance everything. There is no right or wrong choice.

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
My friends and I were really into writing our own comic books in 6th grade. We wrote a lot of anti-hero type stuff. We enjoyed super heroes but wanted them to be more realistic and violent. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to let my mind wander and try to create a cool story in school, so it all started very early.

2. How many books have you written?
I have written five books so far, all in the Fallen series, and it will be ten when it is done. As well as at least one character origin story as a spin-off. His name is Al, you meet him in Quest.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
No, I would like to try my hand at everything. Just because I think I should write something I enjoy, doesn’t mean I couldn’t be better at something else. You never know until you try.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 34, single, no kids, two dogs (Akita) named Spyder and Gnarly, and a chameleon named Rango. Writing is not my only job though I wish it were! By day I am a supervisor in the executive office at a major bank. By night I am an author, musician, painter, artist, inventor, and anything else creative I can get my hands on.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I have only put real effort into the series I am writing now, Fallen. Trying to pick one is impossible. The series is interactive fiction so each book in the series is a different type of experience for the reader. But I will admit, the further I get in the series, the more I like the most recent book I publish.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I usually have very vivid dreams, but I had one that I could not forget about. I was discussing it with a friend of mine at work who is a published author (Brian Darr, author of Tontine and The Troll) and he encouraged me to write it down. I created a back story, added some characters, and now that I am in the process of publishing my 5th book, the “dream” I had, has finally becomes part of the story.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Music is a huge passion of mine. I have played guitar for over 20 years, and performed solo acoustic shows for the last three years or so, and now I am in the process of starting a band. I am the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in the band. Outside of that, I love sports, movies, a few video games, bonfires, boating, camping, and motorcycles.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
With my series being interactive fiction, the only “tradition” I have is to lay all of the books out and take a picture of them. The reader gets choices in the series, but it’s not like “which way” books where you have to flip pages back and forth based on your decision. The decisions are at the very end of the book, and then you choose the next book to read. By laying them out and taking a picture, the readers have a more clear idea of where the book fits exactly in the series.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I have a little nook in my living room that is only used to write. As for quiet or music? Neither, I must have Ancient Aliens, the Cosmos, or How the Universe Works on TV in the background. Something about the voices of the narrators on the History Channel seems to keep me focused.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Yes, I wish I were better! Haha, there is always more room for improvement. I feel I get better with every book I write, but when I read some of my favorite authors I am in awe with how good they are! I may not have the best grammar or punctuation, (that’s what editors are for) but when someone tells me they laughed out loud while reading dialogue, cried when someone dies, or feels fear while walking through a dark room, I feel like I have accomplished something great!

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Not necessarily the fame, but I’d take the fortune for sure! I don’t want to be so famous I can’t go to the store without being bothered, but I would love to make enough money to write and play music full-time.

12. Where do you live?
I live in Des Moines, Iowa. I just moved here in June of 2016 to have a shorter commute to work. Before that I lived in Knoxville, Iowa, where Fallen is based.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love that I can take anything that is bothering me in my personal life, I can vent about in my writing. When it is under the cover of a character, no one knows that it is really me who is going through it. It’s a perfect way to get others opinions without being judged personally.

I also just love the freedom that comes with writing. You can write about anything. It’s a chance to think outside the box. How many times have you watched a movie or read a book and thought, “well I would have done something cooler there?” Now I can.

15. What is coming next for you?
I will continue with my series. At the end of the first book and the 5th book the readers get another choice. Now that the 5th book is finished I am writing two more to publish early next year.

You can connect with Joey Dursky here:
http://www.facebook.com/jdursky

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=j.+dursky&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aj.+dursky
As always, thank you for letting us get to know you better. I wish you all the success and happiness!

 

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A Long December by Richard Chizmar

I have had the opportunity to read and give an honest review. As you all know by now I will always tell it like I see it when it comes to books and reading. So here is my honest review!

 

THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING COLLECTION OF STORIES!

To say that Richard Chizmar’s writing is one of the best in this business is putting it mildly. His writing will make you run the entire gamut of emotions. From fear, to despair to joy and every one in between. There is a story that every one will identify with in this book. Some of these stories you will never forget. Some of them I would love to see him take and make into novels. Hint hint!

His writing draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. You can see this happening down your street or to the people next door or even in your own homes. They are real, breathtaking and horrifying. He definitely knows what he is doing and proves it over and over again with this book.

There are 36 stories in the book. Not a bad one in the bunch but that won’t surprise anyone that has ever read anything Mr. Chizmar has written. I will admit that I have a favorite story. It’s called The Lake Is Life. This story begins with a family in crisis. A mother, father and daughter. The parents are having marital issues. They separate and the young daughter has a small break down. Her mother takes her to spend the summer with her grandmother who lives in a lake house. She meets a handsome boy who drives a small motor boat. He invites her to a party. Shortly after all hell breaks loose. I never saw the ending coming. I was shocked. It was amazing. Don’t miss understand every story in this book is incredible this was just my favorite.

The other one that I loved was After The Bombs. It follows two young men in war. They have been through so much. Loss, death and misery. They encourage each other and one convinces the other to write in his journal about what he sees and feels. He fills several notebooks full and his friend reads the stories to the other men at night. It is a heartfelt story and one that really spoke to my heart. I have lots of friends and family that have served in the military. This just speaks to the amazing range of Richard Chizmar’s ability to write in all types of stories.

This book is available on Amazon in both a beautiful hardcover and as a kindle edition. This will be a cherished addition for any collector or reader. Definitely one you don’t want to miss. You can also read a few of the stories on the Amazon link below for a sneak peek. I promise if you do you will buy a copy for yourself.

 

You can order the book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Long-December-Richard-Chizmar/dp/1596067934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478736417&sr=8-1&keywords=a+long+december+chizmar

 

Getting personal with Justin Woodward

Justin Woodward is an extremely nice guy I’m proud to know. Great sense of humor but also has a serious side. He loves music and played in a band for a while. Talking to him about writing it is plain to see that he is very passionate about it and has a lot to write about. If you haven’t gotten the chance to get to know him then do so please. Check out his book and let him know what you think. Please make welcome to Roadie Notes Justin Woodward….

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was around eight or nine years old. I wanted to write a horror story (I was big into the Goosebumps books) and my babysitter said she would help me. We argued over whether a horror story should start out slow or with a bang.

2. How many books have you written?

I am currently working on my second novel.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

The only thing I won’t write about is what doesn’t come into my head.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m twenty-seven years old, I’m married to my wife Alison who I’ve been with for nine years (married for almost six) and we have a two-year old together named Nathan. I work for a security company which I can’t name, but my real passion is my writing.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

The Variant is my only completed book at this time and will probably always remain my favorite, in the same way that firsts sometimes do. With that said, I believe my next one will be technically much better of a book.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Ultimately, my love for reading and the way a good book makes you feel is what I think drives most of us to want to write. I’ve been interested in writing at various stages in my life, but when a friend James Goffio wrote a book, House of the Holy, I said to myself, “I could do this too!”

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I used to play in bands: guitar, bass, keyboard, whatever. I enjoyed the music scene for a while but I’ve since become pretty boring. My idea of fun included playing with my son, and seeing if I can read a couple of chapters in whatever book I’m reading.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

When I finished The Variant I made myself a semi-strong drink, sat down, and smiled.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I usually write sitting in my chair or lying on the couch. I bought a Chromebook specifically for writing but sometimes I end up writing on my iPhone. I find that I can write in just about any situation, loud noises, cartoons blaring. But I prefer silence, or ambient music with no vocals such as Boards of Canada or Tycho.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Only that I’m constantly changing, constantly improving.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

As I said earlier, I’m very boring. And yes, it is definitely my dream to write for a living. I don’t need the fame or the mansion, just want to replace the nine to five and have more time for writing.

12. Where do you live?

I live in Headland, Alabama (aka “the sticks”)

13. Pets?

We have two cats: Izzie and Coheed. And we have a brand new puppy who we named Ellie (short for Eleven from Stranger Things)

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I find the writing itself to be therapy, but I think the actual best thing about it is when other people get to step inside your head and see what you came up with, and hopefully, they like it.

15. What is coming next for you?

I am working on a horror novel tentatively titled Tamer Animals which is a name I’m borrowing from a band called Other Lives. The book is about a group of high-school kids who go on a very deadly camping trip. That’s the most I can say about the story itself. Think Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets The Troop.

As always thank you for letting us get to know you better! I wish you all the success and happiness.

You can connect with Justin Woodward here:

http://www.justinmwoodward.com
http://www.facebook.com/justinmwoodwardfiction

 

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