Dustin LaValley is a smart, kind and really great writer. He comes highly endorsed by the likes of Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum just to name a few. It really shows that he has had some amazing mentoring and has worked hard on developing his stories and characters. He has a Rottweiler that he dearly loves and likes to be outdoors enjoying the clean fresh air. If you don’t know him or haven’t read anything he has written I highly recommend you resolve this problem. Dustin LaValley is one to watch folks. He is going to go places. Please help me welcome Dustin LaValley to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you wrote your first story?
Maybe 20 or 21. Of course we all did as kids and for high school (alternative high school in my case), but I never considered those stories. Not until I set out on my own to write something worth something to myself.
2. How many books have you written?
Eleven, including those coming out this year from Sinister Grin Press. Plus the comic book with Daniele Serra, BEETLES!, that’s in preorder status as of right now through its publisher SST Publications.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc...
34, sometimes I forget and say 32… becomes a blur after 30. Single, no kids. I used to teach Seito Shito Ryu karate, Okinawan jujutsu, and Judo, I’m a Shihan-Dai (or Sensei, whatever’s your preference, they’re pretty much all “teacher”) but I had to give that up for the foreseeable future due to intestinal disease.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
A recently finished memoir/bio on myself and my brother, “Ant,” from foster care to our first arrests to military service and petty roles in organized crime… currently looking for a home. Favorite that’s out would be A Soundless Dawn, and favorite that will be out this year, the novella, H/armed in the collection of novellas, (12 Gauge) Songs from a Street Sweeper, from Sinister Grin Press.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Social Psychology, cultural norms and their tests upon us, Thomas Ligotti, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Chuck Palahniuk, Jerry Stahl, Lewis Shiner, Steve Erickson, lack of fulfillment… concentration of the situation and issues of the time.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Swim, I live between the Hudson and a lake, so I enjoy swimming from island to island. Also riding the trails, mountain biking. And of course reading a good book or comic book on a blanket in the park.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Take a few days off, then start the next. I’d drink if I could, used to with a few beers or a rum and Coke, but I can’t drink anymore. So, a few days of doing nothing but letting the brain rest, then getting back to it.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I like sitting on the floor, my laptop and my dog on the bed, and some melodic stoner or doom metal playing. Red Sparowes and Pelican have been in the background for a good few endeavors.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Nothing. I’m happy with where I am and the work I’ve been creating. I’d make it more popular of course, but that’s everyone.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Continue to pay the bills by writing for magazines and the advances and royalties from books and films, have a good few readers, and one day a woman who understands that when it hits, you can’t pause the inspiration and that need to write or else you will lose it.
12. Where do you live?
Upstate/Capitol region of New York.
A three-year-old Rottweiler, Bronson. (Named after the actor or the inmate, reader’s choice.)
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The freedom to create and destroy, the freedom to have a place where you don’t have to self-edit, the freedom to challenge yourself and hope your readers appreciate you not holding their hand, but instead acknowledging their intelligence.
15. What is coming next for you?
(12 Gauge) Songs from a Street Sweeper, a collection of three novellas coming this fall from Sinister Grin Press, and BEETLES!, the one-shot comic book homage to classic sci-fi and horror films from the 1950s. Illustrated by Danielle Serra (Hellraiser) and published by SST Publications.
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