Getting personal with Andy Peloquin

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion,race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

Andy Peloquin is an amazing guy. He has the best sense of humor and will make you laugh till you cry. He was recently a guest on The Panic Room Radio Show where he did a reading from his new book and involved both the hosts. It was priceless. The link to the show is below and I highly recommend you listening. The man can write. If you love the fantasy world then he is your man. If you don’t know him or haven’t had the chance to read his work you are missing out! Please help me welcome Andy Peloquin to Roadie Notes ………

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

I think I was 9 or 10 when I sat down to pen my first story—a totally rubbish thing called “Tally the Tigermaster”. I didn’t actually complete anything until I was in my mid-teens. Most of what I wrote at that time was short fiction/prose. My first novel was completed in late 2014.

2. How many books have you written?
To date, I have published 6 novels, with a 7th on the way in late October.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I’m not a huge fan of Happily Ever After. As wonderful as it is, I feel it’s a bit unrealistic. As a married man myself, I know how much work goes into keeping a relationship alive. THAT is what I want my readers to understand about the romance I write.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Age: 29 (hitting the big 3-0 this year!)
Married: Yes
Kids: 4 (ages 13 to 18)
In addition to being a novelist, I supplement my income by doing copywriting and blogging.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I’d have to say I LOVED writing Thief of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 2) and Queen of the Night Guild (Book 3). The antagonistic relationships between my main character Ilanna and so many of the people around her was just such a fun dynamic!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
An elementary school teacher instilled in me a love of writing from a very young age. His passion and enthusiasm for all the arts rubbed off on me, and it just so happened I wrote well. Given that I come from a very artistic family, it was a joy to find a creative outlet that I could use to express myself.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
In addition to writing, you mean? I LOVE the time I spend bringing my stories to life.
I also enjoy video games, reading great books, and watching TV. I’ve gotten some of my best ideas while watching TV shows, in fact.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I take a week off between projects to sort of clear my brain and make room for the next book. I’ll usually spend that week catching up on projects that went uncompleted during the final stages of finishing the previous book, and I often come up with the story lines for the next book I’m going to write. Really, by the time that week is done, I’m champing at the bit to get started with something new.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
MUSIC! I have a playlist with about 350 songs: techno, trance, pop music, heavy rock, dubstep, a few quieter instrumental songs. You’ll find Selena Gomez, Five Finger Death Punch, Simon and Garfunkel, and Skrillex all mixed into my list.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I wish I could write shorter stories! Heh. A lot of authors put out more books than I do because they know how to tell smaller, shorter stories. It seems everything I write just gets bigger and bigger.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I don’t know about famous. I would like to know my books are changing people’s lives or helping them cope with the hard times, just like books have done for me. But I feel that earning a comfortable living and being able to dedicate myself to telling stories and writing great books is my perfect life.

12. Where do you live?
I live south of the U.S. border, in Baja California.

13. Pets?
Children. Teenagers, actually—ages 13 to 18.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love being able to bring a character to life. Whether it’s a blind assassin, an autistic savant, or a competent thief girl, it’s a thrill to see a new person born into the world through my stories.

15. What is coming next for you?
After finishing Queen of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 3), I’m going to be moving on to something new—but what, I’m not sure. I’ll be putting out feelers to my newsletter list to see what they want me to write about. I’ve got romantic fantasy, military fantasy, a prison novel, a series of urban fantasy stories, and so many other things I want to write. I can’t wait to find out what my readers want to read!
 

You can connect with Andy Peloquin here:
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Some of Andy Peloquin’s Books:

 

Getting personal with Kevin J. Kennedy

You will never meet a more hard-working and passionate man about his writing than Kevin J. Kennedy. He is a joy to talk to and an amazing writer and publisher. His anthologies are some of the best I have read and so amazing to see. If you have never had the opportunity to read one then you truly are missing out. Kevin J. Kennedy is pretty quiet until you get to know him then you get to see his personality and creative side burst open. He is one of the authors I would love meet and sit and talk with for hours. His living in Scotland doesn’t hurt matters either as I have always wanted to go there to visit. If you don’t know him or haven’t read any of his books this is your chance to correct that immediately and get an amazing book. Please help me welcome Kevin J. Kennedy to Roadie Notes……
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

Thirty Four. I’ve been writing for just over two years. I’ve always been an avid reader but never really thought all that much about writing, although I did always think it would be cool to have a short story in a book. Never thought I’d get round to writing one though.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve co-written a novella called You Only Get One Shot with J.C. Michael, author of Discoredia. Other than that it’s been mainly short stories. I spent over a year, just finding anthologies with open calls and writing stories for the ones I fancied and then I decided to put my own together. Collected Christmas Horror Shorts was pretty successful so I decided to do another and ended up putting Collected Easter Horror Shorts together. I struggle with writing longer stuff as I really hate editing and the longer the story the more time I need to spend doing this. I do have another novella in the works though and I have a few co-writing projects planned. I think I enjoy the co-writing as you are only doing parts at a time and can work on other stuff while the other author does their part.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I wouldn’t write about most extreme subjects. I have no issue with reading extreme horror but I’d prefer not to write about it. A few of my earlier stories border on the extreme but I prefer to have more fun with my stories now, rather than dealing with really dark subjects. I’m a big fan of 80s horror. I like the cheesiness of it all.

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

I’m 36 and I’m married with a step daughter. I work full-time, assisting people back into employment if they have been out of work for a while. I’ve worked in various jobs throughout my life, mainly as a Team Manager in call centres or a Recruitment Consultant for agencies. If I went any more into depth than that I’d send you to sleep. I’ve learned a lot of skills in previous jobs that I can apply to what I do now but my jobs have been far from interesting. I live in Scotland and always have.

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

I guess I’d have to go for You Only Get One Shot lol. We spent a while going back and forth on this book and changing parts along the way. We were in no rush to get it finished as we were both busy with other things so that allowed us to take our time and get it right. I hope others will enjoy it. We tried to do something a little different so only time will tell.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I’m not sure I was inspired to write. I saw an advert for an antho called Fifty Shades of Slay. It was open for submissions and I just decided to write something and send it in. I didn’t expect it to get picked up but when it did I felt pretty good. I was going to have a story in a book. I’m one of those people who can never hold onto a feeling of achievement for very long though so decided I needed to get another story in another book and so it went on. I think I’ve had stories accepted to over 20 anthos now. Some are already out of publication while others were only released for a limited time for charity. Most are still available and doing really well in the charts. I’ve pulled back from doing the Anthos a little to try to write more of my own stuff but I do like doing the charity ones when they pop up. I think now I write because if I didn’t it would kind of feel like quitting. I’m not trying to turn it into a career so I can take a break whenever I feel like it and I have no pressure of deadlines. It does mean I will probably put out a lot less work than others though. That been said the anthos are doing well so those will continue for as long as people are enjoying them.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Spend time with my family. It’s my favourite pass time. Any time my wife and I are free we normally just hop in the car and go away for the day. I spend a good amount of time reading and I watch a lot of movies and box sets. When you add writing and putting the anthos together I struggle for free time now.

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

Putting together the two previous Anthos was a massive amount of work. I never really realized just how much work it would be when I started it. There were a few problems in the last few weeks of putting together the second book which made things ever more difficult and time-consuming. When I got to the end I had a drink. I think that’s the only thing I do. It’s weird but I don’t really feel like it’s finished until I’m holding a paperback copy in my hands. Createspace take so long to get stuff to the UK, even on their most expensive shipping rates so I need to wait for the book to go live and buy off of Amazon with everyone else, so I can get it with next day shipping. When the book comes in and looks good, I feel a sense of calm that I got there in the end.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

Quiet. I’m not really a big music person. I like mainly 50s n 60s rock and some 80s n 90s stuff like Oasis but I only really listen to music occasionally in the car or sometimes when having a drink.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Probably quite a lot. I’ve learned a lot in the last two years but I can only assume I will continue to learn as I go. I’m one of those people who are better just doing something and learning from my mistakes. I could read book after book about writing and none of it would sink in but if I make a mistake once I never forget it.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I’d like to live in a wee quiet seaside town one day, maybe above a bookshop that I ran a few days a week. That’s about it. I’ve never wanted much. Just to be happy and have no money worries. Being a writer would help pay the bills but I don’t know that I’ll ever dedicate enough time for it to become my main job. You never know though….

12. Where do you live?

Central Scotland.

13. Pets?

I have two wee cats. A jet black long-haired cat called Carlito and a wee short-haired tabby called Ariel. They are 4 now. They follow me everywhere I go in the house. Who ever said cats aren’t loving and do their own thing didn’t have a clue. I can leave my spot on the couch to go into the kitchen and get a drink when they are both sound asleep, pour myself a drink and turn round and the two of them are standing behind me, looking at me as if to say What the fuck you doing Kev? We are supposed to be having nap time.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Finishing the story lol. Na, probably when I get an idea I really like and just can’t wait to get it written down.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’ve always enjoyed Carnival themed stories and movies. I decided not too long ago that I’d like to do Carnival themed antho. The idea has grown a little over the last few days but I can’t give away all the details just yet.

I’ve spoken to a few authors and the idea is to have a series of short stories and novellas that will interlink the one Carnival world. The first story will appear in my upcoming Halloween anthology. I’ll release the rest of the details as soon as they are finalized.

Anything else you would like me to include please feel free to tell me!

The most recent book I have a story featured in is ‘Tales from the Braided Pony’ released by Alucard Press, the same guys who published my first ever story. It’s western themed horror. I also recently featured in a charity anthology for a very worth-while cause. It’s called the Reverend Burdizzo’s Hymn Book. Check it out

I’ve also recently published a little short online called The Gatekeeper. It seems to be getting really great reviews. It’s only 2500 words so aimed at the Kindle Unlimited market. I’m not looking to make any money from this story so if anyone doesn’t use KU and would like a copy all they have to do is email me.

I’m due to appear in several upcoming anthologies that I subbed to quite some time ago but are only now nearing release. I’ll post about each on my various accounts. While you are waiting don’t forget to check out ‘You Only Get One Shot’

 

 

You can connect with Kevin J. Kennedy here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008339824069

Website: http://www.kevinjkennedy.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5452895.Kevin_J_Kennedy

Twitter: @KevinJKennedy01

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kevin-J.-Kennedy/e/B016V0NA7M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

Some of Kevin J. Kennedy’s books:

Getting personal with Jeff Lee

Born in New York State, Jeff Lee was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent his entire writing career in Los Angeles.

For more than thirty years he has been a copywriter and creative director for some of the advertising industry’s most recognizable agencies, winning numerous awards for his creativity. None of those ad agencies are still in business, but Jeff appears to have a solid alibi.

Trained as a cook in the Army, he still enjoys being creative in the kitchen and admits that few things in life compare with the thrill of discovering you have just given a nasty case of food poisoning to 140 heavily armed men.

Jeff lives about halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, in a house he shares with his two sons and a cat that’s part golden retriever.

 

Please help me welcome Jeff Lee to Roadie Notes………

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was about 12, and in the 8th grade. My teacher was a real bug about the Civil War, and he assigned everyone in the class a minimum 50-page report on the Civil War. I got about 35 single-spaced, typed pages in and started filling space with limericks and funny short stories. Got a D minus, plus a handwritten note that said, “I had no idea the Battle of Gettysburg was such a hoot. Stop making fun of our country’s history”.

2. How many books have you written?
I’ve written 5 books – four in my “Adventures in La-La Land” comedy crime series, plus a paranormal book about extreme teenage bullying and where it could lead. I’m currently working on the fifth book in my La-La Land series, as well.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Well, I won’t write about cruelty to animals. Or non-fiction. Hey, if you want to learn the in’s and outs of building your own bookcase or fun ways to decorate with melons & cinderblocks, I’m not your guy.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Ok, I’m 68, have two sons and I live with one of them in a suburb of L.A. that’s loaded with palm trees (how’s that for a clue?). My wife passed about 6 weeks before 911. I’m retired, having spent my entire earlier writing career in Los Angeles. I was an advertising copywriter and creative director for a number of ad agencies around town. Won a lot of silly wards for my wiseass sense of humor. But I’m much happier now, doing my own writing, and not having to fill out monthly expense reports. Or patiently explain to yet another bonkers showbiz mom why her untalented little Bree, Jennifer, Dylan, Monika or Rocki didn’t get hired for the commercial.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Whoa…that’s a tough one. I’d probably have to say CHUMP CHANGE, the third book in my La-La Land series. I had already written a couple of comedy crime/murder stories, but this time around, I got good and ambitious. Wanted to see how many characters and completely gonzo situations I could squeeze into one book (Don’t forget – this is L.A. we’re talking about.) As a result, I had crooked TV preachers; psycho showbiz moms; naked Roman Zombies; and porn stars who sound like Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes. Plus, what’s got to be the most hysterical explicit sex scenes ever put on paper – a porn shoot that goes wackily off the rails.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Like I said, I’ve been writing since I almost got kept back in the eighth grade. Then I spent about four decades creating and writing humorous ads and commercials. So, I’ve pretty much always been a writer.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I don’t know – I love to cook (that’s how the Army trained me to be a dangerous human being). I also enjoy watching documentaries on Netflix; ridiculing Republicans; playing online Scrabble with my sister, who’s also a comedy-based advertising writer. And if I’m REALLY bored, I’ll put on my best cargo shorts and t-shirt, then go to the nearest LAPD precinct headquarters and confesses to famous unsolved murders and crimes that happened more than a century ago. Almost had them convinced that I was the Sundance Kid.

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

Not a tradition so much, as a feeling that always comes over me. Five minutes after finishing work on another book, I always feel like I’m at a big picnic and I’ve been engaged in a massive tug of war – and the other side has let go of the rope. Could be worse – I could feel like I was trying to find someone to partner up with for the 3-legged race. Or the ‘no-handed’ pie eating event.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I write in a lot of different places – at home; at Starbucks; at Mickey D’s. The only limit is the length of my extension cord and my USB cable.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Well, I wish more people knew about it. But other than that, not really.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I guess my dream would be to see one of my books turned into a movie. That, and maybe saying something at a party that puts Woody Allen on the floor, laughing so hard he’s in tears.

12. Where do you live?

I live in an apartment in one of the L.A. suburbs that’s named after one of the long-dead generals from my old Civil War report.

13. Pets?

One dog and one cat – in that order.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Like I said, I’m about 60 pages and 25,000 words into the next book in my La-La Land comedy crime/murder series. And this puppy is taking on a life of its own. Like the other books in the series, it stars Fish Fishbein, my heavily tattooed, Harley-riding repo man and bounty hunter to the stars. It also features a ton of Republicans and the Sioux nation. But that’s all my handlers will let me say right now.

15. What is coming next for you?

Probably dinner…but I’m just guessing here.

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Let’s see…I’m 6’1”, blind as a bat, and I’m a double Leo. Which means I make a heck of an entrance—when I’m not colliding with door frames.

You can connect with Jeff Lee here:

Amazon Author Page: amzn.to/20j8CQp Facebook Author Page: on.fb.me/1QPczqQ

Website: bit.ly/1uHEmSo Farewell Tour’s Amazon link: amzn.to/1KEN8U3 Twitter: @jfredlee

 

Some of Jeff Lee’s books:

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Getting personal with Patrick C Greene

As a toddler, Patrick C. Greene was creating horrors in crayon and magic marker upon every available surface. Not surprisingly, he soon discovered comic books and immersed himself in the fantastic worlds found therein. Horror fiction and films came next, and despite spending nights of terror hiding under covers, he always found himself drawn back to tales of dark fates.
Greene cut his fangs in the screenwriting business but found his true calling in the world of prose fiction of the kind his heroes King, Barker and Koontz create.
With the success of his first novel PROGENY, and the upcoming THE CRIMSON CALLING from Hobbes End Publishing, Greene presents a brand of horror as emotional as it is terrifying, as engaging as it is suspenseful.
Living at night, deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Greene answers the call of his morbid muse when not enjoying monstrous helpings of horror, kung fu and doom metal.

 

Please help me welcome Patrick C Green to Roadie Notes……..

 

 

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

My first was written onto the walls of my mother’s womb, using the fingernails of a latent twin I absorbed. It was only eighteen words but if anyone ever reads them, it will send them plummeting into madness for all eternity.

 

2. How many books have you written?

I’m polishing my fourth novel now. Countless short stories besides that.

 

3. Anything you won’t write about?

In terms of taboo subjects; no. If I feel I can’t do a topic or character-type justice, I will wait till I have thoroughly researched before trying. But I do enjoy challenging my writing boundaries.

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

Married, two sons, night security at an upscale hotel.

 

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

My current WIP, whose title is yet to be determined, is perhaps my most personal and enjoyable to write. My first, PROGENY, was a reflection of many aspects of my relationship with my oldest son, so that holds some water. The Crimson Calling, first in The Sanguinarian Journals, was for my wife. Thus, it’s hard to settle on one. I try to challenge myself and grow with each successive effort

 

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Difficult to think in terms of an inspiration or catalyst. It’s more of a sentient need which requires a vehicle, which is me.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I’m a fitness, film and martial arts buff. I watch a lot of movies -horror of course, but also old school Hong Kong kung fu flicks. As a former fighter, I still train. But writing is fun to me, or at least the first stages, when the story is blasting its way out.

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

Maybe a drink or two, and a couple of days trying not to write.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I rarely write at home. My job allows a good deal of down time and solitude and my gym also has a comfortable lobby that works well for the later, polishing stages, with a productive atmosphere and something to do during breaks.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I would love to find a happy medium between being satisfied with a story and being a perfectionist.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Famous writer would be nice. It’s not like writers get mobbed or constantly pestered by tabloid media, so famous is a relative term for a writer. If I can make writing a source of comfortable income that would be just fine.

12. Where do you live?

In the mountains of Western North Carolina, just outside of weird-ass Asheville.

13. Pets?
Six cats. SIX!

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I kind of like solitude, maybe too much. That, and surprising myself with what comes out of my brain and heart.

15. What is coming next for you?

Hard to say precisely what will literally release next. I just finished a Halloween-set novel with which I’m fairly pleased. Another new novel, Under Wicked Sky, is about to enter a sort of overhaul process. In the meantime, I have several short stories which will release as ebooks over the next few months.

 

Anything else?

I will likely delve into non-fic at some point, to write about my other passion, martial arts.

 

You can connect with Patrick C Greene here:

My blog site is http://www.PatrickCGreene.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Patrick-C.-Greene/e/B00999FEA4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1′

 

Some of Patrick C Greene’s books: 

 

 

Getting personal with Konstantine Paradias

Konstantine Paradias is a writer by choice. At the moment, he’s published over
100 stories in English, Japanese, Romanian,German, Dutch and Portuguese and has
worked in a freelancing capacity for video games, screenplays and anthologies.

People tell him he’s got a writing problem but he can, like, quit whenever he wants, man.
His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

 

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

While I can’t be 100% certain, i think I wrote my first story (by way of crayons on notepaper and sticker-rebuses) when I was about 5. It was a collaborative effort with my brother, who was 3, while we were rebooting one of our earlier imaginary playmates, DUCKIE. He wasn’t too bad, but he just lacked the oomph we needed to push him into a franchise.

So we ended up with KITTENCHILDE (first name Mordecai), the richest kitten in the world. He was born with a silver cat toy dangling in front of his face, hated work, controlled the world’s economy and was plagued with moocher relatives.

I didn’t really start working on writing another story until I was 14 and my English teacher at the time told me I was hopeless with the language, so I started writing a pretty atrocious, 200k word fanfic starring every character from every game I’d played so far. I’ve since expunged it from the internet since it was absolute cringe but hey, it got the ball rolling.

2. How many books have you written?

Counting all the stuff that didn’t make it off the ground? I’d say around 6, at last count. The first one was a fantasy western story about an android assassin in a steam punk world. It was called STONE COLD COUNTENANCE and it had voodoo and ancient sorcery and demon dogs but it was so poorly written that I had to make it go away.

The second one was a novel that’s currently stuck in rewrite hell, which began as a post apocalyptic body horror novel. I started working on it in 2010 and have since taken off 50k words, added another 30k, re-worked the setting and now it’s slowly turning into the story of a motorized Mongol Horde coming back in the wake of a fossil fuel apocalypse. I call it the CHROME HORDE and I hate it and love it in the same breath.

The third once is a YA novella that’s still stuck between publishers, titled TEENAGE BADASS. It’s the story of Finn, a monster hunter born, who chooses to leaves the magical comfort of her weird family to venture out into the strange world we call our own. Also, it feature time travelling Nazi werewolves.

My fourth book is SORRY, WRONG COUNTRY, which I am immensely proud of, on account of how I was working on it for 8 years and made it happen. It’s a collection of short stories about everyday weirdness in the heart of post-recession Greece.

My fifth book is a pet project I’ve always wanted to get down to, a novella that’s the first in a series I’ve always wanted to get on with. It’s titled VIOLENCE DAVE and it’s all power metal and space marine rage and all that good old ultra-violence.

And finally, the last one is FUTURESUCK, which is coming out by Sybaritic Press and people tell me it’s depressing but I don’t see how: it’s just the story of the worst time traveler ever, whizzing across the time stream after having erased his own timeline while trying to get rich quick and messing it up royally. He can never get back but neither can we and there’s nothing we can do about it.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Politics. Can’t stand the stuff. It’s toxic and it clings to your skin and if you aren’t careful, people around you are gonna catch it. There’s nothing more stilted and awkward than stopping a story cold in its tracks just to advertise your leanings or tell people why they’re wrong and I wont’ be changing my mind about it anytime soon.

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

At the risk of dating this interview, I’m 32 at the time and happily married with the only woman I could ever call ‘wife’. No kids yet, but they’re gonna happen. I’m thinking about 6, so I can train them as trapeze artists on the off-chance this writing thing doesn’t work out.

I’ve worked as a sandwich shop worker, owned a small business selling religious icons, worked in marketing, bookstore sales and even spent a spell living full-time off manuscript editing. But if I had to pick a career for myself, I’d cook for a living. People tell me it’s a crap job, but there’s nothing like the sizzle of cooking oil over a fire to get me going in the morning.

Also, waking up at 4am. People can’t stand it, but there’s no sight better than that pre-dawn light, peeking through the cloud cover on a Monday morning.

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

So far, it’s gotta be SORRY, WRONG COUNTRY. Mostly because I worked on it for 8 years and I rewrote it a thousand times and I was never good enough for it, but I loved working on it and I think it liked the attention.

It’s a collection of stories from regular weirdos, customers and passers-by I got to meet while the country was coming apart around me and I think they kept me from losing it, especially when things turned for the worse. Hell, even if we slip off the edge of the First World, I’ll still have those guys to keep me sane.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Like I said, i started because I wanted to piss off my English teacher, but the person that got me into writing was the Sandwich Captain, a man I kept running into at 2am in the morning when I was working in that aforementioned sandwich shop. He was probably the most interesting man in the world and he hated the attention and he was more troubled than Sisyphus.

And I loved him for it.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Don’t laugh, but I make pickles. Carrots, cucumbers, cabbage and garlic, chili and bell peppers and onions, oh my. Then I check on them in the middle of the night, as if they were children and worry for about two months before I crack them open.

Also, I like to grow stuff. Nothing too major: maybe some peppers, some onions, when I can. Someday, I might just head off to the boonies, live off the land, then come back just in time to regret it.

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

Panic. Worry. Tell people. Feel like garbage. Start planning out the next one. Am I doing it right? I don’t think I am doing it right, at all.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

Mostly, I write anywhere. I write at work, between handling customers. I write at home, while trying to wrangle dinner. I never had too much time to write since I started doing it earnest, but I can’t stand music, so I guess I need the..noise?

The hum of humanity, the gentle rumble of the kitchen or traffic.

God, if the world ended I don’t think I’d ever write another word.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I don’t even know where to begin: personally, I hate my dialogue, think I need tons of work on establishing hooks, am garbage at pacing and overall wouldn’t publish me if it was up to me. Also, I think my research is atrocious and I have a very heavy hand when it comes to editing myself, to the point where I start second guessing to an atrocious degree.

You know what? It’s best I don’t touch anything. I already hate the entire thing.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Famous? With the attention and the interviews and the podcasts and all that jazz? No, just give me enough to live on and a tank of gas-filled from book sales and a settled power bill and I’ll be happy.

But then maybe I’ll just bellyache and wish I had a movie deal by then.

12. Where do you live?

Athens, heart of Greece, birthplace of philosophers and every terrible idea alike, in a little place overlooking the Acropolis, nestled against the hill of Filopappou. On summer nights, we’re lulled to sleep by the distant baying of strays. In winter, beggars form impromptu choruses in street corners.

We swelter in August and we freeze in December and it hasn’t snowed in Christmas since forever, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

13. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Writing itself, I guess. Also, browsing markets, struggling to reach publishers, trying to finagle a story every chance I get.

It might come off as cynical, but I hate writing for myself. I am the worst audience I’ve ever had: I’m awfully judgmental, offer little to no feedback and am an all-around insufferable smartass.

But writing for others? Man oh man, that’s a blast. I love talking to editors or readers, especially, pitching ideas on the sly and searching for that little nod, that semi-indifferent “go for it” sign and know that I wanna give them something they will enjoy.

Hell, even if I bungle it up I’ll get some form of feedback.

 

You can connect with Konstantine Paradias here: 

Sorry, Wrong Country Book link:

Shapescapes Editing Services:
http://shapescapes.blogspot.in/p/blog-page_34.html

https://www.amazon.com/Konstantine-Paradias/e/B00HT3BJ2Y/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1501580795&sr=8-1

 

Some of Konstantine Paradias’s books:

In Remembrance of Christy Thornbrugh

Christy Thornbrugh was my best friend, my sister and the missing piece of my soul. Anyone that knew her longer than 5 seconds loved her. She had the warmest heart and the best hugs. We became friends on Facebook and soon after decided that we just had to meet. I’m so glad we did. They came to my home in Southern Indiana to stay over night on the way to Scares That Cares last year. It was a house full. Christy, Steve, Aliyah and Jazz, Holly and her daughter Valerie and two other friends of Aliyah’s. What a car full that was. When the car pulled up someone ran to the front door and pressed their face against the window tapping their fingers on the glass. I looked up and giggled it was Christy. She flung open the door and ran straight across the room to the recliner I was sitting in and climbed in with me. We just hugged each other and hung on for dear life. I had met the other half of me. Someone so like me it was scary. She was the good side of this duo. Her golden heart showed in everything she did. Her love of the Indie Authors and her love of making embroidery patches for them about their books was paramount to none. She loved most everyone unless they gave her a reason not to. She was selfless, kind loving, a devoted mother, wife and friend. She was there through some really dark times for me and I for her. There wasn’t anything we didn’t talk about. She trusted me with her kids something she valued more than her life and knew I would never let anything happen to them because I love them like she did. They are smart, strong and talented you ladies because of her and she was so proud of them. I am too. The night she had the aneurysm changed all of our lives forever. Nothing would be the same. Steve lost his wife, the girls their mother, me my other half, friends a sister and confidant, the Indi world lost a true supporter. My world will never be the same and neither will theirs but we are better people for knowing her and loving her and her loving us. I can’t tell you how much she loved each and every one of you.

Attached are some of the pictures we would send back and forth to each other so it’s kinda her life in the last year in pictures. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I tried to think of a better way to honor her memory but this seemed very appropriate since this blog is for the Indie Authors and she was a huge part of our community.

 

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Getting personal with Richard Writhen

Originally from Rhode Island, Richard Writhen also lived in NYC for about ten years. He has been e-published on several notable sites such as the MightyThorJRS Blog, Techzwn.com, Grimdarkmagazine.com and Ragnarokpub.com and is the author of three novellas on Amazon KDP: A Kicked Cur, A Host of Ills and The Hiss Of The Blade. Richard also writes short form stories in the styles of Gothdark, Grimdark, GDSF and Psychological Horror, and will eventually be exploring the weird west.

Please help me welcome Richard Writhen to Roadie Notes………….

 

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

First off, thank you very much for having me here on Roadie Notes! I am very happy to be here. In answer to the question, I actually started out reading a lot of Stephen King and Clive Barker’s stuff even before I picked up comic books in my teens in the late eighties. Then, I tried out writing a few rudimentary stories; which I unfortunately didn’t wind up saving. I also tried to write a short piece about a cult in my twenties and a prototype version of my first independently published novella in my early thirties, both later discarded. I’m not sure why I didn’t take the craft seriously until I was in my mid-to-late thirties. It must have had something to do with focus level; after I had spent four solid years as a copywriter in real life, I found that I finally had the tools to get serious about being an author.

2. How many books have you written?

I have three existing works up on Amazon KDP presently; I am working on the fourth. The first two of them were originally written in serial form on Techzwn.com and WordPress.com respectively and are in my homespun genre that I like to call Gothdark; it’s a variant of Grimdark that is also basically fantasy, but whose influences are weird and gothic fiction, rather than the traditional sword and sorcery. The third novella, which was written over the latter half of last year, is my attempt at a purer Grimdark style, a pseudo-medieval drama that takes place on the same planet as the others, which is named Cedron, but a couple of hundred years later, when other gods have taken prevalence and thus control over it.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I attempted to write Erotica and failed miserably. It just comes out all ridiculous, the man-root and throbbing love cave kind of thing. I can do a hint of romance, but I have no real interest in highly explicit sexuality in prose, and of course pedophilia and bestiality. I am interested in exploring modern, dark speculative fiction in many forms; if I feel that the genre is a bit milquetoast then I’m really not interested in it. I probably won’t be doing much Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy for instance, because I feel that it’s kind of all been done.

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

I quietly turned forty last year. I have never been married or had kids; hopefully that will change someday. As for physical jobs, I have done mostly food service and retail; a few years cooking, a few years in jewelry sales, and my first couple jobs ever were actually at movie theatres back home. I really enjoyed those … hey, free films and popcorn, sure can’t beat that.

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

I am currently enamored with my new one, The Hiss Of The Blade. It was very difficult to get the scene sequencing correct, and I hit over thirty characters with lines by the time it was done. Again, I was really trying to write the kind of Grimdark book that I would ideally want to read; but in many tiny ways, it came out as gothic as my other work. But, having read stuff like The King In Yellow and The White People between novellas two and three, I found a strange romance plot-line winnowing its way into the narrative almost without any conscious thought on my part. When I came to realize that I was going to self-publish it through KDP, I then re-edited the first two books in full and made sure to put them up first, for completion’s sake. They were originally intended to be books one and five of a six book cycle, but as they take place so far apart chronologically, seventy-five earth years, that I figured I’d break them up too and simply have three trilogies.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I mentioned King and Barker before; in my early thirties I read a bunch of classics, almost all of Lovecraft’s stuff, and then later on the five existing books of ASOIAF. I had been copy-writing at that point for four years, and had even begun to read the Bible more seriously, when I came across a Craigslist ad looking for writers on speculation. So, I drafted quick articles on HPL and ASOIAF for them; it was almost like a confluence of things sliding into place. But I had always toyed with the idea, and I wrote the first novella as an amateur for almost three years before beginning paid market submissions; still got my fingers crossed for a short form acceptance.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I’m not very athletic overall, but when it comes to sports, the occasional jog or pickup basketball game is fun. I love electronic gaming, but I’m between systems for the time being. I would also like to pick up the guitar again as well; I used to play when I was younger and loved it, I’m all about stringed instruments in general.

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

I’m the kind of guy who will literally go get a burrito or some pasta or something, maybe a bucket of chicken. I don’t have expensive tastes at all when it comes to food and drink. That may change someday, of course; I hear a good whiskey is especially gratifying. But the point is that I’m easy to please; though I did take a few days off when I was done with the last novella, just under a week. That was nice, because I write every night without fail usually; I try to practice “Nulla Dies Sine Linear” … not a day without a line.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or with music?

I tend to do my best work when listening to extremely heavy metal-core or death-core music. Matter of fact, that’s what I mostly listen to just for pleasure as well, and it seems to inform my work through a strange literary osmosis; and there are sometimes a few almost theatrically “aside” references to songs, films and even video games that wind up in it. But I listen to other kinds of music as well, some 80s favorites and dub-step and the like. Recently, I’ve been just throwing on podcasts while working; but that’s the exception, not the rule.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

It may be a bit heavy for some, in terms of theme. There are a lot of metaphysical, magical realism, mythical creature and personal transformation plot lines, but with the relatively new sub-genre of Grimdark’s overall trope inversions and “grey characters.” I really don’t shy away from the inherent revulsion and violence of dark genres, but in a world of extreme horror fiction and the like; not to mention the true horror of reality, anything that I may write is going to be all light and fluffy compared to most. So, I just let the content really ride, and there’s nothing truly objectionable in it that would turn off your average publisher … but it certainly won’t fit in everywhere.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I’m just getting started out really, and haven’t thought too far ahead about where I’m going. I have three of twelve planned novellas finished and I’m currently working on the fourth one as well as four new stories for submissions. Much like any other writer, I think it would be great to eventually be able to write for a living; as I do enjoy doing it despite the time it takes and the lack of immediate rewards. Fame, fortune … of course, that would be great too, as anyone would appreciate more money, or even just some form of human approval for what they do best; but all in due time, as they say.

12. Where do you live?

I currently live in and originally am from Newport, Rhode Island. I also wound up moving to New York City for almost ten years, working in Manhattan and living first in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, Queens and then Woodhaven in the South Bronx. I also had a brief chance to visit Greenpoint, Brooklyn in May 2015 and that was really great. Since I moved back home, I even miss NYC sometimes.

13. Pets?

No, I don’t have any currently. I love both cats and dogs, but I’m unfortunately allergic to cat dander. I love mammals in general, but mis-like insects greatly … I’m probably not alone there. We had a black lab and then a dachshund when I was younger; it was really nice and I’d like to get another dog or two in future if I can.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Finishing a piece! No, but seriously, the development of the Mind’s Eye, the increased conceptual thought, has enriched my life and organized my self and personality in a way. I feel that being an author, a writer, an artist, or even what have you is something that you discover that you are as much as something that you do; I’ve even heard it likened to sexual orientation, and I find that allegory pretty much valid. In the pursuit of my work, I’ve also met so many gifted individuals online, and with my attention span, I need that; death before boredom! And at the end of the day, it’s the joy of creation that makes being an author great above all else, really … the discovery process of finding those distinctive characters and unique places, that makes the literally endless work worthwhile.

15. What is coming next for you?

All three novellas are actually each the first in a planned trilogy series; with A Host Of Ills being the first in The Shades of Cedron, A Kicked Cur being the first in The Rotes of Rena, and The Hiss Of The Blade being the first in The Celestial Ways Saga. So before I can do the three stand-alone that I have planned, I actually have to write six more novellas in those series; the first of them, which will be the second book in TSOC, is slated for completion somewhere around September 2017, and will probably then be self-published as well if my situation doesn’t change, what with representation and publishers and the like. The stand-alone novellas are set to be in the sub-genres of Psychological Horror, Grimdark Science Fiction (which there is no clever name for yet), and Weird West respectively. Anyways, in summation, thank you and the readers very much for your time.

 

You can connect with Richard Writhen here:

WordPress:

https://www.richardwrithen.wordpress.com/

FB Author page:

https://www.facebook.com/wrychardwrycthen/

Gothdark Speculative Fiction FB Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1787935258093459/

 

A Host Of Ills:

 

A Kicked Cur:

 

The Hiss Of The Blade:

 

Two other articles / features about my work:

https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/guest-blog-the-planet-the-gods-and-the-magic-by-richard-writhen/

https://www.ragnarokpub.com/single-post/2016/05/12/3-Flavors-of-Fantasy-Grimdark-Gothdark-and-Mythdark