Getting personal with Dustin LaValley

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?
Politics.

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.

13. Pets?
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.

 

You can connect with Dustin LaValley here: 

Twitter: @dustinlavalley
Facebook: Facebook.com/dustinlavalleyauthor

 

You can preorder Dustin’s newest book here:

https://www.sstpublications.co.uk/Beetles.php

Some of Dustin LaValley’s books:

 

You can buy Dustins book here: 

Monster by Matt Shaw and Michael Bray

It is unusual that I will do any sort of advertising but this is something near and dear to my heart. It’s about dreams, hopes and desires. That being said these two amazing writers have a dream that they are going to make happen and they need your help. They are going to make a movie. We as the horror community need to come together and show them how much we love and believe in them. So, please take a moment and read this and please help them out if you can and if you can’t please share their kickstart page. The last I knew it had made the goal so now it’s about making a bigger and even better movie than they had first hoped for. Make sure you look at the amazing things you can get for your donations. Thanks for taking the time to read and help them out.

 

Letter from Michale Bray: 

First off, apologies for hitting you again with another email so soon after the last but i really wanted to share this news with you as soon as possible and hope that you might be able to help us out!

After it was recently sold to a major Japanese publisher and the domestic success since it’s release, Matt Shaw and i are bringing our book MONSTER to the screen. We launched our Kickstarter campaign yesterday to raise funds to get the movie underway and have already passed the 50% mark on our minimum goal for this to happen.

Even so, we’ve not rested and have been hard at work, even snagging our first actor in Lee Nicholas Harris, known for his work on World War Z (2013), The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) and Trance (2013).

We also have secured the services of special effects artist Dave Fox who will be responsible for bringing the book to life.
WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP
Although we are well on our way towards raising our minimum funding amount to go ahead with the movie, it’s important to reach as many people as possible, so with that said it would be massively appreciated if you could help us spread the word by clicking the link below for our kickstarter page and sharing it on your social media pages etc.

I hate asking for stuff like this as i don’t want to be seen as a spammy author, but we are incredibly passionate about this project and really want to get it off the ground. pledges are always welcome of course, and we have provided a full range of amazing perks for anyone who chooses to get involved. Feel free to click through and browse.

I’ll stop waffling now as i have a script to write! thanks again for the support and apologies for the intrusion!

Michael

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Kickstarter link: 

Maniacs With Knives by Shaun Hupp

Ok, there is brutal, spine tingling and gruesome, this book has it all. There were places in it that made my butt pucker and I had to walk away for a while. That doesn’t happen very often. When I first met Shaun several years ago I knew that he was a good writer but he has truly grown into an amazing writer. They way he can describe the scene and how he builds the story and develops his characters have become very awesome to see and experience. If you haven’t had a chance to read anything by him I highly recommend that you change this immediately. You will be hooked.

Maniacs With Knives follows several different stories all merging into one big blood bath. It has been awhile since I was so entranced with a book that I beta read. Shaun would send me a few chapters at a time and I would beg him to send me more. This went on until the end of the book and that’s when he showed me the cover he made for it and let me say it is a perfect fit! This book is really the total package. You won’t regret reading but lock your doors and pull down the windows because you will have the creeps.

The first part starts out with a young girl getting ready to graduate from high school. She is out on a date with her boyfriend. The next thing she knows she wakes up with her hands ties behind her back in a basement. Her captor a skinny older man starts talking to her as he pulls over a tray of knives. She asks the million dollar question…..are you gonna kill me? His reply is no but a few new holes are needed……

Then we flip to a young lady taking a shower thinking about her boy friend who is coming over to her house tonight. Her parents are away and she is hoping that tonight is the night that he will tell her he loves her. Her parents had left her a note telling her where they would be for the evening problem is that her parents didn’t write it………

 

The next part starts with two men sitting at a bar. One older man and one middle-aged. They start talking and the younger man demands that the old man tell him a story. The older man finally agrees and tells him that he was a serial killer that the police had looked for, for a long time and never caught. The younger man just laughs at him. The older man gets up to leave and the young man insists he sit down and continue the story. Little does he know but the younger man knows who he is and has been looking for him for quite sometime. They are connected but how………

There are a few other stories that mingle in with these three and the more you read the better it gets. You know that I won’t tell you any more because I don’t want to spoil it for you. READ THE BOOK!! You will also never see the ending coming I was totally thrown. I figured I had it all figured out but I was totally wrong. It was a perfect ending and hopefully there will be another book coming soon making this a series. All I can say is well done Shaun Hupp, well done!

 

 

You can buy the book here:

 

Getting personal with TJ Weeks

TJ Weeks has a great sense of humor and is always up for making someone laugh with his crazy antics. He is a loving husband and father to 5 children. He likes to hang out with his friends and have cook outs. His wife and son also write books. If you haven’t had a chance yet to check out his work please do so and make sure not to forget to leave him a review. The links to connect with TJ are listed below. Recently TJ Weeks was voted the winner of Zombie Book Of The Month Club. If you love zombies make sure to check out his books.  Please help me welcome TJ Weeks to Roadie Notes……..

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Not sure how old I was when I wrote my first story, but I was 12 when my first story was published out.

2. How many books have you written?
Somewhere along the lines of 60.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
I’m sure there are plenty of things that I don’t care to write about, but I like to keep an open mind.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc...
I’m 35 years old, married to my beautiful wife Kris Weeks. We have 5 kids altogether. My son Daltin as well as my wife write books as well. Being an author is my only job. So far I’ve been pretty fortunate to not have to work another job.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That’s a pretty tough question, but I’d have to say that my Valley Drift series is my favorite, but The Horror Squad series has been my favorite to write.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I think a little bit of everything inspires me to write, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would be my grandma. She pushed me to do the things I love before she passed away.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Hang out with friends, camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, barbecuing & hiking.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I generally get all my friends together & cook out (never really noticed until my wife pointed it out.).

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I write all over the place. My recliner is probably the main place. I strap on my earphones & jam out a lot to Shinedown when I write, but it really depends on what kind of scene I’m writing.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Not really anything I would change about my writing, but wish I would have learned marketing/promotions A LOT earlier in my career.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream is for my books to be known. I don’t care to be the next Stephen King or anything. I just want my books to have a true chance to be seen & read. Clive Barker or Dean Koontz would be 2 famous authors I’d like to meet.

12. Where do you live?
I live next to Lake Halbrook in Mineola, TX.

13. Pets?
I have my Rottweiler, Loki. He’s a Valentine’s Day(born) puppy. He turned 4 this year.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I get to live in my own world.

15. What is coming next for you?
I still have A LOT of The Horror Squad to write, to include the comic books & movie that are coming out this year. I also have a few other books that I’m working on such as: Building A Monster, Loki and I: Plagued, LoneStar & The Horror Squad anthology “Road Warriors”.

 

You can connect with TJ Weeks here: 

http://www.tjweeks.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/1483829198575945
http://www.facebook.com/groups/1863897843857684
http://www.amazon.com/TJ-Weeks/e/B00QG4AENW
http://www.twitter.com/tjweeks6
http://www.instagram.com/author_tj_weeks

 

 

Some of TJ Weeks books:

Getting even more personal with Jason Parent

Jason Parent is an amazing writer. His jaw dropping stories will blow you away. His new book People Of The Sun is a different genre for him but wow did he hit it out of the park. You definitely don’t want to miss reading this one folks!! Please welcome Jason Parent back to Roadie Notes………..

 

1. So this book is a new genre for you what made you write this one?

I wanted to take a hard look at humanity and what it means to be human through the lens of an outsider. At the same time, I hoped to write an exciting first contact story. Without getting too heavy-handed with my messages, I tried to tell a story of what could happen, of how we might cause our own ruination out of fear, distrust, intolerance, cowardice, and ignorance. Of course, I’m just talking about aliens, though.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?

I wrote the first draft of one novel in four months. Another took twelve years to finish. I never know what I’m committing myself to until I start writing, and by then, it’s too late.

3. Where did the idea come from for this book?

A spider living in my head whispered it to me. Okay, not really. But I don’t know. One day, I sat down to write and out spilled this story.

4. Will there be a following book?

Only if people want one. I do have a sequel outlined in my head, and it would probably take place a decade or so after the events of People of the Sun.

5. Did you like this genre better than horror?

As a writer, I include elements of horror in all my works thus far. I’m drawn to it and likely always will be. As a reader though, I enjoy horror, sci-fi, thrillers and fantasy. I also like graphic novels. My preference seems to change daily.

6. Is it true that the story picks you or did you pick the story?

For me, it’s the former. I’d say less so for sequels, but even those I won’t write unless a story I think is worthwhile pops into my brain.

7. What is your favorite part of this story?

That’s easy. I really liked the scene where Kazi escapes confinement. Whenever I think of People of the Sun, that scene comes to mind first. That, and the ending.

8. Are you planning on trying out other genre’s as well?

Yes. I am presently writing a legal thriller with elements of horror and suspense.

9. What is coming next for you?
My next novel will be a gritty a gruesome crime novel. It will take place in Fall River much like Seeing Evil, but it will pre-date the events of my earlier work with an unrelated story.

10. You are such a busy man how do you ever find time to write?

Lately, I don’t. For a long time, I was sacrificing sleep to write. That may have finally caught up to me.

 

A teaser from the book:

 

All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.

Filled with hope and driven by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.

Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.

 

You can buy the book here:

 

Praise for People of the Sun
“Jason Parent has penned a thought-provoking, gripping sci-fi thriller. This isn’t your grandma’s alien invasion. My own world stopped the moment I stepped into People of the Sun. Lovers of science fiction, horror and even super heroes will revel in this roller-coaster of a tale. A true must-read!” –Hunter Shea, author of We Are Always Watching and The Jersey Devil

Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! Life With Women: The Long Awaited Instructional Manual by: E.A. Barker

 

Yes, I know before you all go screaming in the other direction no this is not a horror book. I decided to pick up something different and try it out. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.  When you first start reading this you will think man this guy hates women. However the more you read the more it becomes apparent that he in fact loves and adores them even with all our faults.

Personally I think that everyone that has ever been in a relationship or will ever be in a relationship should read this book. It is insightful, funny at times and not for children. The stories about the different women that he has been involved with are amazing. Well written and flow very smoothly. It made reading very enjoyable. You will identify with some of the stories and others you will find exciting and very interesting.  This book could very easily be classified as a self-help book and might very well help you understand your partners and what you are doing wrong or right. Now all the women in this book are totally anonymous and never is there a mention of names or clues as to who they are or could be.

E. A. Barker is without a doubt a very talented writer. His voice in this book is solid and strong and the writing will draw you in and before you know it you will be totally absorbed in what is going on in his world. To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement and hope that he will write many more books to come. He definitely has a fan in me. Please take the time to read this amazing book and make sure you leave a review. I would give this book a 5 star review out of 5 possible stars. This is one you don’t want to miss. Try something different you won’t be sorry.

 

You can pick up a copy of this book here:

 

Getting personal with Stuart Brogan

I’m going to start this interview a little different. I’m going to post the blurb for Stuart’s new book Jackal…. enjoy!

From the aftermath of a brutal massacre at a rural police station two survivors leave behind a swathe of bodies and a cryptic sigil painted on the wall in blood. A disgraced Detective Inspector begrudgingly starts to investigate the crime scene but as the facts begin to emerge the trail appears to lead into the highest echelons of power making the policeman himself the next target. As the conspiracy spirals ever deeper and with no-one to trust, both prime suspect and policeman are forced into an unlikely alliance to prove, not only their innocence but the existence of a force so ingrained into our society it could rewrite the very fabric of human nature.

Please welcome Stuart Brogan to Roadie Notes……..

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

Hi there, thanks for having me. I began writing when I was about fourteen years old. At the time, I was heavily influenced by Fighting Fantasy, choose your own adventure books. Then, as I grew older, I started to write horror stories inspired by those authors around in the early 90’s.

2. How many books have you written?

At present I have released two nonfiction books called HEATHEN WARRIOR and HEROES OF PAGAN BRITAIN. These are all about, not surprisingly, Heathenry and Paganism. I have also written one action / horror novel entitled JACKALS.

I am currently 90% finished with a novella called SCALLYWAG. It is a fast-paced horror / thriller due to be released at the end of April / early May.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Zombies! I find they are boring and have been done to death (excuse the pun). Everybody seems to be writing about them, each claiming to have a different slant on the story. Also, there seems to be a trend for gore for the sake of gore, I have violent scenes but it has a meaning and serves a purpose rather than for little more than shock value.

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

I am currently 41 years young and am happily married with three-step kids. I reside in Glastonbury, UK where I live with the family and also have two cats and a man-eating Shih-Poo dog called “Poppy”.

I do have a boring Mon – Fri day job but I also own a Viking / Heathen shop called Shield Maiden in Glastonbury. In this we sell everything from drinking horns to period tents. We supply everyone from re-enactors to Museums.

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

At this point, I have to say JACKALS.

I had so much fun writing it and exploring the story, not to mention the fact the characters were really interesting to write.

None of them are perfect people. None of them are truly evil or good. They all have failings. The reader may sympathize with one then something will happen to totally undermine their reasoning for liking them in the first place.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Initially, it was the fact that the only things I really enjoyed at school were the creative subjects. Reading those early, choose your own adventure books really fired my imagination and I loved being transported to other worlds.

Later I started to explore horror from authors like Shaun Hutson and Brian Lumley and a host of others. I also loved watching all those classic 80’s horror / action movies.

I figured I could write my own stuff and be as free as my mind would allow.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I am an avid shooter. I enjoy close range tactical disciplines as well as F-Class long-range target shooting out to one mile.

For me it is a “Zen” moment, it relaxes me and focus’s the mind. I also enjoy archery but don’t have a lot of time to go these days.

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

Nothing written in stone, I am of the opinion that every book has its own energy and as such, generates a different emotion or response when complete.
Sometimes I might just jump straight in to the next one or take a break. I let what happens take its own course.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I would love to say that I have my own study or man cave but alas I sit on my couch with my laptop, fueled by copious amounts of caffeine and nicotine.

Usually I like to be surrounded by silence but now and then I am partial to having some really nasty and bleak black metal in the background.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I am happy with my “voice” and hybrid style but like any author, I want to improve in my craft. Sometimes I read other authors and am blown away by their sentence structure and their ability to convey emotion. I have only released one novel to date so it’s very early days.

I can only get better.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream would be living off of my writing; fame and fortune mean little to me. The most important thing is to be able to pay your bills, have clothes on your back and food on the table, all from doing something you love.

This doesn’t mean being a millionaire nor being famous, in fact, I am a very private person and would find such fame alien.

Having said that, if Hollywood wants to pay me a lot of money for movie rights, I wouldn’t say no!

12. Where do you live?

I currently live in Glastonbury, UK.

13. Pets?

I have a man-eating Shih-Poo dog named “Poppy” as well as two cats called Mia & Gimli.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The escapism from the world around me, to be able to visit faraway lands or create the most terrifying creatures; it’s the limitless possibilities that fire our imaginations.

15. What is coming next for you?

I have a novella called SCALLYWAG coming out at the end of April / early May which will be available in paperback and Kindle via Amazon worldwide.

Keep an eye on my social media pages for details and release date.

Fans of fast paced horror / thrillers are in for one hell of a ride.

 

 

You can connect with Stuart Brogan here:

https://www.facebook.com/stuartrbroganauthor/

https://www.amazon.com/Stuart-R-Brogan/e/B01N6LDPFM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
 

Some of Stuart Brogan’s books:

 

 

You can buy Jackals here: