Getting personal with P Mark DeBryan

P Mark DeBryan or P as I call him is a wonderful guy and talented writer. If you love everything zombie you will absolutely love his books. He has a great sense of humor and always makes me laugh. He and some of his author buddies have had me laughing so hard I have cried at their posts. He is big on family and loves his wife and two grown kids with all his heart. P is passionate about his writing and it shows in his books. If you haven’t read anything by him please do you won’t be sorry! Remember to leave a review for him as they are so important to the authors. Please help me welcome P Mark DeBryan to Roadie Notes……….

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was 54 years old when I wrote my first published story. I have always been a voracious reader and was challenged by an author to write a short story in his world. I did, and he published it. We talked some more after that and he encouraged me to expand it to a full-length novel, and Family Reunion was born!

2. How many books have you written?
Several short stories and two full length novels. Family Reunion J is the second book in the Apocalypse Family book series. It takes place at the same time frame as the first book and is about our main character Ryan’s wife and two kids back in West Virginia and South Carolina. The book actually starts the day Jay drops Ryan off at the airport then all hell breaks loose.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Not that I’m aware of, I try to keep the sex and language realistic. By that I mean, my characters swear when appropriate and don’t have sex in every chapter.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc
I’m 57 years old and have been married for 30 years this July. I have two kids, a boy and girl, 28 and 26 respectively. My son is married and has a son. My daughter is single and owns her own home. Both live close enough that I can see them all the time, which is good because I am all about family. (IE… it’s what matters!) The grandson is absolutely the best looking and smartest kid ever born. I know some of you may think I’m bias, but I’m serious.

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

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
As I’ve said, I’ve read so many different authors from so many different genres that I can’t credit just one, I suppose it was my mother that really is responsible. I flunked second grade, excuse me, I was held back, because I couldn’t read. My mom began to read to me every night at bedtime and we shared innumerable adventures together and never left the house. That love of a good story has been there since then, only now I tell them as well as read them.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I love the beach! I love going places and having adventures… anything will do. Fishing in Mexico with my brother, skydiving with my son, or just cracking a cold one on the deck with my friends.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Hmmm… nope but I’m open to suggestions.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
Okay, this is actually a secret that I have promised to tell my readers in the past. I haven’t done so yet as I thought it was actually something weird and people would not understand. I promise I will break this news sometime during the month of May on Facebook as the Zombie book of the month.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Yes, I look forward to a time when I don’t have to squeeze it in. I plan to retire from the day job in a few years and write 2000 words a day.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
That my kids will live long and happy lives, and yes, to be a successful writer. Fame on a small scale is okay, but I wouldn’t want to have it 24/7, oh who am I kidding, I LOVE ATTENTION.

12. Where do you live?
I live in the capital of West (by God) Virginia. I love it here! We spend a good amount of time at the beach as well.

13. Pets?
Kona is my chocolate lab. She is a laplab, 80lbs of love and kisses. Bugsy is my wife’s Pekinese, 6lbs of pure orneriness.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Entertaining the reader. I love seeing people and have them tell me they enjoyed my book. People who don’t like it is my least favorite thing… lol

15. What is coming next for you?
I am currently working on two projects. One is a continuation of Family Reunion with Ryan and the gang, the other is a sci-fi horror book that is still percolating.

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

You can connect with P Mark DeBryan here:

Author page Amazon; https://www.amazon.com/P.-Mark-DeBryan/e/B014POIOSQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Website: http://www.pmarkdebryan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pmdebryan/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Author page

Family Reunion: https://goo.gl/Z4CGmd

Family Reunion J: https://goo.gl/LJ0wji

 

Some of P Mark DeBryan’s books: 

Sorry, Wrong Country review by: Mandy Tyra

THIS WAS GREAT!! So raw, so raucous, so damn witty.
Hilarious and thought-provoking. Over 200 pages, almost 40 piercing little look-see tales from the strange and somber side of Greece.
The wayward, the nutters, the naysayers, the downtrodden, the optimists, the pessimists, the lost and never founds…

Complied over a period of 8 years, Konstantine observed and documented the strange all around him. Then hand-picked a few dozen blossoms, assorted a colorful arrangement, and delivered this most bountiful bouquet of oddities. So fragrant, and flagrant.

It is quite simply, a series of completely unrelated micro stories and all they have in common is Konstantine as the often speechless and stunned observer, and his homeland of Greece.
Just delightfully insightful, all these side-splitting tidbits, amusing musings, and off-the-wall taxi-cab type confessions.
For instance:
~ The not so fair meth housing act-up
~ The art of blackmailing God into being your bitch
~ A pack-rat aficionado so devoted to his craft even the cockroaches croak
~ The student on a spirit animal dream quest
~ Satan takes a sweetheart
~ A roving gemstone infused ejaculate box for beating the meat outta cancer (talk about a DIY proper!!)

Such a nice change of pace from my usual slice and dice horror books.
I can’t even remember the last time I read a non fiction book, maybe…ummm does my 60 pg ‘Health Care Plan: Exclusions’, count???
I pictured this as more of a coffee table book, IF I had a coffee table, I would display it there and if I entertained guests, I would amuse them with a rousing vignette here and there.

You will crack up laughing at some of these….revelations, scratch your head at others, and kind of wish you were there (but just out of sight) at most.
YES, laugh out loud humor, dry humor, head scratching humor, with pangs of sentimentality, and at times bitterly, bitingly candid…. this writer has quite an impressive way with words and easily lures you into his mad, mad world.
You almost feel like a voyeur.

Yea….people are weird. Anecdotally worthy in all their weirdness.
They always say ‘write what you know’, even if you don’t understand it ~ just write it!

“And the crazies….the crazies pretty much own the street.”

But hold on, first I have to interrupt myself right quick.
Because I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Greece, I lived there for a few years in my teens, on the island of Crete and I ferried to Athens a few times. Simply gorgeous in all it’s preserved culture, iconic beauty, and easy-going street style. I remember all those street vendors, just parked and packed all up and down them streets! So unpretentious and laid back.
Back in the early 90’s, that was my Greece anyway, I hope it still is and they didn’t go all ‘Americanized’.
Oh and the poster perfect beaches!! Just WOW…
Quite a few topless too, I barely had boobies back then though, so… :/
One day I’ll go back, I try to convince myself of that.
I think I might miss gyros the most, he talks about gyros quite a bit in this and my mouth always watered. Mmmm souvlaki gyros, extra tzatziki. Oh and Greek salads, extra feta. YUM!!
Reading this sent me on a full-stop nostalgia trip, that’s for sure.

Most of these quirky little quips are customer related, our writer has run-ins (hide from and near misses) with all sorts of crazed and unfazed people from his many places of employment, for instance:
jewelry and watch repair shop/including wind-up house calls, a mobile sandwich shop (we called them Roach Coaches!! no idea why…), hubby and wife tag-team realtor biz, airport booze and sugar peddler, paperwork hell in the Army bureau, a tutor for ‘Damian’….

And often all he did was ask a simple ‘How are you today?’
The TMI flows rapidly, rampantly.
Some of them acquaintances, some actual friends, some complete strangers, and a fair few are of a familial relation.

He nicknames his bit players with catchy and telling little monikers, for instance:
The Hoarder, Cutie Wreck, Mrs. Quirky, Flyguy, Mrs Sneer, Little-Don’t-Know-Better, Grave Digger Junior… ~ for ease of reference and entertainment purposes or….legality reasons.

Also peppered with some morose, personal inner writer reflection type segments as well, like the BIRDS, BEES AND STD’s one, where as a preteen he learned (can’t be unlearned) some precise tricks of the trade tactics from the more audacious men in his family.
And the FUTUREPACT one, where as a 19-year-old aspiring teen writer still living at home he tries to man-up and help out but instead, inadvertently, slips-up.
Learned a tough life lesson there.
And the DIAGNOSING WRITING one, “Whenever someone confides in me that they are ‘writers’, my heart sinks down to my gut. I ask them how long they have known. If they can, perhaps, get a second opinion from a qualified professional. How long has it been, since the symptoms began?”
Awwww the call of the writer really is a tough as nails, iron fisted bitch, huh…
More often than not, a thankless gig, I’ve heard.
WELL, I thank you Mr. Paradias! I thank for an ARC copy of this here fine book. It was a most pleasant international departure for me!
Round trip…but eh, we’ll work on that. 😛

I was unsure at first because I’m such a creature of habit and this is smack-dab in the middle of foreign breed book land for me, but I’m so glad I tried something new and different.

Konstantine has a fantastic writing presence, it leaves a lasting impression. You can tell he put a lot of time and heart into this…as well as all that wit!!
I really admire indie writers for having the confidence to just…put it all out there, even though they often feel half crushed by the weight of crippling uncertainty. It takes guts full of grit!

This is not your average book though, it won’t be everyone’s cup of Ouzo.
But if you like your humor shaken, spiked with candor, 96 proof, topped off with a fruit loop twist and all served up with a gaudy umbrella, then put your dribble bib on and toss back these shooters.
No hangovers, I promise…you’ll only be thirsting for more.
So yea, not so much of a ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul‘ kind of true-tales read, this is more like a…’Hard Knock Spirits for the Psyche‘ good time read ~ and such a smooth burn it is.
Flowers aaaand nightcaps…..can’t wait to see what he brings for our next book-date. 😛

I wonder if he does have another collection of tell-all tidbits of the brutally blunt, non garden variety kind, in the works???
Oh I bet he does, probably notebooks full!
Could call it….’Still Apologetic: Greece Calling, Line 2‘. LOL

For a fun time, and oddly educational read, pick this Greek gem up. OPA!!
Oh and be very leery of them pilfering pamphlet prophet profiteers!!

“But that was the Greece of plenty for you: Never-Ever land, in the flesh.”

 

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Getting even more personal with David Owain Hughes

David Owain Hughes has been a friend of mine for a long time. He has written many amazing stories that I totally love. He also has a wonderful sense of humor and with his creative mind can sometimes get himself in trouble with his woman. They recently had a beautiful little girl named Ruby. I have tried to get him to send her to me but he refuses. Can’t blame a girl for trying. He is a kind man and always had the time to help another author and I admire that about him. His stories range from horror to deep dark and twisted horror. My favorite book he has written is Rack and Cue with Wind Up Toy Series a very close second. Now that I have the complete series I will be posting a review covering all those books. Don’t miss it! David is a very talented author and has an amazing gift for writing. If you haven’t read any of his books make sure you check him out you won’t regret it at all. Please help me welcome back David Owain Hughes to Roadie Notes……….

 

Artwork on David’s picture above was created by: Megan (good job I love it )

 

1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?
Latest releases include the paper version of Man-Eating Fucks and the release of All-Wound Up and Escapees and Fevered Minds. There’s also been a few anthologies published that I appear in: Deprived Desires, The Big Book of Bootleg Horror, How to Cook a Baby and Shopping List.

2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?
Richard Laymon. After I’d discovered his books, all I wanted to do was write horror stories. I’d love the opportunity to pick his brain, even if it was only for an hour or three.

3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
They sent me a bra and pair of knickers.

4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?
Edit/draft: I hate that process. It takes up so much time – time I could spend writing. But there we go – it’s a must.

5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them
Sadly, I didn’t. I was too wrapped up in imaginary worlds with my toys.

6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?

I’ve attended a couple over the years, but never as a seller. I would love to, but at the moment it’s not right for me – there’s a couple of things stopping me from doing so, the biggest being lack of funds.

7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
Oh, man! I spent years writing and submitting before my first story got accepted way back in 2009 – I think I was blessed that year, as it was the year my son was born. I like to think his birth brought me the luck and skill I needed to press on.

8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?
All the damn time! Well, maybe not all the time, but it does cross my mind from time to time. This way of thinking usually comes over me when I get down, causing self-doubt and loathing to kick in – all hope gets lost. I think a lot of writers and creative types would tell you this. I believe it comes with the territory!

9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?

Yes, and I have done so. Last year I wrote a crime/thriller/noir novel that I’d been itching to write for a few years. It’s currently awaiting an edit, which I hope to get to later this year.

10. Any new additions to the family?

Yes, little Ruby Storm Leigh Hughes, who’s ten-months-old this month.

11. What is coming up next for you?

I have a collection of short stories entitled Psychological Breakdown being released by HellBound Books in the Autumn. I also hope to get Man-Eating Fucks 2 out at some point this year. Also, there are two anthologies I’m excited about being published later this year.

12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?

I’ve done a couple of release parties in the past, yes. They’re a lot of fun! And yes, I think they work well, especially if you can draw a crowd.

13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?

I’d class the woman or man who sent me the bra and knickers as a crazy stalker; whoever it was sent me two lots of mail with ladies underwear in. Spooky. I’ve also had people send me weird messages from time-to-time, but nothing that horrible that I wished they would go away.

14. Do you still have a “day job”? If so what do you do?
I work as a part-time cleaner in a restaurant close to where I live. It’s nothing special, but it helps pay the bills and ensures I can keep writing.

15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?
I have many voices in my head, and they all tell me different things – they’re naughty like that. However, none of them tell me to write, or what to write. Bastards! My process is to sit and write as many words as I can, day in, day out. I usually like to get between 1-2,000 words down if I can. But I’ll take anything.

Now that I look after Ruby full-time, my routine has changed. Whereby I could sit at my desk all day and write undisturbed, I now have to fit it in around her, which is cool.

16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?

I plan to write a third instalment to White Walls and Straitjackets later this year. Also, I have notes for a prequel to Walled In stashed away. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

You can connect with David Owain Hughes here:
Facebook: http://david-owain-hughes.wixsite.com/horrorwriter

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-Owain-Hughes/e/B00L708P2M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1495355564&sr=8-1

Twitter: @DOHUGHES32

 

Some of David Owain Hughes books: 

Blessedly Bound review by: Mandy Tyra

Blessedly Breathtaking….
I was spellbound from the very first chapter where we meet our witchy heroine Gwen and her faithful trusty familiar, Lewis.
It’s charmingly chalked full of delightful and exotic, multi faceted, shiny and sparkly characters.
ALL of it is incredibly well written, quite addictive.

I read it very slowly, savoring and taking it all in. This is not the sort of book you wanna speed read through, it’s too entrancing…enchanting.
You can vividly picture it all and it’s awe-inspiring, awe-tastic…just spirited away to this other-worldly world and totally zen out on the ambiance of it all.

Yea….just flat out AWE-mazing.

I do believe I have found my new favorite female author, Ms. Lucretia Stanhope.
I already fell in love with her bewitchingly beautiful writing style after I read her first published book, the highly imaginative and monster rich, Rather Be Fishing.
She has such a hypnotically elegant prose going for her, creating this most magical and majestic (yet reeeal feeling) of fantasy worlds, and they all converge.
I picture myself easily getting lost in her worlds/words, often.

This is primo storytelling at it’s pristine finest, folks!!

Gwen is an orphan, her mom died when she was really young. She comes from a long line of witches but didn’t learn of this (or her own abilities) until she was much older.
Now with her shape shifting familiar Lewis by her side, she travels to the stately estate of the grandmother she never met, trying with all her untapped might to solve her brutal murder.

Is it witch related, is Gwen in danger too??
The neighbor Sebastian fears that she is. He was a close personal friend/confidant of her grandmother and Gwen takes an immediate like to him.
He’s so damn likeable ~ that smile, those eyes!!
He was also a familiar back in the day, a powerful one, but was disgraced after an incident with his witch.

Her grandma Lizzy was a very well liked member of the town, and most of the townspeople go out of their way in support of Gwen and her long overdue homecoming.
She feels whole and warmed for the first time in her solitary life.
Menace lurks close by though, she can sense it.
Is it true that she is actually a supremely powerful witch, capable of so much more than simple visions?
Why would this be kept from her?
Why was she bound in the first place??
It’s all so overwhelming for our big-hearted Gwen.
And with both Lewis and Sebastian harboring secrets from the new and insecure witch, those insecurities resonate into an even deeper bind.
Poor Gwen, has a hard enough time understanding her own place, let alone everyone else’s.
The journals of her grandmother and the pick and choose advice/confessions of the familiars help her fit some of the pieces together, as the plot thickens.

Gwen is a wonderful character, you really like the little gal. Sweet and innocent but with no filter, she says the first thing that pops into her mind. She’s painfully honest which sends her into a whiplash whirlwind knowing that things are purposely being kept from her.
For what purpose??
Who can she really trust??

A family debt, a family curse, a stumped family tree, non shapeshifting shifty people, white magic, black magic, voodoo, blood bonds, romance, passion, humor, knitting.
Mystery and suspense with a beguiling lure ~ this book hasit all!!
So much going on in this spellbinding story and lucky for us, it’s a saga, the start of many many more, that are available NOW.

The epilogue of this book gives you the first chapter of part 2: Burning Captivation, where we’re introduced to a whole new exciting supernaturally threat, plus all the old ones that still linger with their jagged scars, casting doubt.

This is going to be a fantastic series, the center stage is set brilliantly!
I can totally picture Gwen and company finding themselves in a myriad of wicked aaand whimsical entanglements, including those of self discovery, and almost always in a perilous passion fueled frenzy.

I’m not now nor have I ever been a fan of romance novels. I don’t consider this a romance though, even though it has strong emotional elements of intimacy cast throughout.
Right now, it’s more of an undercurrent drift but I know it’s going to come on stronger as the books continue. I can honestly say though, with such an awesome jaw dropping supernatural storyline…bring on the sappy, mushy, angsty, achey, lusty, hanky-panky, lovey-doveyness.
Come on, I can handle it! 😉 hehehe
I would recommend this book to all those who are also on the adverse, ew romance bandwagon.

Oh dear Goddess, I wanna be a witch….
Gwen and I actually do have a lot in common too; we both drink a ton of coffee.
That’s pretty significant.
Oh and I don’t have a very functionable filter either. hahaha
And I actually did try it out once but there is that whole ‘do no harm’ fine print. Pfft.

I wonder exactly how many books she has planned, there are 6 listed on Goodreads already.
Yea…it’s probably just taken a fiery, spirited, juju infused life of it’s own by now and they will keep her in the loop, when suited.
She is blessedly, blissfully, bound.

Jeez, I’ve rambled long enough, I tend to do that….just read the book!! It’s phenomenal. 😀

 

You can buy the book here:

Getting personal with Brian Minekime

My next victim is Brian Minekime. He is a great guy and really is passionate about his writing, art and life in general. He is always glad to help a fellow writer or a friend in need. Being supportive comes easy for him and he is always very genuine. That is a trait I have always admired about him.  Having had several opportunities to beta read for him is always fun and always a great story. He has a lot of talent and you really want to read his stories! They have never disappointed me. He has a wonderfully creative mind. Recently he painted some gourds and they are beautiful. He is a man of many talents! The quote that follows is one of my favorites that an author has shared. Please help me welcome Brian Minekime to Roadie Notes…….

 

 

I think the most important thing I can say about myself is that I work my butt off-putting my heart and soul into my writing or my art when I’m doing that. I don’t do it for fame or fortune and continuing has come at great personal sacrifice along the way. Some days I think I should just call it quits and get a “normal” job, basically give up, then a new idea renews the creative spark and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I only hope that anyone out there reading this enjoys my work. I promise I’ll keep writing it as long as you keep reading it!! 

 

 

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

I got a late start. When I was young I didn’t have the patience or focus to be able to write though I tried. I don’t count anything until around ’07 or ’08 when I was 35-ish I began writing a few stories. I didn’t get serious about it until 2012 when I decided I was either going to try to fail or create something worthwhile… I’ve been writing practically non-stop since.

2. How many books have you written?

I honestly haven’t kept count but I’d guess I’ve written at least 40 to 50 short stories, flash fiction, novellas and one novel (not yet published). My short story “Hell Awaits” was my first published story in Kill For A Copy from Dark Chapter Press. Then a flash fiction piece (1000 word story), Tamed Brute, was published in the eBook Flashes of Darkness: Halloween Special 2015 and lastly my short story, “The Bones of Baby Dolls”, was published in KIDS: Volume I from Dark Chapter Press. Most of what I’ve written are short stories and novellas but I do have my first novel written (which won the Dark Chapter Press 2016 Prize – a novel-writing contest), another novel approximately half done but another is bursting to come out so I’ll be starting on that very soon probably in the next couple of weeks. I have it plotted out as much as I ever do which isn’t much so getting it started is the next step but I have some other things to clear off my plate first.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I don’t really find anything is off-limits depending on the setting though I can’t see myself writing about pedophilia from the predator’s point of view. My novelette Harvester of Sorrow (available FREE!) is about an abused altar boy getting his brutal revenge and the first short story, The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance, I ever posted on my website is about a child molester/murder being punished in hell but neither glorifies the molester, quite the opposite. That’s one of the things I love about horror is that there are no real taboos. My job as a horror writer is to take a reader where he/she wouldn’t go otherwise but for me there are shoes I don’t want to walk the proverbial mile in. When I write a character I am that character experiencing what they experience so rape and molestation are things I stay away from for the most part but again it all depends on context.

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

To me age is just a number, I’m 44 but it’s only what you make of it. I really don’t think of it much unless it’s my birthday. I’m single now and in kind of “it’s complicated” relationship. I have a 22-year-old son who most mistake for my little brother when we’re out together. I did a fine job of turning him into a comic, horror and metal lover who also dabbles in some writing and music so I hope he finds his own success with his art. Creating has become the all-consuming beast in my life whether I’m writing or creating art. I started my website in 2014 (originally with a partner) to have an outlet for my writing which was getting rejected all over the place then it blossomed to also doing movie reviews and metal album reviews as well as some other fun stuff. I’ve slowed it down this year to concentrate more on my writing career.

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

I’m all about whatever I’m working on currently. I like to think I improve with each new story though admittedly some can be duds, it happens. Ironically I’m currently re-editing the first real story I wrote back in 2012 which ended up as a novella at just under novel length with about 35k words. I had proofed and edited this story a couple of times but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned about writing and editing since then making for a much slower process than I originally anticipated. With any luck folks will get to read it soon though I can’t reveal the title because I plan on changing it but the working title is “Impending Doom.” It’s about a banker who wakes to his worst nightmare which only gets worse as it goes along with a few twists along the way. It might be important to note that I worked in the financial sector for about 15 years so the inspiration is a little obvious perhaps.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I could give you a laundry list of writers I admire but they weren’t the spark that got me in front of the keyboard. I was an avid reader for years devouring books but often finishing a book thinking “I could do better than that” and after a long run of books I read that I literally hated the ending of I decided it was time to put up or shut up. It took me about a week of thinking what I wanted to do then I sat down and began. I haven’t looked back since. So to answer the question, what inspired me to write were bad, uninspired and predictable stories. I didn’t start writing with delusions of grandeur but rather just to see if I could. People seem to like it so I think I’ll keep at it.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Drink beer, watch hockey or UFC and eat chicken wings – real wings can only be found in Western New York! I also love watching movies especially horror obviously. Also if you can keep a secret *peeks around to make sure no one’s eavesdropping* when I’m completely alone I like to crank up some metal, head bang and sing along (generally poorly). Shhh, that’ll be our little secret.

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

I do but nothing anyone would probably even notice. I almost always finish with a flurry generally after an extraordinarily long writing session. I get excited when the end is within sight so 12-24 hour writing sessions are pretty much the norm when I’m near the end. Once I finish I lean back put my hands behind my head and try to take a deep breath, kind of basking in the accomplishment. In a sense patting myself on the back then I usually crawl into bed and pass out from exhaustion. Not much of a tradition but a tradition nonetheless.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I write almost exclusively at my desk but occasionally I’ll sit in my TV chair which is more comfortable if I’m going to be writing for several hours. As for music, well, I couldn’t write without it. I have different playlists depending on what I’m writing but generally I listen to doom metal almost exclusively. Doom is very powerful, emotional music which helps put my mind in the right space to write. If I’m writing some action I might play some Slayer or something fast but it’s usually brief. A couple of albums I always listen to for a story of any real length are Kongh – Sole Creation, Pallbearer – Sorrow & Extinction and my personal favorite YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend. Music has gotten me through the worst times in my life so every tale I write shares a title with the music that inspired the idea. It’s my way of paying respect to something that has given me so much through my life. The only rule I have in that regard is that my story and the song must have different subject matter which is generally not any problem.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I don’t think I’d necessarily change anything but I do strive to take what I’ve learned to make the next one better. I make fewer typo mistakes than when I started which makes proofreading quicker and I’ve edited enough of my own work and others to recognize subtle errors I used to miss like redundancy. The only major thing I’d like to add, not necessarily change, is more complexity. I believe in working your way up to things and what I’m building toward is an epic trilogy that’s been rolling around in my head for years. I don’t think I’m a good enough writer to pull it off yet but I’m getting there.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I have no dreams about being rich and famous, if it happens it isn’t something I have much control over. My dreams are far more humble. I’d like a nice comfortable life that I can enjoy. No longer worrying about where I’ll live tomorrow or what I might have to eat. I’m a simple man with no extravagant taste. A small house with a small yard, a couple of dogs & cats and Satan willing even a good woman by my side. That’s all I really want, a nice quiet life and to continue writing until the day I die.

12. Where do you live?

Right now I live in the middle of nowhere in the country about one hour south of Buffalo, NY just above the Pennsylvania state line. It’s nice and quiet here but who knows where I’ll be tomorrow.

13. Pets?

Currently I’ve been adopted by a 13-year-old cat named Corky though he responds better to Boobers, don’t ask me why bc I don’t know. He enjoys disrupting my writing process by trying to lay on my lap while I sit at my desk that’s when he isn’t outside trying (but failing) to catch chipmunks.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The rush I get when I get a killer idea or when I’m on a roll and my fingers can’t keep up with the story. Athletes call it being “in the zone” but for a writer it’s when you breeze through a few thousand words in just an hour or two. I’ve spent days “in the zone” and I’ve spent weeks or even months waiting to be. Much like a surfer you just have to ride the wave as far as it’ll take you then paddle your ass off to catch the next one.

15. What is coming next for you?

I really wish I knew but I do have tons I’m waiting for an answer on. First off, I’m one of 14 finalists competing in “The Next Great Horror Writer Contest” through HorrorAddicts. The grand prize is a book contract with Crystal Lake Publishing! The contest involves numerous writing challenges until the winner is announced in October. You can keep up with my progress simply by listening to their podcast.
Then my (not so) short story “Cold Heart, Cold Soul” has been accepted by Stitched Smile Publications for a Seven Deadly Sins anthology with a tentative release set for late this year, sometime between October and December if all goes well. Stitched Smile also posted a short story I wrote for fun, Smoke & Stone, just a few days ago if you want to read the last thing I wrote. It was completely written in one day so don’t judge it too harshly.
Aside from that I currently have six short stories and novellas pending approval with various publishers. My goal for this year was to submit, submit and submit some more so to that end I have a list of over a dozen anthos I plan on submitting work for as well as the novella I’m re-editing currently and the novel itching to get out of my head. It should be an exciting year for me so all I can really say is “like” my Facebook page where I post updates as I receive them. I should hear about some soon but you never really know in this business. All I can guarantee is that I’ll be pumping out the horror this year including some fun ones like a Mrs. Claus anthology! I’ll be posting updates as often as possible on my website, Thy Demons Be Scribblin, where you can also find a ton of short stories I’ve posted over the last couple of years.

 

Feind on the web:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01AH12BVM?ref_=pe_584750_33951330
Website: http://www.thydemonsbescribblin.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeindGotteshorrorwriter/
Twitter: @FiendGottes
Tumblr: Feind Gottes

 

Some of Brian Minekime’s books:

 

Return to Castle Rock in Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Alright, I said I was excited and well here it is the amazing Steven King and Richard Chizmar! It is such an honor and privilege to be able to share this on my blog and I want to say thank you! Working for HellBound Books Publishing has been a dream come true for me and for being able to continue my blog and share amazing authors and their books is my idea of heaven. If you haven’t picked up a copy follow the link below and get one before they are gone. You definitely won’t regret it. We see talent in our writers every day producing amazing books and stories. This is extra special and I would bet another dream or two coming true. Please take a few, read this, pick up the book and don’t forget to leave a review and share this with everyone. So now I will hush and let you read. Welcome to Roadie Notes……..

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD – May 16, 2017 – Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just published hardcover and eBook editions of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. The novella marks a return to King’s fabled town of Castle Rock, Maine, and the first-ever collaboration between these two long-time friends and award-winning authors.

“It was a pleasure to work with Rich Chizmar one-on-one after all these years,” Stephen King said. “I had a story I couldn’t finish, and he showed me the way home with style and panache. It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better.”

Gwendy’s Button Box is now available through Cemetery Dance Publications and all major booksellers, and the audio version was released today by Simon & Schuster.

“Steve and I have corresponded about books and movies and life for twenty years now,” said Richard Chizmar, “I’m a huge admirer of both his work and the man himself. Writing Gwendy’s Button Box with Steve was truly a dream come true for me.”

“Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story,” Chizmar explained. “I added quite a bit and sent it back to him. He did a pass, then bounced it back to me for another pass. Then, we did the same thing all over again – one more draft each. Next thing you know, we had a full-length novella on our hands. We took a free hand in rewriting each other and adding new ideas and characters.”

Gwendy’s Button Box is the coming-of-age story of twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson, who spends the summer of 1974 running the “Suicide Stairs” that connect Castle Rock to the Castle View Recreational Park. One day, while she catches her breath at the top of the stairs, a stranger calls to Gwendy. On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

Journey back to Castle Rock in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December.

Please visit:

http://www.CemeteryDance.com

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Cemetery Dance Publications is widely considered the world’s leading publisher of horror and dark suspense. Now celebrating twenty-eight years in business, Cemetery Dance magazine has won every major genre award and the Cemetery Dance Publications hardcover imprint has published more than 300 hardcover titles from the genre’s most acclaimed authors.

Contact:

http://www.cemeterydance.com

 

Richard Chizmar working hard signing all these amazing books.

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You can buy the book here:

http://www.cemeterydance.com/gwendys-button-box-stephen-king-richard-chizmar.html

 

 

Getting personal with Jeremy Hepler

 

The Boulevard Monster tour graphic (3)

Native to the Texas Panhandle, Jeremy Hepler now lives in a small rural community in central Texas with his wife Tricia and son Noah. Throughout his life, he has worked jobs ranging from welder’s hand to health care assistant, but writing has always been his passion.
Jeremy is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) and is currently working on his second novel, Demigod Dreams. In the last five years, he has had twenty-four short stories published in various small and professional markets, and in 2014, he placed second in the Panhandle Professional Writers Short Story Competition.

Please help me welcome Jeremy Hepler to Roadie Notes………

 

 

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

I wrote a lot of poetry as a teen and my first short story around 20. My first novel didn’t come out of me until I was around 33.

2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written two books. The first was never picked up by anyone (I’ll probably rework it someday because I love the bones of it), and the second, but first to be published, is The Boulevard Monster.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

The only thing is the rape or mutilation of babies and small children.

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

I’m 39, married for almost twenty years to my best friend Tricia who teaches English. We have one son, Noah, who’s kicking fourth grade’s ass right now. I quit my job as a home health care assistant when Noah was born and became a stay-at-home dad so that he and Tricia and I could spend the summers and holidays together while he’s young. Currently, I write, car pool, help with lesson plans and grading and homework, do the laundry, the shopping, and on and on. I love it.

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

The Boulevard Monster!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My love of reading combined with my rampant imagination.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Besides playing with my son, I like to—as crazy as it sounds to some people—do yard work. Garden. Plant. Mow. Water. The works.

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

I don’t have any specific traditions, but after I finished The Boulevard Monster I went outside and sat on our porch swing for about thirty minutes, drinking a beer and thinking about the characters I’d let go. Maybe I’ll do it again after I finish my next novel and start a tradition.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write in a bedroom set up as an office at the back of our house,and I enjoy writing both absolute quiet or while blasting music. It just depends on my mood that day. (Or who else is in the house.J)

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

No, not really change. I just want to continue to grow and improve upon it.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream, like most authors’ dreams I suppose, is to be an international best-selling author and to be able to support my family with my writing.

12. Where do you live?

I grew up in the small town of Borger, Texas, in the Texas panhandle. Now I live in central Texas in a small rural community west of Waco called China Spring.

13. Pets?

We have three chickens: Balke, Crisp, and Shell-Bee.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The therapeutic effect it has on my day. Days when I write I feel less stressed and anxious, more hopeful and alive, than on days when I don’t.

15. What is coming next for you?

I’m currently working on a novel tentatively titled Demigod Dreams. It’s a coming-of-age horror novel about four friends who capture and enslave a creature that has the power to turn them into gods, maybe.

You can connect with Jeremy Hepler here:

http://www.amazon.com/author/jeremyhepler

https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.hepler.5

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6472773.Jeremy_Hepler

https://www.instagram.com/jeremyheplerauthor/?hl=en

https://jeremyhepler.wordpress.com/
Jeremy Hepler’s new book: 

The Boulevard Monster cover

You can buy his book here: