Getting personal with Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee has the most amazing personality. He will make you laugh till it hurts then laugh some more. I have really enjoyed getting to know him and so will you. This makes his books unique and personal. Some you don’t want to miss. Please take the time to get to know Jeff Lee and support him and his writing. Don’t forget to leave a review! 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 me to include please feel free to tell me!

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:

You Only Get One Shot review by: Mandy Tyra

This was fabulous, a highly enjoyable read!
It was like a really clever collection of shorts disguised as a novella, it’s basically four short stories with a wrap-around/weaved-through tale, for a total of five stories.
A unique approach with an original backdrop, I was impressed by how they arranged it all out.
Yea, the set-up, lay-up, and execution of this was spot-on, I just loooved the whole concept.

We open up with a mysterious gal at a coffee-house, compiling a special email for a group of four, she is not interested in any sort of chatty cyber chinwagg’n though.
Civil corresponding is not on her agenda.
Her reasoning is simple; she had a writer friend who was trying to break into the business and ended up succumbing to his own insecurities and self-doubt, it destroyed him and she blames these four writers in particular, for not being more supportive of a new author.
Her only resolution is simple; they must write a winning story.
Entry is mandatory, noncompliance is an automatic swift elimination.
Primed and poised for a bit of wrath, our mystery gal masterminds a little game.
A bona-fide battle royal of the written wits.

One winner, three losers ~ no participation trophy, no consolation prize.

We meet our reluctant contestants who hope it’s all some sort of sick joke but they aren’t gonna take that chance, this is not the type of rejection letter they wanna get…
Adhering to that strict deadline and with the ‘you only get one shot’ warning playing on a loop in their heads, they submit their best life-sustaining story for the win.
Then wait with bated breath for the inevitable hoax to reveal.

First up is Fiona, bit of a drinker, seems sweet enough and she can’t for the life of her remember the writer in question. She’s always nice to everyone.
Her coerced submission is The Wrong Girl ~ about a resilient young girl kidnapped who hopes (who knows) her father will find her in time. She has a lot of inner strength and doesn’t take too well to being cornered.

Then we meet Diane, also a nice lady who is just beside herself with stress over all this. How can any of this be true??
Luckily she already had a story almost finished and hoping upon hope it’s good enough, she completes then submits Rezerection ~ about a military man (an almost family man) who in his grief and disbelief is task with new orders to contain a small town in the throes of an outbreak.

Next up is Drexl, ughhhh Drexl….a deceitful, despicable, scumbag! You seriously can not stand this sham of a man. No jittery nerves shake him up after he opens his threatening email, he’s too damn arrogant and ignorant to take anything seriously.
His story is called Feral ~ about a deceitful despicable scumbag of a man, still living off rich daddy’s dime. Bored but with a purpose; to chart the nature vs nurture of babies left in the charge of wild wolves.

And lastly, thrust into this cutthroat competition, we meet Simon, who is struggling in life and finances. He only just recently discovered he has a gift for writing. He seems like an all around nice bloke.
He offers up Summoned ~ I don’t wanna say too much about this one, only that it’s brutal and upsetting until you find out what’s going on, then you’re like ~ YES!

So…who wins?? Oh the game has only just begun.
Personally, I’d say my favorite story was probably Summoned, so, Simon for champ!!
But honestly, all but Drexl seemed like nice decent folk, he is the only one I wanted to die Die DIE a horrible death, twice.
And all the stories were really good too, yes…even *cough-cough* Drexl’s.
You’ll have to read and decide for yourself who the winner should be.

You literally had no earthly idea what was gonna happen next, it took a lot of twisty turns, was completely unpredictable, and what a shocker of an ending…..!!

But now, come on guys, J.C., Kevin…fess up, this is an autobiographical tale, ain’t it??
And big props changing it to a female antagonist…clever.
Yes, clever indeed. 😉

I’ve been a fan of Kevin for a while now, since reading his amazing The Tale of Sawney Bean and his two holiday themed anthologies (Xmas and then Easter) from the past year that he put together and contributed to.
He’s a captivating writer, really draws you into his world.
So far, I’ve only read two short stories by J.C. (in the above antho’s), I’ve searched him out and noticed he has a highly rated book that came out a few years ago called Discordia, about a rave, a new drug, and all the chaos that ensues. That sounds awesome and will most likely be my next read from him….well, unless this devious duo come out with a new one, that is.

Because YES, they definitely should write together again, their differing styles complimented each other nicely. You Only Get One Shot was very well written, intense and intriguing, with interesting characters, you can’t ask for much more than that! Except…I did wish it was a bit longer, they easily could have gone another 30 pages or so of pure non-padded storyline.
There were two parts in particular I wished were fleshed out a bit more, you’ll know them when you get there. Not a big deal at all and it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment or anything BUT for their next book, well….I’m devising a little game.
Entry is mandytory, noncompliance is…. * cue maniacal laughter *
HAHAHA Cheers guys!! 😀

 

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Getting personal with Collette Metcalf

The first thing I should tell you about this amazing lady is that she writes under the pen name Sam West. Her husband has been the face of Sam West for years. She recently decided to tell her secret and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she did! I’m sure that is a scary place to be and wonder if everything you have built will crash. She has been supported through this by all of the amazing horror authors and fans. If you haven’t read anything by her you are missing out on an experience. Her books are extreme horror and full of blood, guts and gore just the way we love them. Please get one of her books and read and review it and support this amazing woman! So proud of her and what amazing talent she has. Please welcome Collette Metcalf to Roadie Notes ……..

 

 

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

Young. I can’t remember not loving writing.

2. How many books have you written?
Twenty-three novels and novellas under Sam West with lots more coming. Plus countless short stories over the years, some published, some not.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Child cruelty. Even I have my hard limits. Although many brilliant authors have tackled such a harrowing subject with grace and compassion, I feel my writing style is entirely inappropriate for such a delicate subject. Like the best kind of horror movies, I write to entertain, with my (metaphorical) balls to the wall. I am all about the gore and sex with a side-helping of black humor.

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

I am old. Older than time. I drink the blood of virgins to keep young and vital. (39 and 14months.) My husband used to be ‘the face’ of Sam West, so you know what a handsome dude he is. I have also produced one child. She’s lovely, and erupted out of my stomach five years ago in true alien style. Writing is my fulltime job.

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

Hands down, ‘Djinn’. It’s the book that helped make my name as an extreme horror writer and I’ll always be grateful to it. Personally, I think it’s the darkest, and funniest thing I’ve written. A whole lotta love went into that book.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I grew up on a diet of Shaun Hutson, Richard Laymon and Edward Lee. I love those guys. I’m buggered if I know why I love horror so much. I always have, and I always will.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Play with dead bodies… Either that or hang out with my family and spend too much time gossiping with girlfriends. My daughter’s levity is hilarious; humans are so special when their brains aren’t yet fully formed. I read a lot, watch horror movies, go for a swim, go for a walk… You know, the usual stuff. I’m also a secret perfumista, or ‘fume-head’. I spend far too much time reading about perfumes online, it’s my ‘thing’. Plus perfume covers up the smell of the dead bodies I keep sitting around the kitchen table, in my bed, etc…

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

Cry with relief, usually. Then stagger outside into the daylight, hissing “my eyes doth burn.”

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write in the bedroom, at my desk. Mainly, I like total quiet, but now and then, if I get a dose of writer’s block, I’ll stick on some music to unclog the old brain-drain. Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode or Joy Division usually do the trick. I am most partial to industrial metal, electro-pop, and alternative rock.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

In some ways, I wish I could ‘tone it down’. But I can’t, so I guess that’s that.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to live in the Maldives, in one of those over-water bungalows as I churn out my books. Alas, this is not to be.

12. Pets?

No. I have enough problems looking after a child.

13. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Everything. I live and breathe writing. It’s how I make sense of my emotions and the world around me. I also like the freedom it gives me to set my own working hours.

14. What is coming next for you?

There are a couple of anthologies in the pipeline, which I’m incredibly excited about. And I’m always working on my latest book.

 

You can connect with Collette Metcalf here: 
http://amzn.to/2tIXJgD

 

Some of Collette Metcalf’s books: 

 

Getting personal with Robert Smith

I’m going to start this interview off a little differently. This is a short blurb from Robert Smith’s new book coming out in October. The book is called What Lies Within.  please enjoy……

This is a story about; duty, revenge, murder, and horror.

The system failed Tyler McDermitt. He and his brother have vowed to protect unfortunate youth from a similar fate—or at least make those responsible, pay.

The McDermitt brothers, victims of child abuse and molestation, escaped their hell and have decided to clean up after the failings of a flawed justice system.

The rough streets of Dorchester, South Boston, have hardened two aspiring vigilantes and prepared them for a mission. Their mission will not be easy.

One brother has a good heart, a conscience, and a burning compassion. His twisted sense of morality has burdened him with a deep sense of responsibility. Responsibility, that he first took for his brother, is now compelling him on a grander level.

The other brother is as hard as nails and as cold as ice. He is hell-bent on revenge and aims to ensure the other stays the course.

A motivated young detective is on their scent; she and her veteran partner look to foil McDermitt brothers’ plan.

Something from the boys’ past—something dark—is also closing in.

Please help me welcome Robert Smith to Roadie Notes…….

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
​Most of my early expressions were visual. I spent most of my life focused on visual art; drawings and paintings. Like most, I wrote creative pieces for school, but nothing more until 2014. While on vacation, I began writing a short story. I acted on an idea that had been swimming in my head for a few days. I wanted to flesh it out. I had a blast—really enjoyed it. Immediately after I finished the short (Breakfast is Severed), I started on a follow-up novel (Society for Supper).

2. How many books have you written?
​I’ve written two novels (working on third) and about twenty shorts (varying lengths and formats).

3. Anything you won’t write about?
​Hell no. I’d love to try some other subject areas. In fact, I have a ton of story ideas jotted down. Different genres.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
​I’m 49. I have a beautiful wife who I fell in love with in high school. We married twenty-seven years ago (very young), and had two beautiful girls (beauty due entirely to their mother).
I manage a team of IT Forensic Analysts supporting investigations. I’ve worked my entire career in IT, and shifted to IT Security about seven years ago.
​I love to work around the house, and on my old Jeep TJ, Lucy (Lucy, because her front end was so damn loose when I got her)

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
​What Lies Within (so far), but I’m diggin’ What Lies Beneath more and more as I go.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
​I’ve always loved to read but I cannot say reading inspired me to write—until after I wrote my first story. Now, I read scenes that are written so beautifully, I’m inspired to better my own writing. I love (and am inspired by) Stephen King, Dean Koontz, to name a few.
I draw inspiration from ideas that percolate in my head, usually as I’m trying to fall asleep. I curse knowing I’ll forget them, and then get up to jot them down. Sometimes I’ll be in and out of bed a half-dozen times.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
​Hang out with my three girls, write, read, golf, run.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
​Some bubbly. The same champagne my wife and I have used to celebrate since our first weekend away together (Henkell Trocken). It’s been the go-to for all our traditions.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
​Computer desk in the bedroom. I prefer quiet but like to have a fan running (for white noise and for the breeze).

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
​Writing has been a real journey for me. I‘ve experimented with different techniques (free flow vs plotting), different formats and lengths (poetry/flash/short/novel), I’m enjoying the voyage and wouldn’t change a thing. I’m learning as I go and believe I’m getting better each step of the way.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
​My writing dream (I’m sure is like most) would be to write a novel that receives critical acclaim and immense popularity.
​My day-to-day dream is to win the lottery so I can write fulltime.

12. Where do you live?
​Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, but my family moved around quite a bit. We ended up back in Prince Edward Island in time for high school, and so I could meet the woman of my dreams.
​Now we live in Constance Bay, Ontario, just outside Ottawa.

13. Pets?
​I have a Tibetan Terrier named Cheeky-Monkey. She adores my wife and tolerates me well enough. She’s great.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
​Getting lost in the story. It’s even better than reading a great story. Being caught-up in the excitement, becoming the characters while having some control over the outcome, is a thrill.

15. What is coming next for you?
​I’m currently writing a follow-up to What Lies Within (What Lies Beneath). Tyler is in for some fun in this one.

Anything else you would like me to include please feel free to tell me!
I really enjoy bacon 😉

You can connect with Robert Smith here: 
http://www.robertsmiththrillers.ca
https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Smith/e/B06ZZBCC9Y
https://www.facebook.com/Robert.Smith.Thrillers/

 

Some of Robert Smith’s books: 

 

Getting personal with Richard Alan Long

Richard Alan Long is a very kind man. He has a great sense of humor and always seems happy. He is a family man with twin girls. I can’t imagine how he gets any writing done. I can tell you he adores his family and loves to talk about them. He is passionate about his writing and wants to make sure his books are as perfect as they can be before he releases them. If you haven’t read his stories please pick one up and don’t forget to leave a review. Make sure to say hello to him and send him a friend request. Please help me welcome Richard Alan Long to Roadie Notes…….

 

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

I was always writing stories as far back as I can remember. When I was a kid it was these crappy comic strips based on the ‘Garbage Pail Kids’ which I was obsessed with. I’d draw them with marker pens and crayons. I wrote a whole series based on the characters. As a kid I obviously didn’t know the movie was considered the worst movie ever made, me and my friends thought it was awesome. We’d trade the cards at school which probably lead to me being a completest later in life.
As I got older I’d write stories. Always had a good imagination. Although my teachers at school said I was a daydreamer. One day I wrote a poem. Teachers didn’t believe it was me. Kids came up and said ‘no way did you write that poem’ It got put in the school newspaper and I’d still get kids coming up stamping a finger into my chest saying ‘You didn’t write that!’ But I was always creative. I am an only child and like most only children I spent a lot of time alone, creating worlds with toys and drawings.

2. How many books have you written?
Two novels, three novellas, fourteen plays, about sixteen short stories and hundreds of poems…getting them where they need to be is another story. Some are published and some I doubt will ever see the light of day but I like to look back over the old ones to see how much I’ve developed as a writer.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Not interested in torture porn and gore just for the sake of it. It has to fit in with the story. Story is number one for me. I like to go on a journey with characters. I don’t like books where characters are merely created just to be killed off in outlandish ways. That gets boring for me very quickly.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am married with two kids. Besides writing I’ve worked a spectrum of jobs. Mostly retail and hospitality. It gave me some great characters. At the moment though, being a stay at home dad and writer is the best job I could ask for.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I quite like ‘Words Apart’ I wrote it when I was young and it has a young person’s conviction and determination. I did a play over ten years ago. I wrote it, a mate directed it and some friends acted in it. It was a great time. Rehearsing and performing. We did it purely for the love of it. I remember all the plays in my region at the time were either comedies or Shakespeare and I wrote this play that was like a Stephen King book if David Lynch had directed it with the budget of a Troma movie. It was great working with such dedicated people, many I’m still friends with.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I think I was inspired by being told I couldn’t do it. School had told me I was better off leaving, my grades were awful and I felt completely useless and the education system reinforced that. If you segregate kids and tell them they are the bottom class, that the most they can ever achieve is a E grade then unfortunately at a young age you start to believe you are worthless. I remember one teacher used to shout at me as I walked into to school ‘Not be long before you can sign on the dole.’ So it made me think, especially at a young age that I was a failure and I was stupid. But the best advice I got was the school telling me to leave and go to college. I went to college and it was a joy. The lecturers knew how to nurture talent and get the best out of students. They made you feel like you mattered.
In terms of writing and inspiration it came from a few different writers.
The first book to truly inspire me to want to write was ‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King. It is beautifully written. It is scary. I remember reading it late at night and I felt right there with Ben Mears when he’s exploring the Marsten house. It’s still to this day my favorite book.
At college I started writing and studying plays and I was very inspired by Harold Pinter. I still am. He inspired me to write better dialogue. I love his plays. Everything appears normal and English but there is an oddness to it all.
Off the top of my head some writers or books that made a massive difference and inspired me where ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins. Collins had such a way of capturing human emotion. ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger is another book I found inspirational. I read it and I was blown away. It is sublime. I think I read it in two sittings. Also I must mention William S Burroughs. I have read most of his books and I think he was a genius. So yeah I was a kid that got told I was thick and useless but I was reading William S. Burroughs and Wilkie Collins for fun without realizing I was actually self-educating myself.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
When not writing and not looking after my family I enjoy playing Nintendo. I am a massive fan of the Legend of Zelda. Have been since day one when I used to play it with my late father. I’m a bit of a geek for Italian horror cinema but don’t get much chance to have Dario Argento marathons anymore with my kids in the house.
Obviously I read. Loving Richard Chizmar’s work at the minute.
I also and this is very rock n roll, but I have a favorite chair in my garden and I love a cup of tea on an evening and get the chance to just to sit and stop everything. To take a moment to think about my late parents, to remember the good times and too think about my friends. My dad passed away just over a year ago and the end was tough. It’s nice to just take a moment and remember the good moments we shared.
On a lighter note I love a Monday night when the family goes to bed and I relax and watch the new Twin Peaks. David Lynch is my favorite director. The guy is a legend. I like music too, don’t go to gigs as much anymore. I’m still old school. Still buy my music on CD’s.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
None. I just think…fuck me this is going to take some editing.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I generally write to music. Rock music or soundtracks. But when I’m second drafting or working over a scene I prefer silence.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Not getting kicked out of school and being told I was a failure from every educational body at a young age might have helped. It took years for to meet people who had confidence in me and my writing. Advice for any writer. Find someone who believes in you. My wife has been a rock of support for me.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Don’t really think much in those terms. All I want is to make a living at it and hope I can entertain people. Everything else is a welcome bonus.

13. Pets?
It’s a tough one. One of my daughters is terrified of dogs, cats, Kermit the Frog and anything that moves. Yet my other child is like Steve Irwin, grabbing any bug or slug and holding them close and saying ‘Hello cutie pie’ My wife wants a dog but I’m still undecided.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Freedom. Freedom to just get lost in a story. That all its about at the end of the day. I suppose it’s not even about getting published. It’s a therapy. Some people take drugs, others drink. I write.

15. What is coming next for you?
Preparing to release a novella ‘About A Witch’. I’ve got a few short stories due out too with different publishers. and then hopefully once they’ve done the rounds I’ll have a deal for a novel on the table. Also I’ve never collaborated with another writer before so hoping to work with someone soon.  ‘About a Witch’ is out soon as well as my work with Hellbound Books Publishing LLC 

 

You can connect with Richard Alan Long here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/author/ref=dbs_P_W_auth?_encoding=UTF8&author=Richard%20Alan%20Long&searchAlias=digital-text&asin=B00AKU2RS8

 

 

 

Some of Richard Alan Long’s books:

 

Getting even more personal with Iain Rob Wright

I have mentioned this several times before but Iain Rob Wright is one of my longest time friends on Facebook. His book Housemates started my love of the Indie Authors. I read that book and was amazed. When I read about the author in the back I saw that it had listed he was on Facebook. I was very new to Facebook then but I thought what the heck I’m gonna message this man and tell him just how much I loved his book. When he responded I nearly passed out. We talked for a while and he told me he had just brought his first baby and wife home. How exciting! I asked him what other books he had written and he patiently told me how to look on Amazon and find all his titles. It didn’t take me long before I had every one of his books and was reading them non-stop. I don’t think there is anything he has written that I haven’t read and didn’t love. This mans talent is mind numbing. When I got done reading them all he suggested I try Matt Shaw and the dive into the dark horror began. Amazon was recommending I read Jeff Menapace  and loved him too. Then on and on. I can imagine someone having not read a book by Iain Rob Wright but if you haven’t you must! I can’t tell you enough how amazing his books are and all so different. I will hush now… please help me welcome again Iain Rob Wright to Roadie Notes……

 

 

1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?

Hi, and thanks for having me back. My newest release is Extinction, which should be out at the time of this posting. It is book 3 in my bestselling Hell on Earth series and probably one of the funnest books I’ve ever written. It brings together many of my books in a really satisfying way.

2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?

Stephen King, as I would love to learn from the master himself. Also, I like his laid back manner and love of family.

3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?

Nothing really. My fans are all really normal people. I’ve had a couple try to face time me through the Facebook Messenger app “because they were feeling low” but unfortunately I draw a line at unsolicited calls like that, and I’m also not a therapist.

4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?

Waste time. I am very lazy by nature and I can sometimes spend an entire day doing very little. I have to be self-motivated so being unproductive is my biggest fear and I beat myself up if I don’t work hard.

5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them

No, I really never did. As an adult, I don’t have any friends, imaginary or otherwise.

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

Not often as I don’t like being away from home. When my kids are a bit older, I may start to make more appearances. They are a lot of work and usually cost money rather than make any. Having said that, when I am there I have a lot of fun.

7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
Once! I submitted it to KDP and it was on sale in 24 hours, allowing me to quit my day job. I don’t need a publisher to accept my stories. Only my readers need to accept my stories

8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?

I consider it a lot as it is very up and down financially, which can be a stress. The truth is, though, I don’t know if I could ever do anything else. It’s a dream job and I should never forget that. This is who I am now, and there’s no going back!

9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?

I already do – Thrillers, horrors, and fantasy. I might add more later down the line. I would like to write something akin to Game of Thrones.

10. Any new additions to the family?

Little Molly Mae entered the world on September 21st 2017! She has red hair and blue eyes, which was a shock.

11. What is coming up next for you?

I am spending the summer updating my online self-publishing course—www.azofselfpublishing.com—but next year I will be exclusively writing and getting out more new books than ever.

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

No I don’t, and no I don’t. A mailing list with lots of people on it is the best way to launch a book. Email is old, but it is still king.

13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?
No, not a single one. Maybe I still have work to do. I think my fans know that my loyalties are at home and I’m not willing to be drawn away for any reason or cross any lines. I love my fans, but I am careful.

14. Do you still have a “day job” ? If so what do you do?

Haven’t had a day job since I released my first book 6 years ago. I’m truly blessed.

15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?

No, I see movies in my head, usually at night when I am in bed. I daydream my stories into being.

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

I would like to write a follow-up to Wings of Sorrow, but it didn’t sell very well. When I want to write a book for personal reasons—one that might not make much money—then I have to weigh things up and time it for a period where I can afford a dip in sales. Therefore, I will probably write a sequel to Wings of Sorrow some day.

 

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Some of Iain Rob Wright’s books:

Pine Lakes review by: Mandy Tyra

Mind blowingly EXCELLENT!!
Holy WOW, what a story…what an author!
Only his 3rd solo release and I am flat-out-right impressed. His writing is so smooth, just effervescently full of life.
I say quit your day job Mr. Motz and write full-time, you’re a natural-born storyteller.
Which is actually not very common.

I was gorilla glued to these pages. A lot of well thought out thinking went into this surreal and startling tale.
It read more as a mainstream kind of book to me, something easily worthy enough to chart a bestselling list somewhere. It certainly rises above and soars beyond the often mediocre mash-up/ pile-up that currently litters Amazon these days.
Oh there are still plenty of solid gold needles to be found in that hay (…hack) stack, you just have to sift through and dig around a little, and THIS is one such golden needle gem.
Would make for an AMAZING movie or better yet; a mini series! YES!

It begins with Ted and Susan, a delightful married couple, on their way to a charming little resort called Pine Lakes. Every year they take a week-long relaxing getaway there, it’s a long-standing tradition from Ted’s side of the family and they have made it their own yearly retreat. They were highschool sweethearts and after 20 years they are still going strong. Madly deeply in love with each other and I fell head over heels in love with them too.

Only 20 miles from their rest and relaxation destination but heavy rains cause Ted to lose control of the car which swerves and crashes down a steep steeeeeep embankment.
Initially trapped in the car and attempting to just compose themselves, take stock of the situation…but their cell phones are acting all wonky, the radio is playing some eerie tunes and seemingly personalized broadcast jabs, plus they get the spine-tingling feeling they are being watched…stalked, which propels them into panic fueled flee mode.
After finally managing to break out of that confined fryer, apparently only to be flung into an even deeper, blistering, and boundless fryer.
They are but 40 feet from the main road but the quick and easy way up and out, is not an option for them.
They must blindingly forge ahead, deeper and deeper into the threat filled woods.
And that’s when things take a sharp turn for the extreme worse…and just plain weird.

What the hell is this place , they constantly ask themselves…
It’s as if their car crash ripped a tear straight into another realm, an alternate and hellish dimension.
When it’s supposed to be light, it’s dark and when it’s supposed to be dark…it’s darker.

They now find themselves courageously ~and unavoidably~ trekking through those increasingly darkening woods, strange sounds and even stranger lights, beastly creatures on the prowl, an old cabin, an even older cryptic lady, a busload of feralish kids, an unforgettable town that time forgot with a population best left uncensored, an underground web of caves and sewers that further defy any sort of logic….
For a jump-start.

Exhausted, hungry, confused, and scared half to death, an indeterminable amount of time passes but they are almost there…almost. there.
So Damn Close to getting to their destination but it really may as well be in a different world BUUUT if there was a way in, there must be a way out!
Finding solace in reassuring and consoling each other that; Come rain or shine, hell or high water, grim or gridlocked, they are bound and determined to start their vacation, dammit they deserve it!

Peppered with perfectly placed (and paced) flashback scenes exploring the cutsey couple in all their lovey doveyness and highlighting their darker days and near breaking points. It hasn’t been all cupcakes and rainbows for them but they have always persevered, sometimes through knock down drag outs, all due to their undying love for one another.

Gut wrenchingly emotional, all of these nostalgic parts, you feel very attached and protective of this very real, very human couple. Susan is so compassionate, empathetic, and big-hearted. Ted is such a good strong man, chivalrous, funny, and supportive. The quintessential soulmates.

I LOVE how this story went in so many different and diresome directions, literally and figuratively. Physically and metaphysically. Yet never lost its way.
Some writers can bite off more than they can chew, attempting to razzle and dazzle us with an abundance of style that lacks substance, and often we end up with the aftertaste of a stale anti-climactic effort.
All show-no tell, then slapdash wrapped up in a paper cinched with a bow.
Well, NOT THIS, it stayed true the entire way through.
You’re on the edge of your seat, pins and needles, heart pounding, hoping this charming couple can find their way out of the perpetually perilous darkness.

“Time, time is weird here.”

And that’s it, I can’t (won’t) go any deeper into the plot. I’m trying to be protective.
But OH MAN, there is so much more I wanna say about this book, I have 2 (THREE!!) pages of notes….but…I can’t, it would be unfair to the writer and new readers. Boo…

It’s a pretty long read too, at well over 300 pages (333 to be exact which is a proper and impressive undertaking) and never ever a dull or lagging moment.
I could have easily read double that.

There were 3 times in this awe-tastic book that I balled….flat-out ugly cried with strange sounds and lights coming out of me! I teared up a couple other times and laughed quite a bit too.
Yea, a lot of witty banter, sarcasm, and pop culture references in this that further upped the enjoyment factor for me.
His writing is exceptional, you get lost in his words, his worlds, and really care about what the characters are going through.
A full spectrum of emotions running rapid in this story.

I really can’t recommend this enough ~~~ READ THIS BOOK!! ~~~~
And follow this author because he’s going places if he continues to write in this realm of excellence.

So far Pine Lakes is sitting prominently on my favorites of the year list.
And I’m pretty damn sure it’ll remain there, would be extremely hard to knock it off its rightful pedestal.

Think I might check out his very first release The Darkeningnext, a scary tale set in the summer of ’86 about a group of teen friends coming of age.
Sounds great, the 80’s were the best time to come of age and if The Darkening is even half as well-written and all-consuming as Pine Lakes, it’s bound to be another winner! ACES!

 

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