Getting personal with Brian Stoddart

After a long career around the globe as a university teacher, researcher and administrator, Brian Stoddart is now a consultant and writer. He has published fifteen books of non-fiction covering mainly sport, Asian affairs and, more recently, global events.

He writes regularly for the press and several websites, appears on radio and television, is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and seminars around the world, and also works as a speaker-lecturer on cruise ships. Brian Stoddart maintains his own blog at http://www.professorbrianstoddart.com.

 

Please help me welcome Brian Stoddart to Roadie Notes …………

 

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

At junior school, I think, then a few in high school. Then I spent years writing non-fiction and finally gravitated towards fiction

2. How many books have you written?

Now 3 crime novels and 17 non-fiction works across biography, history, sport and memoir, and also have some as yet unperformed television and stage scripts

3. Anything you won’t write about?

In the crime field I find it difficult to the point of impossible to write seriously violent stuff, especially anything involving kids. My preference is for the mystery to be at the centre with the violence more implied

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

I am way old! Married for a long time, happily, two adult daughters (in film and TV, and in international risk and relations). I had a long career as a university executive and still do aid and development work in higher education reform, but these days prefer to be a writer

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

My usual answer is whichever one I wrote last! Right now that is a true crime biography sitting with a publisher. I do like my crime novels still, with protagonist Chris Le Fanu of the Indian Police Service in 1920s Madras developing as a character and branching out geographically. But I do like A House in Damascus: Before the Fall. I wrote it while working there immediately before the war on a higher education reform program. I loved the city, country and people, and the book was my way of expressing that.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I started really as an academic writer but always enjoyed reading crime fiction because it gives a way into a society, and that is what I try to do with British India. A lot of writers have had an impact and across many genres: crime writers like Fred Vargas, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Andrea Camilleri etc. Writer friends like Tim parks and Greg McGee are sources of inspiration. Wonderful writers like Evelyn Waugh and Robert Louis Stevenson all the way through to Walter Mosely and Dashiell Hammett have all had an impact as well. All of them teach about writing but also about insight, and that helps me immensely

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I ride a mountain bike when in Queenstown New Zealand which is my normal base. Photography is an ongoing fascination. Then there is all the reading!

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

Usually collapse with exhaustion! A glass of champagne is usually involved, and some reflection on having completed something that was important to me.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

At home I have a writing desk looking out to the mountains so I pitch in there, usually without music so I can “hear” the book along with all the New Zealand birds. On the road I can usually construct something. I have had to learn to adapt. A chunk of one book got written sitting in an armchair with the laptop actually in the lap. Not ideal but it got done.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Only to try to make it ever better, and to keep learning from others about how to do that. Not sure I want to change “style” so much as just improve

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

We all want to be famous, I think, and in that we all want to be read by as many people as possible. That is my wish, that a lot more people might enjoy what I have to put in front of them, because that is the ultimate satisfaction

12. Where do you live?

Mostly in Queenstown New Zealand though presently perched in Sydney Australia for a spell. Usually through the year I also do lectures on a couple of cruise ships so that takes us all over the word and different inspirations

13. Pets?

Not at present as we do travel a bit. We had a much-loved Border Collie sheepdog for many years and remember her fondly

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Probably the challenge of getting something out in the best possible form so that I can communicate with people. That means getting better and smarter.

15. What is coming next for you?

Finishing Chris Le Fanu No 4 and to advance his story. Also working on a play and some screenplays as well. And keeping on writing!

 

 

You can connect with Brian Stoddart here:

http://www.brianstoddartwriter.com

b.stoddart@bigpond.com

https://www.facebook.com/brian.stoddart3

@BrianStoddart twitter

 

Some of Brian Stoddart’s books:

 

 

Boy’s Night by: Wrath James White and Matt Shaw

First off let me say that Wrath James White is a master in extreme horror. Then you add Matt Shaw and you have a combination that just can’t miss. This book is a prime example of how you can take two amazing writers and let them loose and what a story they come up with. You will not be sorry you read this I promise.

This book started out on Amazon and well we all know how Amazon can be so they banned it and I believe it was because of the cover. I’m not sure why I think the cover is perfect and it’s not morbid or obscene. Matt put it for sale on his website and Etsy store but before long Amazon pulled their heads out of their butts and back it went on Amazon. Hopefully that is the last of the Amazon issues for them and their books.

This story starts off with a woman who is a feminist and blogger who pushed and advocates for women’s rights with a passion. She has broken up with her girlfriend recently and has moved out to the middle of nowhere. She recieves death threats almost daily and tons of hate mail. She laughs it off and continues on her daily tasks.

Then we meet the boys. There are 4 of them and they are a rough bunch. They have been out at the bar and see a pretty lady leaving and start to follow her. They make cat calls and she walks faster to her car. They follow and she gets increasingly more scared and nervous. She reaches in her purse and grabs a can of mace. She sprays on the the guys and he pretty much just laughs at her. One of them punches her and out like a light she goes. They grab her and throw her in their car. I will leave to your imagination what they want with her and what happens to her.

The rest of the story you will have to read for your self but I will tell you they meet the feminist and they all get what is coming to them or do they? I will never tell!

This is a don’t miss book and I sure hope that they team up together again to write another one or 20. You can buy the book st the link below…….

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Boys-Night-Matt-Shaw/dp/1548132683/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504251737&sr=8-3&keywords=wrath+james+white

 

 

 

Getting personal with Chad Lutzke

Chad Lutzke is an extremely nice man and a talented writer. He is a devoted dad and husband and loves his family. His books and stories will drag you in and chew you up leaving you wanting more and more. If you have not read any of his stories I highly recommend that you correct this mistake immediately! Please get to know him you will love his stories and don’t forget to leave him a review. You can stalk him on the links listed below.

 

Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife, children, and far too many dogs. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene including articles, reviews, and artwork. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance and Scream magazine. His fiction can be found in several magazines and anthologies as well as his own 18-story collection, NIGHT AS A CATALYST. He has written a collaborative effort with horror author Terry M. West, THE HIM DEEP DOWN. In the summer of 2016, Lutzke released his dark coming-of-age novella OF FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES which has been praised by authors Jack Ketchum, James Newman, John Boden, and many others. Later in 2016, Lutzke released his contribution to bestselling author J. Thorn’s AMERICAN DEMON HUNTER series with AMERICAN DEMON HUNTERS: BATTLE CREEK, MI. Winter 2017 saw the release of WALLFLOWER, a story about addiction, delusion, and flowers.

 

Please welcome Chad Lutzke to Roadie Notes………….. 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was between 8 and 10. It was called “Night of the Zombie,” which is a little ahead of its time I guess considering that was in the late 70s. Zombies, while available in a few movies, certainly wasn’t its own subgenre. I remember the story having a horrifying scene in it that chilled me when I wrote it. Wish I still had that story.

2. How many books have you written?
Four novellas and 1 short-story collection.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
There’s plenty I won’t write about, and not all of it is taboo subjects. For example, I have zero interest in writing about the war of 1812. Or any other war.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m forty-something and married. We’ve been together for 26 years. I have 3 kids, and other than writing I work as a medical language specialist. That’s a fancy term for listening to physician reports and typing what they say, making sure the reports read smarter than they sound. I also do some editing work and paint.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Of Foster Homes and Flies, with Wallflower a close second.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My biological father, who introduced me to the world of reading with authors like Joe Lansdale, Robert McCammon, William Goldman, Stephen King, and Clive Barker.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Daydream, listen to music, write music, read, and play board games with friends.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Other than tell myself it’s wonderful but it sucks, but it’s great, but it’s really horrible and nobody will like it, no.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
In the summer I write outside under the sun as much as possible. I’ll usually listen to instrumental music like movie soundtracks or synth-wave, depending on what the scene calls for. Anything else just distracts me.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Nothing other than wishing I could write faster and produce more.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Sure, that sounds like a good time.
12. Where do you live?
Michigan

 

 

You can connect with Chad Lutzke here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chad-Lutzke/e/B00L81FK9Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1503970410&sr=8-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChadLutzke/

Twitter: @ChadLutzke

Website: www.chadlutzke.com

 

 

Some of Chad Lutzke’s books: 

Getting personal with R.L. Chambers

R.L. Chambers is an incredible guy, father, friend and writer. He has loads of talent and is so very creative. I have had the privilege and pleasure of reading several of his stories that he has out for submission. They are original and fresh and flow smoothly. He is always willing to lend a hand to another writer or to help a reader find a book he knows they will love. If you haven’t met him you are missing out. Please take a minute and introduce yourself and make a wonderful new friend with an up and coming writer. Please welcome R.L. Chambers to Roadie Notes……..

 

 

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

The first story I wrote, I was little, if I remember rightly I was about 10, it was while I was in school, and was about a half human, half demon who went hunting the demons who had escaped from hell. I don’t think my teachers appreciated all the swearing, haha.

2. How many stories have you written?

There’s quite a few short stories waiting to find homes, or be rewritten into something of actual use. Hopefully some that you will be able to read this year.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Graphic child abuse, it doesn’t need to be involved, implied is far enough for the story.

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

I’m 25, engaged, I have one child, a daughter. I’m currently a carer.

5. You have a short coming out soon, what can you tell us?

I have a short zombie story coming out in a charity anthology, that is being organised by the awesome guys at Good Morning Zompoc, it’s for Breast Cancer Care* and titled Treasured Chests – A Zombie Anthology. My short is called Wolfe In Dead Clothing, and had received great feedback from everyone who had read it. The book is going to be released around the end of September.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve always like to write, but what got me really interested was discovering the indie world, thanks to David Moody and Mark Tufo for that. Seeing that you didn’t have to go through publishers anymore and could do it yourself was the driving force behind deciding to try it.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Other than writing, I listen to music, play video games, read, collect comics, and watch horror/serial killer shows.

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

Send it straight to my beta readers and bite my nails while I wait to hear back from them. I used to rip my hair out, but there’s not a lot left on the top to do that now, haha.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I write anywhere I can, that’s the beauty of modern technology, I write everything on my phone, and since it’s always with me I write whenever I can. I need background noise at the least when I’m writing, when I can tho, I’ll stick my headphones in, turn them up to eleven, and just write.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I’d say the speed at which I write, I’d love to be able to write as quick as I can read. I’m a beta reader for fora few authors, and the speed at which they can write astounds me.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I’d love to be a famous writer, haha, who wouldn’t? Seriously tho, I’d be happy if only a handful of people liked my writing, and I break even on any costs. Although when talking to a friend I did say I wanted to be the ‘British King of Short Horror.’

12. Where do you live?

About a 20 minute walk from the 9th circle of hell. I now live In Derbyshire, England.

13. Pets?

None at the moment.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Just being able to write whatever fucked up idea comes to mind, no matter how dark, twisted, or sick, it’s great, one beta reader has already called me sick, and I love it.

15. What is coming next for you?

A lot more writing, hopefully a lot more stories making it into anthologies, and getting my Novella, Hide & Seek, out soon. Watch this space, this won’t be the last you hear from R.L. Chambers.

16. Any words of advice for others wanting to try their hand at writing?

Don’t give up, it’s taken me over two years to get my foot through the door, but the majority of the indie community is awesome, and they’re all really friendly and are willing to help. Always get honest opinions, and give honest opinions, no on wins with sugar-coated bullshit, everyone has ways they could improve, and if someone’s telling you something doesn’t work, listen to them.

 

*Breast Cancer Care is a registered charity in England and Wales 1017658

 

You can connect with R.L. Chambers here:

Author page: https://www.facebook.com/R.L.Chambers91/

Good Morning Zompoc: https://www.facebook.com/goodmorningzompoc/

 

Book that R.L. Chambers is featured in:

 

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Getting personal with Andy Peloquin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can connect with Andy Peloquin here:
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Website: http://www.andypeloquin.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin
Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1383986274994456/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8KnIEoUDWRJkAhJ16CN5Dw
Reader List Sign-Up: http://andypeloquin.com/join-the-club/
Fantasy Fiends Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFantasyFiends/
Follow on BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/andy-peloquin
 

Some of Andy Peloquin’s Books:

 

Getting personal with Kevin J. Kennedy

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

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

2. How many books have you written?

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

3. Anything you won’t write about?

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

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

7. What do you like to do for fun?

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

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

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

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

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

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

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

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

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

12. Where do you live?

Central Scotland.

13. Pets?

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

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

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

15. What is coming next for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

You can connect with Kevin J. Kennedy here:

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

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

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

Twitter: @KevinJKennedy01

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

 

 

Some of Kevin J. Kennedy’s books:

Getting personal with Jeff Lee

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What do you like to do for fun?

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

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

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

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

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

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

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

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

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

12. Where do you live?

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

13. Pets?

One dog and one cat – in that order.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

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

15. What is coming next for you?

Probably dinner…but I’m just guessing here.

Anything else you would like to tell us?

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

You can connect with Jeff Lee here:

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

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

 

Some of Jeff Lee’s books:

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