Getting personal with Terry West

Terry West is a brilliant writer. He takes you on a journey in his books that you didn’t expect to happen. I don’t think I have read one yet that I didn’t feel like I was right in the middle of the action. He is very smart and easy to talk to and I always enjoy our chats about his latest book. He is a dedicated family man and proud dad. He works for the website Halloween Forevermore and if you aren’t familiar make sure you check them out. I highly recommend you picking up two or twelve of Terry West’s books to read also. You can’t go wrong with any of them. If you don’t know him please drop him a friend request he is a wonderful man and friend. Please welcome Terry West to Roadie Notes…..

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

Probably twelve.

2. How many books have you written?
I’ve lost count! I’ve written many writer-for-hire projects for the YA market. As far as adult horror, maybe one dozen.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
There isn’t a particular subject, other than the obvious taboos most avoid. There are many genres I have no interest in writing for.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 51. I am married with one kid. I work for the horror website, Halloween Forevermore. I’ve had day jobs in the past, but I don’t discuss them. I keep that part of my life separate from my presence as a writer. It keeps things less complicated.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
As of now, All of the Flesh Served. It is a dystopian thriller that will be released on May 5th. It imagines a dark future based on our current headlines and politics.
http://bookshow.me/B06X17JQ1Z

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My grandmother was an avid reader. She was a wise lady and recognized that I had an artistic soul. She was my reason for picking up the pen but she hated the horror stuff. Still, she was very proud.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I love to watch horror movies, new and old. I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I paint, sometimes. I collect old comics and horror merchandise. Far too much.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Other than a happy dance, not really.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I have an offcie in a loft on the second story of my house. I listen to classical and soundtracks that fit the story I am writing. For All of the Flesh Served, I listen to the Escape from New York soundtrack quite often as I write.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
The speed! I feel like I take forever!

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
When you are in the writing business, you have to manage your expectations, or you will go mad. I have been in the spotlight a few times, but out of sight, out of mind. You come out with a decent selling title, maybe your other books get a bump, but things usually go dark until that next one comes out. I have been doing this a long time, and I am used to the rhythms. I have a decent following, and I am very grateful.

12. Where do you live?
Southern California.

13. Pets?
Three dogs.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The caffeine. But seriously, that feeling you get when the story falls into place. You’re building as you go, and sometimes you don’t know exactly how you will get to THE END. I have an exercise I use when I write. I ask myself questions, and I don’t stop revising until there are no more questions that I can ask myself about a story.

15. What is coming next for you?
All of the Flesh Served (May 5th) and the next Night Things book, out this fall!

You can connect with Terry West here:

http://www.terrymwest.com
https://www.amazon.com/Terry-M.-West/e/B000AQ1C10/
https://www.facebook.com/terry.m.west

 

Some of Terry West’s books:

Outbreak review by: Mandy Tyra

Oooooh something rotten is running rampant in thy Keanedom.

Keane goes zombie, OHHHH man, does Keane ever go full zombie, quite…keenly. Aaand it’s about damn time! I think all horror authors should put their spin on the gore lore, it should be a prerequisite.

These aren’t your basic run of the mill traditional zombies either, this is a genuine genre bender, a zombie game changer. Yea, he spins it right round alright and it’s vertigo inducing. Invigorating, breathing new life into this often tired and worn out gaunt troupe culture. A thrilling read that takes many twisty turns. Nobody is safe and anything goes.

He did have a really badass zombie centric short story in Whispers Volume 1 called Vermillion and that’s all I think, this is definitely his first zombie BOOK.
By the way, I highly recommend reading all the Whispers if you haven’t, there are 3 of them (more planned), a total of 25 unique and scary fun stories, I still get chills when I let myself think too long and hard about some of them. Gonna have a reread binge marathon here one of these days.I’ve been super stoked for this since hearing about it last summer and it was well worth the wait, he’s such a perfectionist, so articulate and we reap the rewards of his blood, sweat, and tears.
Triple bloodletting bonus score, we are gonna get so much more ~ this is set to be a trilogy!!!
Off to a fantastic ~ and goretastic ~ start with this beautiful brutal beast.
Chalked full of virtuous and vile characters, this very much reminded me of his amazing All or Nothing, in that it had a lot of interesting characters, story depth, settings galore, and hardcore action all racing parallel in just a short space of time.
Keane’s got mad rad writing skills and can multitask, manhandle it all. He’s gonna be a household name one day, I know it…I feeeel it!

I’ve also been privileged as of late to receive ARC copies of his work. It’s truly a joy and believe me, my reviews were just as exuberant and enthusiastic before I got any sort of privy perks. I’ve called him The King since I first started reading him, in part because he is reminiscent of early Stephen King and also because he’s British, and bloody awesome.

Quite often with zompoc (I just heard that word for the first time the other day and it’s perfection…zompoc, looove it!!) you don’t know the how’s or the why’s or the huhhh’s of what the hell happened to bring on this cadaver revival, and that’s all ok, sometimes it’s just not interesting or important enough to go into. These things simply happen….
However, it’s quite the treat when you do get the run through lowdown.
And THIS gets you from the prologue. Seriously, that prologue…was so gutting, downright tragic, and you will be hooked ~ hooked, clothes-lined and…stinkered right from the jump-start.

It all takes place in the space of a day (roughly 24 hours) which just tells you that you are in for a frantically fast paced, non stop, in your face, gooorerrific good time.
It’s gore with a thick slice of still beating heart though, intense and graphic with emotions running on high ~ end is nigh ~alert.
I’m reluctant to go too far into the plot, it’s too just damn riveting, to be read in the dark….so, I shan’t shed too much light on it.
I’m gonna go vague. Attempt to anyway….

Welcome to the town of Barrington. Cute, quaint little British town and the ground zero breeding grounds for some pretty atrocious and awfully spry undead creatures.
Home of Dr. Nichol, brilliant (and undoubtedly slightly mad) scientist who has the picturesque house on the hill. It’s revered and feared, lots of rumors about the types of studies he conducts. He’s well aware of his infamy, naysayers, and mockers, he does not really care. Only cares about his teenage daughter Felicity, and as a single father, she is his world. His world gets a bit bleak and now he really couldn’t care less.

Catalyst having been triggered aghast, now all over this ~formally ~ cute and quaint town, we got our baffled and buckled down survivors, doing their best to stay that way.
A lot of characters in this, I’ll just brush through a few of the main ones:

Honorable and noble cops, Naomi Goodright and Sean Harrison are not exactly trained for this sort of combat, there are no actual protocols in place for this but they are not going to cower away, they must protect and serve, to the best of their ability. Harrison was hoping for a promotion that day to get him outta small town life and Goodright was right there, at zero hour zombie inception, she doesn’t have time for traumatized though.
Bruce is the resourceful and good-natured orphan teen/team player who adopts them. He’s seen a few movies and knows a thing or two. He thinks best under the influence of chocolate.
Gorgeous, smart, and, savvy therapist Melanie, hiding out all holed up in her office with her super creepy court appointed sex fiend patient, David. She’s gonna have to amp up them shrinking skills to cut him down to size.
We got a cheeky klepto gal named Morgan who only fancied nicking a ~ must have ~ cute pair of pink stilettos at the local mall to satiate her addiction, when all undead hell broke loose.
A sleazy cheating husband named Steven who goes a little too far AWOL off the grid/under the sewers for a little randy rendezvousing with his newest fling, Thea. Sounds romantic.
Local bakery and pastry worker Emma who is completely bored but this is not the type of excitement she had in mind to liven up her dully days….

That’s just a few of the main players. I couldn’t go through them all, my reviews are long enough already! Whew! Oh, but wait….
Yea, there is one more I MUST warn you about, Xander. Ughhhh the dreadful Xander..
There are a few different types of narcissism and he has dusky shades of them all but none as darkened out as the malignant narcissist. Pair that vicious dominant trait with rich and influential and yep, you get Xander.
Life as they know it may be in the outhouse shitter but he sees it more as a deep cleansing, and he’s appointed himself to play the savior role to lead the crusade, no matter the collateral damage. He’s treacherously lined all his lackey ducks in a row to take full-on advantage of this splendid new prosperity on the horizon.
You will despise this sadistic character, along with a few others but none more than the wretched Xander. He’s missing more than just a few scruples, he’s anemic in humanity.

Our townsfolk find ~and lose~ themselves in some pretty hopeless, horrifically dire situations, situations that are not solely undead related. The human monsters are often worse than zombies, at least the zombies have no conscience because they are, ya know, dead….and no longer accountable.
Opportunistic people who only care about fulfilling their own well-being and deem this….A NEW RISING ~ of the very much still alive kind ~ all dead set to become the leading conformity authority, can be just as fatal as the epidemic itself. Such havoc wreakers…

Creative, clever, complex, and severely cerebral. Braaaiiinnnsss…
This is spot on zompoc!!
Next one is called Pandemic, and I sure hope we don’t have to wait too long.
I’ll write an angry letter. Oh yes, I sure will. 😀

Getting personal with James Wallace

James Wallace is an amazing writer, friend and father. He has a burning passion for his books and what he writes. The first book I read by him was Zombie Theroem. If you are looking for a zombie book that isn’t a cookie cutter zombie book then I highly recommend this series. The characters are so well-developed and you will love them and root for them. I have to admit that I cried and laughed while reading this book. It will make you hold your breath and you won’t want to put it down. James loves to interact with his readers and fans. He has an awesome sense of humor and is one of the kindest men I have ever met. He definitely is a favorite of mine. He will be at Scares that Cares this summer and I hope to meet him and give him a huge hug. He loves his children more than life and when you hear him talk about them you can see the pride and love he has for them. He has a second love his car Eleanor. A mustang.  If you haven’t had the chance to get to know James Wallace I highly recommend you do. Read his books you will love them and don’t forget to leave a review! Please welcome James Wallace to Roadie Notes……

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

40

2. How many books have you written?

Five so far but always have stories rolling around

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Zombie Erotica.. Romance.. Midget Porn? Not sure about the last one.. Kind of on the fence.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 42, Divorced. 2 awesome kids who live in Washington Max and Bubba. (Not real names!) I am dealing with a disability and nerve issues with my left arm. So not working. Although writing feels like a full-time job.

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

JINXX hands down! But I love all my books I enjoy and hate them at the same time.. Not sure that makes sense. Next question!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My roommate and best friend Tanay has been my driving force behind me. She told me one day to stop sitting around feeling bad over my injury and do something. So I started writing.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I don’t think I can say that here in this interview. I like to eat, I like to go for drives in Eleanor (My Mustang).

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

While writing after writing drink Makers 46 and devour double stuff classic OREOS!!!!

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I have a coffee shop in Gilroy I call my writing cavern. I drink red eyes and rock out to all kinds of music as I write awesome words.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Uhm… hard question. I like my style, I don’t think about grammar I just write. That is what editors are for anyway.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to make enough to buy 5 acres of land build a tiny home with a big deck and hobby garage to store Eleanor. I wouldn’t mind being famous.. But honestly I just hope I would stay me if I did become famous.

12. Where do you live?
Gilroy California. (For now)

13. Pets?
(Ex Wife got kids and Dog.)

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to ignore all my problems in life and get lost in my characters’ lives. To feel their emotions pain happiness and sorrow.

15. What is coming next for you?

A book I codenamed D-SEA.

Anything else you would like me to include please feel free to tell me!
Oh boy, I love my fans and consider each one a friend. I try to be an approachable writer. I’ll talk to anyone if they want to chat. I enjoy interacting.. I am looking forward to Scares that Care this year and seeing all my friends and fellow authors.. And of course my DAISY Ricky Fleet!

You can connect with James Wallace here: 
http://www.amazon.com/James-Wallace/e/B01LJRJ1G6

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJamesWallace/

 

 

Some of Jame Wallace’s books:

Getting personal with Peter Mckeirnon

Peter Mckeirnon is a smart and kind man with an outstanding sense of humor. He is not only a writer but also a filmmaker, screen writer and director. He can change hats with ease and always is ready to talk about what he loves to do. Recently he won an award for Zombie Book of the Month and has shared posts and books all month-long. If you don’t know him or haven’t read his books please take time and make sure you do you really don’t want to miss knowing him. Please welcome Peter Mckeirnon to Roadie Notes…

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was 8 years old and I wrote a Pantomime. Well, I told my mum what to write and she had to do all the monkey work. I was like a young Barbara Cartland. Only with better make up. As an adult the first thing I wrote independently (I’ve written several things in a partnership) was a short play called Raid! About a post office which gets raided by 3 different people at the same time.

2. How many books have you written?
I have written 4 books, 1 play, and numerous scripts.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
No not really. As long as I believed a story was worth telling I would write about anything.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc
I’m 37, married with 2 little boys. I live in a small town called Runcorn in the North West of England. I work a full-time job, co own a production company, write & direct short films, I am a director of 2 film festivals and write books. Sometimes I sleep!

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Death in a Northern Town is my favourite simply because it’s the book the set me off on this crazy journey.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
My Family are my main inspiration. Everything I do I do for them.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Writing, filmmaking. All of this is also my hobby. It keeps me sane!

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
No not really. Pretty boring I suppose. I usually just start work on another project!

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I generally write any chance I get in any place that’s available. It’s very rare I get more than an hour or two to myself a day and because of this I always have a pen and pad with me, writing what I can, when I can.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Only that I had time to write more.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I have no interest in being famous but the goal is to write for a living.

12. Where do you live?
Runcorn, England. If you want to know what it’s like read Death in a Northern Town!

13. Pets?
Two cats, Betty and Lenny Loggins.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Being in a position to share my work with other people. It’s an amazing feeling when people enjoy what I do.

15. What is coming next for you?
I am about to start filming my next comedy horror film, The Quacky Slasher and I am writing a new horror book called, 50 Blades of Ray. I am also working on a short story for an exciting horror anthology which will be released later this year. I can’t say too much about this yet, other than some of the best horror writers in the world are involved. It’s very exciting.

 

 

You can connect with Peter Mckeirnon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Peter-Mckeirnon/e/B00AVLW6NC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1488337252&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Mckeirnon/e/B00AVLW6NC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1485983118&sr=8-1

 

Some of Peter Mckeirnon’s books:

Getting personal with R. Patrick Gates

I’m going to start this interview off a little differently by using an excerpt from his new book. Please welcome R. Patrick Gates to Roadie Notes…..

 

One fine day in the middle of the night,

Two dead boys got up to fight.

Back to back they faced each other,

Drew their swords and shot each other.

A deaf policeman heard the noise,

And came and killed the two dead boys.…

The empty airwaves of the mind…

Welcome to TunnelVision – the premium channel streaming from the imagination of R. Patrick Gates to you!

What happens when you lose sight of the forest for the trees?

TunnelVision!

Wilbur Clayton has a personal connection with Jesus – Murder! Abused for most of his life, Wilbur and Jesus are out to make amends and take revenge. With Grandma in his head and Jesus on the TunnelVision, Wilbur knows what must be done and who must be made to pay for the sins of the father…

The only thing standing in his way are a cop with a gift for details and deduction, and a young genius whose reenactments of his favorite books are about to become all too real.

TunnelVision – streaming seven days a week, 24 hours a day!

On the air and in your nightmares!

 

 

 

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

I was seven years old. Every Monday afternoon I had to go to catechism class after school. Leading up to Christmas that year, catechism had a story writing contest. The story had to be about Christmas and its true meaning. I wrote a story about a drug addict who’s addicted to LSD (shows how much I knew about drugs at seven years old) who takes acid and experiences the Nativity and sees God, basically. Afterwards, he finds out that the pusher who sold him the acid was really selling placebos – just sugar pills. I won first place, and the prize was, I think, my very own rosary.

2. How many books have you written?

At present count, I have written 10 adult horror novels (FEAR, GRIMM MEMORIALS, GRIMM REAPINGS, TUNNELVISION, DEATHWALKER,JUMPERS,THE PRISON, ‘VADERS, NOWHERETOHIDE, and SAVAGE), seven young adult horror/mystery novels, of which four (MYSTERY HILL, GUARDIANS, GHOSTLAND and CANDY STRIPES) have been published so far in the U.S.– all were originally published only in Germany and in the German language; the rest will be coming out this year and next in the U.S. In the works is a collection of my poetry and short stories (called DARK STREETS & FUNNY BONES) plus sequels to at least four of my novels. I’m also working on a very long fantasy novel, THE SECRET WAR, you know, the kind that appeals to children ages 8 to 80. I have also produced two children’s picture books. The first, ROLLERCOASTER WORLD, I wrote with my son when he was seven years old (he’s 27 now). We had gone to an amusement park and afterwards riding home he had mused aloud, “I wonder what it would be like if the whole world was made up of roller coasters.” It was just such a great idea I couldn’t forget it. We created the book and self-published it, and gave it as Christmas presents for several years to my son’s cousins. Then a couple of years ago, around Halloween, I was talking with my step-grandkids about how much they loved Halloween, and we came up with the idea of, HALLOWEEN WORLD, and created a book which we self-published and gave as gifts. We are now working on anotherWORLD book entitled, NINJA WORLD. All of my books, including the children’s picture books, are available as Kindle editions at Amazon. The original paperback editions of all my adult novels (except SAVAGE) are available from Amazon and most on-line bookstores, and everything else is exclusively on Amazon Kindle. Handmade editions of the children’s books are available, and can be ordered through my Facebook page by leaving me a post or a personal message at Facebook/R. Patrick Gates.

3. Is there anything you won’t write about?

No, I don’t think there is. I’ve written in just about every genre there is (I’ve been working on a romance novel for several years) and there is no subject that I would find taboo. Of course I would never glorify despicable behavior even while I try to make such a character sympathetic.

4.Tell me about you.

I have been a published author since 1989; and have been writing since I was a boy. Very early on I was labeled a ‘splatter-punk’ writer which is a style of horror generally credited to Clive Barker. I took great offense at that because I was writing what they called ‘splatter’ (graphic horror) long before Barker ever came along. If I’m not mistaken I was one the very first to push the limits of horror by injecting ultra-realistic gore, sex, and violence into my stories. Now, I am 62 years old. I was a middle school language arts teacher for 20 years, and a college Creative Writing Professor for 11 years. I presently work part-time as a Standardized Patient Examiner at UMASS Medical School, which entails teaching medical students how to communicate better with patients. I’m also a Bob Dylan tribute performer on guitar and harmonica. I’ve been in numerous musical groups since I was a teenager, and I’ve written close to one hundred songs that have never seen publication or recording, but hopefully that will change in the near future.

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

My favorite book is my most recent one, SAVAGE. It was the hardest book I ever wrote because it reflected a personal tragedy in my life, and was very cathartic for me. A very close second, however, are, GRIMM MEMORIALS, and its sequel, GRIMM REAPINGS, and my novel, THE PRISON.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

So many people and books/writers. My mom, my sister, Mary; a teacher, Mrs. Risley, and just about every writer I’ve ever read, but most of all Edgar Allen Poe. My mom was probably my biggest inspiration, and the biggest reason I ended up writing horror. I grew up in a haunted house, my mother was psychic and discovered the place was haunted, like the second day after we moved in. She personally exorcised the house and got rid of the ghost, or at least got it to stop scaring her. I grew up hearing this story many, many times. I also had many experiences – ghostly experiences – in that house, as did my son. Also, when I was a boy I was an avid reader, and I was in the habit of acting out the books I read. When I was 12, I was very much into the books of Mark Twain, and after reading Tom Sawyer and then Huckleberry Finn, I convinced my little brother and his best friend to sneak out of the house at midnight to go dig for buried treasure in a cemetery. Then we were going to build a raft and sail it down the polluted Nashua River and have adventures. My mother caught us trying to sneak out (she thought I was the ghost come back) and when I told her what I was doing she suggested that instead of acting out my fantasies I write them down like the authors that I loved to read. I had been dabbling in writing before that (like with the short story for catechism class) but I’d never really considered writing something as substantial as a novel. That same year, the day after Christmas, I was in a terrible sledding accident and suffered a severe head injury/concussion. I had partial amnesia for three days, but the event changed me—made me more creative and, I think, smarter. It also gave me an extraordinary memory.Early on in my life my sister, Mary, inspired me by buying me my first book when I was, I believe, five years old. She was 10 years older than I was and when I was born she became like my second mother. She taught me to read when I was three years old. By the time I was starting school I was reading books at the fifth, sixth grade level. She bought me the collected works of Edgar Allen Poe, a large tome that I still have. I read that book voraciously. I remember now I hardly understood half of what I read, and had to have a dictionary nearby at all times, but it was the style and the tone and the mood that grabbed me. Then when I was in high school I had a teacher, Mrs. Risley, who inspired me further. Every Friday she would display a surrealistic or abstract painting at the front of the room, put on some weird electronic or Indian music, and tell us to write about what we saw in the painting. Man, I just ate that up! It was the greatest writing exercise I have ever had!

7. What do you like to do for fun?

My wife and I like to hike, play tennis, dance, ski, and hang out with our grandkids. I play the guitar and perform as a Dylan tribute artist, and also paint and sculpt. I love movies and going to the movies.

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

No.

9. Where do you write?

I generally write in my home office, but I usually take a notebook with me, like to work, or if I’m going out and I think I might have free time on a long drive, say. I write in the notebook whenever I can. I’m a constant and prolific note writer, and I write all my stuff in longhand to start with, and then transcribe it into the computer. I like to have the tv on in the background—creates a white noise effect—and usually only listen to music when I’m painting.

10. Is there anything you would change about your writing?

Yes, I would make it more lucrative and popular! I’m rewriting nearly all of my novels as they are being republished – some more so than others. I find that with some of my earlier works, they need editing, so I’m glad that I have the chance to do that. Like with, TUNNELVISION, I did a lot of polishing and editing. Most of my novels were written before the advent of cell phones and smart phones and handheld devices so I’ve tried to update and work those things in to make them more current.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I’ve never had a desire to be famous, though I have always wanted to be able to make enough money from my writing to support myself. My dream is to work with my son, who is a director trained at Cal Arts, to turn all of my novels into movies or TV miniseries. We are presently in the screenplay writing stage for a couple. All we need is financial backing.

12. Where do you live?

I live in Massachusetts.

13. Pets?

Two dogs, Polly and Sad-Eyed Sadie of the Low Lands.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My first love, and first choice for a career, was acting. Second was music, third was art, and fourth was writing. As I got older, in high school and college,I realized that if you really want to be successful as an actor, you have to live in either New York or Los Angeles – or at least a major city, not the sticks of north-central Massachusetts where I lived and still do. I didn’t have the confidence, or the courage I guess, to move and pursue acting. But then, I realized that a writer IS an actor because you have to become your characters in order to make them believable. I generally act out all of the scenes and dialogue in my books, even if only in my head. I think the best way to describe how I feel about writing is that I agree with what Dorothy Parker once said: “I hate writing, but I love having written.” I love the idea that someone I don’t know and have never met is reading a story that I created. I think that’s pretty cool.

15. What is coming next?

I presently have many irons in the fire. I’m rewriting the second book in the TUNNELVISION trilogy, DEATHWALKER, getting it ready for republication from Bloodshot Books, and writing the third, a new one,AND LITTLE LAMBS EAT IVY. I’m also working on the third book in my, GRIMM MEMROIALSsaga and working on readying all my other novels for reprint as I mentioned earlier. I’m working on a rewrite and sequel of my first novel,FEAR (to be renamed QUARRY), a sequel to my science fiction novel. ‘VADERS, and something new for me, a strictly fantasy novel entitled, THE SECRET WAR and a comedic romance called, HEY TEACH! I’ve also been working on a mainstream, slice of life novel entitled, GROWING OLD.

 

 

You can connect with R. Patrick Gates here: 

website/pages, rpatrickgates.com,

Amazon/R. Patrick Gates,

Facebook/R. Patrick Gates.

 

 

Some of R. Patrick Gates books: 

 

Muerte Con Carne by Shane McKenzie

If you have never read a book by this author you have no clue what you are missing. This book will have you from the first word. I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down.

The story starts with a bang then goes to a man and woman making plans to do something they shouldn’t. It’s dangerous and illegal. They have taken all the necessary items they will need for their journey. The woman has mood swings that stem from her childhood and being an orphan. She is Hispanic and wants to blow the cover on how illegal immigrants that are crossing the border are treated. She is on a mission and nothing will stop her. The man with her is in love with her and refuses to let her do this alone. They make the drive and check into a motel to relax before they put their plans into action. While checking in she gets a room and makes him get his own room. This doesn’t make him happy. He accepts it as one of her mood swings. He decides to leave and walk across the small town to the bar. Needless to say he winds up super drunk and doesn’t remember how he got back to his room. The next morning the woman goes into town looking for something to eat. She can smell something that smells heavenly. Her stomach is growling. She walks up to the taco truck and orders for them both as a peace-offering. They tell her that it is the best tasting tacos she will ever eat. She returns to the hotel and eats her food and tries to rouse her friend but he is passed out so she leaves his food in front of the door. A little while later he emerges and eats his food. They resume their plans and drive into the desert to find the place they will plan to go over the border and get caught. They locate the perfect place and get into a huge fight. Driving back to the hotel is not fun and they go to their own rooms. He leaves and goes back to the bar and she decides to go do this on her own.

Now I won’t tell you much more but I will say she runs into trouble. By trouble I mean a world of crap. The hits just keep coming in this book. I never saw the ending coming. I was totally shocked. To be honest I didn’t want the book to end. Hopefully there will be another one…..hint hint! I highly recommend this book! It is amazing and will be one you will recommend to others as well. This book is awesome!!

 

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Getting personal with James H. Longmore

James H. Longmore is an amazing guy. I have completely enjoyed getting to know him and have the honor of doing a weekly segment on his podcast. http://www.panicroomradio.com/  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it make sure you do it is an amazing show and loads of fun. He is super smart and wickedly talented. I recently read my first book of his Flanagan and I can assure you it won’t be the last one I read by him. He has a publishing company called Hellbound Books that you want to make sure you check out and to watch for up coming books by amazing authors. If you haven’t met him yet please do so and send him a friend request. Make sure you get a copy of his latest book and don’t forget to leave a review. You won’t be sorry! Please welcome James H. Longmore to Roadie Notes…..

 

 

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I’d say around 6/7 – I’ve always been making things up and spinning tales, I’ve wanted to be a writer pretty much since I learned to read 😉

2. How many books have you written?
Including those in my younger years that will never see the light of day? Too many to count! Published, I currently have four novels, one novella – and a spanking brand new novel – ‘Flanagan’ – due on the 18th February 2017. I have another novel under consideration with Sinister Grin Press, two halfway finished, my anthology (editing!) and a bunch of short stories scattered here and there!

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Can’t think of any particular subject – nothing is taboo for me! On the other side of the coin, I won’t write about something that doesn’t hold my interest – otherwise I would quickly grow bored with it and that would show in my work.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Of course I don’t mind! I’m (an incredibly youthful and handsome) 52, married, 5 kids in total (24, 21, 21, 14, 7) and this is my job. In my previous career I was in Sales & Marketing for some seriously big companies!

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That accolade has to go to ‘Flanagan’! It’s ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ meets ‘Straw Dogs’ – a fantastic psychological/psychosexual horror about a seemingly average, everyday couple…
It hits the shelves (virtual and paper) on the 18th Feb 2017 – it will take your breath away and has a twist that I defy anyone spotting till it hits them!

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Generally speaking, I always had a headful of ideas that needed to come out. My early influences were James Herbert, Stephen King, Clive Barker, John Wyndham, HG Wells, Guy N Smith…the list is practically endless!

7. What do you like to do for fun?
I love the movies, hanging with the kids, family stuff – we have a house full of animals (kids not included!) and I spend an inordinate amount of time mucking them out 😉

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Yep – I crack on with the next one!

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I have an office at home, and I must have quiet because I am so verily easily distracted…

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Nope, I have grown into my style now. Having said that, I am constantly learning and adapting, so I guess you could say my writing evolves each time I hit the keyboard.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Not so bothered about the fame, it’s the money I dream about – yep, the money…

12. Where do you live?
Houston, TX

13. Pets?
Yep! 4 dogs (actually 3 and a bit – the Chihuahua doesn’t really count as a full dog), 3 snakes, 3 lizards, a tortoise, turtle, hermit crabs, Guinea pig, one of those pygmy hedgehog things and a handful of fish.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Being able to lose myself in alternate realities, plus exorcising some of the stuff out of my head and down on paper.

15. What is coming next for you?
I’m working hard on the launch of ‘Flanagan’ (buy a copy!!!) of course – and hoping that my next novel ‘Tenebrion’ (an intense, claustrophobic demon story) will be picked up very soon. I’m planning to get my anthology ‘Blood and Kisses’ out later in the year, whilst finishing my latest novels; ‘Possum’s Walk’ and ‘The Resurrected’. Watch this space!

I was (just) accepted as an Affiliate Member of the Horror Writer’s Association – a proud moment for me!
As well as novels and short stories, I write screenplays – I’ve been commissioned to write full-length features, anything from family animation to a biopic of Bob Marley! I’ve also written and directed a bunch of short films – and won a few awards too!

You can connect with James H. Longmore here: 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSEH3X7/ref=sr_1_2?tag=geolinker-20&s=books (Kindle preorder page)
http://www.jameslongmore.com (my website – has info on all of my books, short movies, screenplays – and even a little of my stand-up!)
https://www.amazon.com/James-H.-Longmore/e/B01H0Q04AC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1468103679&sr=8-1 (Amazon Author Page)

 

 

As well as amazing writing James H. Longmore also makes short films this is one you will love! 

 

Some of James H. Longmore’s books: