Monday, March 22, 2010

Papercut Books brings you...Eclectic Collection

Some people may have noticed the Papercut Books logo at the bottom of this page. The reason that logo is on my page is because I am working with a collected group of magazine publishers, movie producers, artists and other authors to bring the world a publishing company that is focused on producing interesting, original fine quality books. We are bringing readers Papercut Books.

There are many great books scheduled to come out this year from Papercut, but I am excited to announce that one of the first two books to be released will be John F.D. Taff’s thriller KILL/OFF, and the other will be my long awaited book Eclectic Collection!

Eclectic Collection has been a work in progress for a very long time. This book includes most of my previously published work from The Silven Trumpeter, Help: An anthology to Benefit Preditors and Editors, Twisted Dreams Magazine, Concrete Blood and The Monsters Next Door. EC will be released with KILL/OFF at Con-tamination 2010, in St. Louis. At this convention John and I will be there to talk about Papercut Books and the other projects readers can look forward to.

One of those great projects will be the 1000 Words anthology; I had posted about in the past. More information will be available about this collection and an H.P. Lovecraft inspired anthology, on and here on J. Travis Grundon Dot Com, soon.

There are some amazing things to look forward to from Papercut Books and J. Travis Grundon…stay tuned…the future is NOW!!!

- Travis

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My fellow author Molly Daniels has invited me to be interviewed on her website for the month of April. I had a lot of fun doing this interview and I wanted to share a sample of it, before the it's published in its entirety, on April 20th.


Is there any message you want readers to take from reading your work?

I want to give the reader the same experience I look for when I read a book. I want to change the way they look at something.

Even for people who've never read Psycho (or seen the movie), Robert Bloch changed the way we think about taking a shower, just like Stephen King made us change the ways we look at the death of a pet. Then Thomas Harris changed the way we think about fava beans and a nice Chianti. The author of Choke and Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk, even changed the way many of us looked at things like soap, a foot massage, and people we've know our whole life.

In my opinion a great story teller can change the way we think about everything. I want to be one of those authors.

I try to work in subliminal messages, about my work being as great as Chuck Palahniuk. It would be nice if readers caught that. Please, note: I probably only joking.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? And have you ever had a story take on a life of its own?

Every story I write takes on a life of it's own. 99.9% of the time I don't control what I write. If I need to finish one story, or start something with set guidelines, my mind will produce something on the other side of the fence. This is why I have so many “Work In Progress” files on my computer.

I also talk about my characters like they are real people. I'll hear their voices feeding me dialog, at the strangest moments. I'm sure a lot of people think I'm crazy, but I think you have to be a little crazy to write fiction. An author really needs a certain level of schizophrenia to write convincing dialog.

Check out Molly's page and bookmark it, for the April 20th, 2010.

- Travis