Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Next Big Thing

1) What is the working title of your newest book?
Happy Hour Blues: A Collection of Short Stories.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
After I finished my first collection, Eclectic Collection, I wanted to do another short story collection. I wanted to do a book with less horror and more fiction that I enjoyed reading. I wanted to write a book I wanted to read.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
I don't limit myself to any genre. I have been told my stuff is Transgressive fiction, satire, speculative, and general fiction.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I try not to picture actors in the roles of my characters. A lot of my characters are based on people I know. I am a big fan of Ezra Miller. He just keeps getting better. I also really like. I'd be honored if she ever played a character I've written.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A fistful of unforgettable short fiction.

6) Is your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My books are published by Glorious Bastards Press. GB focuses on general and transgressive fiction. It is the home of Joe Schwartz and myself. Their sister company Insomnious Press is the home of James M. Bowers and B.C. Brown.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I did Happy Hour Blues as a part of National Novel Writers Month last year. I gave myself 30 days to write the stories that were burning inside me but I finished it in only 20 days. I didn't do much else for those 20 days.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I'm sure comparisons could be drawn but I don't want to be like anyone. I'm a big fan of Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, and Raymond Carver but I would not compare my work to theirs.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I write because if I don't my head will explode. I have to get it out and I really do write for me. It is great when people love my work but I really do write the books and stories I want to read. I just hope people keep enjoying them.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Each story in Happy Hour Blues has a drink recipe before the story. I think it is a little something extra that makes the book fun and it ties into the whole Happy Hour thing. I also included a 'Stories About Stories' at the end of every short story collection. It gives my readers an insight to what I was thinking, listening to, where I was in my life when I wrote certain pieces.

I have tagged a few authors I think everyone should know about. I've picked my fellow Glorious Bastard, Joe Schwartz. I am a big fan of Joe's work. Fans of my stuff will love it.

I have also picked two Insomnious Press authors, B.C. Brown and James M. Bowers. these two authors are very good friends of mine and have been very supportive of my work. I would like to return the favor. I hope my readers will give them a chance.

Joe Schwartz is a St. Louis native, he writes exclusively about the Gateway City. He prefers the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction. His protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. He also prefers stories told through a criminal's point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates Joe so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. 

"Just as I have an expectation of writing to be read I believe that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment." - Joe Schwartz 

You can read Joe's work for FREE on Smashwords!  You can also follow him on Twitter @JoesBlackTShirt

B.C. Brown was born with six fingers on each hand endowing her with super powers, thus enabling her to fight crime.  When a freak Cuisinart accident severed the additional digits and her powers, B.C. was forced to fall back on her secondary talent -writing.  Now she lives between the pages of a book - whether she has written it or not.  Since she has not found the surgeon to restore her fingers and powers, she has published three novels to date and contributed to one anthology.  She enjoys writing mystery, paranormal romance, science fiction and fantasy but is always in the mood for a challenge to branch out.  You can follow her crime fighting or writing.

Find B.C. Brown online at and on Twitter @BCBrownBooks

James M. Bowers is a dabbler in many things. He was first published in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and soon followed that release book with the release of his first fantasy novel, The Dark Path. Find James on Twitter @jaities and

A special thanks to John F.D. Taff for tagging me and making me a part of this series of questioning.

John F.D. Taff  is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 60 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in Missouri on the banks of a flowing river that, every now and again, loves to come inside the house. He has a tremendous girlfriend named Debbie, two dogs, Sylvia & Sadie, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. 

Find John online and on Twitter @johnfdtaff

You can find all four of these authors and two stories from me in our book Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction. You can also find links to all of our Amazon author pages from this book listing. Check it out if you are a fan of unforgettable short fiction!