Had the great opportunity to do a video interview with Doug Wynne about Limbus, Inc., as well as the sequel to That Which Should Not Be, and my thoughts in general on writing. It was a special honor to have Doug interview me, as he is the author of The Devil of Echo Lake, one of my favorite books to come out in the last couple years. Check out his book, and check out our interview. Then buy my book, too…
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I took part in a fantastic little project with some British folks, focusing on the role sound plays in creating suspense and fear. What would a writer know about sound? Listen to the interview and find out. I guarantee you will enjoy it.
On Wednesday, I’ll be recording an interview about my newest book, Limbus, Inc., with the inimitable Douglas Wynne, author of the tremendous Devil of Echo Lake (read my review here). I’ll let you know when the interview comes out, but for now, you can let Doug know what questions YOU want asked by clicking on this link! Come on, hit me with your best shot.
Hope you enjoy this interview with J.L. Petty, the author of the paranormal thriller, Death and the Journalist. I haven’t read it yet so I can’t vouch for its awesomeness, but it is next on my Kindle. At .99 cents, this short story is the perfect price for a little post-Christmas thrill. Support a new author and pick it up!
BJT: Tell us about yourself, and tell us what your book is about.
Thank you for having me. I am an author of several short stories. I published my first book “Death and the Journalist” with Solstice Publishing, February 14, 2011. My stories range in contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. Over the years, I’ve written for various magazines and have been featured as an author in several anthologies. I discovered my love of writing at an early age and started working as a contributor for The Virginian Pilot Newspaper. After working with the local newspaper in my hometown, I embarked upon a career in entertainment journalism and also worked for United States Congress.I am currently working towards a Masters degree and I reside in Virginia.
Death and the Journalist is set in the fall of 2001 and purportedly based on actual events. Michael Devoe, journalist for the New York Times, is the victim of the most compelling evidences of disappearances ever documented in United States history. After a plane crash, Michael disappears one night during an encounter with an unexplained supernatural force. Authorities report that his body was never found.
BJT: What kind of books do you collect?
Horror novels and comic books.
BJT: Are we living in a time that is truly rich in stories, or are we only swimming in books?
I think we are living in a time that is truly rich in stories. I loved Twilight, Harry Potter,and The Hunger Games. I think that its great that studios have turned these classics into movies. Because of that, people read more or have an interest in buying books.
BJT: Of the things you have written, what is your favorite?
Death and the journalist because it was the first time I was ever professionally published for my fiction. I’ve written articles in magazines but I never had a book. The feeling that I felt seeing it for the first time was unforgettable.
BJT: What is the key to a good horror story?
I think a good horror story has to have a really great villain. If the villain isn’t scary the story is awful.
BJT: Where in your work would readers find pages that sprang directly from your own personal fears?
I think in this book,I write about my fear of flying. My ultimate fear is flying. I am always afraid that the plane will crash… so writing about a plane crash was scary for me because it is one of my own personal fears.
BJT: One hundred years ago, Horror books worked in our minds in the same way shadow puppets express themselves—dreamlike and vaguely. Now, thanks to Hollywood, if a writer can imagine it, someone can film it. Are we desensitizing ourselves to frightening things? Does the visual accuracy of movies make the Horror writer’s job more difficult?
Yes, most definitely. I think the market has shifted where you have to be super creative. It’s very hard now a days to scare people because people are so use to blood,guts, and gore. The last movie to truly scare me was The sixth sense; only because it was different and something I had never seen before. I try to create that for my readers.
BJT: How much of your writing time is devoted to planning the next scene? Do your characters drive your story?
Not really. I think when I get a spark of creativity, I just write. There is no method behind my madness.lol. I wish there were, it would help alot when I am having writer’s block.
BJT: Tell us how you published your first book.
It took me 2 years to write this story and edit it. I sent it to maybe 10 publishers and out of the 10 only 2 wanted to publish it. I was excited to get my acceptance letters. I went with Solstice Publishing because I am a huge fan of their books.
BJT: What is the greatest strength of Death and the Journalist?
I think the use of imagery in the book is the strongest asset in this story. Writers often struggle with Showing vs. telling and I think I did a great job painting a morbid picture for readers in every setting.
BJT: We all daydream of being read by one of our favorite authors, and hearing their opinions of our work. To whom, on your own list of influences, would you be most frightened to hand over a copy of your book?
Michael Crichton. He has long passed away but he is by far one of my favorite writers and I would probably die if he gave me an awful review.lol
BJT: What’s next for you?
I just published a short story called ” The Glass Eye.” It is featured in Fear: A Modern Anthology for Horror and Terror. It was a charity anthology that was written in two volumes. International Best Selling authors Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin wrote the forewords.
BJT: Do you have any advice for unpublished writers out there?
Never give up and always follow your dreams no matter what.
BJT: Do you have a question, which you always wanted someone to ask, but it never pops up in interviews?
Who encourages you to write? The answer to that question is my mother. She is very positive and always keeps me going.
I have a blog post up on The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. Check it out, though it really goes all downhill after the first sentence or two…
Hey guys. Sorry I have been such a stranger. I’ve got a new interview up on the Gathering Leaves Blog, and I wanted to share it with you! Click here, and enjoy!
I’m once again joining the crazy ladies of Journal Jabber tonight, at 9 pm eastern time. Should be fun as always. To listen, click here.
Hey guys. I recently did a rather extensive interview with The Big Thrill over at the International Thriller Writers. I think it turned out pretty well! Check it out here.
In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss…and the abyss stares back.
Brett J. Talley thrills us with more. “Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours, passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But there’s a catch—they must sleep during the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleepers know what their dreams entail, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past…and sometimes his future. On board, they’re forced to face secrets they’ve buried deep beneath the surface, while discovering a dark truth that could change everything they know about their world. Fundamentally, the novel is all about the unknown—the unknown of space and what lurks in the shadows.
Carl was kind enough to let me take up some space on his blog. Check it out here.
Hey guys. There’s a fairly extensive interview up on Journalstone.com that I gave in the run up to the release of The Void this Friday. Check it out.
Jeff Wilson is one of my favorite writers out there. In addition to being a great talent, he is also an American hero, having served with the Navy SEALS in some of our nation’s recent conflicts. His story, “The Writer,” was featured in the 90 Minutes to Live anthology; it is easily one of the best stories in the book. Here’s my interview with him. When you get finished, pick up a copy of 90 Minutes to Live and his novel, The Traiteur’s Ring.
J.G. Faherty, author of Ghosts of Coronado Bay and the forthcoming Cemetery Club, was kind enough to allow me to ask him some questions about his short story, “Uninvited.” “Uninvited” is included in the anthology, 90 Minutes to Live (and yes, I have a story in that collection as well). The proceeds from the sale of that book go to the medical fund for Rocky Wood, President of the HWA, as he continues his battle against ALS. J.G. writes a lot of young adult fiction, which I know you guys love. Check out the interview here.
Hellnotes.com has invited me to do a series of interviews with authors who contributed to the JournalStone Anthology, 90 Minutes To Live. The first will be with J.G. Faherty, who was kind enough to include his story “Uninvited” in the collection. For those of you who love Young Adult, J.G.’s Ghosts of Coronado Bay has been highly praised, with HorrorNews.net calling it a “brilliant combination of teen romance, paranormal abilities and activities, rustic pirate characters and comedy.” Exciting huh?
So why is J.G. slumming it with a schlub like me? He’s a charitable guy, and all proceeds from 90 Minutes to Live go straight to the medical fund for Rocky Wood, president of the Horror Writers Association, who is suffering from A.L.S. So keep your eyes open, and while you wait, pick up a copy of 90 Minutes to Live and support a good cause. They were even kind enough to include one of my own stories!