12 October 2012

Dog Con countdown! Mother Love Bone "Stardog Champion."

#8 Dog Con countdown! Mother Love Bone "Stardog Champion."

And a bonus vid to allow for the poor sound quality of the link above:

BLOG HOP: The Next Big Thing - WEEK 16


Next Big Thing-Week 16

Many thanks to the lovely Heidi Ruby Miller for tagging me! Make sure you check out her post. While you're at it, check out John Edward Lawson's and Jessica McHugh's!

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book? THE REVELATIONS OF PRESTON BLACK

Where did the idea come from for the book? It's a sequel to THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK so I kind of wanted to see a 'further adventures of Katy and Preston' sort of thing. I'd always wanted to try a 'Southern' novel, and since I'm not Southern had to have a POV character that was an outsider. There's so much great culture and iconography that isn't stereotypical, and I wanted to tap into that.  

What genre does your book fall under? It's horror/dark fiction. 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Preston Black.

Katie Holmes as Katy Stefanic.

 James Franco as Pauly Pallini.

Mila Kunis as Danicka Prochazka.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Better the devil you know than the one you don't. A trip through the Bible Belt tests Preston and Katy's faith. Preston decides he'll do anything to get her back, even though he doesn't fully know what that means. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? The book will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About six months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS. Maybe Matt Bondurant's THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD with a little less violence and a little more magic. 

Who or What inspired you to write this book? This book was inspired by a desire to move the story forward. I had so much fun with the original, I knew there had to be more. And I was right. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Another trip to the crossroads (or two,) snake handlers, 'hellhounds on my trail,' John Lennon, Prague, hoodoo and hot-foot powder, red-eye gravy and biscuits, hot amps, screaming fans. And a little blood. 

11 October 2012

09 October 2012

Everything I Need to Know, I learned from John Lennon.

To celebrate what would've been John's 72nd birthday, I decided to pay tribute by giving thanks where thanks is due. Very simply, here's the song, the lyric, and the lesson.

"I'm Only Sleeping"

When I'm in the middle of a dream, stay in bed, float upstream...

Life is better in bed. Spend a little time in your head. Dreams are not fantasy, they are a reality that just hasn't happened yet.


...You say you got a real solution? Well, you know we'd all love to see the plan... 

Talk is for talkers. You want to stand up for something? Stand up for something. You want to make waves? Then make some waves.

"In My Life"

...Though I know I'll never lose affection, for people and things that went before. I know I'll often stop and think about them... 

John, and Paul and George, and Ringo climbed out of Liverpool's craters and burned-out factories to become the greatest music machine the world has ever seen. I can move past the blemishes and banalities of my hometown and make an amazing life for myself if I choose.


...I don't believe in Elvis. I don't believe in Zimmerman. I don't believe in Beatles. I just believe in me....

I don't turn water into wine, I turn words into stories and people. Who gave me permission to do this? God?  I'm motivated by a belief in my own capabilities. Otherwise, I'd keep my stories to myself.

"Working Class Hero"

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school, they hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool...

My job is not me. I am not my job.

"You're Going To Lose That Girl"

If you don't take her out tonight, she's gonna change her mind. And I will take her out tonight and I will treat her kind...

That's how I met my wife.

"Whatever Gets You Through The Night"

It's your money or life...

That's an easy one.

"Dear Prudence"

...Won't you come out to play?

Forgetting to play is like forgetting to breathe.

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

...nothing is real...

Except for this moment, right now.

"All You Need Is Love"

...love is all you need.

Because it is.

Dog Con Countdown! Led Zeppelin "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"

#11 Dog Con Countdown! Led Zeppelin "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"

It's getting closer every day. For me, festivities begin Friday night in Frostburg, where I'm going to read a little Hellbender, then maybe a little from The Devil And Preston Black, and if yinz are well-behaved, maybe I'll give you a little taste of what's coming in The Revelations Of Preston Black.

I'll be signing books Friday and Saturday, so if you're in the area stop by. The festival is free, and it's a great place to talk to a lot of great indie and small press publishers. 
"Ah all the good times we had, I sang love songs so glad
Always smiling, never sad, so fine