What makes you tick Justin?
From a personal standpoint ignorant people, from an author standpoint those who judge or are against us Indie authors and don’t give us the same amount of credit as a traditional author. It just really gets to me how some can be so judgmental without giving something a try.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote down five things I wanted to accomplish such as finding a new job, hobby and other things and 5th on the list was write a book. It was the last because I figured I’d never do it. Well one day I looked at my poems and just decided now was as good a time as any to write a book. Aside from inspiring myself I read other books and watched horror movies and scary shows that truly inspired the book.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m sure I do though I can’t quite explain it I’ll try though. When it comes to poetry my writing style is that of usually rhyming and making sure the concept of the poem connects at all aspects. When it comes to my writing of books I like being direct and to the point and I try to make sure I get my point across and I’m thorough, I’m usually quite vivid and descriptive and try to make my characters enjoyable.
How do you come up with your titles?
For The Macabre Masterpiece, I was thinking I wanted something scary but also catchy. I was playing with words in my head and wrote a few down. There’s something I like about the word Masterpiece and I thought hmm horror is considered Macabre so then when I put the two words together, The Macabre Masterpiecce was born, I then added Poems of Horror and Gore to it after.
With A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West, It sort of popped into my head one day after watching a Western movie, may have been a Clint Eastwood movie if I remember correctly. I had an excellent title but no story to go with it. So though the way I came up with my 2nd title wasn’t as creative writing the story based off of it was the creative part.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hmm..you know what? I don’t think so. I put a lot of hard work into it and I’m quite satisfied with the way it came out. Maybe I could of put a slight bit more detail into some things but overall I am happy with the work.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I answered this question a while back in another interview and I’ll stick to the same answer, dialogue. I’ve written dialogue before but I never wrote it like I did in this book. Constant back and forth conversation is quite challenging if you don’t know how to do it. It took me some getting used to but after I got it down and had people go over it I was good to go.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Don’t hold anything back and remember your not just writing for yourself but your readers as well. I had a group of people read a few chapters and what I had they didn’t like so I changed it up a bit to meet their liking. Yes, not everyone is going to like your writing but in the sense that you want to connect to your readers and meet their interests you gotta listen to them. It’s good to listen and take advice from your readers every once in a while before going ahead with your work.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you will enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them for you. I really try to create things that I know people will enjoy reading again and again. If you read work and you liked it well much appreciated, if you didn’t like it well I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it but maybe you know someone else who will and maybe just maybe something else I write may catch your interest in the future.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
Well I had two challenges, The Civil War and The Wild West. Horror was no problem really that I could make up however I wanted. The Civil War aspect I had to make sure I had the correct years, weapons, terms and jargon of the time and making sure certain things fit correctly. Same thing with the wild west, the language, the theme and the setting. I did thorough research to not only make sure it was accurate and fit to it’s time but also give it that gritty 1800’s style.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In my latest novel I would say in the beginning I want readers to grasp the hardships and struggles people and towns endured during The Civil War. The first two chapters are meant to embrace the reader not only for why the main town is so bad but also take into consideration of the real life problems and overcoming obstacles real towns and soldiers had to face. Though my book is fiction the first two chapters blend in a good sense of real life.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Though I’m not a big reader myself there is one new author that has recently caught my eye and that is David Haynes, a fellow author on Goodreads I happen to come across. I read his book, Mask of the Macabre and loved it. It was a delightful book about Victorian Era Horror which is something I never read before.
What are your current/future projects?
My current project is promoting my latest book into the summer. I have a couple things coming up for it so all focus in on that. As for future projects I am considering writing a few short stories and my 3rd book which will be another poetry book is in the works.
Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely do although I wouldn’t mind having it to go with another career such as whatever else I may be able to do. Having writing as your sole career can be stressful, even though I’m still young I find writing to be hard to keep up all the time. But yes I can definitely see myself making a good career off of it.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Totally off topic from writing, White Chocolate and Red Velvet cake. You give me either one and I am good to go!
What kind of book do you read in your spare time?
Again though I don’t read I do enjoy my certain clique of genres such as Horror, Crime/Mystery, Western, History and of course Poetry.
Tell me something that others would be surprised to know about you.
How creative I am. Most people like friends just know that I wrote something but the actual case is I am and can be quite creative when I want to be.
What’s your favorite scene in your book?
Not to give away any hints or parts in the book, but one scene in which Emerson Shaw(The protagonist) talks to Javier Jones(The antagonist), The things I have them say to each other is so gripping and seems like something out of a movie.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Certainly, I will share my two latest poems with you, I do warn you though, they are a bit..bizarre.
I went to wash my hands in the sink
but tripped and fell into a wormhole
a vortex into the beyond if you will
I then awoke in a bed not of my own
covered in daffodils drenched in blood
They whispered that I murdered them
Me, a vicious psychopath to flowers
I have no such recollection
And I’ll be damned to be called such a thing
Suddenly I’m back in my bathroom
going to wash my hands in the sink
Yet now I have no hands to wash
just nubs permuting blood
I scream until the mirror breaks
and the faucet starts to bend sideways
My head falls off and rolls out the door
I don’t know where I’ll be heading next…
A root beer float in a frosty mug
taste like heaven upon the lips
However the cake I had with it not so much
taste like a twinkie dipped in battery acid
My stomach shall feel it now
As It rumbles like a wrestler in a ring
A tablet or two and it goes away
Either that or I blow up like a pigeon
But I am not a pigeon or any such bird
Therefore I should be just fine
a dap to my tongue and down it goes
The next time I decide to have a root beer float
I think I shall refrain from cake
Thanks for stopping by Justin! I wish you continued success.
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