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*Welcome to Kentucky Mr. Worthen. Plant your ass in one of the rocking chairs on my front porch and I’ll grab you a corn cob pipe and a mason jar full of moonshine. Boy this sure puts that blog mansion to shame
now doesn’t it?! Now that were cozy let’s talk about that new book you have coming out.
In a few days you will reach a milestone in your life. Like a marriage or having a child your first published book will be something you will remember forever. What are you doing to commemorate the event?
Drinking. Mostly drinking. It is the strangest thing. You’re right, it’s like a marriage or a child only different – an alternate wavelength of apprehension and excitement. The emotional rollercoaster has surprised me. I go from the heights of joy at a goal finally being achieved,
to the depths of despair as I imagine everything going for naught. Otherwise, I’m collecting blog posts, covers, emails and planning on opening a bottle of bubbly on the big day. A photo or two wouldn’t be out of order, provided I can hold the camera still and find an angle that cuts out fifty pounds.
Well there’s the obvious thing in BEATRYSEL - it’s written in third person present tense. It’s been done before, but it’s unusual. First person present is the more common present phrasing. The Hunger Games for example. The verb play is complex because it has to be guarded closes.
A book in past tense, as most are, allows easier transition around a block of time when everything is basically in the past. In present tense, you have to be on your toes – there’re no easy flashbacks. I went with present tense because I liked the immediacy of the tense, the tension. I went with third person, because no one is safe.
Otherwise, the BEATRYSEL’s subject matter and world view are unique. I deal with love, but it’s no love story. I explore the darker sides of love – “there is no light without darkness.” I do this by the use of modern occult practices and philosophy. I’ve been fascinated by the occult my whole life and used it as a structure to bring a demon to life. I treat the belief system with respect and as accurately as possible. This allows me a level of verisimilitude that I wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise. It
also turns the entire story into an epic battle of supernatural forces within the intimate relationships of a small group of people.
*You might want so slow down on the moonshine honey, your starting to look a little green around the gills.
Who is your biggest cheerleader? The person that supports you the most when it comes to your writing.
My wife is most tolerant but my mother is the cheerleader. I guess that’s what they do. I have two teenage boys and they seem vaguely aware that I wrote something down once and something, where’s my dinner.
I have a cat who gets in the way and friends like you, writers and authors, who’ve been the absolute best. Writing is a solitary business, but knowing other hermits helps.
If you could be any kind of car, what make/model would you be and why?
A fully electric car. Not the Tesla, but something more sensible. I like the idea of a car that doesn’t hurt the environment, that isn’t all splash and luxury, but that gets along. I think that’s noble. I’m a big believer in being happy with what you have and recognizing it. Anything more is gravy and should be treated as such. I need a car, so a sensible, low-impact, utilitarian vehicle is fine with me. If it has a leather seats – bonus.
*What the hell did you put in that corn cob pipe?! Pass that bad boy over here and let me try it. Wow! Do you grow this stuff at the blog mansion?
What are your pet-peeves, both general and specific in the writing world?
I don’t like it when I’m told to join groups and let other writers criticize my work for me. I’ll admit I don’t write well with others. I had a bad experience with it and it put me off the career for decades. Sometimes it works, but I think writers are often not the best judges. We each
have our own style and will apply it. Writers are fine readers when the book is done, but while there’s still molding to do, I think they get in the way.
*Aside from laying in my front yard counting clouds, where can we find you?
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