Continuing our focus on the authors of A Journey Of Words, heeeeeerrrreee’s M.R. Ward!
M.R. Ward – “”The Open Road”|
Synopsis: A weekend trip turns into a nightmare as four friends find themselves on a collision course with the supernatural.
What inspired you to write this story? I wanted to tell a scary story, one that would stick with the reader long after the last line.
How long have you been writing? A year, or twenty-five, depending on your view. At thirteen, I spent a year writing stories, but lacked life experience and technical knowledge. Twenty years later I began writing a novel, but quit after a few months due to self-doubt. I never stopped creating stories in my head, though, so in 2015 I decided it was “now or never” and have remained consistent.
What genre do you usually write in and why? Horror. I find it entertaining.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I’m working on a short story that’s more along the lines of a paranormal love story. I’m also continuing the novel I started five years ago.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? You have to take a chance and really give your best effort, but that means putting in the time and doing the work. No one can write your story for you.
How can people discover more about you and your work?
Continuing our series of spotlighting the authors who are a part of A Journey Of Words, here’s an interview with author, officer, kingpin, ringleader, vocalist, songwriter, publisher: Brian Paone!
Author Name: Brian Paone
Title of your AJOW story: The Whaler’s Dues
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: An unquenchable love for an unobtainable stripper. A stolen mandolin. The rattlesnake trail. A journey on a whaleboat. Heavy water. A secret infinite world of cursed islands. An ancient legend. A changing of the guard. Strange avenues … the whaler’s dues.
What inspired you to write this story? Jethro Tull’s “Rock Island” album
How long have you been writing? I wrote my first short story in 7th grade in 1988. My first published work was a novel in 2007.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I write exclusively in a genre called rock fiction, which is a sub-genre of musical fiction, when a single song, an entire album, or the span of a band/artists complete work is turned into fiction, using the literal lyrics to directly create the plotline and story arc, and usually the title of the book/story is taken directly from the song/album that the work is an adaptation of.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? A short story for the 2017 anthology, “A Haunting of Words,” which will be an adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s album, “Fear of a Blank Planet.” And my next novel that I am currently writing is about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, and left me home alone with two toddlers. Every night I would send her an email, usually quoting song lyrics from our favorite bands at the end. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Beware the procrastination demons.
How can people discover more about you and your work? (Link to your blog/facebook/etc)
Next month a short story of mine, “broken Wing” will be published in a new anthology about Journies, so I’m spotlighting other authors who also appear:
This time around it’s Jacklynn M Desmond’s turn under the interrogation lights. Her story will be published in A Journey of Words, a short story anthology featuring talented writers from all over the globe. The anthology will be available in paperback next month and is currently available in eBook format from Scout Media.
Title: Six Miles to Suring
A young woman fleeing an abusive relationship with her baby runs into some supernatural troubles.
What inspired you to write this story? A sudden, paranoia inducing episode of Deja vu while driving home from my parent’s cabin “Up North”. For about thirty seconds I was absolutely convinced I was going in circles. ‘What if?’ took over from there.
How long have you been writing?
Forth grade. Mrs. Law’s class. I got bored.
What genre do you write in?
I have no idea. All over the board, really. I seem to like dead people.
What else are you writing at the moment?
I’m working on the next “of Words” submission, an erotica piece for an anthology, a sequel to my novella “Sixteen” and have some back burner projects. Because ADD is real.
How can people discover more of your work?
On my Facebook page.
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