Let's have a round of applause for the man responsible for the A Journey of Words anthology. This guy is the real deal. He is a musician and the author of three novels, including Yours Truly, 2095, which was nominated for a 2016 Hugo Award.
In addition to all this, he finds time to teach and encourage new writers. I am proud to have my piece included alongside his in A Journey of Words.
Without further ado...
Author Name: Brian Paone
Title: The Whaler’s Dues
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?
Snag your signed copy of A Journey of Words!
Victoria Griffin is an author and editor based in East Tennessee. She is the founder and owner of Blue Pen, which provides editing services for traditionally and independently publishing authors. Blue Pen also offers publishing services including cover design and interior formatting.
Victoria's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 publications, and she is represented by Sandy Lu of Book Wyrm Literary Agency.
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