Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#Interview with author Joseph Spencer

It was my fault that this wasn't with the original post on Friday, so I thought I'd give Joseph another day with the interview. I hope you enjoy!

1.         At any given time do you work on only one story at a time and maybe plot out the next one or are there many ideas racing around your head? 
I am more of a pantser than a plotter, so I always have more ideas rattling around in my brain than I’ve got time available to develop and write them. I work full time as a manager at an emergency 9-1-1 communications center so my time is limited each day, but I’m hoping my career gets to a point where I can write full time or that I can write more when I retire. I will say that I usually only start the writing phase on one or two projects at a time.

2.         Is there a genre you haven't written in but would like to? Or wish you could write in? After reading all of George R.R. Martin’s Songs of Ice and Fire series, I think it would be fun to try my hand at fantasy, but that isn’t a genre I’ve read as frequently as crime and thriller so I’d have to do my research and homework on that style. I like the potential of writing in that genre because you can tackle social commentary issues creatively.

3.         Do you add an element of romantic suspense in your stories? 
I think most stories have to contain some sort of love interest in them because it is a natural part of a character’s motives for their behavior. In Grim, most of those ties were in the background of that character’s past. In Wrage, there is more of an active love triangle which steers characters into conflict.

4.         Say you have unlimited funds: What kind of writing office/cottage would you create for yourself? 
I joke with my wife that I’m sort of the Al Bundy of the writing world. Most of my writing is done in my recliner with the laptop in my lap. So, as long as I have a comfy chair which allows me to put my feet up I am happy.

5.         If you could turn your novel into a TV show, which novel or series would you do? Where would it be set? Network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS), Cable (AMC, BBC, Lifetime) or Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, Starz)? 
My Sons of Darkness series is gory and dark so I think a good fit would be Showtime. They are airing the final season of Dexter, so if they are in need of some dramatic serial killer content I am happy to oblige. I’m also impressed with some of the shows which FX has produced recently. Based on the mood of my novels, the show would have to be on late-night cable or premium cable.  
6. Finally, tell us about your latest release!
When I decided to expand Grim into the Sons of Darkness series with Wrage, I incorporated many references from religion and historical lore. The “War Scroll” from the Dead Sea Scrolls foretells of an apocalyptic fight between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness in which Light will earn eternal peace by destroying Darkness. Each son in the Sons of Darkness series will represent a deadly sin, and each son in my future Sons of Light series will symbolize a cardinal virtue. Wrage introduces the coming struggle between these two forces in both the supernatural and mortal realms.

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Joseph will be awarding a $25 Starbucks gift certificate to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Sometimes the toughest fight lies within yourself.

As more dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls pushes Prairieville to the brink of war in the living and supernatural realms.

Jeff Wrage swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, to hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife. Jeff wonders whether he can be the executioner Abaddon requires. Their pact throws the supernatural realm in chaos and threatens to trigger an apocalyptic fight for control of the afterlife between the Sons of Darkness and Sons of Light foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Orlando Marino sees the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino family's stronghold in Prairieville’s organized crime scene and become a mob kingpin. He unleashes a plague, turning its victims into mindless followers. Cyrus' heir is busy rooting out a traitor and is unable to stop the coming turf war in the realm of man.

The fate of all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the fallen hero's name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing. Her new partner is reported dead. She learns the truth about her true identity and uncovers a trail of secrets questioning her tragic past. She journeys to avert the destruction of all creation.

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