Friday, September 30, 2016

Fast Friday Indie Interviews: Bryce Gibson

Bryce Gibson

Tell me about yourself?

I write Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of The South.  I live in South Carolina with my wife and our dog. 

Aside from writing, I work full time on a scuppernong farm.

During my early teenage years I started writing stories that (I thought) were along the lines of the Point Horror books from back then.  I still have all of them.  They are handwritten on lined notebook paper that I stapled together.  I drew the covers and everything.  I’ve been posting them on my Facebook page.

Tell me about your current Book:

My new book, Perennials, is a YA Southern thriller/mystery/horror novel that takes place in rural South Carolina.

When it appears that a serial killer has struck close to home, Dusty Miller must learn who to trust, or else take the chance of losing everything.

Summer in South Carolina—a time of ripe peaches, crackling bonfires, trips to the lake, and the rural legend of a creature known as the Lizard Man.

This year, a very real monster is lurking about.

The victims all have one thing in common—they share their names with plants.

Soon it becomes apparent that seventeen-year-olds Dusty Miller and Nandina Bush may be next on the killer’s list.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the very early stages of starting to work on my next book.  It will be another YA mystery/thriller/horror novel.  This one will be set on a South Carolina hops farm. A lot of the action will take place in and around an old plantation house that has the legend of a werewolf attached to it.  I’m excited about getting it started.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

With the exception of the occasional change in location, I always write in my home office that faces the backyard.

What is your favorite Website?

The horror movie website, Bloody Disgusting.  It’s my online go-to for horror movie news.  



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Quotes of the Week

There were times I thought I'd never sell another book, but I never doubted I'd write another book.
—George R.R. Martin

 You build a novel the same way you do a pyramid. One word, 1 stone at a time, underneath a full moon when the fingers bleed.
—Kate Braverman

Just because you’re sick of your script doesn’t mean it’s finished.
—Wiiliam M. Akers

Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
—Annie Dillard

You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you write anything really good.
—J.K. Rowling

We write to discover what we think.
—Joan Didion

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
—Stephen King


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday Tips: Read What You Write

I write Science Fiction because it is my favorite kind of book to read. I have read a thousand Scifi novels over the decades.

(I would not dream of writing historic fiction about France in 1276.)

Even take that a bit farther down into sub genres. Read the sub genres that you want to write. Here are a few sub genres from Scifi I like and may write in the future:
  • Hard Science Fiction
  • Space Opera
  • Space Western
  • Time Travel
  • First Contact
  • Comic Science Fiction
  • Steampunk
  • Alternate History
  • Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic
  • Cyberpunk
  • Military Science Fiction
  • Superhuman
  • Soft or Sociological Science Fiction
  • Near-future science Fiction
  • Science Fantasy or Future Fantasy

--If you want to write romance, read it. Read westerns if you want to write them. Young Adult, Murder mysteries, or Buddy comedies. We'll talk about crossing genres in another post!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Signing!

Come out and see me and a ton of other local authors! This Friday!

Read: March Upcountry

Last week I read March Upcountry by David Weber and John Ringo.

Here is the description from Amazon:

The Royal Brat is in Trouble
Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock didn't understand. 

He was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him? 

Why wouldn't even his own mother, the Empress, explain why they didn't trust him? Or why the very mention of his father's name was forbidden at Court? Or why his mother had decided to pack him off to a backwater planet aboard what was little more than a tramp freighter to represent her at a local political event better suited to a third assistant undersecretarv of state? 

It probably wasn't too surprising that someone in his position should react by becoming spoiled, selfcentered and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?
But that was before a saboteur tried to blow up his transport. Then warships of the Empire of Man's worst rivals shot the crippled vessel out of space. Then Roger found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, whose jungles were full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, torrential rain, and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the entire planet, then capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, somehow commandeer a starship, and then go home to Mother for explanations. 

Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of The Empress' Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians. 

Assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed.

--I really enjoyed this book. The character and would building  is excellent. Read it!