David Grant is our guest author today at Paperback Writer, and he shares with us his journey to being published.
Emotionless Souls Synopsis:
Disaffected tourists idle through the streets and bars of Paris and Dublin. Office workers suspect each other of stealing cocaine at the Christmas party. Human Resource officers interview the stripper they frequent for a position in the firm (or at least they think it’s that stripper). Pickpockets get pick-pocketed. Nobodies stage emergencies to save the day. Mediocre porn stars murder their co-stars to increase DVD rentals. Executives drop Ecstasy during the board meeting and realize their affection for the touch of their supervisor’s shirt. Comics drop shrooms in the restaurant’s sauce to get laughs from even the toughest of Monday night crowds.
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
[DG] Emotionless Souls, my short story collection, contains 20 tales varying from corporate pranks to dreams of leaving a mark in the adult movie industry. I started writing short stories as a way to break from writing novels. Eventually there was enough interest in many that I was able to package them into this book. My ideas usually come from my surroundings, I spend a lot of time in corporate environments and this translates into a back drop for many of my stories. Others, come from that special dark place inside that really makes to me is true fiction.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
[DG] I will outline at a high level. It’s strange, but I need an ending before I begin. More strange is that I rarely use the initial ending, but do keep it as a crutch.
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
[DG] For my characters they take on their role as the story dictates. Starting stories, I rarely have an idea of a character, rather a story, and then I think about what type of person fits.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
[DG] Absolutely. The satirical and humorous parts of the stories are directly related to my personality and how I view the world.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
[DG] The way all of the stories relate to one another. This was never the point, in fact all were written separate without the thought of pulling them together. Each story takes a character in a dark place and watches them find redemption (at least in their mind) in the most unconventional ways.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
[DG] All of the stories were completed prior to publishing with Brown Paper Publishing.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
[DG] It was difficult to get someone to read my first novel, Corporate Porn. Whether you go through agents or publishers, you find a saturated market. However, that being said, I am an example of keep writing and be persistent, it will happen.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
[DG] First off, Emotionless Souls is meant to be entertaining. Yes, there is a transgression side to my writing, but I do believe my humor puts a unique twist on the darkest of issues.
Do you have plans to write another book?
[DG] Bleach|Blackout, my rock and drug fueled double novel is now available through Offense Mechanism, an imprint of Silverthought Press. Bleach details the character, Jeremy returning home to the Midwest for the holidays, reliving past New Year’s Eve parties, leading up to the mother of all parties. Blackout, the sequel takes the reader two years after Bleach. The crew is in Las Vegas for an incredible bachelor party and wake up with the worst possible hangover: A police officer standing over them with guns drawn.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
[DG] So far I have been very impressed. Pump Up Your Books has been able to find the correct places for my work to be reviewed and displayed. I have been pleased with the results.
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
[DG] brownpaperpublishing.net, davidsgrant.com, amazon.com, and the other usual suspects. My books are also available at the following NYC bookstores: Book Court (Brooklyn), St Mark’s Bookstore (Manhattan), and Drougas Books (Manhattan).
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Thank you, David for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.
EMOTIONLESS SOULS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on May 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow David’s tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in May. Leave a comment on his blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of his tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this tour page on May 30!