Tonight's guest is a writer that I actually got to know through blogging. He runs a great blog (link below) that I follow weekly. It's informative for both writers and readers, but more than anything, this dude could write a pamphlet on how to clean grease and grime off your bathroom tiles and he would somehow manage to make it interesting and quirky.
Make sure to take a look at both his blog and his books :-)
Chazz is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who runs Ex Parte Press. Though he writes crime novels, horror and dark fantasy, he thinks the term “suspense novelist” best describes his place in Earth’s ecosystem, next door to the Rhesus monkeys.
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What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days or things that go bump in the night?
I’m a voracious reader, but I live in Canada, so mostly I shovel snow when I’m not writing. When there’s time, my hobby is depression, but I subvert almost all the rage with jokes.
You write a really great blog, which yes I follow, and yes, be sure to include a link to it…but my question is this… are there any other blogs that you highly recommend? Ones that you read and follow regularly.
Ah. ChazzWrites.com, the place for…oh, who am I kidding? Blogs are dead things. I always watch for thepassivevoice.com updates and I agree with Chuck Wendig often but not always. Podcasts are where it’s at, though. There are lots of great publishing podcasts. There aren’t enough great podcasts about the craft of writing though.
Tell me about your latest book, something unusual if possible.
My latest book is a collaboration with Holly Pop called The Haunting Lessons. It’s the first in the Ghosts & Demons Series and I think this series will go on a long time. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now think how much you miss Buffy. Think hard. Aches, doesn’t it? Okay, now that your brain is sweaty, go get The Haunting Lessons.
Anything in particular that you want to say about it? Where did you draw the inspiration from? Favourite characters?
After I wrote This Plague of Days, I got a lot of positive feedback. I’d written my criminal autobiography (Intense Violence, Bizarre Themes) in the meantime, but I needed to get back to the slow apocalypse that’s unfolding right now. The hitch was, This Plague of Days is an epic saga and it’s finished. It’s a great trilogy but I won’t add to it in hopes of cashing in more. That wouldn’t serve the reader or the story.
I wanted to do something new in a similar vein, but with a much lighter tone. The new series is really fun with lots of laughs and action. Instead of a grim apocalyptic landscape, I found a way to enjoy the end of the world. (Hint: more jokes, swordplay and lattes compared to This Plague of Days.)
Book Blurb & Cover For The Haunting Lessons
What are you working on next and when can we expect it?
The second book in the Ghosts & Demons Series hits at the end of April. As Donald Trump says, “It’s going to be huge.” I just quoted Donald Trump. I feel shame.
But go to AllThatChazz.com for podcasts and updates and deals and whatnot. I have a lot of whatnot in stock.
Are you a prepper with an apocalypse plan in place, or are you just going to wing it?
The apocalypse in real life is not much fun. No wifi? Unacceptable. There aren’t enough wet wipes in the world to get through the real thing without wanting to kill yourself. Where are you going to get a good bagel? Forget it. When the time comes, I’ll just seek vengeance on all my enemies in a bloody rampage. Then I’ll lie among the grateful dead. Better than to be among the ungrateful living.
What’s your apocalypse/horror song?
Smile by Charlie Chaplin. It’s brilliant. Listen to it and you can smile and cry at the same time. Second choice would be Skillet’s Monster. (I identify in a happy way.)
All writers know that reviews are our gold, but are there any reviews—both good and bad—that have stuck with you?
I have an eidetic memory. Every review, good and evil, stays with me. I do not sleep. The worst review would be from my mom. She said in a careless moment that I probably wouldn’t amount to anything. She’s not wrong yet, but I have written sixteen books or so and um…. Is it dark in here? It feels dark in here.
Happy reading my little book whores!
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