Month: February 2016

Author Interview with Wade Beauchamp

Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea for Scream If You Wanna Go Faster? How long did it take you to write?

Wade: A few years ago I wrote a story called “Triggers” about a Gold Star mother whose son didn’t make it back from Vietnam, and how she struggled to ignore all the daily things that reminded her of him. Chief among those being his abandoned Ford Galaxie 500 sitting in the shed behind their house, waiting for its owner to come home. I had written that one just for myself, really, to try to work out some feelings I had about someone I was missing. A while later I went back and wrote a story called “American Butterflies,” told from the son’s perspective, and how his memories of the Galaxie and his best girl kept him going when things got particularly bad over there. Not long after that I wrote “Nowhere Fast,” a story that tried to capture the feelings of freedom and potential and excitement I had felt cruising the Strip every weekend with brother and best friend when we were in high school.

Scream if you wanna go fasterI realized that all of those stories shared a common thread of the automobile and I began to wonder how many lives one particular car could affect from assembly line to junkyard. I wrote about the man who bolted on the bumpers at the factory, the greasy salesman who sold it to its first owner, a woman who chased down her independence in it, the mechanic who busted his knuckles on it, the father and son who restored it. Before long I had a pretty complete portrait of this car as seen through its drivers and passengers. All told it took about four years to put it together, but a few of the scenes and ideas have been floating around in my head for the better part of a decade.

Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Wade: I actually do most of my writing in my head, daydreaming while driving and listening to music, or trying to fall asleep or wake up, or when I’m supposed to doing my day job. I spend a lot of time scribbling notes down on paper, or putting notes in my phone, and trying to decipher them and somehow turn them into semi-coherent sentences later on. My family is my top priority in the evenings, so sometimes it’s pretty tricky to devote time to write. Most days that time comes late at night when everyone else has gone to bed.

Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Wade: I’m a big comic book junkie and love Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, and Kurt Busiek. But actually my biggest writing influences are usually lyricists. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jay Farrar of Son Volt, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell. I’m always blown away by what they can do, the complete pictures they can paint with just a few carefully chosen words. Perfect example, the very first line of “Cass” by Lucero (written by Ben Nichols): “Five sisters and she’s the one.” Just like that you’ve got an idea of this girl and her story in your head.

One of the coolest things that happened to me while writing Scream If You Wanna Go Faster was getting Mike Cooley’s permission to use one of his lyrics from “Zip City” for the epigraph: “I get ten miles to the gallon. I ain’t got no good intentions.” He did in one sentence what I struggled to do in 200 pages.

 

Meet the Author

Wade Beauchamp bioWade Beauchamp is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Ronda, have one daughter. His writing is heavily influenced by fellow Southerners Junior Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Devil.

Visit Wade and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster on Facebook!

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Meet Wade Beauchamp

Wade Beauchamp lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his wife, Ronda, and daughter. His book, Scream If You Want To Go Faster was a 2013 Finalist: The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards.

“Ironically, with all of the truck-stop trappings and Harry Crews style crank-shaft fiction, what Beauchamp excels at is the capturing of an atmosphere and like John Hughes he understands the sometimes epic and operatic realities of being an American teenager.” – Chad Nance, Camel City Dispatch

Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
Scream if you wanna go faster

“It’s a captivating ride, leading through slices of Americana, the good and the bad, and painting vivid pictures. Beauchamp’s voyage is entertaining, and clearly written by someone with a bit of grease under his fingernails.” -Hemmings Muscle Machines

On April 29, 1959, Ford Motor Company’s 50 millionth car rolled off the assembly line. It was a Galaxie 500 4-door sedan. That car traveled coast to coast, taking part in transcontinental races, promotional appearances and was eventually donated to the Henry Ford Museum. Four years later, Ford built its 60 millionth car. A 1963 Galaxie 500 XL Sport Roof, Rangoon red, 390 cubic inch engine, 4-speed transmission. There was no fanfare, no VIPs. No one even noticed. Except for the people in Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. Heroes and villains, girlfriends and wives (ex and otherwise), a B-52 tailgunner, a preacher’s daughter and an existentialist possum are just a few of our fellow travelers in these tales from the road. We’ll do battle with flat tires, 8-tracks and bra clasps in the back seat. We’ll race against the clock, travel through time, break down, bust a few knuckles and burn some rubber. She’s got a fresh coat of twang and a full tank of lust. Wanna go for a ride?

“The narrative—as speedy as the title suggests—roars with engine-speak and devil-may-care drivers/passengers/admirers. Though embracing car culture, the tale gives a little slap on the butt for good measure. A fun, slightly dangerous drive through the car-culture canyon.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Perhaps it’s easiest to think of (Beauchamp) as the director/producer of low-budget, sexploitation B-movies. He seems to operate under the delusion he’s doing just that. Each is released not on drive-in movie screens or late-night cable television, but rather via the written word.” – Selena Kitt

Meet the Author

Wade Beauchamp bioWade Beauchamp is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Ronda, have one daughter. His writing is heavily influenced by fellow Southerners Junior Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Devil.

Visit Wade and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster on Facebook!

You have a story, but you aren’t ready

Writing is something that some people, the writers, feel compelled to do. It isn’t a pastime, it’s  not something that you do occasionally, you have to do it. Sometimes, it’s almost as if it’s painful to not write.

But what happens when you aren’t ready to write what you know you need to? Do you just not write it? Do you let that story go?

Yes. And no.

Recently, I’ve had some moments in my life that I’d like to write about. But I know I’m not ready to write them. I put my pen to paper and I get a few sentences down – usually the angry parts that really don’t make much sense without the context of the entire story.

And then I find I can’t put into words the rest of the story.

Sometimes we have to accept that while we need to write the story it isn’t always the right time to write it. It takes time, you need time to reflect and to understand your story just as much as you would if you were creating a brand new world. Emotion is a wonderful thing, and you should share it. That’s what every professor you’ve ever had has instructed you to, “Make people feel your story.”

But your story should have resolution, or a reason for not having resolution. We should learn, reflect and make sure we tell the story in its entirety. The good, the bad, the awful, the too-terrible-to-talk-about.

An interview with Kelly Fig Smith, reveals a lot of things that people writing memoir should take note of.  Smith is the winner of Creative Nonfiction’s Spring 2015 $1,000 prize for best essay in The Memoir Issue #55. Her essay, “Do No Harm,” was chosen by the magazine’s editors from more than 1,700 submissions. You can read her full interview with Creative Nonfiction on their website: www..creativenonfiction.org/online-reading/writing-down-hard-stuff#sthash.4gt4BU0q.dpuf.

You can also check out some great tips on Reader’s Digest, on how to write your memoir.

 

 

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Corinne is an editor at Ink Smith Publishing. Since her first trip to the library when she was a toddler, Corinne has been collecting books, recommending her favorites and providing commentary on the less-than-stellar. Her belief is that if you have a problem, it’s nothing that a good book can’t solve. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University, editing for Ink Smith Publishing and hoping that her blog posts here will help writers improve and publish their work.

Fun Facts: Grant Elliot Smith

 

5 Fun Facts About the Author:

 

-The father of four young children, two girls and two boys.

-Originally from Pendleton, Indiana.

-An avid Doctor Who fan.

-Made various appearances as an extra on Japanese TV.

-Fourth degree black belt in the martial arts of Kendo and Iaido.

 

 

Meet the Author

Grant Elliot SmithOriginally from the Midwest, Grant Elliot Smith loved to read from an early age. Saving up his allowance, he spent it all at the local bookstore buying up as much as he could from the fantasy section. His first interest was poetry, which he wrote voraciously; and some of his early work, from as far back as the 1980s, can be found in various poetry anthologies.

Completing four university degrees, including a Masters in Sociology from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, Smith has lived and worked around the world, spending a number of years in Japan. The sights and sounds from the various cultures he has seen helps to fuel his imagination for writing.

Author Interview with Grant Elliot Smith

Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

I like to write at night when the house is quiet either at my desk or in bed.

My writing process is old school pen and paper. After a writing session, I sit down at my computer to type it out. This gives me another chance to revise as I transition the words to the computer.

 

How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?

Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle is a story that has been in my head from when I was about thirteen. I revised it to make it a deeper story and created the characters that would go on the adventure. I would say when I was younger I had a strong imagination.

Writing the book took about three years and another year to revise it the way I wanted it.

 

Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Piers Anthony is an author that caught my interest from an early age. From thirteen I read many of the books from his XANTH series. I enjoyed the fantasy aspect and Mr. Anthony’s great imagination.

H.P. Lovecraft is another author who captured my imagination with his style, story, and world creation.

 

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Meet the Author

Grant Elliot SmithOriginally from the Midwest, Grant Elliot Smith loved to read from an early age. Saving up his allowance, he spent it all at the local bookstore buying up as much as he could from the fantasy section. His first interest was poetry, which he wrote voraciously; and some of his early work, from as far back as the 1980s, can be found in various poetry anthologies.

Completing four university degrees, including a Masters in Sociology from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, Smith has lived and worked around the world, spending a number of years in Japan. The sights and sounds from the various cultures he has seen helps to fuel his imagination for writing.

Meet Grant Elliot Smith

Grant Elliot Smith

Originally from the Midwest, Grant Elliot Smith loved to read from an early age. Saving up his allowance, he spent it all at the local bookstore buying up as much as he could from the fantasy section. Writing has always been a passion of his.

His first interest was poetry, which he wrote voraciously. Some of his early work, from as far back as the 1980s, can be found in various poetry anthologies.

Completing four university degrees, including a Masters in Sociology from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, Smith has lived and worked around the world, spending a number of years in Japan. The sights and sounds from the various cultures he has seen helps to fuel his imagination for writing.

His most recent work, Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle is a fantasy novel about Rathen, a former Captain in King Delvant’s army. Rathen has retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom’s forces were dissolved following the King’s sudden death. After being recruited to lead a band of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his lands Rathen, and his ex-gladiator best friend Bulo, begin to hear stories of magical creatures and numerous dead in the land they are tasked with cleansing. Despite these stories, they head for Ghrakus Castle, learning of its dark history on the way.

When they finally arrive, the full horror of their task becomes clear—with their chances of returning home dwindling, the threat of betrayal awaits.

5 Fun Facts: S.A. Check

 5 Fun Facts About the Author:

  1. I’m an amateur fire juggler (that one is completely false)
  2. I consider myself a hamburger connoisseur.
  3. I love the Three Stooges (which is lucky because I’ll be writing a new Stooges comic book coming this April!!)
  4. I have no musical talent whatsoever (You’ll have to trust me on this).
  5. I just started watching Breaking Bad (I’m on Season 4 – why didn’t anyone

ever tell me how good this show is?).

  1. I apparently really stink at making 5 Fun Facts lists since this is number 6

but I felt compelled to make up for #1.

 

Meet the Author

SA CheckS.A. Check is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Book writer living in Southwestern Pennsylvania with his E.R. nurse wife and tween daughter, enjoying all the small dramas that come his way. He earned his degree in English / Writing from Penn State University and has been writing all his life.

He can be found at his website www.SACheck.com , his profile page over at Ink Smith PublishingAmazonGoodreadsFacebook, or shoot him a tweet @S_A_Check.

Author Interview with S. A. Check

Ink Smith Publishing is extraordinarily proud of our authors and want to show them off in any way we can. This week, S.A. Check, author of the recent release Maxx Fragg, VPI, talked about some of his writing techniques and favorite authors.

Q: Who are your favorite authors/books? 

A: Wow, that’s rough to only pick a few. I’d have to say I have, or at least I think I have, a rather eclectic taste in books. In no particular order – let’s see where this goes….

1) I make no qualms about the fact I’m a geek and in my early geekly training one of the greatest influences has always been comic books. The late 1970’s to early 80’s Marvel comics, Ditka / Shooter / Lee / Kirby / Simonson era played a huge role in my literary development. (I know that’s not one book. I’m warming up here.)

2) Robert Asprin’s “MythAdventures” series has always remained a favorite of mine. This series was just straight up fun. It pulled you in to a brilliantly imagined world with compelling characters that you just loved more and more with each new book. I can still remember pestering the guy at the book store waiting for the next one to come out. (Still not a single book but I’m getting closer.)

3) Piers Anthony – On a Pale Horse (See, I did it.) Truly a classic that just blew me away the first time I read it. The first of his Incarnations of Immortality series and the one that will always stand out to me.

4) Dan Brown – author – I love all his books. As a writer, he stretches the line so thin between reality and story that it makes a seamless step for the reader to get lost in his worlds.

5) A. Lee Martinez – I’ve been enjoying a lot of his books recently from Gil’s All Fright Diner to Monster. He’s entertaining and finds a great balance between comedy and horror, a genre-blend I’ve always loved.

That wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought.

Q: Where do you do most of your writing?

A: While I always wanted a “writing room” like a Ray Bradbury, stuffed with trinkets to inspire creativity, I have to admit, most of my writing takes place on the couch, as unglamorous as that sounds.

Q: What is your writing process like? 

A: My writing process is ever-evolving but I stick to the same basics for each book. When I have an idea that I think is book worthy, I’ll usually put three or four paragraphs together to capture the main points or ideas and put it in my “books I need to write” file. When it’s time to start a new book, I’m a firm believer in outlining but this is the one point in the process that I like a more organic feel, meaning I’ll set aside the laptop and go straight to pen and tablet. I can fill up a tablet with notes and arrows, scribbles and sometimes even sketches. It becomes my story roadmap but like any good trip, a few detours make it all the more interesting. I can’t say I’ve ever started a book that ended how I originally planned.

I sum up my writing with this philosophy – It’s there, in the brief moments that we allow fantasy to reflect into reality that as authors, we are given the privilege of building worlds to capture a reader’s imagination and try to hold on long enough to leave them with something more than when we started. If I can change a perception or add to a perspective, then I’ve accomplished something worthwhile.

Maxx-Fragg-OFFICIAL-350x500Q: How did you come up with the idea of this book (Maxx Fragg, VPI)?

A: I was always fascinated with virtual reality worlds and the endless possibilities that they bring to a writer. When I considered crossing the paranormal with that, it was an exciting blend that needed explored to me. While ghosts and technology aren’t exactly a new theme in literature, mixing the two genres using the idea that virtual reality could be the bridge to crossing over to the other side was something I hadn’t seen done before. Having Maxx run a virtual ghost hunting business to deal with the death of his brother pretty much sealed the deal for me to start writing.

Q: How long did it take you to write?

A: It usually takes me about six months to get a rough draft for a novel done and then the editing process starts, which can take me weeks to months to get it where I’m comfortable releasing it to the world. With Maxx Fragg, the book took on a few versions and travelled quite a few paths before finding a home with Ink Smith Publishing.

 

Meet the Author

SA CheckS.A. Check is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Book writer living in Southwestern Pennsylvania with his E.R. nurse wife and tween daughter, enjoying all the small dramas that come his way. He earned his degree in English / Writing from Penn State University and has been writing all his life.

 

He can be found at his website www.SACheck.com , his profile page over at Ink Smith Publishing, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, or shoot him a tweet @S_A_Check.

 

Meet S.A. Check

SA CheckS.A. Check is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Comic Book writer living in Southwestern Pennsylvania with his E.R. nurse wife and tween daughter, enjoying all the small dramas that come his way. He earned his degree in English / Writing from Penn State University and has been writing all his life.

He’s a featured author at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, written feature articles for Bleeding Cool Magazine, and has had his short stories appear in print and digital forms, such as the Hazard Yet Forward charity anthology. His first novel, Welcome To GreenGrass, was released in 2013, being reviewed as “Men in Black meet interplanetary Columbo”. His latest novel, Maxx Fragg,V.P.I. is a dark urban fantasy published by Ink Smith Publishing in September of 2015, receiving strong early reviews. “This book has the perfect blend of casual sci-fi, horror, and humor to entertain hardcore genre fans and everyone in between.”

Upcoming projects include writing for a new Three Stooges comic series and The Pink Panther for American Mythology comics starting this April. He’s also finished his first middle grade novel, which he hopes to release soon.

His work has been featured on various websites such as Horror Novel Reviews, Book Goodies, Locus Online, SFReader, Metal Life, Bleeding Cool, Scoop, Paranormal News, Inveterate Media Junkies, and Horror World.

He can be found at his website www.SACheck.com , his profile page over at Ink Smith Publishing, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, or shoot him a tweet @S_A_Check. Come visit him at the 2016 Stooge Con in Trevose, PA April 1-3, where he’ll be promoting his work and participating in panels.

Rathen Book Release!

 

Rathen: The Legend of Ghrakus Castle by Grant Elliot Smith has arrived!

Rathen Grant Elliot Smith
Rathen, a former Captain in King Delvant’s army, retired to a quiet backwater town after the Kingdom’s forces were dissolved following the King’s sudden death. Trying to forget his problems by the copious use of strong ale, he is approached by the emissaries of a powerful lord to lead a team of fighters, healers and mages to dispel brigands from his
lands. Rathen quickly recruits his best friend, an ex-gladiator and landlord of the local tavern, Bulo, to assist him. The two join other members of the group and begin to hear stories of magical creatures and numerous dead in the land they are supposed to cleanse. Despite this, they head for Ghrakus Castle and on the way they learn of the Castle’s dark and mysterious history.Finally arriving at Ghrakus, where the full horror of their task becomes clear, they realize that their chances of returning home were indeed very slim and that betrayal awaits him.

To purchase, visit InkSmithPublishing.com!