You're nominated as Best New Writer of 2010. What title or titles have you written and can you share a bit about them? In 2007, I self-published my first novel, Fallen, a post-apocalyptic novel drawing on Christian and even a bit of Native American mythos. And to be honest, it was a bit of a mess. There were a lot of ideas in there that I didn't explore as well as I could have. That was followed in 2008 with Chasing The Dragon, a shorter, more straightforward book that was a mix of horror and crime.
Also as a result of my lettering work for AC Comics, I was offered the opportunity to do some writing for them. I wrote two stories featuring the character of Threeta in the pages of Femforce and I contributed a story to Black Glass Press' Kagemono: Tooth and Claw horror anthology.
What appeals to you about the pulp field? Is it lucrative money wise or is there something appealing about the storytelling within this particular genre? It's definitely not lucrative, at least not at the stage I'm at. I've always said that if you get into writing because of the money, you're an idiot. It's a lot of long hours, a lot of stressful hours, and the financial rewards may not come for a long time, if ever. You write because it's something you have to do. If you want to make a lot of money, go to Wall Street. If you have stories that you feel will burst out of you if you don't tell them, then become a writer.
The interesting thing about pulp and me is that for the longest time, if you asked me what pulp fiction was, my response would have been, "it's a film by Quentin Tarantino." Then when I met guys like Derrick Ferguson and Barry Reese, they cleared up the definition for me. To which I responded with, "wait a second... you mean James Bond, Indiana Jones, the Rocketeer... all this stuff I grew up loving... that's pulp?" Once I figured that out, I realized that I've basically been a pulp fan all my life, I just never knew it.
As for what appeals to me personally about pulp, there are two major things. The first is the pace. Pulp is quick, it's snappy -- in short, it doesn't waste your time. I learned to write by watching movies and reading comics, so I'm not a fan of long, drawn-out prose. Sure, I can sit there and read a massive tome of long, drawn-out prose, but I'd rather read something that's quick, that keeps me entertained, and then leaves me saying, "that was awesome."
The other thing I like about pulp is that it's got a lot of variety. Just look at some of the pulp characters -- Doc Savage, the Shadow, the Lone Ranger, Conan, Buck Rogers -- pretty much the only thing these guys have in common (other than being total badasses) is that they're pulp characters. You want to write a superhero tale? Swords and sorcery? Western? Horror? Espionage? Crime? Adventure? Sci-fi? Some combination of any or all of the above? Pulp stories take ALL these forms. Now c'mon, how can you NOT love a field as diverse as that?
Is there room for more new writers in the genre? What's the need for new blood in pulp? There's definitely room for more. In fact, there's not only room for more pulp writers, but we need more. That's the only way this pulp revival we're in the midst of can be something more than just a fad.
What might be coming up that could you get back on the Pulp Ark Award list for 2011? I've got a few things in the pipeline.
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