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Interview: author Amy Grech

Today we have an interview with author Amy Grech. Enjoy!

Author Amy GrechRage and Redemption cover

Hi, Amy! Congratulations on your book. Tell us about your latest release, please!

Amy: New Pulp just published my collection of crime stories, Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City! Here’s the publisher’s description: Amy Grech’s stories shock, like a sudden, splash of cold water. This latest collection delivers gritty profiles of people snarled in the crime and seething anger of inner city New York at its most violent. Here you’ll encounter five dark tales: “Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City”, “.38 Special”, “Cold Comfort”, “Prevention”, and “Hoi Polloi Cannoli”. These startling stories will convince you that Grech is noir and horror writer you want to watch.

Lee: What piece of fiction are you most proud of? Why?

Amy: Definitely the lead novella from Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City. It’s my most brutal work to date. It’s set in NYC’s gritty Alphabet City, where a young, aspiring Author, Ruby Fuji meets Dr. Trevor Braeburn, an Eye Doctor looking for a thrill. She invites him up to her apartment, a potent cocktail of overwhelming lust, coupled with lax inhibitions leads to poor judgment on Ruby’s part, with tragic consequences for the young girl. Ruby’s older sister Gia seduces Trevor and their father, Mr. Fuji seeks Redemption after Gia lures the doctor back to their apartment. It’s extremely visceral, with lots of unexpected twists and turns…

Lee: Very cool. Who are some of your literary heroes? Your biggest influence?

Amy: My literary heroes include: Franz Kafka, H. P. Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Shelley. I know I’m not the only one, but Stephen King is my biggest influence. An Aunt introduced me to his novels when I was 12. I started with Cujo and have been hooked ever since!

Lee: What is your process like?

Amy: For shorter works, I go where my muse takes me! Sometimes, I start with a title, like “Dead Eye”, and build the characters around it, or I’ll start with a place, like Hell’s Kitchen, in NYC and go from there. For the novellas I keep several pages of notes, which is a new way to work for me, but it’s actually extremely helpful!

Lee: I’m a note taker, too. I love it. Where has your work been published?

Amy: I have sold 100 stories to various anthologies and magazines including: Apex Magazine, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Dead Harvest, Expiration Date, Fear on Demand, Funeral Party 2, Inhuman Magazine, Needle Magazine, Reel Dark, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Space & Time, The Horror Within, Under the Bed, and many others.

I have stories forthcoming in Detectives of the Fantastic, Volume II and Fright Mare.

Lee: What have you had to learn the hard way?

Amy: It’s virtually impossible to be a perfectionist. In fact, it’s downright stressful, so I’ve learned to let things go – no matter how many rounds of edits there are, typos will still escape the Editor’s attention and wind up in the finished book – it’s just human nature!

Lee: I hear you on that. What are you working on now?

Amy: I’m working on several horror stories; some of them might evolve into novellas…

Lee: How did you come up with the title for your collection?

Amy: The title actually popped into my head while I was in the shower one day; it sums up the lead novella, which takes place in Alphabet City in NYC and features equal parts rage and also redemption, thus Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City was born.

Lee: Is there a message in this collection that you want readers to ponder?

Amy: It’s a good idea to tread lightly when meeting a stranger in a bar. Never let lust trump logic. Always trust your instincts—if someone makes you uneasy, find a non-confrontational way to remove yourself from the situation, before someone gets hurt…

Lee: Are any of the events—or any of the characters—in these stories based on real life?

Amy: Most of the stories feature various sections of NYC: Alphabet City, Central Park, Hell’s Kitchen, and finally the posh Upper East Side. I actually have a fraternal twin brother, but I wanted to play with the idea of having identical twins trade places in “Prevention”. The character Jack Masoch in “Cold Comfort” was modeled after an ex-boyfriend I had in college. He was my first serious boyfriend, so I our relationship was intense—ah, young love—I was devastated when he broke up with me, so I wrote about the traumatic experience to help me heal.

Lee: Where can readers sample your writing?

Amy: New Pulp Press has an excerpt from Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City available on their website. (Sample is here.) 

Lee: What was most challenging about writing the collection?

Amy: I’d have to say fleshing out the characters, giving them little quirks my readers could relate to, so they’d be eager to learn what fate had in store…I kept detailed notes for the two novellas in the collection, “Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City” and “Hoi Polloi Cannoli”, so I could ensure all of my thoughts wound up in the finished works.

Lee: Do you have any advice for novice writers?

Amy: For writers who are just starting out, I recommend carrying a notebook at all times—there’s no telling where inspiration will strike, so be sure to jot down seemingly random thoughts before they vanish into the ether. Read other authors in the genre to get a sense of what’s being published and how/where your work fits.

Lee: Thanks for taking the time to answer questions, Amy! Best of luck with Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City!

Amy Grech: Website, Google +, Twitter 

Rage and Redemption in Alphabet City: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, Kobo

 

Cover reveal: After the Fog Clears by Lee Thompson

I’m very excited to share the cover for my next DarkFuse novel! Cover reveals are always one of my favorite parts of the publishing process (although all the parts are pretty sweet.)

About AFTER THE FOG CLEARS:

When a policeman accidentally runs over a young boy on a fog-shrouded street in Saginaw, Michigan, it thrusts three families into a head-on collision with grief, violence and chaos…

Officer Nathan Hazzard: for years now a dirty cop and on the brink of losing touch with reality, willingly releases himself from society’s shackles… 

Luther Anderson: a young man whose only true concerns up to the day of the accident is to care for his crippled brother and their grandmother, becomes the target of intense hatred…

Raul Spencer: a disgruntled son working at his father’s funeral home; an adulterer, who fears his sins will find him out, blames everyone else for his problems even as his selfishness leads him ever more astray…

Geneva Spencer: the wounded mother who holds her dying son in her arms and finds that there is no one there to hold her as the life she knew takes a dark turn once Officer Hazzard starts pursuing her for reasons she can’t begin to understand… 

In the fast-paced Suspense novel, After the Fog Clears, author Lee Thompson probes the fractured psyches of the lost, the abandoned, and the psychotic.

The novel will be available in February 2016. Hardcover, paperback, and digital.

I’m really excited about this one!

Enter to win signed paperback copies of THE LESSER PEOPLE

Hey all, the Goodread’s giveaway for five signed copies of THE LESSER PEOPLE just went live! It’s easy to enter and doesn’t cost you anything. Please spread the word to anyone you believe would be interested in the book!

Enter the giveaway here.

About the book:

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On a snowy Detroit night Elijah Irons, now an old man, tells a black nurse a haunting story from the darkest summer of his childhood in Forksville, Mississippi. He shares his experience with the rising racial tensions in their community and the discord within their own home since Eli, like his father Hank, think of Negroes as ordinary people, while the rest of their community think of them as The Lesser People.

He shares how his father arrests Uncle Tommy for stealing Army rifles and selling them to the KKK, and why he walks free since Eli’s grandpa is the mayor. He talks about Isaiah—a blind black boy, and servant of a local preacher—who Eli finds murdered on a river bank, and how that boy had sung the blues until people robbed him of his innocence and his future.

After the police investigate and brush Isaiah’s murder aside, blaming a transient for the crime, Eli’s father decides to make a stand against his father and the town. But things go severely wrong. Other than Preacher, everyone wants Eli’s family to get out of town. Elijah’s father refuses to go anywhere. The consequences of his decision, coupled with the desperate move his sons make, produce a mountain of heartache, grief and sorrow for his family, but they also produce unlikely heroes.

The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons–often too late–in our struggle to become more human.

 

Released: THE LESSER PEOPLE

Super excited that my Crime novel The Lesser People is out today! Thanks to those who pre-ordered. Now the rest of you can get your copy! Feel free to leave a review on Goodreads or wherever. Spreading the word is essential with any book and since I’m kind of reclusive, I can’t do much on my own.

You can grab your Kindle copy here.
And other formats (Nook, etc.) here.

About the book:

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On a snowy Detroit night Elijah Irons, now an old man, tells a black nurse a haunting story from the darkest summer of his childhood in Forksville, Mississippi. He shares his experience with the rising racial tensions in their community and the discord within their own home since Eli, like his father Hank, think of Negroes as ordinary people, while the rest of their community think of them as The Lesser People.

He shares how his father arrests Uncle Tommy for stealing Army rifles and selling them to the KKK, and why he walks free since Eli’s grandpa is the mayor. He talks about Isaiah—a blind black boy, and servant of a local preacher—who Eli finds murdered on a river bank, and how that boy had sung the blues until people robbed him of his innocence and his future.

After the police investigate and brush Isaiah’s murder aside, blaming a transient for the crime, Eli’s father decides to make a stand against his father and the town. But things go severely wrong. Other than Preacher, everyone wants Eli’s family to get out of town. Elijah’s father refuses to go anywhere. The consequences of his decision, coupled with the desperate move his sons make, produce a mountain of heartache, grief and sorrow for his family, but they also produce unlikely heroes.

The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons–often too late–in our struggle to become more human.

There is also a new interview up at The Gal in the Blue Mask. Check it out if you haven’t!

New Interview on The Gal With The Blue Mask

I have a new interview on The Gal in the Blue Mask. (Thanks, Meghan!) It was fun. Check it out, leave a comment, share the link. Thanks!

You can also pre-order The Lesser People on Amazon (or on Smashwords for other reading devices). It’s coming out in four days! I’m very excited about this novel. I think it’s a damn good book and I learned a lot writing it.

Best wishes to you all!

Lee

I need your help in choosing a narrator

I’m going to release an audio book of my novel THE LESSER PEOPLE next spring, and need your help in choosing the narrator! Just leave your feedback below. Thanks!

The ebook and paperback will be coming out in October (you can pre-order your copy from TLP on Amazon, and TLP from Smashwords, and TLP on Goodreads.)

Here are the two audio samples. I really like both of them and look forward to hearing your picks of who should read it!

Clay’s reading:

 

Tom’ s reading:

You can check out their other work:

Clay Lomakayu

Tom Sleeker

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About THE LESSER PEOPLE

The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons–often too late–in our struggle to become more human.

On a snowy Detroit night Elijah Irons, now an old man, tells a black nurse a haunting story from the darkest summer of his childhood in Forksville, Mississippi. He shares his experience with the rising racial tensions in their community and the discord within their own home since Eli, like his father Hank, think of Negroes as ordinary people, while the rest of their community think of them as The Lesser People.

He shares how his father arrests Uncle Tommy for stealing Army rifles and selling them to the KKK, and why he walks free since Eli’s grandpa is the mayor. He talks about Isaiah—a blind black boy, and servant of a local preacher—who Eli finds murdered on a river bank, and how that boy had sung the blues until people robbed him of his innocence and his future.

After the police investigate and brush Isaiah’s murder aside, blaming a transient for the crime, Eli’s father decides to make a stand against his father and the town. But things go severely wrong. Other than Preacher, everyone wants Eli’s family to get out of town. Elijah’s father refuses to go anywhere. The consequences of his decision, coupled with the desperate move his sons make, produce a mountain of heartache, grief and sorrow for his family, but they also produce unlikely heroes.

The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons–often too late–in our struggle to become more human.

The Lesser People available for Pre-order

I’m very excited to announce my latest Crime novel THE LESSER PEOPLE is available for pre-order! You can reserve a copy for Kindle here, or in another format here.  Pre-order now to save a couple bucks because the price will go up the first week after release.

I’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes stuff about this novel over the next eight weeks! Injustice is something that has always intrigued me.

Please feel free to spread the word about the novel to anyone it might appeal to. Thanks for your support!

All the best,

Lee

About the novel...
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On a snowy Detroit night Elijah Irons, now an old man, tells a black nurse a haunting story from the darkest summer of his childhood in Forksville, Mississippi. He shares his experience with the rising racial tensions in their community and the discord within their own home since Eli, like his father Hank, think of Negroes as ordinary people, while the rest of their community think of them as The Lesser People. 

He shares how his father arrests Uncle Tommy for stealing Army rifles and selling them to the KKK, and why he walks free since Eli’s grandpa is the mayor. He talks about Isaiah—a blind black boy, and servant of a local preacher—who Eli finds murdered on a river bank, and how that boy had sung the blues until people robbed him of his innocence and his future. 

After the police investigate and brush Isaiah’s murder aside, blaming a transient for the crime, Eli’s father decides to make a stand against his father and the town. But things go severely wrong. Other than Preacher, everyone wants Eli’s family to get out of town. Elijah's father refuses to go anywhere. The consequences of his decision, coupled with the desperate move his sons make, produce a mountain of heartache, grief and sorrow for his family, but they also produce unlikely heroes. 

The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons--often too late--in our struggle to become more human. 

 

Released: WITH FURY IN HAND

With Fury in Hand book cover

I’m excited to let everybody know DarkFuse has released my latest Crime novella WITH FURY IN HAND! You can grab your copy from Amazon here.

The first reviews have come in.

Michael Parker at Crime Fiction Lover.
Paul Nelson at Paul Read or Dead.
And reviews on Goodreads.
And reviews on Amazon.

I hope you’re all well and living life to the fullest!

Best,

Lee

With Fury in Hand

With Fury in Hand book cover

Super excited about this book coming out in May, 2015 from DarkFuse! You can pre-order it here!

Over the next seventeen hours, on the unforgiving streets of Flint, Michigan, five people with troubled pasts and uncertain futures will collide in a devastating chain of intertwining events.

Through the eyes of a homeless orphan, a banking executive with disturbing fantasies, an adulterous wife, a young prostitute with a stash of money, and a man trying to leave his criminal days behind, you will witness their pain and feel their loss.

Redemption requires forgiveness, but fury serves no master.