Hello to all my lovely followers!!
As you may already know, my short story THE LAST HUMAN has been selected to be published in A JOURNEY OF WORDS, an anthology of short stories to be released on September 1st through Scout Media. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be featuring authors that will also have short stories featured in A Journey of Words on my blog to help share their great stories with my followers! Today I’m featuring the amazing Brian Paone! His awesome story The Whaler’s Dues is the first in book and it’s a must-read! His other stuff is pretty great as well… I highly recommend checking him out! And if you haven’t already, check out A Journey of Words on the Scout Media site and purchase your copy today!
Title: The Whaler’s Dues
Synopsis: An unquenchable love for an unobtainable stripper. A stolen mandolin. The rattlesnake trail. A journey on a whaleboat. Heavy water. A secret infinite world of cursed islands. An ancient legend. A changing of the guard. Strange avenues … the whaler’s dues.
What inspired you to write this story? Jethro Tull’s “Rock Island” album
How long have you been writing? I wrote my first short story in 7th grade in 1988. My first published work was a novel in 2007.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I write exclusively in a genre called rock fiction, which is a sub-genre of musical fiction, when a single song, an entire album, or the span of a band/artists complete work is turned into fiction, using the literal lyrics to directly create the plotline and story arc, and usually the title of the book/story is taken directly from the song/album that the work is an adaptation of.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? A short story for the 2017 anthology, “A Haunting of Words,” which will be an adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s album, “Fear of a Blank Planet.” And my next novel that I am currently writing is about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, and left me home alone with two toddlers. Every night I would send her an email, usually quoting song lyrics from our favorite bands at the end. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Beware the procrastination demons.
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