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Who knew the end could sound so good.
A suicidal nudist strolls into traffic. An eccentric Buddhist claims he can occupy other people’s bodies. All the while, whispers of a new form of entertainment blow through town. Prompted by these strange occurrences, Marty Raft, a not-so-gentle giant, investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. Marty and a wannabe comedian, Corey, set out to prove these special frequencies are nothing more than a hoax, or at worst, a mass-drugging. Instead, they uncover a secret with world-ending possibilities.
If you can hear the music, it’s already too late.
TMN: What inspired you to write SOUNDTRACK TO THE END OF THE WORLD?
AJR: I’m not entirely sure, though I think it had something to do with a bowl of lightly salted peanuts.
TMN: How did you come up with the title?
AJR: I was listening to Tool and I said something to my brother about how if the world ended, this would be my soundtrack. I liked the way it sounded and wrote it down, flipping the words around a bit.
TMN: Your characters seem so real, are they based on people you know?
AJR: Thank you so much, that’s a huge compliment! They aren’t based on real people, not at all. Although, a woman who knew me better than most anyone else once told me that she could identify little pieces of me in nearly all my characters. Sometimes just tiny things, other times large chunks. She said none of the characters were me, and yet, they all were. She was a smart girl.
TMN: The book is full of dark humor, did you set out to write it that way, or did it just happen?
AJR: The humor just comes out when I write. It’s in a lot of my work, though not all of it. I think it’s just part of my personality that seeps out. I like weird, and weird is pretty fond of me too. I’d probably marry it just to see what our kids would look like, you know, if weird wasn’t merely an abstract notion. I’m working on that though.
TMN: You’ve put quite a twist on the zombie. Where did you come up with the idea?
AJR: There’s this large hole in my backyard. It fills up with water when it rains and becomes this enormous mud puddle, lousy with rocks and roots. If I wait until the perfect time of day when the sun is high in the sky, I can discern my own reflection in the water. I watch closely for long moments as mosquitoes and gnats disturb the surface of the water, distorting my image until it looks like my face is melting. In those long drips of waxy skin and flesh, things live, and chatter-chatter, just barely audible. Oh, so quietly they speak. So gently they whisper.
TMN: What aspect of writing your book did you find the most challenging?
AJR: I ran out of ink halfway through printing the first draft.
TMN: When did you begin writing?
AJR: I wrote on and off through my childhood, but never seriously. I was more interested in guitar, painting, and drawing for a long time. I tried writing a novel when I was 19, but quit prematurely. I didn’t start writing seriously until I was 22, during my last semester of college. I took a creative writing class during the interim (between the fall and spring semesters). I don’t remember the professor’s name, but it was in his class I had my epiphany: I am a writer.
TMN: What’s your favorite book?
AJR: I’ve been asked this a lot. I usually say Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, but that’s not always true. Sometimes it’s Walden, and other times it’s Dharma Bums. It changes with my mood, like my taste in music.
TMN: What are you currently reading?
AJR: I’ve been doing a lot of reading for friends. Things that aren’t published yet. I wish I had more time for pleasure reading, but it’s not happening at the moment. Although I can say I did read Troy Blackford’s Critical Incident and loved the hell out of it. And I have Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s Bottled Abyss in my TBR pile. I also still need to read King’s entire Dark Tower series, if I ever find the time.
TMN: Do you have any advice for new writers?
AJR: Go hiking or walking at least 30 minutes a day. Writing can turn you into a total lump if you don’t get exercise. Also, try to remember when you’re in your novel and when you’re in the real world, because things can get confusing if you lose track.
TMN: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
AJR: Yes, and this is very important. Stay calm, and whatever you do, don’t turn around. Sit perfectly still. Something is tickling your neck. It feels like a light breeze, but you know better, because there’s also the sensation of staring at you: a prickling of the skin.
Don’t turn around! Don’t even breathe, and listen carefully: the thrumming thicket of ticking and wrenching gutful information concentrates inside the rhythmical turbulence of seconds and minutes that you understand can’t possibly mean a thing, until it does. So you sing.
TMN: What’s next for you?
AJR: Oh, I was just about to have a beer.
Anthony J. Rapino resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest. On occasion, you’ll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas. Whose side he’s on is anyone’s guess.
His newest fiction can be found in Black Ink Horror, On Spec, Arcane Anthology, Electric Spec, A cappella Zoo, Space Squid, TQR Stories, and carved inside a variety of autumn gourds. His short story collection, Welcome to Moon Hill, is currently available, as is his first novel Soundtrack to the End of the World. Proof of his psychosis can be found on his website: http://www.anthonyjrapino.com
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Life & Death of Lily Drake
on October 5!
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All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.
Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?
But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.
Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.
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No words can describe how cool it is to open up a box and find it full of your books.
Official Release in 11 days. I think I need a new dress for that...
The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes is officially released today!
Before I tell everyone I know that they should buy this book, I'd like to give ya a little story. Several years back, I called into a Columbus radio station while the lead singer of Papa Roach was doing an interview. My son, who was in elementary school at the time, looooved them. I was a fan too, but the kid... seriously, looooved them. Anyway, the singer told me he wanted us to attend the show. I went to the school, picked up the kid early (great parenting huh?) and we started driving down there when the stati0n manager called and explained Jacoby, the singer, had asked us to come even earlier because he wanted to meet us! Well, Ethan was overjoyed, of course.
When we get there, the meet and greet room was full of groupies, young little hoochies wearing barely there clothes, all clammering to get autographs and meet the band (and sneak onto their tour bus, no doubt). Then there's me and the kid. I'm thinking, "they are going to pay no attention to us, and this is going to be a bust." I couldn't have been more wrong.
Each one of those band members made a huge deal over my son. They gave him fist bumps, tons of swag, autographs and took pics with us. From that day on, Ethan wasn't the only diehard Papa Roach fan, I was too.
So where am I going with this longwinded story? It's like this - I can honestly recommend The Star Child to read, it's a great novel, but even more than that, I can say I'm a fan of Stephanie Keyes, the person. She is always a pleasure to hear from and work with. Feel good about buying a book from a genuinely cool person...
The Memorial Theatre here in town is the venue for many local plays and concerts. In the book, you will read about Lily's son playing a concert here with his jazz band.
I love having a visual image to go along with what I read. Sometimes the images don't always link up perfectly in my mind, maybe I imagine things differently, but I find it interesting nonetheless. I'm hoping that by posting these places that inspired parts of the book that I can help build that visual image for the reader.
Mount Vernon is a lovely place and I look forward to sharing more of it's beauty on this blog!
One of the key settings in Life and Death of Lily Drake is the mansion where Mathias and Valentine, our two vampire cousins, reside. In the book, the mansion sits atop a hill and overlooks a school, as does the inspiration for this fictional home.
In Mount Vernon, you don't have to live here long to hear about Round Hill, or the Curtis Mansion. This gorgeous old home was built in 1853 by Henry B. Curtis, an abolitionist who helped slaves along the Underground Railroad. According to local rumor, tunnels from the home lead to his family's crypt in a nearby cemetery.
It's seriously hard to NOT be inspired by this home. Every year at Halloween a line runs down from the house all the way to the road at times of children (and parents) who just want a closer look at this magnificent house.
You'll find many similarities between this real, historical home located in Mount Vernon, and the fictional one in Life and Death of Lily Drake, but as far as I know, no vampires reside in t
We have gotten down to just three weeks until the release of LIFE AND DEATH OF LILY DRAKE. For these next few weeks, I'm going to change the format of the blog a bit and introduce a little added information about the book, some behind the scenes info about what inspired it and what went into the writing of it and some informative information about the setting, Mount Vernon, Ohio. I hope you will take the time to enjoy this added info, and as always please don't hesitate to ask questions. I love hearing from readers!
The Tuesday Trivia will remain as well as a few special Fiction Fridays, so no worries there! As always, thanks for reading and your support of the book!