Featured Friday! Bryan Alaspa
Bryan W. Alaspa is a novelist and book writer living in the Chicago area. He has been writing in one form or another since the third grade and is now the author of 30 books and novels. He writers mostly thrillers, suspense and horror in fiction and true crime and historical books in non-fiction. He hopes to one day write his books full time for a living or see someone adapt one of his books into a movie or TV series. His latest thriller novel is available for pre-order for Kindle and is called TEXT.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
Well, I love being able to live inside the mind. I am in total control there, unlike the real world. I also love the fact that when you are a writer you can work anywhere. I just wish I could do it full time.
What made you start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was in the third grade and sat down at my mom’s electric typewriter. I just loved the idea of creating stories. It was a sense of power and a high like I had never experienced. I had always loved stories, but finding out that you could do this for a living was a revelation.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Without a doubt – Stephen King. I am also a fan of Robert McCammon, Blake Crouch, John Steinbeck and a few others, but King is the big one.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Keep writing. Even if you think it’s bad, keep writing. You can only get better by continuing to write. That’s how I got better and I still learn more each time. I would also suggest you read. Read, read, read.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I love horror and thrillers. I also love a good detective story. That’s pretty much what I write.
Probably my detective Deklan Falls. He is always in trouble, but always in control and seems to know what to do instinctively. My hero, Nick Winters, in The Hat Trick would also be a good guy to hang with.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Stephen King’s The Stand. Must reading for anyone who wants to write about the end of the world or horror. I would also throw in McCammon’s Boy’s Life and Dashiell Hammett’s novels for detective novel writing.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I rarely make big cuts because the stories kick around in my head for so long, by the time I write them they are pretty well set. I once had to cut an entire section at the beginning of my novel DUST to get the action started a little sooner. I really liked it and how well thought out it was, but it totally slowed the story down.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Wow. Another hard one. Considering how much I read thrillers and horror – I can’t think of one. Is there a novel where people are always happy without fear of consequence? Then it would be that one.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Stephen King or Joe Hill. I just love their work.
We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
I love the movie Dark City. I’d love for that to be a book.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Native Chicagoan. Wants to write books full time. Not there yet.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
My next book is TEXT – a supernatural thriller currently available for pre-order for Kindle. It’s a tale that came to me almost fully formed just last year and I love that bolt-from-the-blue thing. It’s about a man who receives a video text that shows something horrific. Now he has to scramble to find a way to save his family. It went in a lot of directions that I was not expecting and became a tale about how far a man would be willing to get to protect his family.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
To achieve immortality, we need not bank points for some other life. It’s what we do here, now, that we are remembered for and that is what makes us immortal.
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