This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?
Think on THAT a while…
Welcome, Author Paul Ross! You’ve just released BACKWOODS ARMAGEDDON. Tell us a little bit about your story.
It’s about a group of Missouri hillbillies trying to outrun Armageddon. There’s adventure, danger, and a healthy dose of laughter, often accompanied by horrific, backwoods dialog.
Do you consider your book urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?
It’s a hillbilly thriller…. which I’m pretty sure is a new genre. I’m hoping to start a movement here. : P My wife (coauthor) and I grew up spending summer weekends in the Missouri backwoods, around the Lake of the Ozarks. Add in my prepper disposition, and the genre just came naturally.
Is this a series? Stand-alone book?
It’s a stand-alone, but we’re not completely tossing the idea of a sequel just yet. Although we plan on coauthoring another book in the distant future, we’re still discussing the story possibilities.
What else are you working on?
I’m in the beginning stages of a new project, but the genre hasn’t even been determined yet. I’m torn between conspiracy thriller and erotica… maybe I’ll merge the two.
Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?
I’d spend a weekend hunting with Lester Miller. I think Ed O-Niell, the guy who played Al Bundy in Married… with Children, would portray him nicely.
Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?
I’m more of a pantser… but don’t tell my wife. She eats outlines for breakfast. Before I write my next novel, I’m going to drink heavily, read a Tom Clancy for inspiration, watch a few episodes of Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura so I’m good and freaked out, and have sex with my wife… in case I decide to add in that erotica.
How long does it typically take for you to write a novel. Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?
I’ve only written one novel, and it was coauthored… so in other words, I have no idea. Not a clue. Nada. Maybe I’ll write it in a weekend… or 312 weekends. Your guess is as good as mine.
Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?
Don’t. I don’t need the competition. lol In all seriousness, surround yourself with supportive people. Also, write about something you’re seriously passionate about. This or that might be hot on the market right now, but if you’re not feeling it, it won’t be enjoyable to write, and readers won’t be fooled.
Can you give us a taste of what to expect?
Backwoods Armageddon blurb:
The fit’s about to hit the shan…
You won’t find zombies down around Ivy Mills, where the Miller family lives in the Missouri backwoods. What you will find is a tornader that puts Dorothy’s gale to shame, earthquakes, floods, vandals, terrorists, and a merry band of rednecks who brave the storm together in search of higher ground and the kind of freedom you have no choice but to give your life for.
Where can we find you and your books online?
PAUL ROSS is a hunting and prepper enthusiast. He knows what to do in a tornado and an earthquake, but he’s not so sure about alien invasions. He does have a pretty fancy foil hat though. Find him online at www.backwoodsarmageddon.blogspot.com where he likes to discuss the art of survival.