Please welcome Patrick Rutigliano. Patrick is a horror author and his recent novel is called The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy.
I have worked an assortment of blue-collar jobs, covering everything from janitor to cart monkey.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room, was a collection of short stories written over several years. I found recurring themes appearing in many of them, so it made sense to combine the lot into one volume.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Short and sharp would probably be the best way to put it. I tend to favor short stories and novellas because they force a writer to get to the meat of the story without indulging in a lot of unnecessary prose.
What type of research do you do before writing?
It depends drastically on what kind of story I’m writing. A lot of my stories are set in the modern world and revolve around everyday people, so I generally don’t have much research to do for those unless something specific comes up. For period pieces, a great deal more work has to be put in. Everything from dress to social customs needs to be addressed.
Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen too, etc?
I’ve become addicted to writing on my bed. Partly because it’s comfortable and partly because snoring cats next to my legs relax me.
Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing?
Lots. I was brought up on The Twilight Zone, so Rod Serling and Richard Matheson both made a big impact on me through their scripts. H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Algernon Blackwood, Harlan Ellison, and Ray Bradbury are also huge influences. And tons of other writers, too!
When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
Most of the way through college. The criminal justice degree I’d been working toward suddenly seemed unimportant, while the poems and stories I was writing at the time gave me a strange sense of fulfillment I’d never had before.
How do you come by your ideas?
A variety of places. Books, movies, comic books, video games, and real-life events all play a role.
Are you published with a publishing house or self-published?If self-published do you prefer it or would you like to find a publisher?
Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room was published through Library of Horror Press (and imprint of Library of the Living Dead Press) which sadly went extinct. I’ve published a large number of my short stories through publishers, such as Shroud Magazine and Permuted Press, and I am in talks with a largish publisher regarding my first novel now. However, my novella, The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy, was recently self-published. Both routes have their pros and cons, although the freedom of self-publishing is nice.
What do you think was the hardest part about writing your novel/s?
Seeing them through when doubts creep in. There’s always several moments while writing a book (or self-editing) where an author is convinced the work they’re producing is complete crap. All you can do is isolate and fix whatever problems you know exist and power through the rest of the length. You can’t fix a book that’s not written.
Are you currently reading anything?Any new books out this year that have really sparked your interest?
I actually just finished Nate Kenyon’s, The Reach. Had quite a good time with that one. He recently released a new novel, Day One, I’m quite looking forward to.
What made you decide to write in your current genre?
I’ve been a horror fan all my life. I was addicted to the X-Files as a youngster and watched every Twilight Zone marathon that came on. I also grew up on the Universal horror movies which evolved into seeking out the newer classics that came after. I love it all.
Have you ever started writing something and then scrapped it?
Only rarely. Those instances typically result in rewrites rather than erasures.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I’ve been a full-time writer for a little under a year now. Well, sort of (I also proofread on the side). The transition has made me a lot more aware of the process. I tend to evaluate story elements more carefully now that I’m not scrambling to write a chapter before my next shift at a day job.
My most recent release is The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy. The story is about a rather rundown individual who is being stalked by a killer who shares the same face. Narrow escapes and jumps into parallel worlds ensue.
What made you decide to write about this particular subject?
Primarily my boredom with serial killer fiction. I wanted to turn the narcissistic killer stereotype on its head and add an element of the fantastic into the mix.
Are you currently working on a new project?If so can you tells us what it will be about?
Yes! I’m currently hard at work on the second book in a dark carnival revenge trilogy. The first book, Bestiary, will hopefully be out within six months or so.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Patrick-Rutigliano/e/B006WSAVUS
The Untimely Deaths of Daryl Handy
Daryl Handy has never been lucky. Cursed with an awkward appearance and unmarketable skills, his life is a constant struggle. However, an assassin bearing a grudge—and Daryl’s face—is about to prove he could have done far worse. Driven by a hatred that spans dimensions, only Daryl’s death will satisfy his double, and not even other worlds offer any place to hide…
~”Rutigliano showcases a dark imagination as boundless as the worlds within these pages.” -David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE’S END and THE HARVEST CYCLE
About the Author:
Patrick Rutigliano grew up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies. Making his first sale to Permuted Press in 2007, he has since placed short stories with several publications in addition to his first collection, “Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room.”
During his off time, Patrick can usually be found attempting to reproduce foreign cuisine, sacrificing cardboard to his cats, and having spirited debates with his wife over the failings of Disney villains.
Further information is available at http://www.patrickrutigliano.