Brian Paone, (that’s pronounced Pay-OH-Knee as he often reminds us), has become almost a daily staple in my life. Brian is many things to many people; he’s a Hugo Award nominated author, a police officer, a vocalist, a part-time unicorn, a publisher, an editor, an architect, and an instigator of shenanigans. He’s a mentor, a master marketer, a family man, and a friend. What I’ve learned about Brian is that a lot of his time is spent helping and guiding beginning and established writers alike, by sharing his intimate knowledge of the publishing, editing, and writing industries.
It’s been just over a year since Brian started a little group on Facebook called “Fiction Writers”, and since that time the group has grown to over 4,000 members and has been a great place for writers in different countries and states to go to learn, commiserate, check info, and bond. I’ve been introduced to many friends and fellow authors through his page and I’m just damn thankful for the group. I’ve found my people.
Brian Paone and I have both been included in Scout Media‘s anthology, “A Journey of Words“, an eclectic collection of short stories that all include a travel theme. “A Journey of Words” is due out in paperback on September 1, and is already available in e-book format on the Scout Media website.
Brian has agreed to stop by and answer some questions about himself (you’ll find them below) and it’s fitting that I’m writing this post on the sixth anniversary of his novel “Welcome to Parkview” (also available at Scout along with his other novels). I’m proud and honored to share space with him in “A Journey of Words”.
Author Name: Brian Paone
Title of your AJOW story: The Whaler’s Dues
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: 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.
How can people discover more about you and your work? (Link to your blog/facebook/etc)