Gregory Marshall Smith
He is the author of the novellas, born in Somerville, Massachusetts and raised in historic Medford, is a decorated Navy veteran. Though sports writing is his profession, in his career, he has been, among other things, a national columnist, playwright, engineer, asset protection agent, editor, safety auditor, fingerprinter, training instructor and sometime actor (Heiju trilogy; Life As We Know It; The Odd Life of Timothy Green; Detroit 1-8-7; Contagion; Walker, Texas Ranger). Crawl and They Call the Wind Muryah, along with two anthologies (Dark Tidings Vol. I & II). He has had numerous award-winning short stories appear in Farspace 2, Writer’s Bump, Far Side of Midnight, Spectacular Speculations and SFH Dominion, among others. Hunters is his first full-length novel.
Ever restless, he currently resides somewhere in America.
Rumors abound that Lin Tang’s most hated enemy, Cantrell Ryker, has returned from the grave and there are hunters in town, ready to take back the twilight. Vastly outnumbered and outgunned, with dissension in the ranks and a traitor in their midst, these hunters fight for humanity side by side. They now have a weapon that could turn the tide of the age-old war between man and vampire once and for all.
Available on Amazon and Smashwords
How did you start your writing career?
Those wonderful stories ultimately developed into their own cheese -- limburger.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Yes, it does. I like my science fiction stories to be in different settings. Also, if a character is in a job that requires travel in real life, he or she should travel in the book. For example, in Land of the Blind and in my next project The Light At the End of Time.
Tell us about your current release.
Hunters is a modern take on an old-school vampire tale. Set in
Well, almost no one. A brave band of humans has defied the odds and entered
Outnumbered and outgunned, with dissension in the ranks and a traitor in their midst, these hunters will take out the vampire alliance or die trying. And, this time around, they may have a weapon that may turn the tide in the battle between humans and vampires once and for all.
What was your first sale as an author?
It wasn’t science fiction or horror but a cheesy rip-off of The Pink Panther called The Brown Cougar, accepted for a community newsletter in
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Character development. People who have read my stuff know that I have a lot of characters in my work. At least in science fiction. The horror (Collection, For G.O.O.D., The Message, Top of the World, Feedin’ the Fishes) works better with fewer people. However, science fiction needs lots of characters and creating new ones can be tedious. If you’re not careful, all your characters begin to resemble one another.
If your followers read comic books, they might recognize the name Rob Liefeld. He and several others like Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio left Marvel Comics and formed Image Comics. But, their new characters looked suspiciously like the ones they’d done for Marvel.
So, I’d rather be creative like Matt Groenig’s world of The Simpsons than that of Image Comics.
Who are your books published with?
Red Hot Publishing of all companies. Nothing derogative about C.J. Ellisson’s company, but she started it to publish erotica from herself and several other writers. So, for her to reach out and publish my work despite my stuff being nowhere close to erotic was a surprise.
Now, Hunters is the first novel of mine that RHP has published. The company also did free reads of an anthology series called Dark Tidings: Volumes I & II and a science fiction novella called They Call the Wind Muryah. All three works are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Smashwords.
Other publishers I’ve used have included Spectacular Speculations (they printed Crawl, a science fiction/horror novella about giant spiders in
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Pantster. In school, I was the kid who could write an A-plus impromptu theme paper from my head, without an outline. I am also a professional journalist (30 years and still going) and typically had to write my articles on the spot, on deadline, leaving no time for plotting or outlining. Plus, my stories can change dramatically from conception to completion.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
No, but it’s interesting how I came to use my full name. I started writing as “Gregory Smith.” Later, I got into acting, mostly background work, save for a Japanese Yakuza trilogy I did in
That worked for awhile until I moved to
What is the next big thing?
Well, I am in talks (nothing signed yet) to host a paranormal Internet radio program. With fiction writing, sports writing, acting and radio hosting, my plate might be too full.
Do you have a Website or Blog?
I can usually be found on alternate weeks writing for Wicked Writers or Digital Digest.
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