Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hunters by Gregory Marshall Smith-Interview & Giveaway:Bewitching Tour Stop

Author Bio
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.

For centuries, vampires have owned the night. And in Fort Worth, Texas, master vampire, Louis Riordan, aims to keep it that way. With the help of Lin Tang, his lethal enforcer, he will unite sixteen of the continent’s top master vampires into the most powerful undead alliance the world has ever seen.

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

Comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Hunters. One winner will be randomly selected. This giveaway ends October 15th 11:59PM CST.

How did you start your writing career?
I was nine years old (seriously) and a big fan of a TV anthology series called Creature Double Feature that aired from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays on WLVI-Channel 56 in Boston. I rarely missed it. Eventually, as I matured, I realized the science fiction and horror movies shown were very cheesy. So, at age 9, I began to write my own stories (I should point out that I was a very funny guy because the other kids always asked if I wrote my own material).

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 Fort Worth, Texas, where I used to live, vampires like Louis Riordan rule the night, running their world (and ours) like Mafia-style clans. Aided by Lin Tang, his exotic mystic sword-wielding enforcer, Riordan plans to unite 16 of the continent’s top master vampires into the most powerful undead alliance the world has ever seen. Once in place, no one would dare challenge their rule.

Well, almost no one. A brave band of humans has defied the odds and entered Fort Worth specifically to eliminate Riordan. The group includes Dolores and Jesus Montoya, who once had to hunt down and kill their own daughter when she terrorized the countryside as a vampire; Marcus Van Niekerk, a mercenary who has killed bloodsuckers the world over; Heidi Nguyen, a new creature of the night and also an unwilling guinea pig, and Cantrell Ryker, Lin Tang’s most hated enemy who returns from the dead to bring her down once and for all.

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 Medford, Massachusetts in 1981. I thought it was funny but, now, I think I was a legend in my own mind.

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 Texas), Far Side of Midnight and SFH Dominion out of London.

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 Japan in 1991-92 (I was a vicious mercenary who wiped out half the country). Well, I also used “Gregory Smith.” Then, lo and behold, along came actor Gregory Smith in the TV show Everwood. He had a Screen Actors Guild card, so, to avoid confusion (even though he’s white and I’m black), I went with “Gregory M. Smith.”

That worked for awhile until I moved to Atlanta in 2008. I Googled myself and found about a dozen “Gregory M. Smiths” in the Atlanta area, five of whom were published authors. So, I finally settled on my full birth name. Now, I use it for writing, acting and journalism.

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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Denise Z said...

Okay, I am definitely on board here, Hunters sounds like an awesome read and very unique. I am always looking for a little taste of something different and Hunters looks like it definitely fits the bill. Thank you for taking the time to share with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


Rose said...

Wow! Sounds like a great read! I look forward to it!

Laurie said...

Congrats Denise Z! You won the digital copy of Hunters.