Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Grim by Joseph Spencer : Character Interview, Excerpt: FMB Blog Tour


character interview with Heath Grim, a main point-of-view protagonist, who is the title character.


What do you think makes a good story?

          Justice. Nothing makes me happier than to see people get what they deserve. I've devoted my life to seeing God's Justice dispensed. Fiends walk among us every day. They're disguised as people. Shielded by their deception, they go about their lives destroying the lives of others. They steal. They rape. They kill. Our legal system can't mete out true justice to these fiends, but I can. I host Abaddon, the ruler of the spiritual abyss in the afterlife, inside of me, and together we avenge the wrongful dead, whose souls can't move on until their killers receive God's Justice for their crimes.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

          I'll never get that chance. My true love is dead, and I'll never see her face again. And it's all my fault. They brainwashed me in the military. They made me think what I was doing was heroic. If I'm such a hero, why can't I remember doing anything to help anyone? I killed the only person who ever loved me in that damn desert, and I'll never make that right.

 What makes you happy?

          Honestly, I'll never let myself feel happiness because I don't deserve it. Why God chose me as His Vengeful Right Hand I'll never know. When I look in the mirror every day, I see a villain every bit as monstrous as the ones I stalk. Some people might call me a vigilante for what I do, but vigilantes enjoy their work. I get no enjoyment from what I do. I've let anger and self-loathing drive me for so long that even when I try to tell myself I'm helping those who can't help themselves all I see is a monster. The truth is I don't know if I should be doing what I'm doing, but I made my deal with Abaddon and I won't stop until I send my mentor's killer to the eternal Abyss.

Tell us about your family.

         I don't know who my parents are and my lack of identity haunts me every day. Are they the ones to blame for why I'm this way? Who were they? Why did they leave me alone? What's so wrong with me that I was abadoned? I was adopted by a millionaire, but he was much more like a drill instructor than a father. He taught me to be disciplined. He taught me how to fight. He taught me many things, but he hid the one thing I wanted to know - the names of my parents. When my benefactor died, he willed Abaddon and this legacy of bloody revenge to me.

What would you consider to be the best book you've ever read?

          I consider Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo as a sort of inspiration for my work. If you had no knowledge of his tragic past, you would denounce Edmond Dantes as a despicable creature who relished preying on and destroying the lives of innocent aristocrats. Yet, when readers are provided with the motive for Dantes' swath of vengeful destruction - betrayal and exile at the hands of the men he plots against - they all root for him, even though his acts are illegal, immoral and considered to be outside society's rules and regulations. I feel a great kinship with Edmond Dantes. I kill killers. I think if everyone knew what these men had done and of what they're capable of doing if left unpunished, they'd root for me, too.

Who should play you in a film?

           I don't know if any actors have are ugly enough to potray me. I've got quite a distinctive face with all of my scars. He'd have to be strong. In order to play me, he'd have to portray the anger, the conviction, and the torture of hating myself for what I've done that I feel all the time. Abaddon calls me to action all the time. Having him inside me takes a toll. All of that would have to register on that actor's face, and of course his eyes. He'd have to have the look of The Beast when Abaddon takes possession of me and does his bidding. He's too much of a pretty boy, so they'd have to spend a lot of time in makeup to make him ugly like me but perhaps Chris Hemsworth could play me. Of course, a witty actor like Nathan Fillion would be nice. I've always liked Jensen Ackles' work in Supernatural and My Bloody Valentine, too.


Title: Grim

Series: Sons of Darkness Series, Book 1

Author: Joseph Spencer

Genre: Crime, Dark, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller,

Publisher: Damnation Books


Words: 93,000



Book Description:


When everything is taken from him, Detective Adam White must choose what's most important. Does he stick to the heroic ideals which made him a famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman? Or does he give in to his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife's murder, and become the type of killer he's hunted for so many years?  



Adam heard a few sounds of Velcro peeling from its straps. Suddenly, Black Mask shed the mystery and ambiguity of his head gear. He became another mystery altogether. What happened to this guy? He looked like he’d seen hell, escaped, and doctored his face to give everyone else on Earth a preview.


Black Mask obviously suffered from rosacea because his skin was inflamed, swollen, and the angriest shade of red Adam had ever seen. A jagged circular scar similar to a clock face ran from Black Mask’s forehead down his cheeks to his chin. A vertical scar ran straight down the middle of his forehead and along the bridge of his nose. Two horizontal scars extended from the side of his nose and curved upward toward the temples. Two additional scars extended outward at angles from just under his nose, across his lips and ended on either side of his chin. All of the scars connected to the outer circular one like spokes to resemble a starfish shape. Adam struggled not to have any reaction, but failed to keep the corner of his mouth from inching up into a grimace.

Black Mask smirked and put his right hand up to his face. He pretended to be admiring himself in the mirror. “It’s okay, Detective. Your reaction is fairly common and a lot more subdued than most. Of course, I bet you’ve seen a lot of horrors in your line of work.

“So, you want to know the tale of Heath Grim, do you?”




Joseph Spencer is the author of the Sons of Darkness series launched by his debut novel, Grim, on September 1, 2012. Work on his second book of the series, Wrage, is already underway and is expected to be released some time in 2013.



The Sons of Darkness is a series of paranormal crime thrillers following investigations into mysterious deaths in the central Illinois city of Prairieville. Home of the notorious serial killer, The Reaper, Prairieville has had a history of violence centered on an ongoing feud between the Marino and Black organized crime families. When bodies start showing up again at the abandoned Marino State Hospital, many fear the Reaper has returned. The people of Prairieville are about to find out their problems stem from a supernatural source which has lurked in secret for decades.



As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married to Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.


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Jan. 1st- Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews (Character Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 2nd- Identity Discovery (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 3rd- A Bit of Dash (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 4th- Reading with Holly (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Jan. 7th- Musings of a Writing Reader (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 8th- My Escape (Review/Giveaway)
Jan. 9th- The Avid Reader (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 10th- Books & Beauty (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 11th- Harlie's Books (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 14th- Kaidans Seduction (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 15th- 1889 labs (Guest Post)
Jan. 16th- Full Moon Bites (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 17th- Paranormal Romance Fans for Life (Guest Post)
Jan. 18th- My Seryniti (Review/Giveaway)
Jan. 21st- Holly Adair (Spotlight)
Jan. 22nd- Simply Infatuated (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Jan. 23rd- Tamara's One Stop Indie Shop (Book Spotlight)
Jan. 24th- Off the Page (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 25th- Books & Tales (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 28th- My Bookshelf (Spotlight/Giveaway)



 10 eBook copies of Grim. Ends 02/18/2013

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for hosting me on your terrific site. If any of your fans would like an autographed book, bookmark or postcard, please let them know they can reach me at www.josephbspencer.com or by email at heathgrim2012@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoyed Heath Grim's exclusive interview. He's excited about this exclusive content because it's the first interview he's given outside of the book itself.