Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SPOTLIGHT - At the End of Church Street by Gregory L. Hall

At the End of Church Street
by  Gregory L. Hall
Release Date: October 2016
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy/Horror
Homeless and with nowhere to turn, Rebecca De Rosa finds a family of lost souls just like her—the vampires of Orlando. Reborn, she revels in her new lifestyle of 'no rules'. Love whoever you want. Seek whatever high you wish. Live forever young. Every night's an adventure—hunting down tourists, challenging local police, screaming to the world vampires really do exist! It's Neverland and every dream Rebecca has comes true.

Until the first murder.

Someone else lurks in the shadows. Goths are found beheaded, with wooden stakes pounded into their chests. The hunters have become the hunted. As the bodies pile up, Rebecca and the Family are forced to ask who can you trust when the only person who believes you're an actual vampire is a vampire killer?

How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Oh geez. Even with my most serious work, especially with horror, I can’t help but mix in some comedy. I enjoy creating fun characters. People you would love to meet. Or maybe not, if they’re on the shady side of the street. What I lack in my selection of top-notch nouns I more than make up with my mastery of verbs. When I use points of ellipsis, it’s to leave readers waiting for more…

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
Music is very important to me! I have different folders for different moods. A party song list, a dark and creepy list, songs that take me down memory lane and of course an all- ABBA list. Because they’re ABBA. I like writing late at night or early in the morning, when the world is asleep and the phone doesn’t ring. The final ‘must have’ is coffee. I built a bathtub next to my desk. I fill it with coffee and stick a straw in it. 

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I love spending time with my characters and finding out how they react in different situations. In some ways I think a memorable character is more important than a deep, intricate plot. I have a passionate background as an actor so each character has to be developed. Has to have their own unique voice. You should paint a picture of everyone in your story, even if they only appear for a paragraph. Just like watching people walk down the street or through a mall. Every one of them has a story to tell.     

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I’d like to think I bond with every character I create. They’re like your children, so even if you want to sell one, you have to know about them for the eBay listing. It’s funny, when I first wrote Church Street I connected with the main character Adam the most. As I’ve gotten older, with this new release I’ve found I appreciate Duncan more. He’s Adam’s nemesis, a veteran detective assigned to solving the murders. So I’ve gone from the coolest Goth kid in the city to a ‘Get off my lawn!’ old dude.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
My favorite character is Johnny Midnight, an egotistical ghost hunting superstar. He’s the Elvis of the paranormal world, more interested in ratings and dating Hollywood stars than solving mysteries. Yet somehow he always stumbles into doing the right thing. I’ve written one novel about his adventures, Everyone Hates a Hero, and am diving into the next two books. I have too much fun writing Johnny.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
Holy hell with a matching handbag! What a kick ass interview. Great question. Let’s see, I put in twenty-five years as a standup and improv comic. Not controlling things inside me goes with the job. The laughter was as much of a drug as the booze. Luckily, I only had to give up one of those. For those of you who are thinking ‘Poor dude. Hasn’t heard a laugh in years’, you are evil bad people. And I applaud you.

I think anyone who is truly creative, whether it’s writing or painting or dancing, is kind of a slave to that creativity. You must let it out or it drives you mad. If you can walk away from that voice in your head, that overwhelming need to create something from nothing, then walk faster. It’ll save you from a lot of failure, criticism and torturous nights lying awake at 3 a.m. thinking ‘What if I did this…?’         

Author Info
Gregory L Hall has a long history in comedy, theatre and improv. He is a national Telly Award winner and creator of the Baltimore Comedy Fest, which supported Autism Awareness. Many fans know Greg best as the host/producer of the popular live radio show The Funky Werepig.

As a writer his work has appeared over the decade in various publications, anthologies and a short story collection. His novels rarely stick to one genre, ranging from comedy and romance to intense thrillers and horror. His biggest claim to fame is he was once hugged by Pat Morita, Mr. Miyagi of The Karate Kid. We should pause an extra moment to realize how awesome that is.
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