Hello, my lovelies! Today we have a little show & tell. James R Tuck is a new author who has hit the ground running, with barrels blazing, and fantastic reviews coming in left and right. His debut novel, BLOOD AND … Continue reading
Welcome!! Today, I have the pleasure of hosting James R Tuck on his first blog tour, and introducing his debut novel, BLOOD AND BULLETS. People… PEOPLE… I can not WAIT for you to get your hands on this book!!! It’s fast paced, hard-core, kick-ass, no holds barred, vampire hunter urban fantasy with well timed comic relief and awesome characters. Before we get to James’ “get to know you” interview below… take a minute to check out my WORDS AND MUSIC MONDAY post for some insights to the musical influence in the book. And my REVIEW of BLOOD AND BULLETS.
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Ok… now… James was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his rapidly filling schedule (book 2 is in the editing stage, and he’s writing book 3) to answer our author questionnaire.
I actually write anywhere with or without music. If I have music playing I need it to be low or the lyrics mess with my writing. They start showing up mixed in my words on paper. LOL. My preferred music is either country or blues. I listen to all kinds of music, seriously all kinds. From Nick Cave to Dwight Yoakum, to Ice-T, to Fiona Apple. But Blues, country, and cock rock are my defaults. Cock rock is too energetic for me to write too unless it has a bluesy base like Cinderella or Whitesnake. Deacon is a blues character. Writing him with music, it has to be the blues.
2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?
I write just about anywhere as long as there is a table. Most of my writing is done at my tattoo shop. I have my netbook on a metal tray on my massage table and I just write away. As I type this I am at the kitchen table. I write alone. I have written with my wife and at a coffee shop with some of my fellow authors, but generally I am solo. I am a member of a writing group. I LOVE IT! We meet every two weeks and critique each others work and share stuff about writing. If you write and are nto a member of a critique group GO FIND ONE! They are vital to your growth as a writer. Go on meetup.com and search your area for writing groups or critique groups. If there isn’t one nearby then start one! Go to bookstores and libraries and find other writers and get to work!
3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?
I LOVE getting out and meeting folks. It is one of my favorite things to do. Put me in front of a crowd and I will entertain. LOL. I don’t sit at home and check my stats obsessively. I do look, but at the end of the day I wrote the book I wrote and it will find its audience. The people who like it will LOVE it. And I can’t be held captive by a bad review. Yes they suck, but you move on. Not everyone will like my book, it’s cool.
4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?
I don’t generally dress up for Halloween. It’s pretty difficult to find a costume to fit someone who is built like Sasquatch! Even the Sasquatch costumes are too small! (damn you double XL!) But when I was a kid, maybe 10 or 11 I had my mom make me a toga from some sheets and a bedspread. I took tinfoil and made a half-circle and sewed holly leaves on it to look kinda like garland. Then I covered my arms and face and hair with white baby powder.
I was Great Caesar’s Ghost.
Best. Halloween. Costume. Ever.
(For you non comic book geeks Great Caesar’s Ghost is what Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet (the newspaper Clark Kent (Superman’s alter-ego)) used as an exclamation. Like constantly. He shouted “Great Caesar’s Ghost like it was his job.)
5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?
Anywhere? I am assuming you mean besides Gallifrey. LOL. Hmmmm. I would like to do a blues tour. Travel the South and see the birth and death places of legendary blues singers along with landmarks in the blues tradition. I would also like to do the same thing in LA but a hardboiled detective tour. I also want to go to Japan, just so I can walk down the street and have everyone else be only chest high. LOL.
Three things to take. I don’t know. My Nook, my laptop, and the Missus….not in that order.
6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?
Cocky by Kid Rock. It’s cheesy, but I am confident to a fault. It’s an apt song. For a private concert give me Susan Tedeschi. I love her voice and her music. Since Koko Taylor passed on I think she has the finest voice in blues music today.
7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?
Give me Father Mulcahy. We would hit a bar and I would let him drink me under the table just to hear the story of his life.
8.) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)
I have no idea. Seriously, none at all. LOL.
9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?
Oh, I love language. I would be hard-pressed to remove a word. And I would add the words Skraight, Spishack, Asston, and Shitastic.
- Skraight- something so crooked it’s straight again, used to refer to situations and ideas rather than physical objects.
- Spishack- The stuff something is made of. ex.: I smacked the spishack outta him.
- Asston- From the latin, meaning the crappiest part of a ton.
- Shitastic- something so terrible that it cannot be believed. Also, an Olympic level of shitty.
10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?
I am pretty open. No secrets or shame in my game. My friends would probably want you to know that I am a really nice guy because they love me. They are wrong of course. I am actually an asshole, I’m just charming about it and I have them all fooled.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to James. (I think we need photographic evidence of this Great Ceasar’s Ghost costume, lol!) Now, my lovelies, I have a treat for you!!! Comment below to welcome James to the (crazy, but we love it) book world… or ask him a question about his book or the Q&A above… and you’ll be entered to win a copy of BLOOD AND BULLETS (which releases Feb 7th) and an awesome mini poster of the book cover signed by James at last year’s Dragon*Con!!! Contest lasts today through midnight (pacific) Saturday, Feb 4th. Winner will be notified by email on Sunday, Feb 5th. Please remember to include your first name and email in your comment.
Hello again, my lovelies Today we’re welcoming debut author and blues enthusiast, James R Tuck. His first full length novel, Blood And Bullets, will be hitting the shelves on February 7th. (Keep an eye out for my review on February 2nd, my date to host James on his blog tour!) He’s also got a prequel novella, That Thing At The Zoo, available January 27th.
So, without further adieu…
By James R. Tuck
Hello, hello Loyals and True Believers. Thank you for having me. Let’s chat a minute about music. Not just any old music, but some of the best music in the world. I am talking about the Blues.
Now there is one thing writers love to do. We love to put pieces of ourselves in our characters. One of the things that I share with my main character Deacon Chalk is a love for Blues music.
Now, I love the Blues because it is awesome. In the Blues you can find the entire depth and breadth of human emotion. If you are sad of course you can find a Blues song to sing you through to the otherside. Your woman done you wrong? There is a song for that. Loved one died? There is a song for that. Lost your job? There is a song for that.
But it’s not all bad news in the Blues. The Blues is also happy music. Party music. Good time music. Especially when you start moving into Chicago blues like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf or out toward Texas with the rockin’ blues of bands like ZZ Top. Hell, you may not know this, but Led Zepplin is a Blues band. So are the Allman Brothers in my opinion.
Deacon Chalk does listen to the Blues from a place of sorrow. He has a deep pit in his heart where he lost his family. Since they were taken from him five years ago by a monster he has lived a blues song. Lonely and damaged he drives through the night in his vintage 1966 Mercury Comet, Desert Eagle .357 loaded with silver jacketed hollow-points, and the Blues wailing from the stereo. He hunts monsters and the Blues is his soundtrack.
As you read my book, BLOOD AND BULLETS, you will find songs in there. Those are real songs. You can find them on Itunes or wherever it is you get your music from and listen to what Deacon is listening to as the action unfolds. It will give you one more layer of the book to enjoy.
And if you aren’t a Blues fan it’s because you haven’t listened to enough of the Blues. Trust me on this.
So, ladies and gentlemen… there you have it. The blues. Who’s got a favorite blues artist to share?? Who’s gonna try listening to a bit of blues to get ready for Deacon Chalk’s adventures?? Here are a couple to get you started…