Today we have a guest blogger with us, author Rick Gualtieri. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about him and his Tome of Bill book series from Wayman Publishing. Rick has written eight books so far in the Horror Comedy genre. All can be found online for purchase. I am excited to read Bill The Vampire and report back to you. Enjoy!
Twizzlers or Red Vines? Twizzlers definitely. I really like all the bizarre variants like watermelon filled centers and such.
When and why did you begin writing? I’ve always been fascinated with stories, but I guess I didn’t really take a stab at things until college and even then it was for the purposes of amusing a small audience such as friends on an email list. The thing is, I loved doing it, but never really took it seriously as anything other than a hobby. For a while I stopped, that whole life thing getting in the way, but then one day – not too long ago – I realized the bug was back. With the rise of the Kindle and ebooks, it seemed like a good idea to test the waters against a wider audience and try to prove once and for all whether or not I have what it takes. I’m still not sure on that answer, but so far it’s been a lot of fun and I’ve been lucky enough that some awesome people have taken a chance on me.
Do you have a favorite space you like to write in? I’m pretty flexible as to where I like to write. I don’t really have a “spot”. I am picky about what I write on, though. I like a full-sized keyboard. For some reason I write like crap on laptop or netbook keyboards. I think my favorite combo is my ipad combined with a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard. It’s a good compromise between size and battery life.
How long does it take you to write a book? It depends. I’ve written novel-length drafts in as short as 2 weeks or as long as six months. I’d say two months is my average for a 300+ page book. This doesn’t take into account editing. That part takes as long as it needs to take for the book to be polished.
If the sparkling vampire Edward came up against Bill the vampire, who do you think would win? I’d give it to Edward at least for a beating. Bill would be too busy mocking him, then laughing at his own jokes to put up much of a defense.
Can you tell us a little about your character Bill Ryder? Bill is a twenty-something year old programmer. He’s a bit of a geek, has a foul mouth, and is completely inept around women. He proves to be utterly incompatible with vampire society, which is based upon loyalty, fear, and obedience…none of which he really excels at. He’s “lucky” to be surrounded by friends who support him, but also tends to get him into more trouble than he would otherwise on his own.
Is Bill based on someone you know? Bill is a fusion of several people I know…mostly gamers and their various quirks. As he evolves through his stories, though, I find he’s starting to take on a life and personality of his own.
Will Bill ever come up against a zombie or aliens from outer space? Bill has already met, and made fun of, zombies. They’re a part of his world, although not in the typical zombie apocalypse way. Vampires tend to use them as clerical help. As for aliens, I’m not sure, unless you consider extra-dimensional beings to be aliens. In that case, check that off too. Bill’s world will continue to get wider (whether he likes it or not) as the story progresses. That means he’s going to keep meeting strange new characters who will have an impact on his life.
Have you always been interested in the horror genre? Yes. I am a dyed in the wool horror fan. I’ve loved it ever since I was a child. To me, it’s awesome in that horror represents the thrill of a good scare coupled with the comfort of knowing that it’s all make believe (hopefully).
Do you have a favorite horror book or author? Stephen King’s IT is my all-time favorite novel. I’m also a big fan of Jim Butcher’s work as well as Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s novels.
Who designed the covers for your books? Carl Graves of Extendedimagery.com designed the awesome covers for Bill The Vampire, The Mourning Woods, and Bigfoot Hunters. I designed the covers for two of my books, The Poptart Manifesto and Scary Dead Things, myself.
What other books out there are comparative to your Tome of Bill series? Christopher Moore wrote a comedic vampire trilogy. I haven’t read it, but I’ve had a few people compare mine to them. If I had to do the comparison, I’d probably say Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is similar in tone and in not taking itself too seriously.
Do you have any current projects you are working on? I just typed The End this week on Book 4 of Bill’s adventures, Holier Than Thou. Now comes the fun part: revisions, beta feedback, then sending it out for final editing. After that, I’ll be working on a more traditional horror novel called Devil Hunters.
What is one thing you want your readers to know about you? I’m not sure. I’m pretty active on twitter, so people who follow me there probably know far more than they really want too. I guess the most important thing is that I very much enjoy this writing journey I’m on, including the people I’ve met, and I plan on being here for the long haul (8 books and counting so far). What the end of that journey holds, who can tell? All I know is that I can’t wait to see where it leads. If I am lucky enough to entertain some people along the way, then I am honored to have done so.
Rick’s latest novel in the Tome of Bill series is called The Mourning Woods. It is available in all formats.
Description: Three words: Vampires versus Sasquatch
Bill Ryder: undead geek, dateless dweeb, and legendary vampire is back in his wildest adventure yet.
A war is brewing between ancient enemies from the dawn of time. If it can’t be stopped, the veil will be lifted and all of humanity’s darkest nightmares will be unleashed to wreak havoc. Bill and his friends are the only chance we have…Lord help us all!
The vampire nation dispatches Bill to a faraway land to broker peace, but it’s not going to be easy. His enemies want him dead. Hell, some of his allies do too. Danger lurks at every turn and in places where he least expects it.
Now Bill must rely on his friends, master his fledgling powers, and use every four-letter word in his arsenal to stop the war, uncover the conspiracy, and solve the mystery that lies at the heart of the Mourning Woods.