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New article in Viking Magazine

 

I may have graduated high school in what may seem like to some years ago (Class of 1996), but I’m honored to still be acknowledged.  Archbishop Wood in Warminster, Pennsylvania has an annual alumni magazine.  I am fortunate enough to have been asked to write an article for this year’s release, and it’s finally in print.  Here’s a still grab for those who aren’t alumni to read.  Enjoy, and much success to you all!article

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Trailer – The Lost Hour

My short story spinoff, THE LOST HOUR, now has the trailer treatment.  You can buy the book in print at Lulu.com right now, or as part of my Continuum trilogy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in 2018.


Interview about THE LOST HOUR

sCrypt Publishing and readers have asked a few questions about my new short story THE LOST HOUR.  Here’s a compilation of those questions in an interview like form.  Enjoy and feel free to ask your own in the comments section.  I’ll answer as quickly as possible.

Q: This is your first short story that doesn’t involve multiple different plots. What made you take this approach?

Rick: I’ve done nine shorts before this. They all had multiple stories because they were intended (and some were) for graphic novel form. The novel that this was based on, A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, was less about separate stories intertwining, and more about one narrative. I figured I could focus on one plot and make it more powerful by doing the same to the short.

Q: You mention the novel from which this was set. Where exactly does THE LOST HOUR take place in the series?

Rick: Chronologically it exists between DEVOURED UNIVERSE and A COURSE FOR HUMANITY. It fills in something referenced in the latter novel. It is meant to be read alone though, so it works if you are completely unfamiliar with the series.

Q: Why continue to do short story spinoffs between novel releases? Are there plans to bring back more graphic novel forms?

Rick: I never say never, but right now there are no plans for more comics. The reason I continue with the short stories is because they are cheaper for readers. It seems to be that once a newcomer reads the short story, they are usually interested in the novel it’s associated with. I’ve gained quite a few readers that way.

Q: Samantha Clayton is your main character in THE LOST HOUR. What made you choose her?

Rick: We’ve sort of seen her grow throughout the novels. She was a young girl, then an adult, and then an old woman. We know there’s a lot of secrecy to her that remains to be uncovered. There is only reference to her in the novel and how she laid the ground work for the Continuum organization. She made rules for them to follow with time travel, so I wanted to get into why she made those rules. Something had to have gone wrong for her to do so.

Q: What is it like writing about time travel?

Rick: It’s different than all my other books. I love and hate it. This trilogy gives me a headache, even though that’s not the focus. I have to make it believable and understandable to the reader at the same time. Sometimes I’ll write a scene and then have to edit the hell out of it because it gets so wordy that it bores me. After numerous edits it comes out being an easy and comprehendible read, but getting to that point is the challenge.

Q: What is your next release and when?

Rick: THE THIRST OF CAIN will be my next novel in early 2018. It’s not only a direct follow up to A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, but will serve as the same to BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING.

Q: So vampires and time travel then?

Rick: Yes. I had such good feedback on BLOOD, that I felt like revisiting some of that. Plus I had this thing going on with the character of Francis Murphy in COURSE that the plot sort of set itself.

Q: Are you saying Francis will meet Cain?

Rick: Cain is such a loved character by fans. He’s the penultimate villain. He’s wicked, but also has a reason for the path he’s chosen. Time travel enables me to really go back to his early years and have Francis confront him then. He wants to be cured of his own curse, so finding Cain is his main priority.

Q: I’m confused. Won’t that technically interfere with the plots of the remaining books because time travel is involved?

Rick: Oh yes. I can’t say much, but THE THIRST OF CAIN will alter everything. We will sort of see a different history as an outcome. It’s something touched upon in THE LOST HOUR about how time travel can create alternate worlds.

Q: Where can one purchase a copy of THE LOST HOUR?

Rick: It is available on www.lulu.com in print. It will be available as part of the next trilogy release for Amazon and Barnes and Noble when that is completed. And if you buy the print from lulu you also get a digital copy to download.


Radio shout outs

My wife was interviewed on a radio station here in Philly.  During the segment they chat briefly about my books.  Give it a listen at the link below.  Skip ahead to the 16:30 mark to hear her spot.  Follow her on social media @homemadedelish, on facebook @RobertaPipito, and on her site at http://www.homemadedelish.com

http://957benfm.com/episodes/120/


Trailer – A Little Boy in The Land of the Sleepless Knights

Check out the trailer for my new children’s book A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS, available now with art by Dan Pipito


Talkin Wit Tony

Famed cheesesteak king, actor, television host, and good friend of mine, Tony Luke Jr has a new show on YouTube called “Talkin’ Wit Tony.”  The first episode is out now, and I was mentioned a few times in it.  My wife, Roberta (www.homemadedelish.com) is his first guest.  Watch now for some laughs and great entertainment.


Playing for Charity with NRG

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From Left to right: Bill Tafrow (More FM radio), Fred Barnett (Former Philadelphia Eagles player), Pat Gallen (CBS 3 News), Rick Pipito (Author), Roberta Pipito (Chef, Producer at Homemade Delish), Bex (Today’s 96.5 FM Radio), Marisa Magnatta (Preston & Steve Show WMMR FM Radio), Kristen Herrmann (Ben FM Radio), Chris O’Connell (Fox 29 News), Matty Cord (Ben FM Radio).  Unseen credit goes to Dave Schrader who organized it all. Photo cred: Hugh E Dillon of http://www.phillychitchat.com

NRG Energy company does a lot for charity each year involving media and celebrity personalities.  This year I was honored to be invited to compete for a charity of my choice.  I hate seeing the innocent suffer, so I chose to donate to children’s hospital of Philadelphia.  #CHOP received $500.00 on my behalf from NRG.

Since the NFL draft was in Philadelphia, this was the perfect way to kick it off.  On April 27th, we took part in what they dubbed the #NRGMEDIACOMBINE.  The Combine for the NFL is a series of tests for the players to see how well they rank in certain things like strength, agility, and speed.

There were four events, and former Philadelphia Eagles player Fred Barnett was there to coach us through each.  First up we did a standing high jump, where we had to leap as high as we could to hit plastic flags to mark our position.  It was all measured according to height so it was fair if 5’8″ me went up against a 6’3″ person.

Next we moved on to the agility ladder.  It was a rope ladder where you had to step in each rung and then out again with both feet, moving laterally and as fast as possible.  I came in second place for this one, but couldn’t top the speed of the champ.

Then came the horizontal standing jump.  My first leap was a mere 5’9″ across, but we all got three tries.  Each time I got better with my best being 6’11”.  The winner was over 9 feet, so I didn’t come close, but it was still fun.

Finally, we did a football toss into a net about fifteen yards away.  I scored 1 out of five tosses with 3 of my other throws rebounding right off the outer ring of the circle.  Of ten competitors only 4 of us actually got the ball in the net.

Each of us played hard for good causes, and I hope to do it again some time.  Check out some of the pictures taken by Hugh E. Dillon of http://www.phillychitchat.com of the event.

 

 


Trailer: A COURSE FOR HUMANITY

My novel A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, now has the trailer treatment.  Check it out and grab a copy at lulu.com or Amazon.com.  Available in print and digital now.


Interview: A COURSE FOR HUMANITY

With any new release I often get questions regarding my books and projects.  A COURSE FOR HUMANITY has given me the honor to receive the same, so here are a few that I’ve received recently.  Feel free to send your own questions or comment below, and I’ll be sure to answer.

Q: Is “A COURSE FOR HUMANITY” part of your Eternal Hunger Saga, or is this something new?

Rick: In a way it is both.  Like all my novels, I like them to be stand alone entries that occur within the same fictitious world.  This book begins in the future with a new cast, but for fans of the previous entries, there are subtle nods to certain things.

Q: How long did it take you to write?

Rick: Typically a novel takes me six months, once I begin actually writing it.  There is a lot of planning before hand, so the whole process is slightly longer.  For “A Course For Humanity” it was a lot different.  I actually came up with this idea back in early 2000.  I finished writing the first rough draft by mid 2001.  Then September 11th happened, and I sort of shelved the idea.  I became so engrossed in my emotion at the time that I concentrated more on my music.  When I started getting into writing books it just remained in the back of my mind.  It wasn’t until last year that I decided it was time to take my original idea and make it work.  So from concept to finish, it technically has been seventeen years.

Q: 17 years?!  Wow.  How much did your original concept change and evolve into the final product?

Rick: A lot.  My writing has become more consistent and better since then, and even my first novel.  I’m always looking forward and not back, so I wanted something that would have some staying power, and still fit in my Eternal Hunger Saga.  The core story from my original idea is still there, but with better dialogue and narrative.  It’s exciting to me to be able to tie it in with what is now in my series, and still be something old and new.

Q: Who is your main character, and what makes them a good lead?

Rick: Well in a way this novel has multiple mains.  It really focuses on the Continuum group as a solid unit, but if I had to choose a main character for this trilogy, it would be Francis Murphy.  He’s a mass murderer.  He’s a vampire.  He is struggling with the reemergence of his humanity, and while he is forced to deal with that, it’ll ultimately be up to him to save him self and the human race.  The question is whether he will do it or not, and if so what are his motives?

Q: I thought you were only doing one book about vampires.  What made you change your mind?

Rick: The fact that he’s a vampire is secondary in this book.  BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING was my core vampire novel.  I don’t want to do any of that again.  A COURSE FOR HUMANITY is really a focus on our decisions as a human race.  We become our own downfall, and the few who step up to prevent such a catastrophe may seem unqualified, but it makes for a very surreal (despite it being time travel) story.

Q: So current events had a say in what you did with this book?

Rick: I try to stay medium with my politics in my books.  I don’t push any certain way.  Some authors like to push their political opinions as a theme.  I only use them for characters.  I might have a die hard Republican or Democrat character pop in every now and then, but that is to keep it realistic.  It is never a focus.  The past election in the USA influenced my decision to make the book happen now.  There are political undertones in the prologue that basically set up everything.  It basically talks about how hateful and unaccepting of differing opinions, people have become.  I’m one of those people who has strong feelings on certain things, but I never hold it against others who don’t agree.  I try to see where they are coming from, and if I can influence my reasoning a little on them, then at the end of the day both parties are better for it.  I just don’t see why the divide is becoming greater.  It’s not a good course for humanity.

Q: Haha.  I see what you did there.  So what are the challenges in writing time travel into a book?

Rick: This one was easy to be honest.  I kept the beginning of the story a few hundred years in the future, and the finale a short jump into our future.  No events have happened yet to actually influence the narrative.  That was a relief.  The challenge came in explaining how time travel works.  I’m very acute with detail when it comes to making these things believable.  I did my best to explain why you could travel into the past, but never into the future (unless the future ripped you from your place in the past).  I also explained many alternate outcomes of our actions at any place in time.

Q: What is the deal with the cover?  It is a really eye catching design.

Rick: It’ll make more sense once you read the book, but the green waves in the sky represent a shift in the time line.  Something has changed.  Think of the wave as erasing what is there and rewriting something else.  My brother usually does the cover art, but he’s been tied up with my next children’s book, so I went and designed this one.  I still went to him for advice and for pinging cover ideas off of.  That way I didn’t feel like I was replacing him, and he was still involved in a limited capacity.

Q: You said you were writing a lot of music when you shelved this idea originally.  Did this come into play at all in your songs?

Rick: Yes, actually.  I wrote two songs about it.  The first was called “Leech,” which I performed with my old band Code Blue.  The second was called “Swallowed By The Sun” which I played with Everyone Loves Mahoney.  Both had a different feel musically, but worked well with the lyrics.

Q: Can we hear these songs anywhere or see the lyrics?

Rick: Actually, yes.  I have a few songs on Soundcloud.com.  I’m not sure what is up there, but I believe Swallowed By The Sun is definitely.  You can find some of my other songs there too if you search for “Everyone Loves Mahoney” and “Rick Pipito” (for my solo stuff).  As for the lyrics, I’ve been wanting to do a poetry book with all my song lyrics and poems at some point, so I should probably get on that sooner rather than later.

Q: How did you come up with the title for this book?

Rick: Originally it was called “Continuum: The Fight For Humanity,” but then there was a Continuum tv show and I wanted to avoid confusion, so I dropped that part.  Then the election coverage started, and I thought “fight” was too negative.  Everyone was fighting.  I wanted a positive title.  My wife suggested I keep with the food theme that I’ve used for the whole Eternal Hunger Saga so far.  After a few days of pondering I decided on “A Course For Humanity.”  It’s sort of a double entendre.  Course meaning food and direction.

Q: You said this was the final trilogy in your saga.  What is your next book with these characters? 

Rick: It’ll be interesting to say the least.  My next book will go very dark.  Francis Murphy (the leech) is going to find that he can’t fight his curse any longer.  It is beginning to completely take him over.  My original idea was to have a sequel involving the first vampire Cain.  That idea ended up becoming something else in “Blood, The Second Helping.”  I constantly get compliments on how great of a villain Cain was in that book.  I figured since time travel was involved, that I could actually take that original idea and work it somehow.  It’s no way near what it was in concept, but the plot is still the same.  Murphy will be trying to figure out a way to eliminate Cain in the past, so that he can be rid of his own curse. 

 Q: Cain is coming back?  How will this affect your continuity?

Rick: This will be Cain unlike you’ve seen him before (except in limited spurts).  Cain will be a very violent and vicious creature in this book.  It won’t involve any events that have occurred in my other books, but it will certainly feel like it fits.  At the end of the day the result of tampering with time will be evident.  There will be one last chapter (novel) afterwards to explain the aftermath if Murphy or Cain survive (or perish).

Q: Then your whole saga will be complete.  What does that mean for the future (pun intended) of your novels?  Where does Rick Pipito go from there?

Rick: Book 3 in this trilogy will wrap things up and leave the reader in a place where they will be questioning whether the series will happen as it has, or if the timeline will be replaced by our current (real world) reality.  I’ve got nine novels planned out that won’t have anything to do with this series.  Some are trilogies, others are stand alone.  To anyone who has followed all along, they could have thoughts that say “Hey, this is our world now,” but before it was changed it was something else.  One of my books will be a supernatural thriller about alzheimers patients, that will explain what they go through, and maybe they aren’t as all gone as we initially think.  In other words everything I create is in the universe of my mind.  I want to keep it that way.  This is just an easy way to do it by creating a secondary universe and separating myself from what’s been done to an extent. 

Q: You were just labeled as “Most versatile Local author” in the latest issue of Philly Current Magazine.  What’s it like to have such recognition?

Rick: I’ve been in the top 25 and 100 lists of authors before, so it’s always exciting and flattering.  I will never consider myself perfect.  I’ve still much to learn.  I think even the most veteran of writers does.  Anyone who claims they are the best, will no longer put out better work because of their ego.  It’ll become stale and unexciting.  Being called “Most versatile local author” is a very flattering sentiment.  I’ll take it.  haha.  I love knowing that my work has an impact on others in a good way, and having my name spread out there in such a great magazine is definitely a high point.  You can get a copy of this issue by the way at http://www.phillycurrent.com (it’s the #pcpicks2017 issue). 

Q: Is there anything you wish you’d be awarded or recognition you’d like to receive?

Rick: I think it’d be really cool to be interviewed with my wife.  We both are constantly getting inquiries on how we are able to juggle being parents, and hitting all of our fantastic goals.  It’d make for a really fun read or interview, and I really enjoy working with her.  We are a great team.  She tells me when my stories are hit or miss, and I do the same with her food.  To me we are the ultimate team.

Q: Where can we get a copy of A COURSE FOR HUMANITY?

Rick: It’s available on Amazon in digital form, and on http://www.lulu.com in print.  Also, my Beyond Human Trilogy will be in Barnes and Nobles soon, so be sure to check out that and my other works.

 

 


Philly Current Magazine PCpicks2017 party

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Happy 5 year anniversary to an amazing magazine.  I am honored to be among their #pcpicks2017 issue as Philly’s “Most Versatile Local Author”.  They did a nice little write up on me, and the party was such an amazing time.  Be sure to check out http://www.phillycurrent.com to get your copies.

There were too many cool locals to list them all, but here’s a few shots of my night’s fun with Marilyn Russell, Roberta Pipito, Karen Hepp, Gervase Peterson, Gina Gannon, Tony Bruno, Miss Robin Austin, & Eddie Keels.

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