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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.