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Local paper dubs us the “Dynamic Duo”

My wife and I had the pleasure of sitting down with a local reporter to discuss juggling our careers, parenting, and more.  It’s a fun read that you can check out here:  https://feastervilletrevosetimes.com/dynamic-duo-79d5ae23776d

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Interview with Bookaholicanonymous

untitled.pngI talk about characters, my upcoming novel THE THIRST OF CAIN, and my journey so far as an author in a new interview with Smita Singh.  Bookaholicanonymous has lots of great interviews and articles so be sure to check out their other posts.  Here’s the link to my interview:  http://bookaholicanonymous.com/author-interview?id=40


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/


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.

 

 


Interview about Devoured Universe

I’ve had some amazing questions sent to me over the course of the past two months.  Here’s a compilation of them in interview form.  Feel free to ask your own, and I’ll answer.  Thanks again for all of the love.

 

Q: What makes “Devoured Universe” differ from “Planet ATE”?

Rick: Planet ATE was a stepping stone into full blown sci-fi. While both involve space and aliens, ATE was about protecting humanity and Earth. Devoured takes it a step further and puts the existence of everything in the universe at risk.

Q: Your books are grounded in reality in a way that makes them believable. How did you maintain that feeling with Devoured Universe?

Rick: There was only so much I could do considering the vastness of the story, but I looked into a lot of NASA information and files on different things out in space. Some hypothetical theories served as the root for explanations of what was going on, so while it is a mostly science fiction tale, it can be perceived as believable.

Q: After reading your other novels, I found this to be a good stand alone, but it also wraps up a legacy (as mentioned in the book). What made you decide to write out a certain character?

Rick: Without going into too much detail I can say it was time, but I feel as though I’ve lost a great friend. My characters age in my stories, so I didn’t feel it necessary to continue on because that takes away from some of the grounded aspect you mentioned. But I knew this had to happen in a way that respected the character and what he/she stood for. It ends a long adventure, but leaves behind a legacy for my final trilogy.

Q: So does this mean the character could come back?

Rick: No and yes. I can say without a doubt that this character is in fact dead. There will be no resurrection or clone. The presence will still be felt however, as the new characters introduced will see this person as a historical figure and know the legacy left behind by their predecessor.

Q: Will the next book pick up right after this one?

Rick: No. I wanted to put a few hundred years’ gap between books. That way it can stand on its own as the others all have, but still be connected to the saga.

Q: Obviously this means you will be staying in the science fiction genre?

Rick: Like the other books it will be a stepping stone. If you read Devoured Universe, then you know what is hinted at as far as where it will all go. So even though it starts out in the future there will be a way to tie it into the past, and pave way for new stories.

Q: A reboot of your own novels?

Rick: Not really. More like an expansion.

Q: With your Eden’s Order Trilogy your main antagonist was Cain. For Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy you had the Network Entity. It seems that the world governments are your antagonist for this trilogy. Who or what is the threat for your next three?

Rick: I’m glad you saw politicians as the underlying evil in this (Beyond Human Trilogy). The next trilogy will be a little less obvious as we will be dealing with many different settings and periods on Earth. If I were to choose an antagonist per se, I guess I’d say humanity as a whole. It’s not that I think humans are all bad, but the main character in the next trilogy will be facing the bad sides of human nature. Even he himself will be struggling with his own morals.

Q: Is this character someone we already know or will he be new? And can you clarify the type of struggles he’ll face?

Rick: Let’s just say this will be less of a group adventure and more about this single person. You don’t know him yet, but he does have origins in the timeline of the current stories. So while he exists in this saga already, he really hasn’t been formally introduced.

Q: It sounds like you’ve had this planned out for a while. How many other works are on your slate?

Rick: Ha. I’ve countless ideas, but right now I’m currently brainstorming, writing, and outlining a few. While I’m prepping to step into the new trilogy, I’m writing the spinoff stories for this one. I’m also hard at work with my brother on finishing my second children’s book, and writing a third. Then there is also a murder mystery trilogy I’m working on with my wife. This doesn’t include the countless notes I keep adding to the other ideas I’ve got for future releases.

Q: You have a web series called “Think, Sip, Write.” In one episode you talk about eternal youth. If you could live forever would you continue to write or would you delve into other areas?

Rick: I would love to live forever; as long as I could fully function. Yes, I’d continue to write because right now I can’t see how I’d be able to publish all of the ideas I have. It’d be a waste not to. But like my everyday life I’d also continue to do other things. My music is always in the back of my mind, as well as my web series and sCrypt Publishing.

Q: Is there anything you want readers to know? Announcements or teases perhaps?

Rick: I’ve decided to try something new. I’m doing a #Scrypthalloween for the whole month of October. Details are being worked on, but I plan to have them up within the next few days. Basically everyone can get involved. On my end of it I’ll be posting a few quick read releases, as well as some giveaways and other fun things. It’ll be a lot of fun, and the more involved the merrier.

 

Q: Where can someone get a copy of your books?

Rick: As always, digital copies of my books are available on Amazon. Print copies are on Lulu.com. And you are always welcome to email me for an autographed copy.


An Interview about Planet ATE

Planet Ate WorkingWith each new release I always post questions I’ve received from fans or collective media outlets.  Here are a few of the ones I’ve received so far for Planet ATE, and I’m sure I’ll post more as they come in.

Enjoy, and feel free to ask your own questions in the comments below.

Q: Planet ATE leaps across genre boundaries for you. Was there any hesitation in doing this?

Rick: It was the logical course of where to go next. Everything in the prior books were horror centric, but since Techno Feast began the sci-fi step for me, and Genetic Morsels further grounded that, it was time to make the full on transition.

Q: Your books are very grounded in reality with that fantastical element added. Do you find that it is difficult to combine the two?

Rick: I find it more difficult to NOT combine realism with fiction. Everything that influences me is in real life, whether it be my own experiences or history itself. I’ve always tried to make explanations for the strange things this world has to offer. Genetic Morsels had a political theme underlying the main plot. With Planet ATE I chose to add government conspiracy to the list.

Q: Government conspiracy and aliens in one story seem to go hand in hand. Did you use the X-Files as inspiration at all, and how do you not step on the toes of other current works?

Rick: You know it’s funny you say that. I loved the X-Files growing up, and always wanted to do an alien related novel. It was after I started writing this book that I found out about the new season coming out, and I went into panic mode. I said to my wife, “Damnit, it’s happening again!” We laugh about it. When I was writing my first three novels the subjects were zombies, vampires and werewolves. Then the Walking Dead, and Twilight series became popular shortly after. The beauty of writing is that you can acknowledge what is there in a way by avoiding certain key elements. I’ve never had any problem staying unique in my approach and keeping it fresh. I think the stories that flop (whether in movies or book form) are because they aren’t unique enough.

Q: What makes Planet ATE so unique to alien fiction?

Rick: Aside from research on fact I spend lots of time watching and reading what is out there to keep something totally separate in mind. Planet ATE is nice because it tackles the ultimate question “Why do we exist?” We can go to science, faith or any other means to find the “truth”, but this incorporates that and goes beyond. It takes a look at fact throughout history and ties it together into many supposed sightings of UFOs etc. This book gives an answer as to the why, but then opens the door to figure out what it all means.

Q: Before each chapter you have a quote by a famous person or a fact. Are these real and what made you do it?

Rick: They are real quotes and references to historical fact. I wanted that realism in there to bring the reader back into the real world and really make them wonder about life in the universe. The amount of quotes to find the right ones was exhausting, but well worth it in the end.

Q: The title of your books blends the topic with food. Why the capital letters in this title?

Rick: This title was difficult to settle upon. The word “ate” is my connection to that food world for consistency, but it goes beyond that. Not only is it a culinary term, but it also is the 8th book (eight), and it is an acronym in the book. ATE stands for Alien Threat Elimination. It is the government agency created to take out the antagonist of this book.

Q: This series can be read as individual books, but how far do you want to take it as a series?

Rick: The next book ends the current run with a follow on trilogy that will acknowledge what has already happened. At the end of all 12 books it will sort of make the reader wonder. While all questions will be answered it will allow me to begin writing other things in the same universe as these books, but not be tied to them in any way.

Q: You release compilations in trilogies. Will you release a complete volume of all twelve?

Rick: I write in trilogy form (Eden’s Order Trilogy dealt with monster like creatures; Pandora’s Chaos dealt with the supernatural). After book 9 the Beyond Human trilogy will be released. Then another after books 10-12 are all done. At some point I would like to release a limited edition hardback of everything (the 12 novels and spinoff stories). It is already in the works for down the road, and will be called the ETERNAL HUNGER SAGA.

Q: What is the status of the spinoffs in graphic novel form? Will you be working on more with your brother?

Rick: Dan is automatically involved in whatever I do because he does the cover art. As far as sCrypt Comics goes the future is uncertain. I’m not saying we won’t do any more. In fact we both want to, but it is very time consuming and difficult to manage. It is hard enough to juggle our own schedules let alone getting nine other artists involved in each release. For now we will be focusing on sCrypt Publishing as a whole. That includes graphic novels, but isn’t the main focus. Those stories are written and being written though for the comic book spinoffs so that they are already done when we are ready to go on it.

Q: Tell us about the cover of Planet ATE?

Rick: The last cover featured a mock chalkboard with calculations pertaining to DNA and genetics. This kept with that theme and is a dry erase board. We figured we would add a few grainy UFO pictures Dan created as Polaroid shots hanging by magnets. Think of it as the research board that the characters may be using in the book.

 Q: What will the cover be for book 9? Is it something similar?

Rick: My lips are sealed for now.

Q: Politics have come into play in your books without straying too far in either direction.  How do real life scenarios and politics play into your writing?

Rick: As I mentioned previously my experiences in life truly come into play in some form in my writing.  It could be a simple situation or something more complex that I may tweak and throw the characters into.  Politics in general are entertaining.  We in the U.S. have a two party system that is honestly becoming a joke.  Both sides have candidates that are in my opinion dangerous leaders.  I stay up to date with current world events as much as one can, and it makes for great writing in a sense.  Politicians are often like the villains of books with their schemes and agendas.  I take that into account and try to find a middle ground in which to present my writing in non-biased ways.  As an author I can vent my feelings on paper with both sides being accused without actually spilling my opinions on who is right or wrong.  People are always going to disagree, but the world today needs leaders who are just and stand for the people, and at this point it’s difficult to see who that is at times; if at all.

Q: Controversy seems to be everywhere in today’s day and age.  Everything has to be “politically correct” or be geared towards a certain audience?  How does this affect your writing?

Rick: I definitely keep it in mind, but also don’t let it hold me back from creating realistic characters or situations.  You have to be careful which lines you cross, but there are ways of doing it without making it seem like those are things that you believe. A prime example is in my BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING. I wrote a section that dealt with the Chicago mob in the early 20th century.  There are things the characters do and say that are flat out unacceptable whether by today’s standards or in general.  It was difficult to write because I in no way agree with the things the characters did or said, and I think it was done tastefully to the point where the reader realizes it is just a work of fiction and not my personal thoughts. BLOOD is still considered a fan favorite so I guess I manage my approach fairly well.

Q: How do you juggle your busy schedule?  What’s a day in the life of Rick Pipito?

Rick: It’s become such a routine, that I barely notice it anymore.  I spend 8 hours every day brainstorming my thoughts. During car rides I record dialogue into my phone (the people driving by must think I’m crazy). Then at night I write after my kids go to bed. Once I sit down at the keyboard the thoughts are ready to be put on paper, so it just flows out of me.  I also spend time helping my wife with her business, and the kids with homework and daddy time.  It’s a full plate for sure, but I love it.  It would be nice to have an extra hour or two in the day (or for sleeping at night for that matter).

Q: What can you tell us about that you are working on?

Rick: Well like I said I’ve officially called the saga the Eternal Hunger Saga. Book 9 is in the works and is called DEVOURED UNIVERSE. That will be released later this year. Dan and I are also putting the final touches on A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS. My prior children’s book was a success and it seemed little girls loved it, so since I wrote that one for my daughter, this one will be geared towards boys and is written for my son. It will be coming out early this summer.

 Q: Where can someone get a copy of your books?

Rick: All of my novels are available in paperback at www.lulu.com. They are also available for the Kindle at www.amazon.com. My comics are at www.indypress.com and Audible and itunes also have my first audiobook translation, and hopefully more to come soon.


Interview about GENETIC MORSELS

“Genetic Morsels” interview with author Rick Pipito.  These are questions received by beta readers and others regarding the new novel and more.  Feel free to ask your own in the comments below.

Q: Tell us about GENETIC MORSELS and what inspired this novel.

Rick: An event has caused one generation of people to take the next step in human evolution.  While they struggle with their extraordinary abilities real world physics comes into play.  They must work together to bring down a corrupt politician who wants to exploit genetics in order to build a cabinet that will do anything he orders them to.  I grew up reading comic books, but to me there was always the realization that it was fake.  Certain things wouldn’t work in real life.  So I wanted to tell the story of would be superheroes and villains if they actually existed. 

Q: Were there any difficulties in writing this book?

Rick: The research into physics was fun, but science didn’t cover it all.  In order for the characters to have some semblance of abilities I had to bend the laws of science a tiny bit while trying to keep with the realistic feel and the scifi element of it.  That and I’d written myself into a corner with something while setting up the next book.  I had to figure out a way to explain certain things while keeping with my own continuity and still going toward my ultimate goal.

Q: Is there a planned audiobook conversion?

Rick: Yes.  My conversion of FLESH AND LEFTOVERS into audio format has done well.  It took a long time to record that because of scheduling with voice actors.  Plus I feel that using one narrator will work from here on out.  I’m currently working on a solo audio conversion of BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, and hope to knock out at least two of my books a year until I catch up.  So, we’re looking at GENETIC MORSELS being in audio form probably in 2017 sometime.  Hopefully sooner.

 Q: What’s in the works now?

Rick: I’m researching and outlining for my next novel, PLANET ATE.  There’s also my second children’s book, A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS that I’m having illustrations done for.  I’ve got a dozen other writing projects that I’m always working on a little at a time.  I mean literally a dozen.  Lol.

 Q: If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why?

Rick: I’d like to travel to any point and place in time and just observe.  I try to explain mysteries of human history in my writing because it fascinates me.  Whether it is the deepest parts of outer space or right here under our feet I just want to know what the history books got right and wrong.  I want to be able to see how things were and how they will be.  I don’t want to actually be in these places and times, but watch them however and whenever I want without interfering. 

Q: Have you had any criticism of your works and how do you handle that?

Rick: I welcome criticism.  It helps me to learn and grow from my mistakes.  The biggest critique I’ve gotten is on FLESH AND LEFTOVERS.  While people love the story there are certain writing approaches that make it the weakest of my works.  It was my first book and will always hold a special place in my heart, but were I to write it now, I’d have taken different approaches.  I really have had overwhelming positive reviews on most of my books, so that keeps me going forward.  So far people are enjoying what I have done, and I hope to continue bringing good stuff to the table.  People who have read from the beginning have commented on how experience has shown me how to captivate an audience, and I cannot agree more.  I’m always willing to learn a little more to make it right.

Q: There’s an underlying political theme in GENETIC MORSELS.  Do politics today play a big role in your life?

Rick:  Yes to a certain extent.  I have strong core values and experience that influences the way I vote.  Unfortunately there haven’t been any good options recently, and I tend to vote for the lesser of two evils.  People refuse to budge from extreme beliefs on both sides, so we are stuck with issues that will never have an appeasing resolve.  I had to bring politics into it because it is the reality of our world today.  Media bias, public perception and corruption all play a part in the game that is played.

Q: Arguments often spur from political opinions.  Since your book on arguing is a few years old have you thought about doing an updated version, just to add a few things?

Rick: For the most part it is current, but there are some addendums I’d tack on to it.  My next version of it may just be the audiobook form when I do that.  It would be more like a version 2.0. 

Q: GENETIC MORSELS introduces a mostly new cast of characters.  Do you miss utilizing the already established ones?

Rick: Absolutely.  If these were real life situations people would die, become injured, grow old, etc.  There’s only so much they can experience and make it feel realistic.  I feel as though a lot of the characters are people I know because I’ve “worked” with them for so long.  I’ll admit that I shed tears when I kill a character off, but it has to be done at times.  As much as I miss some of the old ones, I now have a new cast of protagonists to focus on for a story or two.  That is very exciting to me.

Q: It seems your writing has come a long way since the beginning.  This being your 15th publication, where do you see yourself in another 5 years?

Rick: Writing full time for a living.  It has to be that way.  I can’t keep up with the voices in my head giving me ideas.  The only path that makes sense is to assist my wife’s culinary work (Homemade Delish), and do what I love to do (which other than being a dad to my two awesome kids is writing).

 

Q: You often find a way to foreshadow future books in each release.  Other than the evident topic of PLANET ATE, is there anything you can say about other teasers to come?

Rick: hmmm.  Okay. Let’s just say some things have not been forgotten.  Something or someone from the past will resurface in some form.  I won’t say more than that.  Just stay tuned.

Q: sCrypt Comics is now sCrypt Publishing.  Why the change?

Rick: I still plan on doing comic spinoffs.  The stories are already written for the next three.  They are however very time consuming.  I can cover more ground working on my own things than to also be directing a group of artists to get it right.  sCrypt Comics isn’t gone, it’s just incorporated into a larger picture.  I’m now doing audio books, novels, children’s books, and editing.  I also have plans to expand that into helping other independent authors along the way.  It just was time to state what is already happening by making the name change.  The ideas that my brother and I have for it are really exciting.

 

Q: Speaking of Dan (Pipito), tell us about the artwork he did for this cover.

Rick: Dan has been working in trilogy themes to coincide with each cover.  The first two trilogies had their own set approaches to the type of cover art we saw.  With this trilogy he felt that since science played such a huge part in it, that a classroom chalkboard would be a different type of touch.  I won’t say what his plans are for the next two novel covers, but they will compliment this one really well.

 

Q: Where can someone get a copy of your books?

Rick: All of my novels are available in paperback at www.lulu.com.  They are also available for the Kindle at www.amazon.com. My comics are at www.indypress.com and the audio book and future ones I release are available at www.audible.com and itunes. 


My Interview on Author’s Alliance

I just wanted to share this.  I had the pleasure back in September of being interviewed by the Author’s Alliance.  They posted the interview online and it’s available to read.  I’d like to extend my thanks and gratitude toward them for this opportunity.

Interview is here:  http://authoralliance.net/rick-pipito/


Adrianna Joleigh’s interview with Rick Pipito

As part of a promo this month, Denmark’s author, Adrianna Joleigh, conducted an interview with me.  Check it out here… http://adriannajoleigh.com/2013/09/11/my-interview-with-author-and-co-founder-of-scrypt-comics-rick-pipito/