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Welcome to Social City

I walk from a subway station deep below ground level and then climb a series of stairs until I reach a city street. I have something important to say to the multitudes of people rushing past on a busy avenue. I spot an imposing building on the corner of Here and Now and then rush up its marble steps. When I reach the top, I begin shouting at the harried commuters below.

All around me, others are shouting as well. Some shout from open windows, while others stand along the street hoping to be noticed. Occasionally, someone stops to listen while an unending stream of people continues past.

As a writer I get to spend time in a literary underground creating characters and devising plot lines. But, when these elements take shape and a book is born, it’s time to take the long climb up into the sunlight to start shouting. Now, websites, blogging, Twitter, and Facebook, all become part of the story.

Welcome to Social City, where websites are the billboards, reliable and content rich, but slow and difficult to change. Facebook is the bus advertising, moving past with messages and images scrolling by block after block. Twitter is the constant chatter of the moving crowd with short comments coming from every direction. Blogs are the local coffee houses buzzing with conversation.

I believe the key to social media is not spending too much time posting, tweeting or coding, instead of creating the next page of the next book, which is the real job. Making your message rise above the rest and getting noticed is also challenging. Good content is imperative, but sadly it’s the outrageous that sometimes gets the most attention. The art is in balancing the two. I recently received good attention from a tweet about my latest book, Beneath the Veil. The tweet read - The residents of this town eat zombies for lunch. It’s not literally true…as far as I know, but it is outrageous enough to draw attention and tied in well with elements of my book.

Recent Interview on the Pembroke Sinclair Blog

Welcome Beneath the Veil, a Place Where the Dead Have Never Left...

With his life turned upside down, a terminally ill man seeks answers from a family he never knew. Barry Ryan, a successful sculptor, goes on a journey to find his roots and the extraordinary family that somehow evades death and ties him to a terrifying future. 

Driven to find answers, Barry is joined by his sister and her boyfriend on the road to Auraria, a mysterious ghost town where terrible secrets lie hidden since the days of gold and greed. 

All is well until they cross the city limits and fall beneath the veil, a place where the bizarre rules the living, and the living are prey trapped in an ever-changing web. 

Generations of conflict come to light as these unfortunate visitors struggle to survive. Echoes of the past are lethal this place where the dead have never left.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?

 Three years ago, I relocated from South Florida to a small town in the mountains of North Georgia. Located nearby is a ghost town named Auraria. Generations ago, Auraria was a bustling place with banks, hotels and people. Almost overnight, this town built on gold, sweat and blood dried up and withered away.

Whenever I drive past the town’s dilapidated buildings, I wonder, what if the residents there never really left. What if instead, they remained trapped in a terrifying place, shielded from the modern world? Each time I drive that twisting country road and pass that forgotten place I think that maybe like Auraria, other civilizations existed before us and perished with nothing left behind.

Mile after mile, month after month, these ideas took shape and became Beneath the Veil.

Q) How long did it take you to write?

 This book took me a year to complete. 

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?

 I enjoy the solitude and ability to sit and think. It’s rare these days to take time to turn off the stream of data coming from computers, television, radio, phones and everything else. Writing gives me the time to unplug and use my imagination.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?

 Proofreading, of course! I don’t know many people who like re-reading a manuscript over and over again. The first time through is fun, and oddly strange if you let the work simmer for a while. I often surprise myself with plot turns, forgotten once I wrote them.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?

 Warren Buffett. I’d spend the day eating McDonald’s, drinking Coke and transferring money to my bank account.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?

 A bottle of champagne from the ’96 Atlanta Olympics. By now, it might be better on eBay than in a glass.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?

My third book, The Knights of Moonshine, will be out Spring, 2014. It’s a story about three good old boys who plan a weekend of hunting and hard drinking. Instead, they become the prey when they encounter a gang of bikers who also happen to be werewolves.

Posted on August 5, 2013 and filed under Interview, Blog.