Name P.J. Day
Where are you from Southern California
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I don’t like to provide education. Education always sets an unfair level of expectations for one’s work. Better let readers judge someone’s work with a clear and blank slate.
I’m a proud father of a 11 month old girl and a 5 year old who is carbon copy of me growing up: High energy, 10 questions per minute, and always challenging the boundaries that she perceives as holding her back. Dangerously independent. Also, I’m fortunate to have an extremely strong and understanding woman as my wife.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released The Sunset Prophecy and I’m doing a free preview on Tuesday July 30 & Wednesday July 31. Go download it, it’s free!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved to express myself either through speech, acting, and writing. I’ve always written but I’ve always expressed myself from the moment I was able to do some gesturing…lol. Writing is just another form of communication. I decided to self publish my work in December of 2011, as soon as I gained enough confidence and fortitude to let the world judge my prose and my ideas (for good or bad).
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I finished a 430 page novel in 6 months. A writer yes, a good writer? Hopefully someday, but that is up to the readers to decide.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The world around us. All the history that we are currently breathing. Many of my readers think I predicted the Snowden case with King’s Blood, I wouldn’t have had that coincidence pop up if I didn’t find current events so intriguing and entertaining.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
As a new writer I’d be lying if I told you I’ve settled on a style. I look at McCarthy and Hemingway and appreciate their dry, efficient prose. I look at all the contemporary fantasy and romance writers and marvel at their clever usage of purple prose. I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. If I try to lean too much in one direction, I either sound too flat and dry for fantasy readers and too awkward and as if I’m trying too hard to contemporary lit readers. It’s getting there, so I’d say a little of both at the moment. Whenever a supernatural scene crops up I channel fantasy writers and whenever a day to day conversation or scenario crops up I’ll do my best in channeling a post-modernist style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I decided to run the apocalypse through Sunset Boulevard. Hence The Sunset Prophecy. I thought it was funny, hopefully it resonates.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
To think deeply about everything that was ingrained in us when our minds and brains were as mushy and elastic as silly putty. As we grow older we recognize the mistakes our parents made and we learn from them, I think it’s important to be just as critical of the dogma that was instilled to us by them as well. The message isn’t necessarily a challenge but a conversation starter.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Tough question, to me personally 50%, but if one were a believer in that wild book at the end of New Testament, 70%.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes. I was a struggling actor just like Keelen Grant, Cindy Lu is a mirror image of one of my best friends, but her inner conflicts are from my own experiences. Matthew Nix is the staring down the barrel of the type of success we all care and the indifference toward others that fame sometimes compels. Logan Drake is the courage and the heart that most of us wish we had. Adam Cagle is the feeling we all have when we feel we are at our worst physically, but still fight through life not giving a damn, and Fisker is our worst fear if you buy into the concept of a Democratic and pluralistic society.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Something Wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury also his short story, The Scythe, and McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, as I think it bridges the gap between film and literature in such a revolutionary way.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
On a personal level J.R. Rain, from afar, Scott Nicholson, Chuck Palahniuk, Bradbury, and
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Watchers by Dean Koontz
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Zander Marks & Brian Reeves.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I have a new series coming out in a couple of weeks called Mercy’s Magic, it’s co-written with Elizabeth Basque who’s writing the Sharpened Edges trilogy and helped co-write J.R. Rain’s best-selling Zombie Patrol series. It’s a witch’s tale set in my backyard of Orange County California, and works as a P.I. that helps solve crimes for communities who are too afraid to go to the police. Also, I should have the fifth part to my King’s Blood Serial Novel, Vampire Terminus out for sale at the end of August.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. My good friend, Jon and the ultra-cynical and humbling reddit.com, especially their subreddit r/writing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
More than a career, it’s really just another form of communication. Like talking, singing, dancing, acting. The better you get at writing the wider the audience gets, the larger your footprint and impact on the world. There is a responsibility that comes with being a writer and if you aren’t cognizant of it then you’ll never grow as an artist or a person.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Honestly, as a self published writer who desperately needs to balance income and the time it takes to mold a quality product, I wish I had a little more time to spend with this book so I could make it even better, but I think that is a common grievance among all writers and how they feel about their finished product.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
On reddit.com arguing, being polemic, and making sure I communicated with clarity and intent. As soon as you are able to harness a certain level of quality in your writing, the more people will be receptive to your words and ideas.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s set in L.A. It reads like a modern day fable. It’s fantastical, it’s satirical, and it tackles the American-centric views of media, the economy, and the end times, but most importantly I had fun writing it and it shows. You’ll laugh and chuckle, and all I can tell the readers is to expect the unexpected. Go in with a fresh mind and once done, I hope readers can feel redemption, hate, anger, happiness, joy, or revelation.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the unobstructed time it takes for full on concentration.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hemingway. Cliché, I know. But the efficiency in his prose makes writing look so damn easy, but it’s anything but. He was a genius, a drunken rabble-rouser at times, but a genius.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet. Travel is good, it’s a sign of success.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Damon at Damonza.com He’s a genius and quite possibly the best in the business.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Keeping my finances, family, and relationships intact as I committed full bore to this crazy book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
To let go and accept where you stand in life. You can’t control everything.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be relentless, be obsessed, and lots and lots of therapy. Therapy is good folks. Self-awareness is a necessity for sanity.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you ever feel compelled to leave a one star review, be very specific in your gripes and above all else be constructive. Writing is a lonely profession, one that is sometimes devoid of proper feedback. Being vicious does nothing for that particular writer’s advancement or the craft overall.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ? Anything creative…
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? www.pjdaybooks.com