Patrick C Greene
Trying not to.
Where are you from
The hills of Western North Carolina.
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life ect
My father was an acclaimed writer of a very literary style of fiction, so I decided to write about monsters and gore. After high school, I immersed myself in martial arts, filmmaking and occasional writing classes. Grew up on the streets. …Well, actually a house near a street. More of a dirt road actually. Married to a very demanding editor/publisher (Sekhmet Press). Two genius sons, one a grown entrepreneur, the other an eleven year old philosopher.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My debut novel PROGENY published by Hobbes End Publishing is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. PROGENY has received great reviews so far and has maintained a solid ranking on Amazon the entire year, so I’m very grateful for that.
My short story NIGHTBOUND will appear in the vampire anthology Wrapped In Red published by Sekhmet Press, which releases next week on October 29. I’m honored to be included among some very talented authors in that anthology.
Twisted Fates, a multi-story horror film will be shooting under the auspices of SaintSinner Entertainment and director Amel Fugueroa in the coming months.
A comedy script and a web series are also in the works.
And finally – I’m polishing my latest novel THE CRIMSON CALLING, Book One of The Sanguinarian Council – an action-packed vampire trilogy.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started when I was around twelve, but I put it away mostly, beyond the odd poem or song, till a few years ago. I was toiling in small roles as an actor and, taking inspiration from Sylvester Stallone, decided to try and write a script and sell it with myself as the lead. That didn’t happen–but the writing continued.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It’s difficult to pinpoint. After that first screenplay, I wrote another, and then another, still thinking I was working toward bolstering my acting career. Then it just became habit. I guess I have to say in retrospect, that that first screenplay, a martial arts actioner titled The Tiger Within, was when I became a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a collection of short stories under my belt, that I had written just for fun, and I received a lot of encouragement from my wife, so I started submitting them around a bit. Got some good nibbles, but my biggest coup was having Hobbes End Publishing include two of my stories in their prestigious The Endlands collections. Vince Hobbes and Jairus Reddy, the Hobbes End honchos, encouraged me to submit a novel, so I took the screenplay for PROGENY, which had just come off option, and re-worked it into a novel. So to answer, I guess it was that simple suggestion from Vincent and Jairus that got me going on the first novel.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I always try to experiment, whether it be writing in different tenses or perspectives, doing that hardboiled detective thing like Mickey Spillane, or a minimalist, fast moving style that echoes my screenwriting experience. I would say my style is best described as cinematic.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For PROGENY, there’s a theme of parental and especially paternal relationships, so the title applies to the children of the story. For NIGHTBOUND, it’s a sort of double entendre, in that the mortal characters are seeking the night to hide their activities while the vampires are of course bound to the night by nature of their aversion to the sun. THE CRIMSON CALLING, my next novel, refers to the vampire’s need to feed on blood.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
PROGENY expresses an appreciation for my role as a father, and hopefully speaks to that of the readers as well, or just why we shouldn’t take our loved ones for granted. The Crimson Calling’s theme would be that there is always hope, even in the darkest circumstances.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
PROGENY is very realistic up to the point of how much you believe in the bigfoot legend. THE CRIMSON CALLING has a higher fantasy quotient.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Screenwriter Keith Strandberg, whom I consider something of a mentor, wrote “Everything goes in the hopper” meaning the least little stand-out experience can become a part of your writing. I definitely draw upon people I know, but even so most of my characters are composites. As far as experiences, they come almost entirely from imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Bruce Lee’s Tao Of Jeet Kune Do was a tremendous influence. It’s more than a martial arts manual; Lee’s Taoist philosophy is spelled out in some excellent and passages.
King’s On Writing has been a great education. Every writer should have a copy!
My favorite novel is probably Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, due to its rich characterizations and layered story.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Strandberg, as I mentioned above, in terms of screenwriting, but Vincent Hobbes is easily the most gracious and giving writer I’ve personally had the pleasure of knowing, in addition to being just an amazingly gifted and disciplined storyteller.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Haunted House by Jack Kilborn.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I enjoy the narrative style of Jaime Johnesse, author of SHIFTERS and BOB THE ZOMBIE. In addition to Jaime, there is Allison M. Dickson, a fellow Hobbes End author with a lush sense of prose, whose debut novel STRINGS releases this week, and Bryan Alaspa, whose novel VICIOUS was similar enough in story to PROGENY to draw my attention, though it turned out to be considerably different.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
After finishing up THE CRIMSON CALLING, I plan to spend some time on a few short story ideas I have percolating, and I’ve contributed a short story to an upcoming collection of stories set in the zombie universe of Armand Rosamilia’s DYING DAYS series. Not sure when that will see release, but given the roster of authors involved, I expect that to be a big deal.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I mentioned Vince and Jairus of course, so I’ll take this opportunity to acknowledge my friend Regina, who has been a wonderful beta reader and has contributed a lot toward managing my career.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I can’t see myself not doing it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
My latest being THE CRIMSON CALLING, I still have a minute or two to do so if need be. 😉 But with PROGENY, I truly feel it came together quite perfectly.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My father was a writer, so I had some exposure and encouragement early on. As a child I was kind of a late bloomer and not athletic, so I didn’t really feel capable of doing much else until I discovered martial arts and later, acting. Writing was an easy enough alternative, given the ability of paper and pen, and my father as an early teacher,
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Shake your ass feathers, Girlie.”
Liv allowed a full second, then spun to give Rex a dagger-eyed glare meant to precipitate either an apology or an ass-beating. The cook stared back, an indecipherable grin at the corner of his lips. Holding the hard look, Liv dropped the rag she had been using to clean the counter and stood up straight, giving Rex plenty of opportunity to choose the apology.
“Well. So much for this job,” she began, but before she could storm out or leap the counter and shatter Rex’s teeth-she hadn’t decided which yet- Dolly appeared at her side.
“Rex, you butthole, you know better than to start that shit with these girls their first day.”
Rex’s expression suddenly became harmlessly buffoonish. “Huh? Surely she knows I’m just trying to break the ice.” His crooked nose might have been a souvenir from some previous ill-advised comment.
“Looked to me like Liv here was about to break something of yours,” Dolly said, “she don’t know what a big teddy bear you are just yet.”
Rex’s apologetic smile managed to melt the tension, and Liv remembered she was a civilian now, among other civilians. Just because she could beat his ass didn’t mean she should. Joe had certainly taught her better than that. Of course, if Joe were here, she wouldn’t be shaking her ass feathers.
“Ah hell, Liv. I guess that was outta line,” he said.
Liv smiled at him. “Yeah. But we’re cool now.”
Rex smiled back and returned to the grill.
“That’s a nice smile, Liv,” said Dolly, “bet it could bring you some pretty good tips.”
Dolly’s comment made Liv aware that she was still being aloof, very much caught up in memories and protocol. The tips didn’t matter so much. Fitting –or rather disappearing- into mainstream society did matter. And it was taking time.
On her way to refill the tea pitcher, Liv tried her smile on an elderly couple sharing a slice of pie, and was pleased to see it easily returned. Liv’s heart first warmed then ached as she considered the couple.
There may have been a time she’d believed in love like that. Believed such a thing could last.
She thought of Tony, her first, and how she had naively believed he would be by her side forever. She remembered how happy the pregnancy had made her, however unplanned and unacceptable it may have been.
She thought of Joe, and how he accepted her. She thought of how tough he was mentally and physically, how secure he had made her feel, and how he had driven her to become something more than even her boldest aspirations.
That was when the robbers made their entrance, and Liv recognized the familiar caress; invisible tendrils of trouble that followed her everywhere.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Clive Barker, because of his incredibly vivid and lyrical prose. He’s a painter as well, and his writing seems to reflect that in some indefinable way; in word compositions that have a sweeping effect, like broad, even angry brush strokes at times.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jordan Benoit designed the cover of PROGENY.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing both books, I learned that virtually every country in the world has some form of both a bigfoot and a vampire legend!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Take acting lessons. Or at least, read about acting technique. It’s a tremendous help in helping you learn to breathe life into your characters. Also–learn to meditate. It helps you clear your mind and focus.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes-thank you, thank, you thank you! It’s an amazing feeling to know that I’ve brought some joy or even just a bit of diversion to fellow lovers. I love to meet and hear from readers and I hope they will get in touch.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies
I’m kind of a fitness buff, and I’ve practiced and taught martial arts for a long time. Exercise, like meditation, helps get my creative juices flowing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Horror films of course, as well as martial arts programs and documentaries of all kinds. American Horror Story is one my new favorites, along with Supernatural and some of the older horror or sci-fi programs like The Twilight Zone, Hitchcock Present and The Night Stalker. Then there’s always Malcom in the Middle.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music?
I eat a lot of fish, quinoa, rice, sweet potatoes, etc. I try to keep it fairly healthful.
Colors? Black, orange and blood red of course. 😉
As for music, I’ve been a fan of punk rock and metal since I was very young, but more recently I’ve become enamored with dark ambient. An act called Nox Arcana is great for writing horror.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
Acting, of course, but I also dabbled with professional fighting for a while–which made me like writing even more.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?