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Name: Tristan D. Vick. The “D” stands for “Danger”! Or “Doppleganger” or “Dragon” or something. I don’t really remember.

Age: 34-ish.

Where are you from: The United States, Montana.

A little about yourself, i.e. your education Family life etc.

TV: I graduated Montana State University (MSU) with two degrees: English Literature and Asian Cultural Studies. I also received a certificate of completion from Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan, where I attended an intensive Japanese language course., along with standard college courses in International business and economics in Japan. I currently live and work full time in Japan. I am fluent in Japanese.

 
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

TV: Umm… I don’t know. I bought a new car recently. My second child, a boy, will be born in September. I went and watched Guardians of the Galaxy and absolutely loved it. I mean, I looooooved it! Oh, did you mean book news? Well, after this re-release of Bitten I will be completing Bitten 3: Kingdom of the Living Dead and I will be finishing up a very big non-fiction project.

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

TV: I’ve been writing (and drawing) since I was able to hold a crayon. Since I was young I have always wanted to be a comic book artist / storyteller. I pursued this dream all the way till college. Then in college I realized that in order to get to the professional level I needed to be at I needed to pick either drawing or writing, but not both. So I went with writing because creating stories was fundamentally more rewarding to me than drawing pictures of stories others created. The simple fact of the matter is I realized my limitations, I loved art, but I wasn’t a good enough artist to compete on the level of other great artists. My writing was somehow different. I have a way with words that comes naturally to me, and I felt I should exploit this and try to hone my writing ability.

 

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

TV: I’ve always been a writer. It’s always something I have done. I’ve been writing short stories since I was five years old. I joined every writing workshop and contest in elementary and grade school. In high school I wrote for the school newspaper, drew the paper’s cartoon, and even went to Seattle for journalism conferences. In college I shifted back to more creative writing and began fleshing out my Scarecrow and Lady Kingston story (now available as a novel). I’ve written comic book styled scripts for my artist friends, many whom have used the scripts as parts of their portfolios. Because I helped them build their portfolios, many of my friends have since become pro comic book artiss and have done artistic favors for me in return. I have good working relationships with all these very talented people, and even though my writing will never get noticed for portfolio samples, I am very proud of the work I did which helped, in some small way, to get my friends into the comic book industry. I’ve also written some scripts for television commercials and conference videos for technology firms. So, I’ve written a little bit of everything, you might say.

 

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

TV: It wasn’t so much inspiration as it was a writing exercise to challenge me to grow as a writer. Bitten is, in fact, my first book. I’ve come back to it now to give it the polish it deserves. I made a lot of mistakes the first time around, not knowing what I was doing as an Indy author, and it has sort of been my Lord of the Rings—never finished. Never perfect. This re-release is me trying to get it to the final vision I had in my mind. That’s part of the challenge anyway.

And the truth is, when I pushed myself to do this I bit off more than I could chew with Bitten. I had never attempted writing horror, suspense, psychological terror, or even a story with over fifty some odd characters and an intricate weaving plot before. When I started the damn thing, I said to myself, writing something I’ve never attempted would be the best way to force myself to grow as a writer. In hindsight, I think to myself, what the hell were you thinking? I guess I’m just a glutton for pain.

I still think pushing yourself is the only way to grow as a writer, but the growing pains were a little more than I expected because the sort of book I was writing wasn’t simply a zombie kill fest. It had characters, relationships, different points of view, crisscrossing story arcs, and some twists and turns that I had never seen before in the genre.

At least now I can come back and correct everything I feel I messed up on the first time around, on my first try. But unlike George Lucas’s tinkering of Star Wars, my changes actually work to improve the original story. That was my goal anyway, to make this the best zombie / horror story I was capable of telling. So it’s nice to finally see it come into its final form—as the thing I initially envisioned.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

TV: My writing is closest to the style of pulp fiction, but with a lot of popular references and an affinity for alliteration. When I write I also like to mash up genres, which has caused at least one reviewer to label me a ‘genre buster’. I like the sound of that, because genre is just an artificial line we draw to help us categorize what kind of story this falls under so that people who prefer one style of story over another can find it easier on Amazon.com. It seems that, inadvertently, I continually upset what it means to categorize things according to genre. The overlap that caused new categories such as speculative fiction and things like paranormal romance to exist is the sandbox I like to play in.

Also, I like to toss my sand out of the borders of the sandbox to my sand castles spill over into other lands, crossing borders they were never meant to cross, and always pushing the limits of what the term genre can mean. I don’t want to be easily classified as any particular kind of writer, and although that may be bad for marketing myself, it’s also my trademark. The bottom line is, I tell the stories I want to tell. If people like them, great! I am overly flattered and truly humbled whenever people like my writing. But I’m like a devious little elf. The magic I concoct is mainly to entertain myself. I don’t write for anyone but me. Which is why I love being an Indy author. I couldn’t see myself under contract to write x number of horror novels, because I can’t stay comfortable as quote unquote “a horror author.” I find labels limiting. They limit the kinds of stories I want to tell personally, which is why I have more fun smashing them.

Of course, this isn’t to say I wouldn’t be willing to ever write x number of novels with zombies. But whoever wants to give me a contract has to realize that I don’t write by the conventional rules, I don’t abide by the lines and labels set down by publishers, and that I’m something of a renegade—doing it my own way. Which is why I self-publish most of my stuff (with the exception of some of my non-fiction work).

With Bitten I tried a little bit of everything. You’d be surprised how uncomfortable people become when you switch everything up, turn it upside down and inside out, and then throw in a zombie or two. Is it a romance? Post-apocalyptic? Horror? Zombie? Psychological thriller? Action adventure? Science Fiction? It’s all of these and more. And that’s another reason it was a challenge. I wasn’t writing to any template. I was hammering the templates into little pieces and then gluing them together like a fine ceramic tile mural.

 

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

TV: Well, the book is about zombies who bite people. The entire idea behind the fear of zombies is that they are mindless, dangerous, monsters and you don’t want to become one. They spread like a virus, through infection, usually by getting bit. Thus, the whole idea is not to get bitten by them. Therefore, the title is pretty straight forward. I wanted something simple yet poignant. Apparently there are a lot of vampire novels which also have the title Bitten. But, really, I wasn’t trying to be artistic with the title. I just wanted something practical that got the idea across in as few words as possible.

 

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

TV: I suppose it has many small messages. *SPOILERS* There is a group of religious radicals in the book that go kooky once the “End” is nigh. They see it as prophecy being fulfilled, that the end times are real, and I wanted to show the dangers of being under such a delusion when there are real problems that need addressing. The message here is pretty blunt. Don’t wait around for any higher power to fix things when you have the power to fix it here and now. Anything less than taking responsibility to deal with the problems we all face in the world is something I view as highly irresponsible.

More *SPOILERS*… Another point I make is that I use a lot of sex in the story to progress a specific characters agenda. She uses sex as a kind of weapon, to turn people against each other, to cause tension and jealously, and to manipulate people to get what she wants. I wanted to make the sex scenes at least as explicit as the horrific gore in the rest of the book, because I find it ironic that people are so bothered by sex but not violence. I wanted to make people as uncomfortable as possible in each sex scene just so I could point out how sick and twisted society is in its unbridled acceptance of violence. If you want to talk about what I find profane and pornographic, it’s not the act of sex. It’s people’s obsession with violence.

 

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

TV: Oh, hadn’t you heard? It’s base 100% of true events. :p

 

 

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

TV: As a re-release, I think it’s safe to say many people have read the book, and will recall one of the characters having mental issues. This is loosely based off of my experiences with my own mother. I don’t want to say anything more than that, but one thing I find unrealistic about most zombie fiction, including my own, is that virtually everyone knows how to pick up a gun and then, moments later, turn into Rambo. But perhaps more unrealistic than this is that nearly every person in every zombie story I’ve ever read is of perfectly sound body and mind. But there are people with real world handicaps out there. Both physical and mental. And I wanted to explore the breakdown of a person’s psychology when their mental illness could not be treated and it slowly takes them over at the same time as the world falls apart around them. That to me was probably the most interesting part of writing this book. And that character remains my favorite character I have ever written.

 

 

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

TV: All of them! Every book I’ve ever read has influenced me in some degree or another. But if you’re simply talking about books I aspire to, or authors I wish I could match in terms of the magic quality they have with words, I would say writers like Michael Chabon, Neil Gainman, Orphan Pamuck, Salman Rushdie, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Rice Burroughs, not to forget H.P. Lofcraft are among the top choices for me. Their works have inspired and continue to inspire me like few others.

But perhaps equally as important to me are the writers of television. Writers like Rod Serling, William Link and Richard Levinson, Nick Pizzolatto, Aaron Sorkin, J.J Abrams, Steven S. DeKnight among many others. Their ability to carry narrative, to make drama engaging, and to tell stories that stick with you are something I am continually in awe of.

So ultimately it’s not the books themselves that have influenced me the most, but stories. Whether they are in comic book form, stage plays, television and movies, or opera music… it’s the stories that I take from.

 

 

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

TV: This goes back to the previous question. The writers I mentioned above have all influenced me in some lasting way. I would add to the list, however, the writing talents of Margaret Attwood, J.K. Rowling, Susanne Collins, Kathy Tyers, Mary Shelley, among other amazingly talented women authors, just to name a few who have influenced my writing, thinking, style and voice in some small way.

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

TV: Frank Herburt’s DUNE. I’ve never actually read it. I just opened it up a few days agon, and I’m only now realizing that it’s long. Like, epically long.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

TV: I’ve been reading lots of new Indy authors. I have to say I love the humorous writings of Tonia Brown. She’s among my top favorites because she is too damn funny. I’ve read her Badass Zombie Road Trip, Gnomageddon, and Lucky Stiff. And every time I’ve peed myself a little. Her comedic timing is great, her usage of lewd humor and sex is excellent because she makes it all so amusing, and when you stop to think about it, shouldn’t it be?

I also have enjoyed Rhiannon Frater’s zombie works. I also read the first book in Jessica Meigs’s The Becoming Series. I guess I have an obsession with female authors who write zombie books because I find that they tend to tell character stories with real emotional consequences over your standard fare hack and slash zombie blood-fest stories that so many male authors tend to write. I’m not bashing male zombie authors, per se. There are a lot of talented writers out there, Mark Tufo comes to mind, Jonathan Mayberry too. But there is something about the female perspective in the zombie genre that attracts me that, for whatever reason, I find lacking in the male counterparts in the zombie genre.

 

 

Fiona: What are your current projects?

TV: I am aiming to get Bitten 3: Kingdom of the Living Dead out by the end of December. I also have a counter-apologetics book in the works where I take on a big-shot religious theologian with the help of several historians, theologians, and scholars.I cannot talk much about this project until I know how everyone else fits into place, but the book is finished and I’m just waiting for feedback from the aforementioned historians, theologians, and scholars who are helping me (the layman) refine his thoughts and arguments so they might be taken seriously. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy a good challenge.

 

 

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

TV: Well, as per the aforementioned counter apologetics book, a gracious patron has agreed to sponsor the production cost of the book. I can’t name any names yet, but I find it entirely humbling when someone finds my writing good enough to support in such a way as to literally pick up the tab for me. I feel such gratitude and pride, and I don’t want to let anyone down, because unlike my fiction where I write mainly for myself, with my non-fiction writing I always hope that my words will touch, move, or help someone in some small way. I think the main difference is with fiction I am merely seeking out to write something entertaining, something that I personally would find entertaining, whereas with my non-fiction work I am writing with the goal of trying to educate and inform, which implies that I am writing with keeping other’s in mind. The fact that there are actually people out there who find my non-fiction writing worth supporting just astounds me. I am genuinely humbled.

 

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

TV: I’d continue writing whether or not it would sustain me. In fact, I do just that! I am an English teacher because, well, I still can’t sustain myself and my family on a few meager book sales. But that said, if I could write full time and make a living off of it, I’d prefer to do that. Yet I also have to remain realistic. I know I don’t write stories that appeal to mainstream audiences and my non-fiction books are part of a niche market. So, if I want to remain true to myself as an author and as a storyteller, I have to accept the fact that I’m not going to be the next J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, or Steven King. I’m just a guy whose passion is writing, and so I find a way to make that work, despite the fact that I am relatively unknown and even substantially less popular than my already insubstantial reputation.

 

 

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

TV: That’s what this re-release is all about! I changed lots. I even brought a character back to life that I initially had killed off. I changed some things around chronologically. I added about a dozen chapters. I reworked my timeline so events would unfold in a more linear fashion. I tried to fix some continuity issues. I attempted to make some scenes more realistic where reviewers unanimously agreed I had blundered big time. So hopefully listening to that feedback, yet at the same time staying true to my initial vision, will make this the ultimate do-over!

 

 

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

TV: I became serious about writing in the seventh grade. My word processor teacher gave us an assignment to writer and format a short story, but with one condition. It had to be based off of a real event. For some strange reason I wrote about the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Little did I realize that nearly two decades later I would be teaching English in Hiroshima, Japan! At any rate, I found the challenge of this creative writing exercise to be really rewarding, and I realized that I wanted to write all day, every day. And I have.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

You mean, like a snippet? Sure. Here are three small snippets from Bitten: A Resurrection Thriller.

MENACING SNARLS FILLED THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC KENNELS while the ammonia-rich smell of urine stung the insides of Alyssa Briggs’ nostrils. She cringed. The smell was bad enough, but the racket was even worse. The metal cages rattled all around her as she pushed herself up against the cold concrete of the kennel wall. Even through her thin, white lab coat, it sent chills across her shoulder blades as she scraped along it. Overhead, the pulsating glow of a dying fluorescent light flickered, revealing the jagged jowls and razor-sharp canines snapping at her from behind enclosed bars as she slid past. A crimson smear of blood trailed behind her and glistened on the floor from her leg wound. The beasts caught the scent of her blood, and the horrid sound of rabid growling intensified.

***

A loud moan tore down the corridor, and Rachael snapped her head in the direction of the alarming noise. Squinting hard, she peered down the dim passage, but it was already too dark to see anything clearly. All she could make out were a row of lockers that ran along either side of the hallway and quickly got gobbled up by the dark mouth of the black void, a void that inched closer and closer. What lurked in those sinister shadows was anyone’s guess, but whatever it was, it didn’t sound awfully friendly.

Suddenly, a hand wrenched Rachael’s wrist so tight that she thought she’d scream. Looking down, she saw Mrs. Jensen holding onto her arm with a fierce grip. “He knows you’re here. You have to leave! Get out of here while there’s still time.”
“I’m not going to leave you,” Rachael said firmly. Getting underneath Mrs. Jensen’s arm, she tried propping her up.
“No, you don’t understand,” Mrs. Jensen said. “I can’t run away with you because they took my feet.”

***

Alyssa couldn’t believe they had made it all the way to the main lobby without being detected. No guard detail, nothing. A little unusual, but Alyssa wasn’t complaining. She only hoped their streak of good luck would continue. As they approached the front doors, they suddenly heard a man’s voice come from behind them.
“Have you seen my Dahlia?”
Both women spun around to see Jamal Treslan standing slumped over in the hall. He looked like a sad wreck of a man.
“Your daughter? I thought she was with you,” Rachael said.
Treslan reached behind his back and pulled out a gun. It was a two-tone SIG Sauer Mosquito. “I’m afraid I can’t let you leave, Miss Ramirez. Not now. We have to find my daughter first. She needs another treatment.”
Alyssa tugged on Rachael’s arm. “Don’t try and reason with him; he’ll just take what he wants and keep you a prisoner here. Trust me.”
Rachael leaned over and whispered in Alyssa’s ear, “I trust you.”
“Mrs. Ramirez,” Treslan called out in the fullness of his voice. “I promised you I would help you find your son. We can cure him together! All you have to do is lend me your trust in return.”
Stepping out of the dark shadows behind Treslan crept black-eyed Dahlia. She had reverted back to a zombie.

“Oh lord!” Alyssa cried out, covering her mouth with her hands to muffle her scream.
Treslan spun around to see his daughter staring up at him with that haunting, black-eyed gaze. She cocked her head to the side like a small, curious animal would and growled softly. Treslan dropped to his knees, tears streaming down his face.
“There you are, baby. Don’t you fear a thing. Daddy is here. Daddy will take care of you.”

Dahlia staggered up to her father. He dropped his gun to the cold, hard floor and held out his arms to embrace his daughter. “Yes, come to me, my Dahlia. Daddy is here.”
She sprung into his embrace and sank her teeth into his neck. He smiled as she tore into his flesh. A fitting end for the father of a monster, he thought. The father who had become a monster long before he had lost his humanity. “If we can’t be together in this life, then I will join you in the nightmare world.”

Rachael took a step forward as if to raise her voice in protest, but Alyssa’s hand was instantly around her elbow.
“No, leave him be. It’s too late now.”

**

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Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

TV: Yeah, basic grammar. Don’t laugh, I’m serious. I haven’t had a grammar course since junior high school. I know, I know… you’re wondering how and English lit. graduate managed that trick? Well, I always took classes in high school and college that dealt with narrative and storytelling. Instead of grammar 101, for example, I took Shakespeare, Greek Mythology, and Gothic Lit. Things like this preoccupied my time, and so all the grammar I do know comes from reading. I have no technical training in this area, which is why getting a good editor like Monique Happy was such a blessing for me. I really couldn’t aspire to the technical level I need to be at without her help due, again, to my own deficiencies. So, let this be a lesson to all you aspiring writers out there! If you are not a bloody grammar-nazi like Mark Twain, odds are you are going to need a little help along the way. And that’s fine! There’s no harm in admitting as much. The real harm comes from being so conceited that you think you can do it all yourself and do it better than the next guy. But odds are, the next guy has a whole team of editors, proofreaders, and cover designers with years of experience helping them to make their book stellar. Can you honestly pretend to compete with that? I certainly can’t. Which is why I ask for help.

 

 

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

It’s a tie between H.P. Lovecraft and Rod Serling. Both were masters of horror, but totally different spectrums. Rod Serling’s The Twighlight Zone was a perfect example of reversals and psychological terrors done in a minimalistic way which had an optimistic streak in which the power of imagination coupled with optimism could conquer our deepest felt fears. The Twilight Zone always gave us a creeping phobia that could eventually be won out over, even if it meant we would need to allow for someone else’s ruin, and that to me was what made the show so fascinating.

Lovecraft was an expert of psychological terror and suspense done in a slow build up with lots of adjectives and rambling descriptions that sought to develop a penetrating pessimism which painted a rather bleak picture of the world and of humanity in which our fears would win out over us and rule over us—and these fears took the form of monsters so unimaginably hideous that to even face them meant certain insanity—and in this moment of utter terror is where Lovecraft liked to leave us stranded.

I admire both writers greatly because the scope of their imaginations and the sheer talent they demonstrated has gone virtually unmatched till this day.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

TV: Not really. I write mainly from my imagination, and most any research I do can be conducted online via the Internet, so I don’t go out much. If there is something I really have no clue about, I may research it more thoroughly, but most of my books are set in the realm of fantasy and science fiction.

My non-fiction work is another story entirely, but again, I haven’t had to travel much. Maybe someday, if I get more famous I will travel the horror circuit or do conventions and do book signings and what not. Here’s hoping!

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

TV: For the Bitten series it was Glendon Haddix over at Streetlight Graphics. All the other covers to my books I have done myself (with what minimal talent I possess).

 

 

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

TV: The actual writing was the easy part. The hard part comes with revision, editing, fixing dialog, checking for continuity mistakes, and general proofreading. This part is both laborious and taxing, and it usually takes twice as long as the actual writing. At least, this seems to be the case whenever I write a book. Maybe other writers do it differently, I don’t know.

 

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

TV: That I needed to slow down and take my time. As I said earlier, Bitten was my first every full length novel. Every mistake you could make in creating a novel I somehow managed to make, and most of these mistakes could have simply been avoided by slowing down, taking my time, and not trying to rush to the finish. Also, hire a professional editor. Seriously folks, it’s probably the most important advice I can give you. Just go to Bitten’s Amazon.com page and read the reviews. Nearly every single one or two start review I have received was given out of an intolerance for poor grammar. Even if they liked the story they would still ding me for bad grammar. So let that be a lesson to you. Take your time, hire an editor, and do it right the first time!

 

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

TV: Besides the advice I just gave? Yeah. If you intend to self publish, you need to create a budget for yourself. Editors and cover designers aren’t cheap, but they are necessary. Also, unless you are uber talented, stop trying to do your own covers. I see so many crappy covers that I want to gag. You know the saying it’s best not to judge a book by it’s cover? Well, that’s simply B.S. A sloppy, poorly designed cover typically means the author didn’t care about the book enough to have anything else professionally done either. It’s a good indicator that they may have also skipped out on editing and interior design. A It’s not always the case, but nine times out of ten, yeah, it’s a strong indicator that the book is a train wreck waiting to happen.

But if you do want to do it all, that’s fine too. Just make sure you purchase some professional software. I use In Design CC (64 bit), Microsoft Word 2010, and Corel Paintshop Pro X6 (because it’s more affordable than Adobe Photoshop) to build all my books in. I do all my own formatting now, but this is after I paid for professional formatting to see exactly what they were doing to my books and then taking from that.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

TV: I hate to be the veritable broken record, and I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times already, but as an Indy author the best way you can support me (other than sending me money directly—hint, hint) is to review my books after you’ve read them. Even if you hated the book, review it! Even if you found the book mediocre at best, review it! If you loved it, review it! It’s that simple.

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

TV: I think it was probably Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

TV: Where do I begin? If you hadn’t noticed, my initials spell TV, and TV is my other big hobby. I don’t mean myself (get your mind out of the gutter! Sheesh). I mean the boob-tube, the good ole googlebox, the television. I watch way too much. But I don’t actually watch broadcast television. I was the shows on bluray or in digital format. I love to marathon entire series and just absorb their brilliance.

I also play the tenor saxophone. I blog. I watch cartoons and anime with my daughter. I swim once a week. I jog. I build model Gundam robots. I like to try to come up with new recipes when I cook. I like to arrange my various K-cups for my Keurig coffee maker in pretty little patterns, among many other fascinating hobbies, I’m sure.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

TV: Currently I am madly in love with Newsroom and Game of Thrones. Coincidentally, both are HBO shows. I also love New Girl, I am marathoning my way through the Twilight Zone for a second time, after which I will probably rewatch all of Columbo and Arrested Development for the umpteenth time. I thought the Starz series Spartacus was brilliant in every way, and just watched Guardians of the Galaxy in the theatre and felt it has the potential to be the Star Wars for this generation. In October I look forward to Supernatural starting up again. I really am two minds about the show, but because I began the show the same time I moved to Japan (the second time) it has a sentimental value for me. No matter how bad it gets, I just can’t bring myself to stop watching it. It’s a guilty pleasure I wish I could give up but for some reason can’t. You know, a lot like masturbation.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music…

TV: I like the folk singer Brett Dennen, and groups like Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Def Tech, Imagine Dragons, and even Taylor Swift, Pink, and Jewel. I listen to a little bit of everything, from Charice to Eminem, Pitbull to No Doubt, Meat Loaf to Jonathan Coulton. I don’t listen to Indy groups / labels as much because I am not a audiophile who obsesses over sound and finding the right grooves so much as I just like something to listen to when I write. Heavy Metal is about the only music genre I don’t like listening too.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

TV: Two things actually. As I hinted at earlier, my first choice was to become a professional comic book artist. But perhaps a lesser known fact about me is that I also, for a long time, wanted to be a porn star. Don’t laugh! It’s not a perverted thing so much as I know some adult actors and actresses and they seemed to really be having the best time of their lives and getting paid for it. And I thought to myself, why can’t I do that? Then I looked in the mirror and was harshly reminded as to the reasons why I cannot be a porn star.

But that said, one of my best friends is a retired porn actress, and well, I’ve always greatly admired her boldness, open mindedness, confidence in her own skin, and the ability to pursue her dreams (she is finishing up law school now) and still be one of the most loving, kind hearted people I have ever met even though much of society looks down on her because she was a leading porn star and poo-poos her choice of profession because they haven’t taken the time to fully understand it or have some hang up about women or sex (if not both). All this just to say, if any of you out there also have experienced the disappointment of dashed dreams, and if any of your dashed dreams just so happened to be about becoming a porn star, well, you have my contact information. Give me a call. Wink. Wink.

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

TV: I most certainly do! My official author page can be found at: http://www.tristanvick.com

My main longest running and most popular blog can be found at: http://www.advocatusatheist.blogspot.com

 

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