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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meet an author: Dennis Sharpe - Wednesday

“When everything in life has been against you, who can blame you for not playing nice with others?
My name is Wednesday. For the last seven years, I was the property of a sadistic bastard named Klein. Now he wants me dead- only he doesn’t have the balls to kill me himself.


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“When everything in life has been against you, who can blame you for not playing nice with others?

My name is Wednesday. For the last seven years, I was the property of a sadistic bastard named Klein. Now he wants me dead- only he doesn’t have the balls to kill me himself.

Alvin, the hitman Klein sent to do his dirty work, decided to save my life (repeatedly) instead of taking it. Now we’re on a wild cross-country run from Klein’s goons.

It’s a rollercoaster road trip with constant personality clashes as we dodge bullets and swap cars, share fast food and cheap motel rooms. Our journey is full of pain and laughs, torture and growth, tacos and lots of guns; there’s a lot of hair dye, blood, and tears. Sometimes finding true redemption comes at a high cost.

And, no matter how much someone cares about you, they can only do so much… can only go so far. You are your only real shot at coming out on top.

Sometimes reclaiming your life requires a body count.
-Wednesday Valentine”
Meet Dennis Sharpe

Pase tell us about yourself using 3 adjectives, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction 
I am an eclectic, observant, and sleepless abuser of dry wit and sarcasm who happens to be addicted to all things Doctor Who… and, um… Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon. 
Does that work?

Top 3 Pet Peeves
Ironically… tardiness.
Also, poor hygiene and poor grammar. 

Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man/woman in the literary world? 
Writer or character?
Writer - Allie Burke
Character - Shadow (American Gods)

How about on tv/in the movies? 
Creator or character?
Creator - Joss Whedon
Character - Rose Tyler

Top 5 Favorite Things 
What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book?
They are important. Likely, they are more important to others than they are to me. I am drawn in by titles more than covers. A title will have me pick up a book, cover aside. If that leads to an interesting blurb then I will read the book. I do acknowledge the importance of covers for a vast number of readers. I am just not, personally, one of those readers.

What’s the last song you listened to?
Everybody Knows by Concrete Blonde (an excellent cover of a Leonard Cohen classic)

How do you come up with character names? How do you come up with novel titles?
Character names are just there. I don’t have to give it thought. When I meet the character and they start talking to me, I just… know… their name. Strange? Perhaps. However, it’s just the way it works for me.

Novel titles are different. They are often things that come to me before the story, or after I’m done writing. Sometimes I’ll have a piece sit for months or even years with no title at all. Occasionally, someone else will read something and will accidently (or on purpose) give me a new title while telling me about what they thought of what they’ve read. 

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Read. Read a lot. Write. Write a lot.
Neil Gaiman has far better advice that I do, and I agree with all of his… so… ;)

This or That
*Morning or Night? - Night
*Vanilla or Chocolate? - Vanilla (though Caramel is better)
*Summer or Winter?  -  Winter
*Ebook or Paperback? - Paperback (though Hardback is best)
*Fantasy or Paranormal? - Fantasy (Because Paranormal *is* Fantasy)

About the author:
Born and raised in the middle of the American Midwest, Dennis Sharpe has been a writer as long as he can remember. His mother has told many people about the fantasy and science fiction stories he'd write on scraps of paper, and staple together as his 'books', before he'd attended his first day of formal education.

He has spent many late nights at diners and dives, drinking coffee with a tattered notebook to put a voice to his feelings of himself and the world around him, and other worlds that can exist only in fiction. The voices in his head don't ever stop talking to him, and so sooner or later he has to get out onto a page all that they've filled him up with.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Miller, Chrissie Pappas, Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Issac Asimov, and countless classic literary influences, Dennis continues with the ability to write what at a glance might seem absurd, but quickly begins to resonate with our own thoughts and emotions. He writes people we know, love we've known and lost (and found again), and places we've been in our lives and in our heads. Even his fictional characters and worlds carry enough of the grey areas we experience in day-to-day life, to let us find the truth in his words, no matter how fantastic.

These days he can be found still writing, drinking coffee with friends, or spending time with his children (the true joys of his life), in Western Kentucky.

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