Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Bruce LeMaster
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Bruce LeMaster
Title of the book you are promoting:
1. 20 Miles I’ll Never Walk (Comedy Novel)
2. Demons, Paranormal Fraud and Phony Investigators
3. They’re Killing My Insanity: Volume 1 (125 poems)
4. My Insanity Thinks I’m Funny: Volume 2 (100 poems)
5. My Insanity Cringes From Me: Volume 3 (100 poems)
Genre: Comedy, paranormal, poetry (my poems include pretty much about anything)
Welcome BL…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
BL: A comedian.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
BL: I am a big fan of Dean Koontz, but I was writing before I started reading his books though.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
BL: No, I probably just want to stay as an Indie writer because I get to do things my own way and won’t have to tone down what I write.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
BL: That is a hard question to answer. I will talk to people about anything just to make the conversation more interesting.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
BL: That’s just how the world is anymore. It doesn’t bother me at all. I read some pretty twisted stuff myself.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
BL: People because I just hate how a lot of people are always thinking about being number 1 and not helping others. People have become greedy towards anything they can get.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
BL: Covers attract people to the book in the first place whether it be in a store or online.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
BL: 2002 when I was 12 going on 13.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
BL: The storyline.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
BL: A simple thing in life will spark an idea to me.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
BL: I am working on a few projects at the moment. One is Volume 3.5 in the Insanity series called My Insanity Is A Killer which the book consists of poems about 9 different serial killers I chose for that one and I got a few cool things also included for it. Another project is Volume 4 in the Insanity series called Your Sins Are My Insanity which consists of 100 poems. Also a comedy paranormal story called The Naked Paranormal Investigator. The last one I am working on is a little picture book, but I am including my son as the author instead of me (He is 2 and half years old) My cousin John Woodall (who is also a writer) have talked about teaming up on a few poem books.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
BL: 9 books published. I got quite a bit of stories and poems in a box. 4 of them were when I was back in high school, but I plan on re-doing all of them sometime hopefully.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
BL: I just write to write. I don’t make much money off my books when I sale them online. I make less than a dollar for each book sale on Amazon. I was part of a Halloween event where I sold and signed copies of my Demon, Paranormal Fraud and Phony Investigators and I only charged 5 bucks for the book, so I made about 50 cents on each book. At another event I passed copies of the book out for free.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
BL: My family doesn’t read my stuff because I won’t let them read most of it because some of it is weird, but they have read some of it. My friends are cool with it and ask about what I am writing.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
BL: Sometimes I don’t feel like writing from time to time, but I normally try to take a break from it for a few days, that don’t always work though because sometimes ideas will come to me and I just got to write about them.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
BL: Don’t hold back on what you write about. Write about everything that comes to mind and don’t worry about what people think about you.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
BL: My dad to still be alive.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
BL: I would go back and tell my dad to never start drinking.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
BL: I have been asked to do tv work before due to me being a paranormal investigator and had our story ready to be featured on My Ghost Story, but some things out of our hands made it not happen. If it was about one of my books I would probably handle it well, I would just want them to stick with the story and not change too much. I would tell my fiancée and son.
Thanks for that interesting and informative interview BL…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Mountain Dew
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise
Favorite Color? Lime Green
Take out or Dine in? Dine in
Camping or Hotel? Camping
Sports or Chocolate? Sports
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Favorite Food? Tacos
Favorite Song? O’Lord by Smile Empty Soul
Favorite Movie? The Crow
Favorite Car? 56 Chevy Corvette
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
BL: Any place is good for me as long as my fiancée and son are by my side.
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Bruce LeMaster’s