Mama Asks the Tough Questions in an Exclusive Interview with Dennis Sharpe: Wednesday Blog Tour and #Giveaway @witlesslackey @ghbtours

Wednesday
By- Dennis Sharpe
Genre- Thriller/Suspense
Published By- Booktrope Publishing
 
“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”
 
  
 

 Interview with Dennis Sharpe:

Thank you for agreeing to be interrogated, er, I mean interviewed!

Honestly, I really like talking to people… and questions are usually a lot of fun… so interrogation or interview, either one, is just fine with me.

First I have to ask the most important question, the one that defines a writer to many- coffee or tea?

Coffee. Without second thought or even the briefest of hesitation. Coffee. Early and often. I have a blog titled: “Dennis Sharpe – Man. Mostly Coffee.”

On that note, would you say that authors who pen their works while imbibing alcohol or another depressant are more prone to write tragedies than someone who prefers stimulants?  

I can see where that thought might come from… but I think that the creative mind is influenced more by true emotion and experience than by depressants and stimulants. I can’t deny that there would likely be an effect, but I doubt very highly that it would be an effect on a level that would be highly notable.

It’s more likely that people who are prone to writing tragedies would be the same people who are prone to taking depressants.
That being said… I write a lot of tragic things, and I am a caffeine junkie… so…

You’ve been know to cite Neil Gaiman as an influence, and since he’s my favorite author, I have to ask- what’s your favorite of his works?  I personally can never get enough of The Sandman, I read them once every year or two.

Good Omens? Maybe?

I have everything he has in print that I can afford. Most of them in many different editions. I absolutely adore my annotated Sandman hardcover volumes. Ramadan drew me in to the Sandman… and I love it all.
American Gods… Death: The High cost of Living… Death: The Time of Your Life… Smoke and Mirrors…
How can one really pick a favorite?

Too true!  How do you feel when readers and reviewers compare you to other authors, whether or not it’s in a complementary way?

I am honored. Well, I have been so far… I have yet to be compared to a writer I don’t like, so…
Sometimes I’m confused by the comparisons, but I’m happy to know my work is being read, so it’s really a win no matter what. Right?

Lastly, you write with an intensity that seems to come from a very real place.  How much of your own experiences come into play when you’re working, or do you try to stay away from the known and delve only into things you aren’t personally familiar with? A bit of both perhaps?

I can only imagine that my subconscious processes my personal experience into the stories that it spits out at my conscious mind. I know that a lot of the pain my characters tell me about mirrors pain of my own… so that seems to be sound reasoning. I don’t set out to fictionalize my life, but what else can a writer really write about, besides that which he or she is intimately aware of?

I find that there is little difference in writing male or female voices… the only imperative is that the story right true. That the victories and defeats be emotionally valid. If I can’t identify with the story on a deep level, in one way or another… then how can I really expect it to resonate with anyone else?

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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2 thoughts on “Mama Asks the Tough Questions in an Exclusive Interview with Dennis Sharpe: Wednesday Blog Tour and #Giveaway @witlesslackey @ghbtours

  1. Good Omens has to be my favorite Neil Gaiman book of all time. My copy is almost done for, time to get a shiny new one, now that I think about it. Good interview and now I have someone else to stalk…er…I mean follow…

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