I’m so excited to have the delicious Patrick C. Greene in the house today! For the Wrapped in White anthology, Patrick chose to explore an old character to find inspiration for a truly naughty ghost. Let’s find out what happens!
The Curse of Kirby was the second story I submitted for Wrapped. The first was rejected by the publisher–my wife. It was good, but not ready for publication, and in all honesty, probably not for everyone. I had to be a part of this anthology because the other stories coming in were just so damn good and I wanted to have one standing beside them.
I truly enjoyed this story, it had an interesting twist a reader wouldn’t expect – lots of exploding body parts! Where did the inspiration come for the angry ghost?
Kirby’s inspiration came from distant memories of a Spider-man villain named Hammerhead, a brutal mobster, who was not quite killed but separated from his physical body somehow, yet he could interact pretty well, if I recall, in the physical world. I was imagining what a brutal, murderous gangster could do if he wasn’t hampered by physical laws.
I see you have several publications now available on Amazon. Which character is your favorite among them and do you have plans to bring them back to the limelight in another story?
Great question! Actually, one of my favorite characters is a fellow named Clyde from one of screenplays. The world will meet him soon enough–may already have, in fact, if his raison deitre’ holds true. But as for my published fiction prose works, young Chuck from PROGENY is probably the one because he is based on my oldest son Deklan, who is one of my favorite real people.
How do you spend your time when you aren’t writing?
My non-writing time is mostly spent at the gym. I’m a bit obsessive about fitness but I guess it beats drugs. I’ve always enjoyed martial arts and weight training, as I feel they keep the creative juices flowing and sharpen my mind. I’m writing a web series called The Outside Man that will feature a lot of martial arts scenes and heavy drama. In addition to horror I also love kung fu and samurai films so this series will be my tribute to them and their stars.
Do you have a specific playlist you listen to while you’re writing? Do you find different types of music can help or hinder tapping into a specific mood?
I have a few different playlists, categorized for different occasions. There is a dark ambient playlist that really creeps me out perfectly for writing atmospheric scenes. Anyone who is interested can find that here: Patrick’s Creepy Playlist I also have playlists of horror movie themes and various sub-genres of metal designed for any mood. 🙂
Here a couple of silly questions to bring out the human side of your life –
a) If you were a dessert, what would you be and how would people react to it?
Ha! If I were a dessert, it would probably be something gritty and gristly and filled with a bunch of stuff that had no business in a delicious pastry or cake. Is there such a thing as broken glass pie?
b) Do you find inspiration for your stories while mowing the lawn or driving to work?
Ideas and inspiration is always lurking around the corner, ready to pounce when I’m least prepared. Just before I doze off for instance, or while I’m watching a crappy movie. Mowing the lawn–pretty sure that has happened. The combination of gas fumes and twin whirling blades that could slice though flesh and bone at the slightest contact would lend themselves to writing gory horror I would think.
What’s on deck for Patrick in 2014? Any new releases we can look forward to?
2014 will be a huge year! In addition to The Outside Man, my sophomore novel The Crimson Calling (Hobbes End Publishing) is dropping, probably just in time for Halloween. It’s a vampire thriller and the first of a trilogy. A Piece of Miracle (Sekhmet Press) is a horror novella that grew from a short story I wrote years ago. It is currently being fully illustrated by Audrey Lynn Brennan. It’s a fascinating collaboration and I’m really excited about it. Several screenplays are in development–but it’s too early to discuss them just yet. The Crimson Calling is getting the final polish, so I expect to finish my newest project Under Wicked Sky, an apocalyptic thriller novel, before year’s end, (and hopefully snag a great agent) along with a talonful of short stories.
Finally, since we are all lovers of the horror genre – what is your deepest and worst fear? How do you cope with this fear or prepare to handle such a fear?
My fears are mostly rooted in loss–of my home or family or physical abilities, so these have to be molded into metaphors. Really, writing, exercising and being consciously aware of just how fortunate I am and how meaningful my life is are my coping mechanisms. Hearing from fans, even with criticisms, is a profoundly powerful experience. It makes me feel connected to those who must be like me in some way, if they find resonance in my writing.
Want to learn more about Patrick?
Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. Living in the rural periphery of Asheville North Carolina with his wife, youngest son and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he’s not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard. In addition to his novel PROGENY, and the short story collection DARK DESTINIES, Greene has several FILM projects in the works, and just finished writing his second novel – THE CRIMSON CALLING -the first in the action-adventure vampire trilogy, The Sanguinarian Council.
Where can your readers find you? Please list a website and any social channels you prefer to connect to your readers.
You can keep up with Patrick at www.patrickcgreene.com or http://www.facebook.com/patrickcgreene
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