Recently, I went on a cross country road trip by myself. The first time I went, I nearly went insane! The second time, however, I did some research and asking around on ways to make it better. Sure, road trips with friends are amazing I’m not going to deny that at all. But, something can be said about hitting the open road by yourself to. A chance to clear your head, live by your own time-clock, and have a good ole adventure! Although, if you go about it the wrong way, you will go insane. Well, I’m here to help.
1. Make a few playlists before you go. Put some rock, rap, Arabian folk music, or whatever weird stuff you’re in to! Its your trip, and no one is there to judge you on your messed up listening habits.
2. Mix it up a bit! A person will go crazy listening to that much music and nothing but music. Try some stand up comedy and get a good laugh. Find a book you have been wanting to read and throw that in your tape deck (or on your phone if you are under 70). Podcast’s work too, they are a great way to fill time, and if you find the right ones, a lot of fun! My personal favorites are Ear Biscuits, Dear Hank and John, and The Cracked Podcast’s.
3. Don’t look at it as a whole. Break your trip up into chunks! Find a spot on the map, maybe a few hours out, and look forward to that. If you are counting down twenty hours, it seems like FOREVER. If you count down four hours until you get to sit down for a meal and stretch your legs it won’t seem so bad.
4. Pack snacks! Pack whatever your heart desires. Beef jerky, gummy bears, bagel bites, or even anchovies. It’s your trip!
5. Even though you have snacks, stop for food or coffee whenever you want. A twenty-two hour trip isn’t much different than a twenty hour trip. Plus, having a break from the freeway is always nice!
6. Talk to people. Get a blu-tooth of course, but make sure to talk to people. Call your mom, your best friend, or that collection agency that you have been dodging for months. It’s nice to have some time to yourself, but talking to people really makes the time go by quicker.
7. Talk to yourself! You are going to go crazy either way, Embrace it! Sing at the top of your lungs. It’s a long, long drive, and you are going to have to get comfortable with yourself.
I’m very happy to have “sat down” with a fantastic author and person, Vincent Morrone. His new book Torn Away released May 24th and he has graciously agreed to give away 1 FREE PDF advanced reader copy to a lucky person who likes, comments, or shares this interview on WordPress, Facebook, or twitter within the first week. On top of that someone will also enter the drawing for an audio book of his acclaimed novel Vision Of Shadows. Enjoy my interview with him.. Like, comment, and share!
Why don’t you give us a short rundown on your new book Torn Away?
Here’s the short blurb:
A man will face his worst fear: going home.
Nine years ago, Drew Duncan was arrested and charged with murder when his high school girlfriend disappeared. After being held for months for a trial that never came, he was released and left town, leaving his two sisters behind. When one sister is murdered, Drew is determined to protect her young son and find her killer. He’s faced with a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for leaving, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room and an entire town who thinks he got away with murder.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write a book that was a planned trilogy, where the story expanded with each novel. In book one, we explore Drew first and foremost. By book two, we get to see a lot more of Ashley. And in book three, their childhood friend who is present in all the books, Lily takes a more starring role.
Plus, I wanted to explore surviving the intense abuse that these kids went through. And how they each come together for Kelli’s young son, Cole.
What kind of research did you have to do?
I had to research to make sure being arrested for murder, even if the charges were dropped, would keep you out of the armed forces. Plus I did some research on tattoos.
How long of a series do you anticipate for Torn Away?
3 books. Torn Away, Torn Apart, and Torn to Pieces. Book 2 is started and recently during a writer’s conference, a former senior editor at The Wild Rose Press got the read the opening and said she had one word for it. “Wow!”
How difficult has the marketing process been?
It’s always a challenge when you self-publish. My works generally are well received, but getting it out there and noticed is a challenge.
So about you. Do you write full time or part time?
Part time. I work full time and have twin daughters that are about to start college. I write when I have the chance.
Did you always see yourself as an author?
I’ve always been very creative, and wanted to be an author since high school, but I sort of put the dream aside for some time during and after college. I got back to it about 10 years ago and finally got published with my debut novel, Vision of Shadows.
Is there any other genre you might want to take a crack at?
I’ve got 3 books out in the Vision series, with 2 more on the way. They’re a Young Adult/ Paranormal Romance.
Bristol Blackburn is a teenage psychic who is about to meet the boy of her dreams. Literally. Will he be the love of her life? Or the end of it?
I have another standalone book, Just Breathe that did pretty well. I see myself moving more towards books like Torn Away, heavy on the suspense. Less YA, although young adult will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve also got my sights on a zombie book, at some point, but with a healthy dose of romance and suspense.
I understand you are a family man. How has that affected your writing?
My daughters are my biggest fans. One daughter wants to be an author as well, and she and I have a book we’re writing. We’ve actually completed it and we’re going back and forth with edits. It’s called Lost Magic. The other daughter doesn’t write, but loves to read my stuff.
What made you decide to sit down and write your first book?
Actually, I tried back before I was in high school, but that didn’t work out. It was a science fiction book where aliens had taken over the Earth and we were all slaves. They had implanted something so nobody cared, but a few people were immune to the effects and they went on the run. All I had was them moving around and finding others like them.
In high school, I wrote a bunch of short stories and tried my hand at a few horror novels. I completed those, but in retrospect, they weren’t very good.
Then around 11 or 12 years ago, I wrote a book called Charlie Trouble Returns to Dragons Pride. It was a YA fantasy book that my daughter’s loved, but it wasn’t polished at was way, way too long.
Vision of Shadows, which is my first book to come out on audio recently, was the first one published.
If you could be the original author of any book, which one would you choose?
The Harry Potter books!!!! Love JK Rowling’s magical world!
What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?
That’s a hard one. I love the Harry Potter movies, but the books are so much better. Maybe Jaws or Silence of the Lambs.
And finally, what are you working on now?
Book 2 of the Torn series is my main focus. I’ve also have a release coming up in September called The Red Strokes, part of The Hotel Paranormal anthology series. Basically, different authors write a romance where supernatural creatures interact, get into an adventure and of course, fall in love. At some point, they have to come to a hotel that caters to the paranormal. I actually got to contribute a lot towards the hotel staff.