(I would just like to say that ALL of his books are fantastic and he has been my biggest inspirations as a writer)
(I would just like to say that ALL of his books are fantastic and he has been my biggest inspirations as a writer)
Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a “Prune Picker,” though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.
The rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, the quaint small town in which he grew up, and the colorful people who once lived there, have all teamed to fertilize his ever-churning mind with stories that are yearning to be told.
From his earliest days in high school, his English teachers saw some raw writing ability in him, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged him to pursue his dream of being a writer. In college his creative writing professors also encouraged him to mold his ability into a talent.
After settling on a career as an environmental biologist, where he’s written numerous technical publications, the stories swarming through his mind kept crying to get out. So Paul began writing fiction, but only as a hobby at first. He has recently finished his first novel,Bridgetown High, and is working on his second. Paul intends to keep letting his stories out through future novels.
Most importantly, why don’t you tell me a bit about yourself?
Originally I’m from a small town in Northern California called Port Costa. I attended the small, 3-room, grammar school there until the ninth grade, when I went to the much larger high school (John Swett High School) in the neighbouring town of Crockett.
After graduation, I attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California until the Vietnam war made me enlist with the U.S. Air Force. I served in the AF for nearly 4 years and spent most of that time in Germany. After discharge, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I met and married my wife.
I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Range Science and a minor in Wildlife Biology. I
worked in Oregon for a short time, but now we make Taylorsville, Utah. We have four children, two and two, and 14 grandchildren.
What has your career as a writer been like?
Frustrating. My novel “Bridgetown High” has garnered several great reviews. Everyone who has read it has loved it. However, few people are aware of its existence. So, a lot of my spare time is spent marketing.
What do you aspire for the future of your career?
I would like to write more novel, many of which are currently swimming around in my head, including a sequel to “Bridgetown High.”
What are you working on at the minute?
A sequel to “Bridgetown High.”
What genre do you typically write and what draws you to it?
I love historic settings. I grew up near an old railroad terminal at the end of a railroad town, with historic buildings and houses. Even as a youth, my home town combined with the rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, and the colorful people who once lived there, all teamed to fertilize my ever-churning mind with fictional stories that are yearning to be told. From my earliest days in high school, my English teachers saw some raw writing ability in me, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged me to pursue my dream of being a writer. In college, I had creative writing professors who also encouraged me to mold my ability into a talent.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I got serious about being published several years ago when the idea for Bridgetown High
wouldn’t let me go. So, several years ago, I realized I could write during my lunch breaks and began penning some of the early scenes that did not become a part of my novel. Over the years, I’ve kept up with my writing regimen of writing for a half-hour a day until I finally finished and published BridgeTown High.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. I just try to find a quiet half-hour and put pen to paper, or keyboard to computer.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I really do prefer paperbacks or hard back books, but I find a lot of my recent purchases have been for the electronic versions
Do you have any advice for young writers?
Yes. Come visit my blog on web site (www.paulwwest.com). I have been giving writing ideas and suggestions in my blog entries titled “Everyone Wants To Be An Author.”
What is your favorite book and why?
Oh, wow. There are so many. Aside from the Holy Scriptures, Jack London was my first mentor. I could name off numerous other authors I’ve tried to emulate including John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Richard Paul Evans, Dean Hughes, James Mitchner, and many others.
Favorite movie adaptation from a book?
After I’ve read the book, I rarely go to see the movie adaptation. I really prefer to read the story. However, I enjoy a good WWII movie such as “The Longest Day.” I also love drama movies if it’s not over done. Even though the current TV shows are largely police, detective, etc., and are totally fake, I enjoy the personal dramas depicted in them anyway.
You want to know what makes me mad? This is actually a good story. If you lay down the bullet points for this movie, take out all the weird BDSM stuff, and don’t make it too over the top dramatic, it could be damn good. But, NOPE, they kept the weird (fake) BDSM stuff, roided the fuck out of the drama, slapped on some shitty writing and glazed over actors, and BAM! Released a shit storm of a movie that makes me angry to this day. You know I watched this months ago, forgot it even existed, and then saw it in my feed and was like, “Shit, I watched that didn’t I? I should probably review it.” This is the most forgettable piece of garbage film that ever came about. It makes twilight look like a god damn masterpiece in film making and love. I want them to cast Kristen Stewart in the next one to add a little emotion to this movie. I want Michael Bay to direct it, add in some some explosions to grab my attention and then M Night to come in a and throw me for a loop so I don’t want to claw my eyes out watching a couple more of these… Yes, I realize I haven’t told you anything about the actual movie… The main chick who’s name is dumb is getting followed by one of the rich guys old flings and realizes he has a type. Also at some point in this they get back together and have a normal relationship which the girl thinks he doesn’t want. There is some turmoil with a different fling of his who is trying to break them up, and also a helicopter crashes. Didn’t follow any of that? Who gives a shit, this movie is trash.
Easter Egg! The Trailer! I’m serious, try to catch all the easter eggs in this ONE trailer on your first watch. You won’t be able to!
Now, I’m going to be very controversial here and tell you that I am actually quite disappointed by this trailer. It hurts me to say it, having loved the book and wanting to love this trailer, but I just don’t like it. I realize that books are books and movies are movies, but the only thing that reminds me of the book in any way are the stacks in the beginning. Other than that I know nothing of this film and it appears to me to be a CGI cluster-fuck… Granted, there is a high possibility that we know nothing on purpose but who knows? Steven Spielberg has the reigns on this and could very well deliver something a novel of this stature deserves.
Tough Shit, but with a star I guess, so Tough Sh*t is a memoir by Kevin Smith. And, if Mr. Smith is reading this I mean ABSOLUTELY no offense, but holy fuck was I surprised at how good this was! I didn’t know much of anything about Kevin Smith before reading this. My knowledge of him was that he was Silent Bob, a nerd, liked hockey, was annoying, and talked about his fatness. Which, isn’t necessarily untrue, I just have a lot of respect for him now and see the depth of his career and intelligence. Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (hell of a title) tells Kevin Smiths story from Childhood on. He tells you, in his own voice, about his trials and tribulations as a director/writer and he goes as far back as Clerks, giving you the run down on his entire career along with the doubts he had in himself, and the relationships he had. This book was meant to be inspirational to it’s readers, and tell the story of Kevin Smith. It achieved both of those things very deeply with me, which I was not expecting at all when I picked it up as a casual read. It may not be that interesting to anyone who is not a fan of Kevin Smiths, which I am NOW, but I was not before. What I do love though, is the film industry. Obviously, I devoted an entire blog and a good part of my life to it! Hearing him talk about it passionately, stirred my passion as well, and if you love movies or film, it will do the same for you.
The 100 has been one of my favorite TV shows since I first saw the first season on Netflix three years back. The first season still remains, in my opinion, one of the best seasons of television ever made. Since then however I feel like the show has been on a slow downwards spiral. Season 2 was good, changing up the whole dynamic of the series. Season 3 however left a bad taste in my mouth with Ally and the city of light. Going in to season 4 I was still excited, yet very wary of what the show would give me. I was pleasantly surprised! With bigger stakes and more on the line than any season before hand, season 4 started out with immanent death of radiation on the horizon in only six months. Not only that but people were dealing with the aftermath of the city of light, all the while having no commander and no night-blood to take the flame. In true 100 fashion I thought I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, but got every single prediction off by a mile. A new twist and turn was thrown at me around every corner and episode. Besides just bringing the show back to its best dynamic, which is the people from the ark attempting to assimilate to the ground and clans, the last few episodes were damn good binge-worthy television. The best way I can describe the last few episodes without giving much away is a hunger games like battle with stakes that will change everything. Which they did. Season 5 promises to be different than anything we have ever seen out of this show, as the season finale shows us, and because of season 4 my obsession has resurfaced.
June 17th everyone! The Day is here! AMERICAN HOLDOVERS IS NOW RELEASED! You can find the book on the Createspace site right now (where I publish my books through). Amazon and the kindle store within a few days, and bookstores across the country in 4-8 weeks! I have included a link below.
American Holdovers is my third published novel and chronicles not only my time, but, also my many friends and fellow holdovers during our time as a holdover at Ft. Jackson during a hurricane and the consequences and events that transpired because of this a couple years back.
I know it seems strange that the first and only Twilight movie I am reviewing is the last one, but, I happened to watch it recently so here I am! Twilight follows Bella, an emotionless teen, and at one point was about her strange three way love triangle with a sparkly vampire and a large dog. At this point in the series though she is married to Captain Twinkle-Face and Wolfy has accepted it. Not only that but Resting-Bitch-Face is now Mrs. Twinkle and has turned into a vampire and had a half-vampire child. This makes the leaders of the Twinkle-Bitches upset, naturally, and now all the sparkle-pires are banning together to fight… This movie is the least awful of all them, however, that is similar to saying “well, this piece of shit is good because it smells less than these other pieces of shit”. The acting of literally every person in this entire movie is bad to the point that it is uncomfortable to watch. Which, is hard to do considering I enjoy laughing at campy movies. Not only that but the story itself pokes holes in itself every few minutes and contradicts every other film in the series. Like, why the hell don’t the vampires sparkle anymore?! On top of all that the one true action sequence it the entire series, and the only redeemable part of this movie, is taken away from us in the worst way. If for some reason you are reading this review before watching every movie leading up to this one, just save yourself the trouble and watch literally anything else.