Introducing author, Justin Bienvenue.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Included where you were born, childhood influences and more modern muses that coax/pummel the inner writer out of you.
My name is Justin Bienvenue. I was born in a town a little below Boston, Massachusetts. I am a friendly and outgoing person outside of my writing. When writing I am creative and hardworking, although they can all come together at times making me the best person I can be. When I am not writing I am usually watching sports or wishing I could play them. Big football fan and baseball fan and always looking for something fun to do when not writing. I didn’t read much as a child as I wasn’t a big reader and I’m still not oddly enough however I did read Goosebump books so I would say R.L Stine was a childhood influence for sure. I always enjoyed reading his books as they were fun, entertaining and scary. While I do write poetry and add zany type humor contrary to popular belief I was not influenced by Dr.Suess. I take what I see and hear around me and try to spin it into a poem or short story. I usually try to take what I see and hear around me as well as watch shows and movies that inspire me enough to want to create something of my own.
2. What is your preferred genre and what is it that has inspired you to work in it?
My two preferred genres are poetry and horror. I am very much into reading and writing poetry and I write about all types of topics when writing it. When I’m not writing poetry I am usually writing short stories that involve the horror genre. I was inspired to write poetry after writing it in high school one day as I was sitting there bored. After that I just enjoyed it so much that I began writing it more and more. My horror side was inspired by watching lots of horror movies and shows. I enjoy watching old episodes of The Twilight Zone and that always gets me in a horror/strange bizarre type of writing mode.
While I enjoy writing horror I consider it my preferred genre at times but not always. Although horror is always good to turn to because it has a large fanbase and people really dig the scary and creepy. I would say poetry is my preferred genre and I am always getting inspired and when I do I usually turn that inspiration into a poem for all to enjoy.
3. Tell us about one of your books – start with the opening sentence, then pitch it, and end with some insight as to what has motivated you to write it – i.e. themes, characters etc.
“Deadtown, Tumbleweed City a.k.a Toomswood, Alabama or the laziest place on the Mississippi, whichever you prefer since it’s on the bored of both.” This is the first sentence in my second book, “A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West. It’s a story about a town recovering from the effects of the Civil War five years later. To make matters worse a Mexican outlaw makes his way into town and tries to takeover. He tells the town they are sitting on oil and that he can make them prosperous. However he soon shows his true colors and the town realizes his true agenda and must stop him.
A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West is sinister, wicked and original. Rich and colorful characters with clear motives and agendas but also strangers with a shifty and suspicious demeanor. A gritty, grim and gruesome tale of steady paced wild west horror with dark imagery soaked in carnage. If you like your characters a shot away from death or walking corpses fresh out of the graveyard then check out A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West.
I was motivated to write this book after watching one too many horror movies. To top it off I also saw a few Clint Eastwood movies and then it hit me, why not write a Western horror. I myself enjoy a good Western, feel their underrated and wanted to write something unique that not too many people write about. The catchy title came to me one day and then I sat down and began writing it and there was no turning back. My thoughts poured onto the page as fast as a cowboy who has a quick draw and it helped a lot having inspiration come from two different genres. The setting is one many can appreciate as it’s set in a good ole fashioned Western town with all things that make it so. My two main characters Emerson Shaw and Javier “Bones” Jones are total polar opposites but they feed off each other and make each other better. Readers will definitely be intrigued to find themselves torn between who to root for.
4. What’s the next project and what is your writing process to produce it?
My next project is another book of poetry called, “Like A Box of Chocolates” It will contain poems about all different kinds of genres. I’ve been in the process of writing it for a few months now. Just needs some touching up, a few fixes here and there and then of course the editing and formatting process. It’s expected release will be around the beginning of next year.
5. Marketing, marketing, marketing – what is your strategy here to ensure that this becomes your day job?
Well this has become my every day job and I have a very simple strategy, a little promoting and marketing everyday. However I have had computer issues that have prevented me from doing this. When I am able to get on and do some work I find that marketing a little bit each day to be very productive. I write down what I want to do, what I want to say and sometimes who I want to reach. After I do that I get to work and see how much I can get down, if I can’t I make another note of it and try the next day. It can get a bit frustrating at times but I know if I just set my own goal, pace and have patience then I am confident that my strategy will work.
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