Brian is not just an author, he is also a professional copy editor, publisher, vocalist in several bands, and police officer. He is a man of many talents. Somehow he manages to do all of these jobs quite well and with a smile on his face. Brian has been extremely helpful to my career this year, and I know I would not be getting published in AJOW if it were not for him. I am honored to consider him a friend.
Author Name: Brian Paone
Title of your AJOW story: The Whaler’s Dues
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: An unquenchable love for an unobtainable stripper. A stolen mandolin. The rattlesnake trail. A journey on a whaleboat. Heavy water. A secret infinite world of cursed islands. An ancient legend. A changing of the guard. Strange avenues … the whaler’s dues.
What inspired you to write this story? Jethro Tull’s “Rock Island” album
How long have you been writing? I wrote my first short story in 7th grade in 1988. My first published work was a novel in 2007.
What genre do you usually write in and why? I write exclusively in a genre called rock fiction, which is a sub-genre of musical fiction, when a single song, an entire album, or the span of a band/artists complete work is turned into fiction, using the literal lyrics to directly create the plotline and story arc, and usually the title of the book/story is taken directly from the song/album that the work is an adaptation of.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? A short story for the 2017 anthology, “A Haunting of Words,” which will be an adaptation of Porcupine Tree’s album, “Fear of a Blank Planet.” And my next novel that I am currently writing is about the eight months my wife was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, and left me home alone with two toddlers. Every night I would send her an email, usually quoting song lyrics from our favorite bands at the end. I am compiling all those songs, and will use those specific lyrics to drive the story forward.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Beware the procrastination demons.