The Writer’s Voice: Brian J. Smith

Welcome to The  Writer’s voice where we would be interviewing the author behind our featured book Dark Avenues, yes, with us here is Brian J. Smith and he’s going to tell us a little more about him.

So to begin this interview, our first question is a little emotional, we want to know what is the first book that made you cry?

 The Green Mile by Stephen King.

I have to agree with that, that was one of my best reads and never fails to bring me to tears. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

The Love markets. I’ve been published through these markets on several occasions and where it has gotten me attention (the same story that was published on the e-zine was done as an audio file) but it doesn’t keep a roof over your head, food on the table nor does it keep the lights on. It helps the editor but it doesn’t help YOU, the one who spent all of that time writing the story.

Wow, I didn’t even know that such a practice existed. It sounds awful. What would you say are common traps for aspiring writers?

 Submitting. You don’t know who you’re dealing with until it’s too late. I wrote a story back in 06 and it was accepted by “Shadowland Magazine”. I was so excited about it I couldn’t contain my joy because it would’ve been my first sell (which happen later on that year when Drabblecast published one of my short stories as an audio file). I waited and waited and waited and never received anything. No check, no magazine. Nothing. I didn’t like chalking it up as a loss but I had no other choice.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Original. I want to reveal our inner fears in a different way. I want the shadows on the walls, the pipes creaking and the slightest movement at night to be interpreted in a different way. I didn’t just want to do a plain ordinary haunted house story but I wanted to do a haunted house story that was different than what people were used to.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

 A Hell Of A Woman by Jim Thompson. I read that book twice a year every chance I get. He gets a lot of praise from his other novels, The Killer Inside Me, Pop. 1280 and The Getaway but Woman is an outstanding novel for its time. Greed, blackmail, sex and betrayal all rolled into one neat package.

Twice a year, wow, that’s impressive. And unfortunately, that concludes todays segment of The Writer’s voice.

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