My good friend Tom Piccirilli stopped by recently to talk about writing, Facebook, money, and his new novel, Shadow Season (available as of Tuesday past). I first found out about Tom via Facebook, where I was pleased to see he'd amassed a boatload of fans, friends, and posts. Good job, Tom. You pulled me in with your platform and then when I read The Coldest Mile, you had me! Fricking awesome book!
Though I usually do my thing with a recorder, Tom and I talked strictly by email. Here's the goods:
1) You've written a whole lot of books now. How many? When did you publish your first novel and what was it?
TP: My new novel SHADOW SEASON is my 20th published novel. My first, DARK FATHER, was a very immature horror novel that's full of bombastic experimental literary fireworks with no grounding in actual storytelling. I wrote it when I was 21 and I thought I was going to be the next William S. Burroughs or something.