Monday, March 25, 2013

The 131 Preview Review Presents Will Van Stone Jr

The 131 Preview Review is pleased to welcome Author and Friend Will Van Stone Jr

Will is a writer and artist born in Bridgeport, CT. He has always looked to the furture and dreamed of what could be. After writing a short story in seventh grade, he discovered a love of writing that rivaled his love of reading. The following year he began writing with a partner and has not stopped since.
         STORMFRONT: The Three: A Death Dealer Novel is his debut novel. He writes a weekly sex and relationship column called The Black Book, which is based on his own experience as well as those in his inner-circle, and three alternating online serials (Crescent Point, and Hollywood Harem ), all available for free on his official website.
           In what little spare time he has, he still enjoys good book (Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton being his favorite authors), watching Real3D  movies and going out with friends. He currently lives in Ansonia, Ct surrounded by character sketches and outlines, with his 25 lb. cat Fat Madison.

          First of all I want to thank you for doing this, it's always rather cool to me that I can talk with a writer of something that I have had the pleasure of reading. So I suppose I will jump right on in.

          Why did you change the name of The Three: A Death Dealer Novel to Stormfront: The Three: The Death Dealer?

Will: When I finished The Three, I already had plans as to how I would continue Dylan’s story. But as I thought about it, I realized that there was far more involved in “Operation: Stormfront” and decided that to continue the series the best way possible I would have to explore just what kind of impact the operation had on The Death Dealer universe. So I began plotting out the various pieces to the puzzle and once I knew how this particular part of Dylan’s story would move forward, I began planning his past and came up with Stormfront: Orphan.
         With that in mind, and knowing that what was supposed to be the next part written in the series would be longer than The Three, I decided to collect it all under the “Stormfront” umbrella because OCD kicks in at the damndest moments and began by rebranding the first story as such. Once this chapter is finished, the “Stormfront” installments will be collected as the first official The Death Dealer book.

          You know I get the OCD... Just how many pieces of writing are you working on right now?

Will: Um, a shitload. Besides Stormfront: Orphan there’s LeFey, a retelling of King Arthur; The Girl Next Door, a demonic torture-porn, Rapture, the second Wrath Saga book; Future Forsaken: The Fall of the House of Summers; and a few as-yet-unnamed projects. I also have The Black Book Hollywood Harem , and Innocence Lost on my site I update as often as I can. I can’t have just one thing going on. I need multiple options if I want to keep writing.

          Wow, that's a hole lot!! What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Will: I like to write scenes that make people uncomfortable to try and find someplace I’ll back away from. I believe in pushing myself past the point of no return and jump right off the bridge. It’s all about “balls though the walls.”

           Don’t I know it? More like through to the next room and then some.

Will: I have to keep one-upping myself or else I’d get bored.

          What was the hardest scene to write for Stormfront?

Will: I can’t talk about that, as it’s a huge spoiler. All I will say is that it was an emotionally charged scene and I wanted it to feel real; I didn't want readers walking away going “oh, he just bullshitted his way through that.” I wanted it to feel authentic.

       Authenticity that is a great subject, I tend to research the hell out of things. Your fight scenes have a great feel, how do you accomplish that?

Will: I get angry. When I wrote the fight scenes for both The Three and Awakenings, I reminded myself about some cock-fucker who stabbed me in the back and imagined all the wonderfully painful things I’d love to do and funneled it into the scenes.
         It helps that I'm an action fan. All those episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies helped me imagine how the choreography would flow.

         And flow it does. I've been to your website and I see you recently updated its look. Tell us a bit about that.

Will: I just decided it was time for a little revamp. I've learned a bit more CSS so I'm able to tweak it the way I want it. Also, I'm premiering The Black Book Reviews soon and felt it was the perfect time.

       Well it looks great now!

Will: Thanks!

       The Black Book. That has been a very emotionally charged series of rants, raves and screw you’s since its beginning. What does it take to become a Black Book alumni?

Will: As a general rule, either fuck me or fuck me over. Or someone else. From treating my friends like shit to publicly  announcing that rape happens for a reason will get you a guest spot in my column. I won’t just kill you in my book, I’ll crucify you in my column.

         I love it. What in your opinion was/is the biggest mistake new authors make when trying to get their work out en mass?

Will: Non-stop self-promotion and never helping out others. Getting your shit out there is vital but there is such a thing as over exposure. And helping someone else can gain you allies, which in this business is always a good thing.

       Yes, yes it is. :) What made you decide to go the Indy Route?

Will: I saw it as a viable option and said “oh, why the fuck not?”

       HAHA! So how long until we see the next installment? Will There be a follow up?

Will: I'm about halfway though “Stormfront: Orphan” and hope to have it ready for betas by summer or sooner if I stop letting my brain go “write that, write that!” After that, there’s a lot still planned and possibly more unplanned) for Dylan and company.

          Well I know I can’t wait to beta read for you... Not so subtle HINT.... HINT.

Will: Good. I’ll torture you with my terrible spelling.

         Wouldn't be the first time... Certainly not the last. :)  How are you trying to bridge the Indy gap to expand your audience?

Will: Honestly, when it comes to selling my books, I have no clue what the Hell I'm doing. I'm active on Facebook, Twitter and my personal site as well as connecting with authors and readers on an almost daily basis. I listen to those who have succeeded and take their advice on what to try and what to avoid, especially Rachel Thompson whose blogs and columns are the most helpful I’ve seen.

        You also wrote, with me, Awakenings: The Wrath Saga. I wonder, what was your favorite scene to write? Why?

Will: When Caleb defends himself against the [redacted due to spoiler] near the end of the book. I liked having that opportunity to introduce an aspect of him that wasn't really mentioned previously.

        Personally, I thought of a different scene with our furry friend Miguel. Which I will not go into as it’s just too good. Our readers will have to pick it up if they want to know more

Will: That is a close second. Writing that scene was a dream come true. When Miguel beat that fuck-tard to death with [redacted] in the [redacted, again] scene while Diabolique [seriously, stop giving shit away!]... Way awesome.

        Yeah I loved us writing that... Between your published works, and your serials the porn runs rampant, both the sticky sweaty “ooh la la” kind and the “oh, fuck me sideways with a chainsaw no he didn't type”, Why go to such extremes?

Will: Cause I can. And cause sex is a big part of life. I love sex in all its sticky, sweaty, naughty, nasty forms. And because my characters are living, breathing creations given that life by me, they feel the same way. Good sex, bad sex, the “I can’t wait for you to finish so I can never, ever see your lame in bed ass again,” sex are all a part of our existence and I love that something that comes naturally can push buttons while developing characters.
        I also want to create porn with story, which is part of why I began writing Hollywood Harem. Right there we have story-lines that make you wonder (Kalen versus Braden), make you cringe (Tyler’s rape) and make you oooo (“Fuck... Me.... Now.”).

        In regards to the instance of Tyler’s rape, sexual assault, especially against boys, finds its way into many of your works, from Stormfront: The Three to The Black Book. Why do you keep bringing it into what you write?

Will: Readers of The Black Book will recognize The Boy. He is why I include rape (often graphic) in what I write. Sexual assault is ugly and evil and a reason to never, ever get rid of capitol punishment. Be it his story or the fictional accounts in Hollywood Harem, Stormfront: The Three or Innocence Lost, I want the people who read them to want to tear the perp to shreds.
         As horrible as rape and child molestation is, I feel it’s vitally important to keep people thinking about it in the hope that it will make them want to take action.
As for why the survivors are almost always boys, that’s simply because so many people claim oh, boys aren't raped and that’s a line of bullshit. There’s this disgusting double standard. Take the case in Florida last year where three teenage girls stripped an eleven year old boy naked and posted the video on YouTube.  
           No charges were filed. What the fuck? Had the roles been reversed, they’d be in prison gripping that soap on a rope till their knuckles went numb. Instead, these deviants walked away without so much as a finger wagged.

            How unfortunately true that is. And we have often talked at length about the double standards in the law.

Will: Yet another hurdle to equality.

           Speaking of double standards, there is a wide debate going on in some circles about what I’ve heard called “The Gatekeepers” in relation to censorship and rating books like films, how do you feel about that? Especially since it would mean most, actually all of your work could wind up wrapped in plastic?

Will: I'm all for some kind of rating system for books as it would mean no censorship or government involvement in the creative process. Not all parents are as laid back about what their children read as mine were. Which is really too bad cause whatever gets a child to read is a gift. Books are a child’s greatest learning tool.
        I don’t write children’s books. I write books for people who enjoy reading violence, sex and the various parts of a sentence fuck can occupy. And while my parents didn’t care what was in the books I read (mom even offered to buy me The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice when I was thirteen) I understand that some parents, as well as some non-parents, do not want that sort of book in their homes.        
         So feel free to assign an NC-17 to my stories. Include a breakdown warning of the Strong Sexual Content, Adult Language, and Graphic Violence. I support that. But don’t dare tell me oh, you can’t write that cause fuck you, I'm doing it.

         Thank you so much for hanging out and being so honest with me and my readers of The Wee Hours!

Will: Happy to be here. And as always, naughty dreams, Stalkers.

Don't forget to check out Will and his work at the places below and click here to be taken to my Review of STORMFRONT The Three.... Until Next Time My dear Readers....
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The In Dreams... Series, The Roads Trilogy, is the accumulation of almost eight years of writing. Begun in 2006 after a D&D campaign

ended S.I.Hayes took the world and created the Unavoidable Road. It took five years as

Shannon spent many months at a time in an undiagnosed Bi-Polar fog.

In 2010, she finally found the help she needed and she has been writing feverishly ever since

The first book wast over 130,000 words, so she decided that it needed to be smaller if only tonot scare readers away form an unknown book that was so thick.

Thus the first trilogy was born.

In between she became the CoAuthor to Awakenings: The Wrath Saga, a Paranormal Drama likened to Big Brother Meets The Real World, of the Preternatural, Several blogs and her own website.