Featured Post

Book Blogger - Submit a book for review!

 One of the things I love most about the writing community is the support and help I have received. Whether it be a seasoned writer who lets...

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Interview with Darryle Purcell

Darryle Purcell

 


Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Darryle Purcell.  Darryle has written the book, “Mystery of the American Yeti.”  

 

First, let me thank you for joining me.  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

 


Author name: Darryle Purcell

Web site: amazon.com/author/darrylepurcell

Mystery of the American Yeti 

Genre of book: Western Neo-Pulp

 



That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

I started off as a cartoonist. Following serving as an Army paratrooper, including a year in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I worked my way through college studying art. While in school I began selling editorial cartoons to a variety of publications in the Los Angeles area. I also made my own animated films in college, which led to fulltime work at Filmation Associates in Saturday morning cartoon programs. Later I worked a few years illustrating and art directing educational comic books and young reader books, all the while selling freelance cartoons. In the early 1980s I began working in daily newspapers, starting as an editorial cartoonist and spending most of the ’90s and up to 2005 as a managing editor. I spent my last eight years in the workplace as a public information director for a county in Arizona.

I began writing in college, but it didn’t become a big part of my life until the ’90s. I learned it was just as fun to write a column or editorial concerning a political situation or official, as it was to draw a cartoon. The majority of my opinion-page columns were humorous takes on current events. I carried that style over into my current fiction. I like writing action and adventure stories but I learned in Vietnam, survival depends on finding humor in situations. Without it, reality can become a little too dark. 


Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

I’m retired and living on a few acres in rural Arizona, where I can write, draw, work on my property, talk to the coyotes, or anything else I want whenever I want. But when I’m working on a novel, I try to write every day. 

 

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

There are a lot of things going on today in the news that are similar to what was going on in the late 1930s and early 1940s, especially in politics. Historical research can be eye opening. I also use my own experiences of dealing with angry officials in my capacity as an editorial cartoonist, columnist and managing editor. Some of my villains are very close to current politicos. My knowledge of jungle warfare, parachuting and attitudes of men in combat tend to move things along in a few of my books. My love of the wonderful B-westerns of the old days is the glue that brings the Hollywood Cowboy Detectives humorous adventures to fruition. 

 

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

I’m old. And after many years of writing and drawing for newspapers and other employers, I now write and draw for myself. 

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

If you are young, take college classes and find work as a public information officer or reporter where you will be writing every day. 

With your fiction, write what makes you happy. There are a lot of critics out there, but the most important one is you. Research your settings and create a tight plotline to get from A to Z. Develop characters you like, as well as some you don’t. But put living, breathing beings on paper and, sometimes, let their characters speak, act and choose directions.

If you enjoy your work, you will do a good job. Don’t write “End” until you are happy with your product.

 

Please tell us about your current release.

Here is the descriptive blurb I wrote concerning “Mystery of the American Yeti.”

 

The Hollywood Cowboy Detectives ride again! 

It’s early 1941 and Germany’s National Socialists have joined forces with Russia’s Soviet Socialists to sabotage the American way of life. Republic Pictures flack Curly Woods, studio chauffeur Nick Danby and western film stars Hoot Gibson and William S. Hart have saddled up to put their lives on the line for the red, white and blue in this full-length non-stop action adventure. 

The cowboys travel to the Cascade Mountains in northern California to track down information on a newsreel crew that vanished in 1929 while attempting to catch the legendary Sasquatch on film. During their efforts, they discover an ancient hidden city built thousands of years ago, which has been taken over by a psychotic madman who is funded by the Nazi and Communist regimes. The evil despot’s fortress contains a hospital of death where innocent civilians become victims of sadistic experimentation. Curly and Hoot, with the help of Bill Hart and Nick Danby, battle foreign and domestic saboteurs, gigantic metal creatures designed to kill and destroy, and an army of enemy fanatics. And then there’s the Sasquatch! 

“Mystery of the American Yeti” boils over with pulp-action sci-fi western thrills reminiscent of the amazing Saturday matinee cliffhanger serials of the 1930s and ’40s. 

 

Can you read / provide us with a small exert? 

The old man’s eyes burned with hatred behind his two revolvers, which were aimed at the five surly men.

“Get off my porch!” he growled through his clenched teeth as he kicked the front door wide and advanced toward them. 

The men, who were wearing lumberjack boots, Levis, knit caps, and heavy flannel jackets, began backing down the steps.

“Stay on the walkway!” he ordered. “And don’t step on my lawn!”

“What lawn?” a scrawny man wearing his cap at an angle sputtered. “There’s nothing there but dirt and rocks, you delusional old fart!”

A .38 caliber slug slammed through his hand, causing him to drop the timber axe he was carrying. The others quickly followed suit by releasing their large forestry tools to fall on the alleged “lawn.”

“We meant no harm. We just came to warn you,” the leader, and largest asshole in the group, said as all of the men backed down onto the stone walkway.

The elderly resident shoved the hot barrel of his right-hand weapon against the leader’s forehead and quietly snarled, “And I’m warning you. Show up on my property again and I’ll bury your mangy hides here!”


 

What exciting story are you working on next?

I recently turned in my latest Hollywood Cowboy Detective novel and illustrations to my publisher (J.M. Stine of Buckskin Editions). The working title was “Mystery at Satan’s Corona,” but that may change to “Mystery at Winchester House,” for obvious reasons.

It’s summer of 1941 and the Hollywood heroes battle against an occult evil during their most bizarre and dangerous adventure. Republic Pictures flack Curly Woods, studio chauffeur Nick Danby and western film star Hoot Gibson encounter supernatural beings, enemy agents with occult powers, alien monsters from another galaxy and a good-guy ghost from the future.

 

Who are your favorite authors?

Fiction: Craig Johnson, Lee Goldberg and the late Stuart Kaminsky.

Columnists: Two late writers, Mike Royko and Lewis Grizzard. 

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Back in the 1950s, I saved my quarter-a-week allowances up so, when I would go into town, I could buy delightful, imaginative pulps and paperbacks. Today I try to recreate the enjoyment I got from those escapist adventures.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers? 

Since I’m an old guy and most of my working years were before Kindle, I prefer ink-on-paper publishing. Right now, I have 10 Hollywood Cowboy Detectives paperbacks and two Man of the Mist paperbacks. There is a third Man of the Mist Kindle edition that hasn’t been released as a paperback yet. 

 

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

Go to amazon.com/author/darrylepurcell and select “all formats,” “Kindle Edition,” “Audible Audiobook,” or “paperback.” Many of my earlier Hollywood Cowboy Detectives paperbacks contain bonus short stories. Right now, I only have one audiobook, “Trail of the Bat Beasts,” (also available in Kindle and paperback) which is one of my Man of the Mist pulp adventures.


Another site is: http://www.menspulpmags.com/search/label/Darryle%20Purcell



Monday, December 7, 2020

Book Blogger - Submit a book for review!

 One of the things I love most about the writing community is the support and help I have received. Whether it be a seasoned writer who lets me bend his/her ear, a conference speaker, members of the writer's group or critique group I am in, book related podcast hosts, or just other writers in general, I have always felt a willingness to share and help.

If you are an independent author, I would love to extend my little corner of the writing world to you. 

Drop me an email at jerryharwoodbooks@gmail.com and let me know what book(s) you are seeking to promote. If it is a good fit, I will be happy to do an interview posting to my blog, website, and social media. If the genre is in my wheelhouse, I will be happy to read an author copy. I would then post my review on my blog and give you the option for me to post it as well on other sites such as Amazon or Goodreads.


Hope to hear from you soon!


jerryharwoodbooks@gmail.com


Friday, November 6, 2020

Reviews online and in print!

 



This month I was blessed to be reviewed in my local town newspaper. Of all the reviews I have had so far, this one was tops! Great to be supported by my local community!

I also am interviewed in this month's Uncaged Books (starting at page 94)


And while it is not live until November 9th, I was also interviewed by Reader's Entertainment. I even share the recipe for "Chicken Things" if any of my co-workers want the recipe!




The real question I should have asked

What I saw as I came home... And yes... I forgot to take the trash out this morning...


 Last night I had the privilege of joining Dom Brightmon on his Going North Podcast. It should go live in February which is exciting. At the end of the podcast, Dom asked me a great question. "What question should a young writer ask?"

The Going North Podcast Poster


I have done several interviews and podcasts. Numerous times I had been asked if I had any questions or final comments. I always took that to be the time to tell people to buy my books and visit my website. By the way... this blog will be here when you get back in case you haven't bought them yet! Just saying....


Dom's question caused me to step outside my own experiences. What would I tell to help a young liker (like myself). What question should they be asking?


I think my answer was solid, even if it wasn't the right answer. I suggested that a young writer should be asking where to find help, mentors, instruction, and other means to learn the craft of writing.

Dom asked me casually what makes a new writer an old writer. It was a longer discussion and you should listen to the podcast when it releases. He is so very insightful. The short was that a new writer is not bound by a genre.

The short was that a new writer 

is not bound by a genre.

 He or she is really free to write whatever they want. There is no fan base demanding they write science fiction or urban fantasy or southern crime novels. A seasoned, successful author sometimes can be locked in to a genre. I have read JK Rowlings adult novel. It is great. I still flip pages waiting on a wizard. I love some of Stephen King's early stuff such as The Eye of the Dragon. Even if it isn't horror. 

So, I think my response was a valid one. A new writer should be asking where he or she can learn and grow. It may even mean experimenting with other genres or styles.

However, as I woke this morning I realized that my response is really the second question a new writer should be asking. The first is, "Who do I have that supports me in my writing?"

"Who do I have that 

supports me in my writing?"


I would not have books in print if it were not for my writer's group and their encouragement. They have been such a blessing... and sometimes the necessary kick in the pants.


I also would not be nearly as excited about writing (and I think this is a necessary element!) without my dear wife. That became even more clear today.


This weekend I was set to go to Atlanta for the Atlanta Writer's Convention. A few weeks ago, like much of the world, it decided to go virtual. This was my first conference and my first time to really pitch things I have been working on. I was bummed. In addition, I have not had the time a writer always hopes for this fall to write. I have spent the bulk of my time doing edits when I have not been working my "day jobs" or running around town with other activities.

I took the day off today, presumably to go to Atlanta and check in to my hotel before the conference began this afternoon. Instead, I took my mom some of her favorite apple cider and visited. When I got home I was overwhelmed with not only how much my wife loves me but how much she supports me in my hobby of writing.



She made signs all over the house welcoming me to the Atlanta Writer's Conference! I even had a name tag (I am wearing it now!), a refreshment bowl, and a bathroom appropriately marked "Men." for me to use. It was a small gesture but really made me excited about phone calls instead of meet & greets. It reminded me that I am not attending to impress an agent. I am attending to learn, be coachable, and grow as a writer. 

It reminded me that I am not attending 

to impress an agent. 

I am attending 

to learn, be coachable, and grow as a writer. 

Someday that may mean I get picked up by an agent or it may mean I continue my relationship with smaller indie presses. Either way, I know my biggest fan is upstairs in her own telecommuting chair cheering me on! Thanks Emily! I love you too!!



Oh... And whoever is in charge of the refreshments, we are almost out of reeses cups. :-)

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Last Presidential Debate and Unicorns at Sea

 


If you are the type of person who likes to say, "There is more chance of that happening than seeing a unicorn at sea," be ready to pony up whatever you wagered. 


I can see the discussion now:

Wife: Are you ever going to clean up your stuff in the basement?

Husband: Why?

Wife: SO we can build it out into a little apartment for family.

Husband: You mean like the kids who are over 18 and should be supporting themselves?

WIfe: And their kids. In case we need to raise our grandkids.

Husband: Yeah, I'll get to that when I see a unicorn saving lost children at sea.

Wife: Perfect, I'll call Junk King and have it cleaned out tomorrow.

Little Girl Lost at Sea Found Floating on a Unicorn

Newsweek only allows you four stories before a paid subscription, so you have to choose them carefully. I always look for cutting edge journalism filled with important issues that impact our daily lives. That is why it was a no brainer to read "Little Girl Lost at Sea Found Floating on a Unicorn."

A ferry (or was it a fairy...?) discovered the four year old drifting out in the middle of the gulf of Corinth. The boat first saw the dot on the horizon. The article is unclear what made them want to approach. I will assume the ferry captain has long desired to discover mythical sea creatures. Perhaps it is the very reason he sought out a career of water navigation.


Either way, the child was saved. Nothing has been said about the inflatable unicorn. Which does raise the question if it was an actual unicorn instead of an inflated raft. We may never know, but I think we have to be open to the possibility there is a covert group of colorful unicorns that scour the ocean to save the helpless and lost. It may be on the level of other famous conspiracies such as Watergate, Russiagate, Doritogate, Gamergate, Pizzagate, Tomatogate, Bingogate, Picklegate, or Lawngate (not as well known but just as important - we must discover what neighbor's dog is depositing its fecal matter on my lawn!).

LIST OF GATE SCANDALS



Which brings us to the real issue of the day, the need for a new environmental plan. Now that we have fairly reliable evidence of mythical rescue animals we should take Joe Biden's initiative to be fossil fuel free by 2025, Well, technically we will just stop fracking... which I am pretty sure is the SyFy chanel's substitute for a curse word... or a type of drilling using lots of water.  Either way, my '99 Ford Ranger is scared. In fact, this morning he had a fresh puddle of oil under him where he had a bit of an accident.

Of course, major businesses will need to spend billions to adjust and many small businesses will simply be unable to complete. That is okay because it will prevent them from having to raise all their employees wages to $15/hour or more. Good news - they will be able to turn in their entrepreneurial dreams for a raised minimum wage with socialized medical care. So that is a nice bonus. According to Biden, they can celebrate this at the dinner table while mourning the loss of a loved one (well... a loved one lost to Covid... not to a drug related crime).

Donald Trump Explains Why Lincoln Succeeded

For some this may be a confusing time and you are looking for someone to blame. I understand.

I would offer Trump who has helped absolutely no one... except maybe my monthly mortgage payment. It is well known that Trump has a bit of diarrhea of the mouth.  Normally he isn't saying much important, but  last night in the final debate he let an important fact slip. It was clear it was an overshare. And more so, a clue that I am sure may be burning up the dark web today: 

Donald Trump named Knight of Camelot by historic hotel | UK | News |  Express.co.uk

"What clue?" you say? Trump may be a reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln. He became quite flummoxed when Biden called him to task about being a King Arthur esque hero of old returned to save or damn us.

Joe Biden is 'basically the Loch Ness Monster' says Donald Trump Jr |  HeraldScotland

Like most conspiracies, we will likely never know for sure. But if you are on the high seas and sea Trump in a tall hat brandishing Excalibur on a colorful unicorn float be sure to document it with a picture. And please, for the love of all things conspiratorial do a better job snapping the picture than the guy who took that picture of Nessy.

Sean Spicer likens Donald Trump to a wondrous mythical creature -  MarketWatch

Donald Trump Jr. shares a bizarre photoshopped image of his father  shirtless carrying a shark | VozWire



Monday, October 5, 2020


JAM SESSIONS: Winner of Literary Titan's Gold Award for October, 2020!
Jam Sessions is a Gold Award Winner for the month of October


AND I'M ON LA RADIO THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8th! LISTEN HERE:


Also, check out my recent interview with South Australian Author, VK Tritschier on his website.


For those of you who believe in government conspiracies, alien robot vampires, and such... Here is the interview without having to go to "foreign soil" websites.

Jerry Harwood

Jerry creates his own worlds, but his focus instead of other worlds is on creating worlds that children can comprehend. His ability to bring story-telling and support for the younger generation was fascinating. So I was keen to hear how he did it.

What is the hardest part of writing stories for children?

I think the hardest part is being true to their dialogue and conversation. Children are smarter and have more insight than we often want to attribute to them. On the other side, they often have off-the-wall ideas. The two together can make a great book, but you have to be careful to keep dialogue something they would actually say.


Do you like to plot out your stories, or do you prefer to free-write?

I use James Scott Bell’s system. He terms it plotting by setting out signposts. So instead of a detailed plot outline, I outline the key intersections (he uses the analogy of signs on a highway for entrance and exit ramps). That way I always have a very set goal at the end and several small goals throughout the book to give it a three-act feel and proper pacing. However, I often free-write sign-post to sign-post. Sometimes that means editing the free-write, but it can also mean changing the signposts.


Your book 'Jam Sessions' discusses some very adult themes of mental health, how do you tackle them to make it easier for kids to understand?

Thank you for answering this question. My hope is that Jam Sessions is first and foremost a good story. I really tried to make it a fun read more than just sermon in fiction form. I never enjoy reading books that are just agenda and propaganda message thinly veiled in fiction. If I achieved my goal, Jam Session will read like a book about a middle school kid for middle school kids. I am very light on the family scenario that led the lead character to move schools. It is there, but not explicit. The bullying is there, but never so heavy that it darkens the tone of the story. Of course, Phillip discovers he has panic attacks, but he also has a friend who sings the youtube sensation duck and lemonade stand song. I spent time in the counseling world and wanted to be realistic about anxiety. The statistics say that anxiety is a significant problem among today’s tweens and teens. But my hope is that the book gives those struggling with it someone to identify with more than just a counseling lecture in book form.


What has been the highlight of being an author to date for you?

This may be silly, but for me, it was listening to my book on audible. That was so much cooler for me than it being in print. Donald Davidson did a fantastic job. 


Jerry loves to connect online. You can find him at: Website : http://www.jerryharwood.com

Blog: https://www.circumlocution.net

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0863YPCD7

I hope you can take a moment to offer support for him by checking out his book, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed! 

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

3d Printed Chicken and other reasons to stock up on Haggis


 

Yes. It should have been the number one headline. It makes Russiacolusion look like kindergartners fighting over a jump rope. What I am about to tell you should be front of the news cycle. It wasn't, but that is how world domination by robots, terrorist organizations, and solvent green all come to pass. Slowly, the future creeps in one 3D printed chicken nugget at a time.



Yes, you read that correctly. KFC has announced that they will be 3D printing chicken nuggets.

When I heard, I of course suspected what any sensible American would suspect: A mass conspiracy. 

In the article I was sent by an insider in the news industry, which by that I mean he surfs the internet regularly, it clearly states that KFC has partnered with the Bio company 3D BioPrinting Solutions


KFC 3D Printing of Chicken Nuggets


In the article there was a link to the agreement between these two countries. Of course, the link was dead.



Now, you and I both know the link isn't dead. All the post meant is that they are on to me. My name is now on the KFC watch list. Just like Mike Myers was doomed to never make a good film after his declaration that the world was  run by the Rockefellers, the queen of England, and the Colonel.

So I Married an Axe Murder uncovers the KFC as one of the world's elite rulers.

Already being monitored by KFC secret agents, I pressed on. That is how important it is for me to bring you the important news of the day shuffled under the carpet by such things as BLM, elections, hurricanes, and Covid. These are all cover-ups. So I googled this supposed 3D Bioprinting. I learned three things:



1. The head doctor is also able to crush your skull if you cross him.


2. There may be rat parts in their 3D printing. Reminds me of Jurassic Park where they "3D printed" dinosaurs with spare parts from other animals.



3. While it is in Russian, it appears they plan to plant large red butterflies in everyone's esophagus to track and control our brains.


Oh, and just maybe they have mastered genetic bioprinting of vitally needed human organs that could result in surgical breakthroughs. And obviously, once you are done inventing replacement hearts and gallbladders your next quest is... Making 3D printable chicken nuggets.

To quote my source, "The research laboratory in Moscow will use both plant material and chicken cells to advance its additive bioprinting technology and produce a nugget that will closely replicate the taste, texture, and look of KFC’s original nuggets. While live animals will scarcely be used in the process, KFC will supply the lab with its seasoning and breading ingredients to attain the taste loved by so many."

So a non-chicken, chicken nugget. Memphis meats seek to also duplicate other animals. Which leads us to the essential question, "Will I still need my guns if I am hunting 3D printers instead of deer?"


And the answer is, Yes." If movies like Terminator have proven anything, it is we must fight back. Not a fighter? Then I suggest you begin preparing your palette for the rising black market meats such as chicken gizzards, cow tongue, and of course, the ever popular haggis.


What is haggis? Meat scraped off the floor and shoved in a sheep intestine of course. Why will it be the real meat of the future for those of us refusing the Colenal's recipe? Because it is so horrible not even Russian scientists can possible imitate it.



Good luck America. May you resist the addictive chemical in the chicken that makes you crave it nightly.