I honestly don’t remember. I know when I was younger I once wrote a ten page paper on the Power Rangers though I don’t think that’s worthy to consider my first story. I imagine it was while I was in school or during high school. I have written a considerable amount of stories so I’m not really sure what my first ever story was.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
Raylan Givens of “Riding the Rap”, “Pronto” and “Raylan” by Elmore Leonard. He’s a modern day badass cowboy/deputy who keeps cool, has wisdom beyond his years and just seems like a guy you’d want to talk and have a drink with. Not only do I enjoy him within the pages of the novels but Timothy Olyphant’s portrayal of him in the series “Justified” made him all the more real. He’s definitely a guy I’d want to hang out with a share a few drinks with.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Ventriloquist Dummies. There’s just something about them that gives me the creeps. Especially the older ones that were made back in the day when ventriloquists were a big thing just they way some of them look really just creeps me the hell out. Not to mention movies and tv shows that show them coming to life, ahh! No thank you I’m good. I don’t mind creepy or living dolls but dummies? Just scares me.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Vlad the Impaler, the real Dracula and from the book “Vlad: The Last Confession” by C.C Humphreys. In the book and of course real life Vlad was considered both a hero and villain. He was admired and loved by his countrymen being a hero however to his foes and those who opposed him he was a ruthless bloody-thirsty madman and killer. I’ve always enjoyed the tale of Dracula and the true origins of him represented by Vlad the Impaler but this book really gave an insight of his life and why some still to this day think of him as a hero and of course why he was the inspiration of Dracula. Any guy who can be considered both is a favorite of mine and the book itself was amazing, one of the best I’ve read and did Vlad justice and injustice.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
Editing and building off ideas. Editing because yes I know nobody’s perfect and I will need to hire a person to edit my work but it’s just really frustrating because no one wants to make mistakes but it’s in our nature and me personally I don’t like being told I wrote something wrong or incorrectly especially if it’s a lot of I really liked how it was written. I try not to take it personally as I know editing is a part of writing. The other hard part I find is building off ideas. Don’t get me wrong I can think of ideas out of nowhere better than anyone I know (shameless plug on myself) but after I’ve written all I can on that idea and I need to create a new one and I’m write in the middle of the story..for some reason writer’s block outweighs the thought process. I do eventually come up with something bu that first build off is hard because I want it to be just right and sometimes going with that first new idea isn’t always the best way to go.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m currently working on promoting and marketing tactics to better myself and as for writing I’m currently writing my fifth book which is a sequel to my first, The Macabre Masterpiece: Repressed Carnage.
Justin Bienvenue is an author and poet from Massachusetts. He is a freelance writer of poetry, short stories, has published three books and has a background in creative writing. His inspiration for topics to write comes to him from all different places whether it be outside, watching tv or laying down in deep thought. When he’s not promoting his own works he’s always looking to help out his fellow indie authors. Also when he’s not sitting at his computer desk writing and working on his latest creation he’s usually watching sports such as baseball and football or enjoying the outdoors during the warm seasons.
The book will likely be free for KDP at some point in October for Halloween.