It’s day two of Bad Moon Rising, and today we’re welcoming one of my publisher siblings, Joseph Carrabis. Read on to discover why he thinks he’s part werewolf and is waiting for aliens to take him home.
Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
In the realm of TMI, I’ve been confused with a black bear when I take my shirt off (I’m a bit of a chia pet from the neck down), so I have the werewolf aspect covered, me thinks.
But a vampire? Dracula is the personification of evil because he’s so pitiable. Imagine a creature so driven by a hunger so strong it can never rest. Business owners know these creatures as investors and venture capitalists. I have such a character (vampiric, although not for blood) in my Empty Sky novel. Fun to write, not fun to be.
Okay, I’ll go with werewolf. I’m already half-way there. What the heck. Go for it.
Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?
People always ask me if I came on the mothership and I don’t like cornflakes (although not so much as to harm them) so I’ll go with the alien abduction. It’d be nice to go home after all these years.
Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?
Ghostbusters (original). Much better music.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I’ve studied aboriginal cultures world-wide and regardless of culture, location, ethnic basis, racial basis, mythic depictation, any of the standard concepts of self-identity, they all tell me I carry strong teacher and storyteller/storykeeper medicine/magic with my female energy being storyteller/storykeeper and my male energy teacher. Restricting ourselves to aboriginal North America, that would pretty much be spider (GrandMother Spirit) and Wolf (GrandFather Spirit). The personifications may change, the energies don’t. Or haven’t yet, anyway.
There’s lots more involved in such things and that’s a good place to start.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
A question for the mathematicians in your audience; Which is greater, Infinity or (Infinity + 1)?
Unpublished is easier. I have lots of work completed, submitted to editors, et cetera, and not yet published – 300+.
Now we ask, “How many of those are half-finished?” and I’ll include “rough draft” in “half-finished”. Maybe another 900+.
So 300+ and 900+. Infinity or (Infinity + 1).
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
Asking them out for a date. I get enough rejection from editors and such.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Wait a second…”not writing”? What is “not writing”?
What are you working on now?
Improving my storycrafting and storytelling.
You’re born and raised Hill
but got City educated and now
you drivin’ a big state issue
Buick back into Hill ’cause
you gonna show them you
what if one town you drive
through’s got secrets it don’t
want nobody to know?
what if you plan to tell City
those secrets and those
secrets got they own idea
who you gonna tell?
Joseph Carrabis’ short fiction has been nominated for both Nebula (Cymodoce, May ‘95 Tomorrow Magazine) and Pushcart (The Weight, Nov ‘95 The Granite Review). His most recent novel, The Augmented Man, is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, directly from the publisher, Black Rose Writing, and most online booksellers. His short fiction has recently appeared in Across the Margin, parAbnormal, The New Accelerator, and later this year in HDP and Piker Press.
Joseph holds patents covering mathematics, anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics. His time is spent loving his wife, playing with his dog and cat, flying kites bigger than most cars, cooking for friends and family, playing and listening to music, and studying anything and everything he believes will help his writing.
My blog – https://josephcarrabis.com