A LIFE THROUGH BOOKS Interview with Greg Jolley

April 17th, 2020 Press Release: View Finder by Greg Jolley

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A LIFE THROUGH BOOKS Interview with Greg Jolley

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Hoping I don’t run out of espresso. That and staying dedicated to the write while other interruptions like PR and correspondence and editing my other books need to be taken care of. It helps to write seven days a week and to put all of that aside for five hours, staying immersed on the new story. I can then handle the other sides of an author’s life with care and focus.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Lately it is a blend of Little Feat and Los Lonely Boys. I like music playing while I work, but it can’t be a distraction, so I don’t listen to songs where the lyrics cause a pause. For my needs, I want up-tempo music that quickens the heart without pulling my attention away.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Before a novel goes to my publisher, I work closely with a professional editor. While my publishers have a fine editing staff, I insist on paying my own to ensure a clean, grammatically correct draft with all questions of continuity, fact checking and story pace worked beforehand. I can’t speak highly enough of the importance of professional editing and in my mind, editors should get equal billing with the author.

What book are you reading now?

I read almost exclusively non-fiction, mostly about crimes and trials during the 1800s. The rare exception is James Ellroy and a few others. I stay far away from any works of fiction that are in my genres. I find it best to avoid possible influences that might be harmful to staying with my own voice and style. I feel much the same about reviews, which I also don’t read. Laurell K. Hamilton said it best:

I seldom, if ever, read reviews, so it doesn’t impact me. I’ve found that even good reviews can mess with my muse and me, so I’ve learned that simply not reading is the only sane way to go. My publisher will occasionally send me reviews to read and I will look at those, but beyond that I see almost none of them. Haters are going to hate, trolls are going to be trolls, there is nothing you can do about them, except not feed them.

There’s also this:

The artists who want to be writers, read the reviews; the artists who want to write, don’t.

~ William Faulkner

How did you start your writing career?

As a child and teen, I was a compulsive reader, consuming whatever I could get my hands on. While finishing the collection of John Cheever stories and with a head full of the lyrical Richard Brautigan, the idea of writing came to me causally, but stayed around. Quite honestly, I heard myself say, “I dare you.” Grinning, I accepted, starting in with a stack of blank index cards, collecting what I call ingredients. After a few months and with a hundred or so cards capturing themes, structure, the cast and locations, I started in, still not sure where I was headed, but curious and jazzed. To this day, I think that diving in without doing too much planning is vital. While I’m not a fan of company logos, I do love Nike’s.

“Just do it.”

Tell us about your next release.

Black Veil

By Greg Jolley

Épouvantail Books

 

Murder and Madness in the High Sierras

The tragic and gruesome story of the Donner Party is being made into a movie, a tale of cannibalism and treachery high in the snowbound mountains. The cast is made up entirely of children. One by one, they are dying. The series of deaths are haunting the production, each one of the “accidents” at the hands of Florentino Urbino. Driven by greed and jealousy, he is killing off the film’s stars to line his pockets by selling off the gruesome footage of the accidents.

Six-year-old actress SeaBee Danser in her black veil is his next target. She is the only one who can see through the black curtain that Florentino Urbino drapes over his deranged and murderous heart.

Can she survive?

Can he be stopped?

Will any of the children be left standing?

 

 

 

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Editing

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I was recently asked to write an article about the my publishing experiences, namely the editing processes.

Java John Z hosted the article. The full release can be found on his excellent site at:

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April 10, 2020

Java John Z “View Finder” Book Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway

 

The Publishing Experience: Editing

Revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”

~ Stephen King

Kill our darlings, indeed.

When View Finder was published, many fine and creative people played important roles: the cover designer, the interior designer, the pre-launch reviewers and most important in my mind, the editors.

Being a firm believer in the value and gifts a book receives from professional editing, I want to talk about that important of collaboration. From my first novel, Distractions (1984) through the following eleven Danser novels, I have been graced to work with passionate and creative and professional editors. This second set of eyes, with the gift and crafting skills of revision and questioning, are invaluable.

As a novelist, I live within each work for months; a daily dance of choices blended with imagination and all that I’ve researched. Therein lays the rub and the siren call – there are times when I can no longer see a plot glitch and yes, a misused word. 

Part of the delight in writing seven days a week is in the exploration of language and its musical tools: punctuation. Voice is constructed with these, but sometimes the musician is off key, having a grand old time and so immersed in the storytelling that the weed field of, say, semicolons or “ands” he or she has developed a jones for are tripping up the readability of the book.

In rides the editor, with a fresh and exacting view, who can take a scythe to that field of word grass, cutting for clarity and focus without nicking the flowers.

And let’s face it, no matter how many drafts a writer works through (I typically do three before a novel leaves the front porch), sometimes we can be blind to the fact that the 9mm Glock has somehow teleported from the kitchen table to the glove box in the sedan out back. Don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have this pointed out by an editor than a reader.

The final vital ingredient in the relationship is trust: the belief that both author and editor have the singular focus on the readability of the story. Not much else really matters.

I am currently working on the revisions of the next the next Danser novel, Black Veil, which is in the capable (and brilliant) care of Nicki Kuzn, quite simply one of the best editors on the planet. She and I will go through the book at least three times before my publisher and their editor gets it. As always, I’m looking forward to her ideas and revisions and suggestions. And making sure I don’t leave any guns laying around unfired.

All the best,

Greg

 “A very good editor is a collaborator.”

– Ken Follett

 

Interview with Greg Jolley

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Published by The Avid Reader – April 8th, 2020

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Interview with Greg Jolley  

For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start?

Anyone who wants to read odd crime fiction can open a Danser novel and start their adventure. The books are not a series; the only constant is that each is about a member of that strange and eccentric family. All are under-bridged with the themes of crime, with some trying to solve them and others merrily engaged in theft, murder, madness and revenge.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

Off and on I have haunted movie production companies, so using a few for BB’s story was a natural choice, especially since this is also the tale of a cinematographer with visions that compel his life. I also wanted to explore the criminal greed that so often sparks senseless act of violence. And the consequences of that, of course.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them? 

I wanted View Finder to read like a movie being watched. This is often my goal, creating what the French call livre de film (movie book). As with all the Danser novels, the goal is to build a world for the reader to enter, much like stepping into a cinema, where much is familiar and much is, well, strange, but also compelling. And as always, story rules.

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

First and foremost, I enjoy hearing from you. The good, bad or raving lunacy. I don’t write for the money, I write to reach an ever-expanding readership. Because I write seven days a week, I am seven books ahead of my two publishers, a gap I will be closing with Épouvantail Books as they have agreed to publish two weeks per year. I enjoy the questions the most because that encourages interesting conversations.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Building the miles of ingredients, prior to starting the write. I do a ton of research, which is always a joy. Before I start a book, I typically have 15,000 words of ingredients, speaking to the cast, theme, choice of structure, locations and motivations. By then I also have what I call the skeleton, not to be confused with an outline. While I will have scenes and events and snippets of dialog as well as all the other material, I also know that once I start in, all those little darlings are at risk, as they should be. This leads to the second delight; watching the story and characters take over and relegating me to the typing pool.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

Later this year, Black Veil will be launched by Épouvantail Books. This is a dark macabre retelling of the Donner Party tragedy as it is being made into a movie. Black Veil has two alternating story lines. One is of the trapped pioneers and their turn to cannibalism. The second goes on behind the scenes on the movie set, where a deadly and twisted movie company executive has cooked up a way to riches by killing off the cast and selling the gruesome footage to private collectors.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was twenty-six, when I wrote the novel Distractions, my first exploration of the pathways to madness and possible recovery. Unlike the following Danser novels, this one didn’t have crime as a major element. I had yet to discover the powerful sway that compulsive greed and vengeance and other sides of crime could add to stories.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in View Finder? 

The main character is BB Danser, whose life is followed as he chases a cinematic vision that he tries to overlay on his sordid and criminal real life. His life, quite simply, is a roller coaster ride through haunted houses. He’s not evil by nature, but survival calls for acts of violence as he struggles to find a way to live with his visions. At times, his ability with viewfinders brings him acclaim. At others, they are the cause of his madness and downfalls.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from View Finder who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

I would be Pierce, BB Danser’s older son. He is one of the few to recognize his father’s deteriorating mental health and has a chance to steer him from his planned dark denouement. That said, being Pierce – a future cinematographer – would also mean being more concerned with keeping a professional distance and letting the movie, the story, to play out as it must. 

 

About the Author

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Greg Jolley earned a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and lives in the very small town of Ormond Beach, Florida. When not writing, he researches historical crime, primarily those of the 1800s.

 

 

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Truth and Fiction

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When I covered the Joey Bova murder trial, my intent was to tell his victim’s tragic story in a non-fiction book: The Murder of Zuheily Roman Rosado. Prior to the trial, I read all the court and investigation reports. I viewed all the still photographs and security camera footage. I interviewed Bova as well as members of the Rosado family, the press, attorneys and investigators. And yes, I studied the autopsy reports. These more than anything revealed the full impact of Bova’s cruel and senseless crime.

Six years had been spent deciding his mental competency. During this time, Zuheily Roman Rosado’s family lived in a world of grief and loss. During those six years, the scales of justice were tilted by concerns over the killer’s state of mind.

When he was finally judged competent, the trial proceeded. Over the next few days, his guilt was not only established but also admitted to. As expected, Bova’s childish antics during the trial were a distraction, at times even threatening them with yet another postponement. Quite simply, he is one sick young man. And not too bright. Every time he interrupted with his demands for an NGI, logic and common sense prevailed.

He was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, no parole. The Rosado family took some comfort in the verdict, but faced a lifelong loss of Zuheily; a fine and hard working mother of six children.

As the day ended and the Rosado’s drove away from the courthouse, I was struck by the fact that no matter how much the non-fiction work would focus on Ms. Rosado, some light would be cast on Bova. Quite honestly, he is both unimportant and undeserving.

Watching their car cross the parking lot, the decision was clear. I chose to do a fiction book about justice, involving this and similar senseless murders, where the scales are so often weighed to the criminal’s side.

The new work is of course dedicated to Zuheily Roan Rosado and her family and friends.

 

 

“Black Veil” by Greg Jolley

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Press Release – February 15, 2020:
Épouvantail Books is proud to announce the signing of Greg Jolley for the publication of “Black Veil” in the fall of 2020.

 

Black Veil by Greg Jolley

 

Murder and Madness in the High Sierras

The tragic and gruesome story of the Donner Party is being made into a movie, a tale of cannibalism and treachery high in the snowbound mountains. The cast is made up entirely of children. One by one, they are dying. The series of deaths are haunting the production, each one of the “accidents” at the hands of Florentino Urbino. Driven by greed and jealousy, he is killing off the film’s stars to line his pockets by selling off the gruesome footage of the accidents.

Six-year-old actress SeaBee Danser in her black veil is his next target. She is the only one who can see through the black curtain that Florentino Urbino drapes over his deranged and murderous heart.

Can she survive?

Can he be stopped?

Will any of the children be left standing?

Danser Suspense Novels by Greg Jolley

Danser Newsletter for January, 2020

Hello and here’s wishing you a fine new year.

Since View Finder was launched, it has been very well received. It’s great to see BB Danser’s twisted story welcomed with such warmth.

Here are two recent reviews:

“Takes Fiction to a New Level

This is a brilliant experimental take on fiction. Each section functions as a riveting scene, unapologetic, brutal, nightmarish, dizzying, compassionate. BB Danser, the protagonist, is at once servile, cunning, driven, victimized, and heroic. A compelling read, which I accomplished in one sitting. Jolley’s work is impossible to put down.”

~ Elizabeth Randall, author of Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley (True Crime)

 


”…reads like a Luis Buñuel screenplay adaptation of a Shirley Jackson novel by way of Sigmund Freud, digs into the reader’s forebrain and refuses to go away.” 

~ LibraryThing Early Reviewers

In other news, View Finder has also been nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. A book tour is in the plans, along with a blog tour. I’ll be getting the details to you as soon as they are finalized.

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My next book, The Collectors, is scheduled to launch in 2020. This is the second novel to feature Pierce Danser, caught up in a menagerie of horrors while he tries to rescue his soon to be ex-wife, the actress Pauline Place, from the clutches of a deadly and mad collector bent on adding her to his gruesome museum.

 

I am currently editing Kazu Danser’s second novel, The Deadly Kazu, for release later this year. When that wraps up, I’ll be starting the write of Izzy, the fourth book in the Maison de Danse Quartet. Much of this book involves the real-life pursuit and capture and trial of Joey Bova, who murdered Zuheily Roman Rosado. Most all the research is completed and I’m eagerly looking forward to this write, exploring the nuances of justice.

I hope you’re enjoying the Danser novels. I’d love to hear from you.

All the best,

Greg

The Danser Novels

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Danser Suspense Novels Newsletter

Danser Suspense Novels Newsletter

December 2019

Hello and here’s wishing you safe and warm holidays.

There is lots of exciting news in the world of the Danser suspense novels. Earlier this month, View Finder was nominated for the prestigious 2020 Pushcart Awards, honoring the best in small presses.

My tenth novels is also receiving fine praise, one reviewer writing:

Takes Fiction to a New Level

This is a brilliant experimental take on fiction. Each section functions as a riveting scene, unapologetic, brutal, nightmarish, dizzying, compassionate. BB Danser, the protagonist, is at once servile, cunning, , driven, victimized, and heroic. A compelling read, which I accomplished in one sitting. Jolley’s work is impossible to put down.”

As a reminder, for those wishing to receive a free, signed hardbound copy of View Finder,  there are five copies left. It’s easy. Just visit my website at: www.TheDanser.com and leave me a message sharing your thoughts on a favorite Danser title or character.

In other news, I’ve signed with BHC Press for the publication of the next title, The Collectors, scheduled for release mid-2020. The Collectors is already being described as “A rollercoaster ride through a house of horrors.”

I’ll take that as kind and accurate praise.

All the best,

Greg Jolley

The Danser Novels

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Rave Review for “View Finder”

Review of “View Finder” by Greg Jolley

Takes Fiction to a New Level

This is a brilliant experimental take on fiction. Each section functions as a riveting scene, unapologetic, brutal, nightmarish, dizzying, compassionate. BB Danser, the protagonist, is at once servile, cunning, , driven, victimized, and heroic. A compelling read, which I accomplished in one sitting. Jolley’s work is impossible to put down.

~ Elizabeth Randall, Author of Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley (True Crime)

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Press Release” “View Finder”

November 14, 2019

PRLog – Global Press Release Distribution

A Brilliant Demise: The Strange World of the Dansers—VIEW FINDER by Greg Jolley

Greg Jolley’s fictional Danser family blends eccentricity and brilliant obsession in the world of movie making—a family often described as a blend of J.D. Salinger’s Glass family and The Addams Family.

LIVONIA, Mich. Nov. 14, 2019 PRLog — Meet the Dansers: an eccentric family with a dash of brilliant obsession and often visionary madness. In View Finder, BB Danser, the patriarch of the eccentric and zealous Danser family, narrates his life story.

“I’m often asked why I write about one family,” says author Greg Jolley. “It’s like owning a film studio in the 1950s and I have my own delicious cast members to choose from. Most of the Dansers work in the movie industry and are known for passions and obsessions. They live far outside the norms, preferring to pursue their own ambitions and goals, living in stark contrast to everyday normal behavior.”

View Finder takes place during Hollywood’s Golden Age of greed, corruption, and scandal. The son of the famous actress Elizabeth Stark, BB Danser is caught in the middle of his parent’s tumultuous relationship and his father’s crushing megalomania and jealousies. Desperate to escape, he becomes obsessed with movie cameras and cinematic storytelling. A roller coaster story of hope and vision, BB searches for the truth about himself and his family in a world of industrialized fantasy making.

Praise for View Finder“…reads like a Luis Buñuel screenplay adaptation of a Shirley Jackson novel by way of Sigmund Freud, digs into the reader’s forebrain and refuses to go away.” —LibraryThing Early Reviewers

View Finder is published by BHC Press and is available in print and ebook at fine booksellers everywhere, including Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Chapters/Indigo, and Amazon.

Booksellers, Librarians, and Retailers can purchase copies though Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertrams, and Overdrive. Hardcover: 978-1-64397-004-2, $24.95. Trade Softcover: 978-1-948540-17-9, $14.95. Ebook: 978-1-64397-005-9, $7.99. LCCN: 2018953897.

Visit our website to learn more or download available materials to promote this book at your location:

https://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Jolley_View_Finder.html

BHC Press offers attractive pricing and discounts to booksellers, libraries, and retailers: https://www.bhcpress.com/resources.html to learn more.

About the author: Greg Jolley earned a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and lives in the very small town of Ormond Beach, Florida. When not writing, he is a student and researcher of historical crime, primarily those of the 1800s.

About BHC Press: BHC Press is an award-winning independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more about this book, or other available titles, visit http://www.bhcpress.com.

  

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