TA: First off, thanks for taking the time to do this after such a busy weekend. Can you tell us about the first story you've ever written and/or that moment when you knew you wanted to write for a living?
TA: Now, I've just started your Darkened Hills series (and I must say I'm pretty creeped out so far). Tell us about how it came into fruition.
GLV: In 2009, I released my last (latest) musical album called "Somewhere Down The Road." We shot a music video near Boston and I was in the process of setting up this elaborate musical comeback when three things happened within a short time of each other: my wife gave birth to our first child, my dog died, and my mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.
TA: Many argue the pros and cons of independent and traditional publishing. What are your views on the subject based on your experience as an independently published author?
GLV: The publishing industry is changing in a way that is moving from traditional publishers and more towards independents. It has become easier for a person to self publish their works through venues like the Kindle Digital Platform and Smashwords and writers are starting to gravitate toward the idea of using their energy to write versus pitching the story to countless traditional publishers.
TA: Stemming from the last question, what would you say has been the biggest challenge in your career as a writer?
GLV: I truly cannot speak for the industry as a whole (or the population as a whole, for that matter), but I am seeing a 'dumbing down' of groups who should be reading, and are instead turning to other forms of entertainment (movies, toys, autograph collecting, games the Internet, etc.) to distract them.
TA: Now, I see you also do music. Tell us a little about it.
TA: Do you have a specific writing process?
GLV: My writing technique has matured over the years. For short stories, I simply write in stream of conscious and go back and polish. For novels, however, I start by writing the plot, and than storyboarding each chapter - core things that need to happen in each chapter to accomplish the plot's objectives. Then, I go back and write in the chapters.
TA: What's next for you and where can you, your books and music be found?
GLV: I am currently working on a crime/underworld novel called St. Albans Fire, which is set in the Charleston area of West Virginia. I don't have an exact date for release, but it is still a few months out.
You can also shop for Gary's books at your favorite local independent bookstore:
Gary Lee Vincents' "Passageway" on IndieBound
My short story, "The Cemetery by the Lake" is now available at Smashwords as a FREE download. More retailers will follow, but Smashwords is pretty compatible with most e-reader and PC formats.
Tiffany Apan at Smashwords
The Cemetery by the Lake at Smashwords
and Barnes and Noble NOOK
My music is also available at CDBaby
Tiffany on IMDb
The Birthrite Series Website
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