Hello Readers : )
Today I have an interesting interview with author Tallis Piaget that I’m sure you’ll want to read.
1) Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised of very humble beginnings in St. Louis, Missouri. I have always had a veracious appetite for learning with a preference in the scientific arena. I eventually graduated with a degree in biochemistry and have been working for a fortune five hundred, agricultural company as an analytical protein biochemist for the past 12 years. While pursuing my academic career I also spent many hours doing what I truly loved… writing. This scientific training combined with a natural writing fervor has culminated into a unique writing style that I am quite proud of. More over, people seem to really enjoy it. My goal is to provide people with knowledge and insight while keeping them extremely entertained. I now write for a magazine, co-host a radio talkshow, freelance write whenever the opportunity presents itself, and my long-term goal is to teach writing at a university.
2) Which project are you currently promoting?
My book, “Black Boogiemen”.
3) Can you tell us what the book is about?
If a person grows up in the inner city and works hard (good grades, goes to college, earns a substantial degree), the first action this person performs upon reaching a somewhat successful status is LEAVE. In turn the inner city loses its most important assets, leaving these areas lacking positive role models. Well, “Black Boogiemen” is a fictional story about a charismatic leader that unites all of these successful men, and forces them to return to the worse parts of the inner city to LIVE.
This covert team of men (Black Boogiemen) truly bring about change to the inner city. They first begin to affect the aesthetics, beautifying the neighborhood. They revamp the educational system making it more conducive to the young urban mind. Finally, they get rid of all of the drug dealers and gangbangers, and they force every urban youth to pull their pants up (or else). Eventually, the inner city morphs into something comparable to a Utopian Society, free of the nefarious aspects that plague all poor urban areas.
4) How did you come up with the title for this book?
I actually had the title of the book before I wrote it. It just fit so well.
5) What inspired you to write this book?
Why did I write this book? Being honest, I see the deplorable state of most inner cities throughout America. No matter what state we visit, their urban area is usually the place that contains a preponderance of criminal activity. And I truly believe that if we as a people continue to neglect these areas, the places and the people will devolve to a place of no return. If action isn’t immediate, we will see the continued degradation of our people, our state, and our country.
6) Did you have the main character’s names already picked out before you began to write?
No, they sort of come to me as I write.
7) What can you tell us about your main characters?
I try my best to show the dichotomy of man with my characters. Good guys that do bad things, bad guys doing good things. I try to make my characters as real as possible, to ensure that they are relatable. Yet I also add the flare to my characters to keep them interesting.
8) Did you have to do any research in order to help you with the writing of this book?
I performed minor research only to ensure that of the some statistics I provided are correct.
9) What made you decide to become a writer?
Writing has always been my passion. I have recently decided to follow my dream.
10) What genre do you generally write?
All types of fiction. Urban thriller, Mythical Fantasy, Future Science fiction. I have one heck of an imagination, plus some great stories to tell. It’s fun.
11) Are you interested in writing other genres?
Not really, My dream is to write what I enjoy which is fiction.
12) Do you follow a routine when you begin to write a scene or chapter?
I try not to follow any routine. I try to create art through my writing. I believe art is a fluid thing and should never get bogged down by routine.
13) How long does it usually take for you to write a book?
It takes approximately a year to write, then another year of editing.
14) Do you have a general idea of what direction you want the plot to take ahead of time or does it come to you once you’ve started writing?
Once again, there isn’t just one way I create plots. Sometimes I have it all prepared, other times it sort of coalesces as I am writing.
15) What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
I admire the wife of the main character from “Black Boogiemen”. She was able to stand strong during some pretty horrific scenes. She also offered nothing but support while her husband was in the midst of a crazy transition. Very powerful person.
16) Have you ever had second doubts about a story you’ve written? If so, have you wanted to rewrite some parts of it?
Yes, I have had second doubts about my story. “Black Boogiemen” is an extremely controversial story, full of honest information. It speaks the truth, and I know a lot of people hate hearing the truth.
17) Are there any authors you admire?
Of course the king and I mean Stephen King, Nathan McCall, Drew Karpyshyn, Christie Golden, and Walter Mosley.
18) What are your favorite titles from this or other authors?
“The DarkTower “Series from Stephen King
“Makes me Wanna Holler” from Nathan McCall
“Darth Bane” from Drew Karpyshyn
“World of Warcraft” Series from Christie Golden
19) Have you written any series? If not, are you planning to write any in the future?
I am working on a series now.
20) What other projects are you currently working on?
I am working on the sequel to “Black Boogiemen”. I am also working on what I feel will be my greatest work, “The Rebirth of Polytheism”.
21) When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
It starts with an entire concept; I just have to give that concept some substance.
22) Once you begin to work on a new MS, do you have the ending already mapped out or do you envision it as the story progresses?
I have the complete story in my head, the beginning middle and end.
23) Are there any writing styles you prefer?
There is no type of writing style I prefer, I just want to read a good story.
24) Did you self-publish? If not, is that something you will be willing to consider in the future?
25) What is your least favorite part about getting published?
Having to invest so much money (that’s if you self-publish).
26) Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Not really, self-publishing is not difficult if you have your ducks lined up.
27) Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
28) Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself as an established author with at least one of my stories on the big screen.
29) What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
The best and simplest advice I can give any author is to write… edit… write… edit… write… etc…
30) Where can the readers find more information about you?
On my website http://blackboogiemen.authorsxpress.com/
For more information on the author, book, and upcoming events please visit the website above.
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Thank you Tallis for agreeing to be part of this interview.
I wish you the best with your book and upcoming work.