Hello, I’m happy to welcome ecclectic author Justin Bienvenue on my blog today.
What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.
I write in many different genres. I’ve written a dozen short stories or so each in different genres such as horror, science fiction, crime, romance, mystery, etc. I’ve written in three different genres when it comes to my books. I’ve written poetry, western horror and a crime thriller.
My first book is called The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore. True to its title it is a book of 50 horror poems within 5 chapters each a different level or type of horror.
A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West is a post Civil War Western about the small fictional town of Toomswood. The town are trying is trying to recover from the war when a slick Mexican outlaw comes into town with a deal but is really out to cause trouble. It’s up to a young man by the name of Emerson Shaw to stop the outlaw with help from the town.
Like A Box of Chocolates is a book of poetry within several different genres. The book not only has many poems in different genres but also has many different rhyme schemes.
Opium Warfare is a Crime Thriller set in 1920’s Shanghai. It is about the rise of opium from underground obscurity to public prominence.
What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
Right now I am currently promoting Opium Warfare. To talk more about it, the book follows the life of young local dock worker Ryu Tsang and businessmen Shin Shaojin. Ryu has noticed an odd change in the city of Shanghai and wishes to find out more about it. Shin Shaojin claims he will make the city better by any means necessary. Two men with two unique objectives but one common sinister motive behind them..opium.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
My writing process is organized and strategic but at at times can be hectic. I always try to have a plan in motion and a solid foundation and clear mind in order to write. My writing is fueled by my mostly odd and creative mind that pushes and pokes at me non stop as it demands to have it’s ideas put onto paper. My writing is also fueled by poetic randomness and the need to strive to make it known. I like to think my thoughts and writing are entertaining and it’s this idea that I want people to enjoy the writing that fuels me.
What is your favourite scene in your book?
I have a few scenes in the book that are my favorite but there is one scene that I think is really symbolic. It is a scene that takes place between Ryu and Shin Shaojin. Shin Shaojin tells Ryu a story about a man who would visit a Wisteria tree every day for a week and on the last day the man found the tree was dead and that he never visited the tree at all but was in an asylum the whole time.
What’s the best part of being a writer?
For me the best part of being a writer is that I get to do what I’m good at, I get to do what I love. Nothing makes me happier then when someone tells me they loved or enjoyed my book and that makes me feel like I’m where I should be, I’m doing what I love.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I want them to be entertained and educated. I want their minds to be blown and their look on books forever changed. For them to appreciate and value all I put into my novel and them enjoy it so much at the end that they truly appreciate everything I put into it.
How do you market your books?
I market in many different ways. I use social media, do giveaways, create promos and book trailers and also interact with fellow indie authors. I do guest posts and interviews such as this one and I also have a list of 71 ways to promote and market your book that I am currently tackling in hopes of broadening my horizons in the marketing world.
What challenges have you faced in your writing and how did you overcome them?
I’ve had my fair share of writer’s block, rejection and bad decision early on in my writing when I went with a poor publishing company. I still have writer’s block every now and then but for the most part I try not to force my writing and I take time to plan and think things over instead of writing so much to the point where I run of out of things to say. Rejection is simple to get over I just cut my loses and moved on to the next project or looked for someone who was more accepting to my work. As for the publishing company I was fortunate enough to get out of the contract with a small legal lawsuit. So I’ve had my fair share of challenges along the way.
If you could travel through time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back to Egyptian times, 1940’s Chicago or the Wild West. I am a big fan of Egyptology, am into the whole historic mafia scene and I enjoy westerns so I would want to enjoy and experience all these times for myself to get a better feeling and understanding of them.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
The ability to sell more books! Lol. I’m kidding though in a perfect author world that would be it. I would want the ability of teleportation. The ability to teleport myself anywhere in the world and I would not have to rely on any source of transportation.
Thanks for being here Justin. I have to agree with you about how powerful it is when someone enjoys your books.
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