INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROB BLISS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Rob Bliss. Horror or dark fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
“The Bride Stripped Bare takes the backwood freaks of classic Edward Lee and slams them together with Clive Barker and his Nightbreed world. Lots of blood, drugs, sex, and violence make this a perfect addition to the Necro family. New blood extreme horror ready to take you on a drug-crazed, chaotic race against evil.
Gord is getting married to a woman he recently met, named Venus Baer. His best friend, Chris, is invited to be the best man. The bride-to-be is incredibly sexy, manipulative, and evil. Chris and Gord realize something is horribly wrong with the Baer family and soon find out escaping the family is going to be one hell of a task. The huge family stretches around the world making a clean getaway an impossibility. But that’s just what Gord, Chris and Gord’s sister, Elizabeth, are going to try and do.
Find out what happens when the bride is stripped bare.”
I forget how I came up with the idea, except I started out with a typical event like a wedding and wondered if I could turn it splattergore.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Living in a remote place with a library meant there was nothing to do but with lots to read. I didn’t want to read just complex literary works – I needed some candy to read. I liked horror more than other genres so I read a lot of those. Then I decided to try writing my own horror. One story at a time turned me into a horror writer.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Can you tell me about your Series?
It’s not a series … yet. And if I told you, then I’d spoil all the good bits.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
The Bride Stripped Bare.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Weddings. They’re all the same in trying to be unique. I think I made a truly unique wedding. Just add horror …
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
If I’m at work, I don’t write much, still gotta keep my day job. Otherwise, I write whenever, mostly in the day, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes asleep, sometimes hungry … etc
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes. The Bride Stripped Bare.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some have meaning, some don’t. Venus Baer has meaning, but I’m not spoiling the surprise.
Where do your ideas come from?
My brain and my ass.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Sure, all genres are available for experimentation. Epic lyrical slam cyborg poetry westerns is gonna be big very soon!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding a comfortable chair that doesn’t destroy my ass!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
They’re OK. No and no.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My awesome ninja kung-fu interpretive dance skills.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Watching my alarm clock gather dust, and living in pajamas.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Have you always liked to write?
No, I hated it until I got my lobotomy, now it’s wonderful and the sky is filled with rainbows!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Get a real job first, then write as a hobby. Do not EVER think writing is a career.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I saw one once and the reviewer was right about the novel being too long and convoluted. I thanked her. I like when people say my books suck, but am unable to handle compliments.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Again, the chair being uncomfortable. Or I have a bony ass, so maybe it’s not the chair.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I don’t talk about works in progress while in progress cuz then the leprechaun will jinx me and send me to the Land of Trolls and Political Junkies, from where there is no return!!
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
You repeat questions a lot dontcha? I balance with a pen in my right hand and one in my left, then I release all noxious fumes from my cheesy, pasty buttocks and project an OM to the Great Unwashed Hippie on Planet Beta-9.
Where did your love of books come from?
As I child and as an adult I’ve been severally bored by all of existence and this has yet to wane. Therefore: books.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Poe. Lewis Carrol. Lovecraft. Tolstoy. Proust. Camus. Beckett. Douglas Adams. Ionescu. Gunter Grass. William S. Burroughs.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I have no idea since I frequently forgot what I’ve written shortly after I think I wrote it. I was dropped on my head repeatedly as a child … I think.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Yes and no.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don’t try anything, I just do, like Yoda said.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I don’t know other authors ‘cuz I live far far away.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Either ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ or ‘Screaming Narcoleptic Monkeys from Beta-42’.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Q: Why are your interpretive dance kung-fu styles so infectious and how can I too learn to dance like you?
A: Because I is what I is and no you can never learn to dance like me, ya bastard – now admit you love me, dammit!
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Go to Necro Publications cuz that’s where the books is.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you – now dance, damn you, dance!!!