Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Final Victim - author interview - Larry Jukofsky




Welcome to The Writer's Life, Larry.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

 I am a retired M.D. I wrote out of boredom at age 86 


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

I wanted to create a different type of vampire that was completely different from blood sucking and maiden attacking creatures, yet it is still a vampire but not repelled by usual things and not done away with by usual methods


What kind of research was involved in writing (please italicize book title here – no caps or quote marks)?

The only reference used was Dracula by Bram Stoker but my monster is a completely different one.   As far as reading about recent vampire creations I definitely did not write mine to be similar in most respects and it isn’t.


Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

Applied to several publishers and then read about Graveyard Publishing which only does things of a paranormal nature and they responded positively  Scott there was a wonderful editor


For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

About four or five months

Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

I never had an agent. However, I am seeking one for next book though.

Do you plan subsequent books?

I  just finished long novel about coming of age of six boys                         

Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

My den sitting at the computer

If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

An ad in the New Yorker

How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

If I don’t who will?  I am depending on Rebecca to carry on for me.


What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

I  never thought about giving up   at my age why worry about success if it comes great if not so what

Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

Keep trying and try to be different in what you offer.

Thank you for your interview, Larry.  I wish you much success!



About The Final Victim

He cursed the Germans at the moment of his death in the death camp in Poland during World War II, that he would seek his revenge.  Fifty years later he is unearthed perfectly preserved and shipped to South Carolina island where he will be re-buried and officially recognized as the tribute to the massacre of the Jewish people in World War II.  While in transport on the island he rises from the dead and stalks his first victim; the German soldier who thinks he had done a successful job of hiding in public. Having changed his name getting rid of his accent and becoming the largest donor to the Jewish memorial one man Karl Licht is hunted and killed. 
Unable to find any blood at the scene the police of this small tourist town are completing baffled about this mysterious death.

The only evidence at the scene is what they have labeled as a big dog print. But, the questions remain who or what killed this man? Why and how did it enter a locked house without leaving prints? Why is there no blood at the scene or in the body?  What is the motive for the killing of this prominent citizen?  Who or what is the next target for this mysterious creature? From the death camps of Poland to the steamy shores of South Carolina, the author guides you through a macabre vampire tale of murder, intrigue, and revenge in “The Final Victim.”

Read the Excerpt


For some reason, Rudy was uncomfortable tonight, physically and mentally. Transporting a coffin was a new experience. It frightened him. Superstition played a large role in his limited educational life. Here it was dark, stormy, and he was delivering a corpse. The route took him through wooded and desolate country, with hanging Spanish moss casting eerie shadows as he drove by. His bright lights were on, only being dimmed when a car came from the opposite direction. The lightning and thunder added to the unease caused by the downpour. Rudy’s grasp of the steering wheel was quite tight. The rhythmical beat of the windshield wiper was his only entertainment as the radio had not worked in quite some time.

Rudy was horrified when a bolt of lightning seemed to strike the ground quiet close to his truck. It took considerable effort to hold the wheel firmly. Through the rear view mirror he could see no flames and concluded no damage had been done to his cargo. The dead guy in back wouldn’t mind a jolt or two anyhow, would he?


Thinking the better of his decision to continue driving in this downpour, he pulled over to the side of the highway.  It was when he turned off the motor that he realized he was not alone in the truck. He had a passenger seated alongside him.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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The Writer's Life Interviews Daren Krupa author of Such a Nice Boy



About Daren Krupa
A native of New York State Krupa grew up in Phoenix and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, waiter and telemarketer.  At least a dozen novels presented themselves throughout his life.  Such a Nice Boy is the second he wrote and the first to be published.  Krupa lives in the Sonoran desert.

Welcome to The Writer's Life, Daren.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: I was a Phoenix newspaper reporter and editor 1967-77.  I spent the Eighties on beaches and the Nineties on the West Coast marketing medical device technology.  I finished my first novel in 1984.  I’m currently working on the next novel.  Writing has made me its willing prisoner for more than forty years.


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: Such a Nice Boy is about a man who leads a gay life because he’s afraid of his feelings for women.  It’s a lifelong conversation I’ve been having with myself about sexuality.  I’ve wanted to write a contemporary gay-straight romance since my early Twenties, when I was dating women and made myself admit I liked looking at guys.

What kind of research was involved in writing Such a Nice Boy?

A: They say write what you know.  Still it took almost eleven years to say what I had to say.  Maybe admit what I had to say is better.  For the story’s setting I spent time in Denver, CO, and became familiar with its employment discrimination laws, geography and plant life.  And of course I plumbed my soul like most artists do, but that’s not called research.

Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

A: It’s been no more or less difficult than it is achieving anything worthwhile.

For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

A: I self-published.

Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: Funny you should ask that.  Having self-published I would like to tell you I’ll know soon.  But the book publishing industry is evolving rapidly.  I could end up never knowing.

Do you plan subsequent books?

A: I have two or three more in mind.  One is in the works.

Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

A: I wish I could document all the ideas for Such a Nice Boy that I came up with while staying in Motel 6s.  I wrote the pivotal chapter in a Bellingham, WA, M6 while visiting my nephew at school.  Also I made my home study a place of contemplation and inspiration.

If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

A: A two-month Pump Up Your Book tour and guest spots on Ellen and The View.

How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

A: Self-promotion is not important to publishing success; it’s essential.  I’m old school using new technology.  I’ve e-mailed press releases to 2,000 media in US, UK, Canada and Australia and contracted to increase my online presence. 

What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

A: They either weren’t bitten or are immune and their passions lie elsewhere.  The only way to find out is to write.  Like anyone I’ve spent time disillusioned and disappointed.  I wondered many times if I should give up writing Such a Nice Boy.  I realized I couldn’t.  At worst I had to give it a few months.  Then I would end up literally fleeing back to it.  And it was always there waiting with open arms and my mouse and keyboard.

Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

A: Anyone can self-publish these days but it’s still difficult to write a good book.  It takes persistence, love of the written word and the help of good editors.  Also a burning in your gut, not to be confused with acid reflux.

Thank you for your interview, Daren.  I wish you much success!

A: Thank you so much for this opportunity.