IndieView with Phoenix Elvis Nicholson, author of Appalachian Phantoms

If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? For the first time, I have drawn from actual people met. Depending upon my personal mood, I might fill the jukebox with Queen, Franz Liszt, Willie Nelson, AC/DC, Etta James, Styx, Alan Parsons Project, Frank Zappa, Susan Tedeschi, Primus, Beethoven, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Aerosmith, or any of a dozen different bands. Age is only a number not a death sentence. You’ll notice right away there’s no telephone in here. My dream was publishing one book before passing away. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Glad you asked. Proud of my eclectically adorned study. I did try. Thanks for talking with me. Not being very good at rejection, I took it upon myself to get all of these ideas out there quickly as possible. (CD collection of 600 and growing.) My taste is all over the place, just like the voices that inspire. I have always wanted to reach that effect. James Patterson always thrilled me with how he wasted no time in getting the action started from the get go. Served in the US Army for 9 years, US Park Police and as an officer in the Pentagon. Get your copy of   Appalachian Phantoms from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? A few passages in Appalachian Phantoms were done in varying stages of unconscious streams of thought. Or they’re not faithful to their audience. What would you like readers to know about you? Starting from page one and going to the final chapter’s end, at least for the rough draft. How long did it take you to write it? With second wife and second daughter in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Anyone who denies this is either lying to themselves or you. Many will say they’re unattainable. I fire up the huge capacity CD Changer, turn the volume up to Deafness, light up some incense and try to escape any other interference. The genesis of this work came about after meeting some folks at a birthday celebration lovingly referred to as Millstock. Surround yourself with at least a handful of people who support you and are honest enough to tell you whether your words are good or not. In honor of her age, many of my books only had 13 chapters. I started writing it soon after that early July birthday party, urged on by stories my family was burdened with. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Appalachian Phantoms is about a diverse group of acquaintances investigating strange happenings in the Bruceton Mills area of West Virginia. Do you have a target reader? Some call them muses. Where did you get the idea from? With the wonderful encouragement of my daughter, I decided to simply do it on my own. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and Frank Stockton. Phoenix Elvis Nicholson – 30 May 2017
The Back Flap
Friends from Bruceton Mills, West Virginia investigate the unknown. Anyone who denies this is either lying to themselves or you. Take your time looking around. Honestly, I found sleeping extremely difficult after visiting her home. You’ll see some influences and odd props hanging about, such as the lava lamp, the Necronomicon, the 1930 Sears catalogue, the 1920 typewriter, and of course the multiple incense burners. I tried reading a few novels by other famous authors and found them great for bringing on sleep before the second chapter. During a brief trip to a purportedly haunted barn/farmhouse owned by family relatives that had been for years shuttered. I call them friends. Oh, there are always struggles in writing. I grew up loving Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. After reaching a certain age, it becomes increasingly difficult to believe goals are more than lofty. We all know how important it is for writers to read. At times it makes me tear up. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? If not, at least I got my stories in print. For instance, with my first book, Trilogy White Stone (Book 1 Cousin Bertie), the approach was simply chaining myself to the typewriter and pounding out everything that happened. Appalachian Phantoms 2 & 3, Goblin 2, Siblings (7th part and end of Trilogy White Stone / Sky Not Empty collection), Guest Services and a few other titles. Born in Washington DC, raised in the suburbs of Forestville, Maryland. They weren’t too keen on listening, so I retreated to my study and a few months later, Tada! Most times, it’s just a matter of knowing where to start and end the story and then filling in the rest, hoping that nothing important is forgotten along the way. By the time my teenager needs a ride to the bus stop, she’ll snap me out of it and let me know it’s time to go. Don’t ever give up. Or they’re not faithful to their audience. How these and other authors have inspired me, well, I’ve always enjoyed being entertained and having my imagination challenged. About You
Where did you grow up? Anyways, yes, and no. End of Interview:
For more from Phoenix visit his website. No plans as of yet other than getting all these ideas and voices in my head out and onto paper, sharing it with the reading world. Oh, there are always struggles in writing. About the book
What is the book about? Usually, it’s all stream of consciousness. Certainly. In December 2016 it was published. Should monetary success happen, great! Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? My hope is that anyone who enjoys the hobby of reading and gravitates towards the unusual will also gravitate towards my stories. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences?  
Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Part of the process begins with the right mental attitude. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? When did you start writing the book? Names are changed to protect the guilty and easily embarrassed. You bring the wine, I’ll bring the Ouija Board. Everything depends upon the material being attempted. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? follow him on Twitter, or like his Facebook page. That’s where the work ends for that day. Maybe next time we’ll meet at your place. If so can you please describe it? Did you hire a professional editor
Oh, yeah, I sort of evaded the other question, forgive me. No moss growing here. Not a real trance, but bear with me…
Do you outline? Book 1’s cover was done by an online service, book 4 by Cheryl, the rest by yours truly. What came easily? Heh, as said before, I love the ambience music provides. As far as age groups, no. Only professional I ever “hired” was an online service for the first book’s cover. Close to thirteen at the time, she wrote on my dry erase board, “You can do the stuff, so do the stuff. (I did call in a favor by the ultra-talented Cheryl Looker for the 4th book’s cover.)
Do you listen to music while you write? I believe in you.”   I look at that every day. Also, worked plenty of odd jobs like the Savannah (Georgia) Theatre Company, Humane Society, Domino’s Pizza…
Where do you live now? Reality gets shut out and the trance begins. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Biggest impetus was my daughter. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I edit as I go along, sleep on it a bit, wake up around, oh, some ungodly hour, and then trip over the cats on my way to the study. Currently entertaining seven freeloading cats.