Thursday, May 10, 2018

Interview with Brian Paone, author of Moonlight City Drive

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11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female.

Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me …

… Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …

What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers?

I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.

… I was always easily influenced.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

The artsy, musicians, drama club, geeks & freaks. Or the real question is, what group hung out with me … 

What are you passionate about these days?

Helping aspiring authors survive the hurdles I had to jump ten years ago and making sure they land safely and successfully without being scammed. I run a Facebook group called Fiction Writing where that is my mission.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

My first two novels were not originally edited by professional editors. **THE PUBLISHED VERSIONS AVAILABLE NOW HAVE BEEN** (Just want to make that clear before I lose any potential sales.) But when they were first released into the world back in 2007 and 2010 respectively, they were “edited” by friends. What a mistake. Thankfully, I pulled all the copies off the market and when the books were released officially by Scout Media, they were edited by professional editors. I guess it didn’t really make that big of a dent in my career, but I still wish that I could magically replace every self-published copy of those two books that exist on people’s bookshelves with the professionally edited versions.

eBook or print? And why?
For me personally? eBook. I love my Kindle. I can fit a 2 million-page novel in my back pocket. I know the whole “the feel and smell of a book,” but the feel and smell of a book doesn’t help my carry-on luggage, or reading in bed, or reading when I’m shoved into the high school locker. Small, slim. No matter the size of the novel. Compact. Just like me. Now, with my readers? I still, consistently, sell more paperbacks 3-1 over eBooks. So, from a sales perspective, “Let’s print more paperbacks!!!!”

What is your favorite scene in this book?

The epicenter moment when the protagonist and antagonist make eye contact for the first time. It takes only but a moment, but it changes so much for both characters. Actually, it changes pretty much everything for the reader too. Writing a cat-and-mouse detective crime-noir story, you know there is going to be the scene where the detective and the killer come face to face. When it happened while I wrote it, I felt like the moment took on a life of its own, and I became just a backseat observer. It’s like saying your favorite part of a movie is a shot that lasts about seven seconds, but that is how I feel about this interaction.


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About the Author

Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star, Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts; a macabre cerebral-horror novel, Welcome to Parkview; a time-travel romance novel, Yours Truly, 2095, (which was nominated for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and a supernatural, crime-noir detective novel, Moonlight City Drive. Along with his four novels, Brian has published three short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology, A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology, A Journey of Words; and “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology, A Haunting of Words. Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose. He is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. Brian is also a police officer and has been working in law enforcement since 2002. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. For more information on all his books and music, visit


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