Interview with occult crime thriller author Joseph Spencer

Today I’m
happy to host occult crime thriller author Joseph Spencer as kicks off his virtual book tour for his novel
Wrage, published by Damnation Books. This is the second book in his Sons of Darkness series.

Joseph will be
awarding a $25 Starbucks gift certificate to a randomly drawn commenter during
the tour. So, to be entered to win, leave a comment below. And if you’d like to increase your chances of winning, visit other tour sites and leave comments there too.
Bio:
As a boy,
Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the
heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with
dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.
Before
Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports
journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and
summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He
covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft
Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s
Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest.
Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois
police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a
background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing
aspirations.
Joseph married
Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14,
2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation
Books, the next day. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most
vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris,
George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The
Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man,
Bridesmaids, and Office Space.
Welcome,
Joseph. Please tell us about your current release.
Wrage is the second novel in my Sons of
Darkness series. It continues where my professional debut – Grim – left off.
As more
dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls pushes Prairieville to the
brink of war in the living and supernatural realms.
Jeff Wrage
swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, to
hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife. Jeff wonders whether he can be the
executioner Abaddon requires. Their pact throws the supernatural realm in chaos
and threatens to trigger an apocalyptic fight for control of the afterlife
between the Sons of Darkness and Sons of Light foretold in the Dead Sea
Scrolls.
Orlando
Marino sees the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino
family’s stronghold in Prairieville’s organized crime scene and become a mob
kingpin. He unleashes a plague, turning its victims into mindless followers.
Cyrus’ heir is busy rooting out a traitor and is unable to stop the coming turf
war in the realm of man.
The fate of
all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her
mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the
fallen hero’s name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing. Her new
partner is reported dead. She learns the truth about her true identity and
uncovers a trail of secrets questioning her tragic past. She journeys to avert
the destruction of all creation.
What inspired you to write this book?
Wrage explores the Faustian theme of
wanting something different for your life. Several characters strike deals they
may end up regretting to see their schemes and obsessions realized. This novel
also expands its universe of supernatural characters which were inspired in
part by mythology and one of my favorite TV shows, Supernatural. Critics of my
first novel in The Sons of Darkness series, Grim,
expressed some dissatisfaction that there wasn’t more redemption for the
characters involved, and I think they will find this story a little more to
their liking.

Excerpt from Wrage:
“Dad! Is
that you?” Anna recoiled with her hands rushing up to her mouth as if to snatch
up each word of her inexplicable outburst and bury them deep inside of her. Her
whole body tensed and hunched backward like a frightened cat waiting to dart
away to safety. The frigid bite of the air gnashing against her skin
transformed her caramel complexion into a cherry shade of irritated skin.
“Seek The
Way, The Truth and The Life. The Way leads to death. Death stalks you now. You
can’t escape Death. You must face death to find The Life.”
The sea of
officers scrubbed prim and proper in their dress blue uniforms, the tartan-clad
bagpipe players, the somber clergy, and the black-suited politicians all washed
away into an indistinguishable herd being driven somewhere in the distance. The
wind swept Anna to a whole other world, one where it was just her and the smoke
man.
“Keep your
head, Rube.”
“What?”
Anna heard herself cry out her question. She’d heard the smoke man’s words echo
inside her head. They were familiar words from long ago, but she couldn’t
believe she heard them from whatever this thing was.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Malice is my third book of the Sons of
Darkness series and readers will learn more about Anna Duke while also
following a bad boy rocker, Malice Madsen, loosely based off Marilyn Manson.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I worked
for ten years as a print journalist in large regional daily newspapers in
Peoria, Il., Decatur, Il., Burlington, Iowa, and Grand Junction, Colo. I
covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, Va., the NBA
Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League
Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game. I also won an award for outstanding
writer of the year by the Colorado Tennis Association.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I wish I
were a full-time writer, but I haven’t made it there yet. I work as the
supervisor of an emergency 9-1-1 call center in Peoria, Ill. I try to infuse
some of the personalities of officers I work with on a daily basis into
characters into my novels. I basically have to chip away at my writing because
I have a demanding work schedule. I try to set a daily writing goal of 3-5
pages per day.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I’m kind of
a pantser. I go into a chapter with one idea of how it will go, but then
sometimes the characters take me to different places than what I initially
intended. My characters talk to me. The scenes kind of play out visually in my
mind like a movie only I can see. I would rather stay true to the direction my
characters are tugging me towards than some preconceived notion of getting from
one part of the plot to another. Obviously, I still get to roughly the same
places as I initially intended, but some of the details maybe different than
what I thought I would write when I started.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I wanted to
be the star slugger who helped the Chicago Cubs snap their World Series title
drought.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
My
publisher Damnation Books is offering 28 percent of all ebook orders with promo
code 289snake. Wrage on Damnation Books’ site
I also created video trailers on YouTube for both of my books: Grim | Wrage
And my other links are: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Thanks, Joseph. I’m a fan of Damnation
Books, as they’ve published a short story and poem of mine in The Zombie Cookbook a few years back.
Love meeting other DB authors and learning what they’re up to. Happy touring!

Readers, don’t forget about the gift card giveaway – leave a comment to be entered to win! (or just to say ‘hi’ to Joseph).

3 thoughts on “Interview with occult crime thriller author Joseph Spencer

  1. Unknown says:

    This sounds like a thrilling, edge of your seat, type of read! I love how you mix the paranormal and human worlds together! My family would love to read this book, so I added it to my TBL, so when my fiance' finds a stable job, or I finally get my disablitly help, I can buy it! kbinmich[at]yahoo.com

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