Writing Advice: Answering a Goodreads Question.

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What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

 

My advice is to stay true to who you are. Tell the story that you want to tell. There are plenty of people who try to write to an audience or that try to write a story they think will sell. That might work for a bit, but you chance losing yourself, your voice.

Don’t get complacent. Don’t stick to one type of story. Push yourself, stretch out with each tale. If you’re not sure where a story is supposed to go, let the characters dictate the direction. What would they do next? They might lead you into a mystery or a science fiction tinged area. That’s okay. Even if you don’t usually go into those genres, let yourself try it out. You might be surprised at the results.

Example: I started out knowing that I wanted to write horror. My first completed draft was for a werewolf novel called, BLOOD AND RAIN. Lots of blood and rain and a lot of good gory fun. Next up, I wrote an evil hotel story called, THE HAUNTED HALLS. More blood, more guts, more stormy nights.  Then, I started a story about a ghost girl beneath a bridge. It was supposed to be a quick ghost story, but as I got into it, it began to go off in different directions. What was supposed to be eerie and spooky, took on a darker edge and opened into this small town mystery. I remember thinking, I’m not a mystery writer. I don’t know how to do that. BUT that’s the only direction that felt right. After a few hours of arguing with myself, I gave in and got back to the story. That was my novella, ABRAM’S BRIDGE. It caught the eye of the only editor I cared to work with , Don D’Auria, and landed me my first publishing contract with Samhain Publishing.

I followed novella up with a scary story that demanded to be horror and science fiction! Another road that I hadn’t traveled.  I pushed through and wound up with a contract for that one, too. (BOOM TOWN is now available as a bonus novella with my latest novel, BECOMING).

Don’t write for anyone but you. Remember that no one is watching you while you write that first draft. Let it go where it wants. And though you may be tempted to jump on a hot trope, or feel the desperate need to be super original, just remember to be true to you. YOU are what makes your stories special. Never forget that.

Good luck.–GR

Feel free to check out any of the above mentioned books, all of which are available on Amazon.

BLOOD AND RAIN 

(Alien Agenda Publishing 2017)

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THE HAUNTED HALLS

(Shadow Work Publishing/Matt Shaw Publications/Voice of Joey-Alien Agenda Publishing, 2016)

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ABRAM’S BRIDGE

(Crossroad Press 2017)

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BECOMING (featuring the bonus novella, BOOM TOWN)

(Alien Agenda Publishing 2017)

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GET ROLFED ALL WEEKEND LONG: 99 cent deals and freebies!

 

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Let me freak you out.

 Starting today, you can snag a FREE copy of my triple shot of alien-horror stories, OUT OF RANGE. Saturday and Sunday, you can also grab copies of my werewolf novel, BLOOD AND RAIN, and my latest novel, BECOMING, for just 99 cents.

This is a perfect time to start or add to your Rolfe collection.

Click on the book covers to be directed to the purchasing options.

 

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BLOOD AND RAIN

“Wow! Easily one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read.”- Hunter Shea, author  of WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING

“We  have a great villain to root against, and heroes to cheer for. Many more experienced, more celebrated  writers could learn from Rolfe.  If you Love werewolves, you’ll love Blood and Rain.” – Brett J. Talley, author of HE WHO WALKS IN SHADOW

“A welcome addition to the werewolf mythos and proof that we’re in the presence of a rising star in the genre. Highly recommended!”- Ronald Malfi, author of BONE WHITE and THE NIGHT PARADE

 

 

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“Three fantastic shorts bearing a common vibe, that of old school sci-fi/ horror such as Invaders from Mars. All three have a dark malice about them, a shroud of anxiety and a tiny dollop of wonder. You are going to leave this read wanting more.” – The Eyes of Madness

“Rolfe is a force to be reckoned with. These stories left me with chills.  Brutal and frightening, but also awe inspiring. ” – Michelle Garza, co-author of MAYAN BLUE and THOSE WHO FOLLOW

 
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“Rolfe doesn’t hold back when it comes to gore and carnage. Several twists come out during the tale to further heighten the excitement, and bring forth an entirely new level of horror to contemplate.” – Horror After Dark
“BECOMING is a thrilling roller coaster ride from cover to cover and, in my opinion, Rolfe’s best yet.” – Into The Macabre
“Frantic, breakneck, relentless.” – Unnerving Magazine
“Becoming is a fast-paced read that will hook you from the start!” – Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

“Old-fashioned creature-feature…BECOMING is raw horror.” – The Haunted Reading Room

Click on the book covers to be directed to the purchasing options.

BECOMING and BLOOD AND RAIN are also available in Print. If you have these titles already, tell a friend, share this post, or just have a drink.  🙂
Also on sale for 99 cents this weekend are these great pieces by a couple of my friends:

THE SUMMER JOB by Adam Cesare

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“The prologue of The Summer Job is one the best and scariest openings to a horror novel I’ve ever read…The rest of the novel is equally great.” –LitReactor

“Cesare’s latest is a knockout…There’s a potent retro vibe running through Cesare’s work, in general–he’s the closest thing literary horror has to its own Jim Mickle or Ti West.” –Complex

“The textbook definition of a nail-biter. The Summer Job is a kissing cousin to inbred classics from masters like Ketchum and Kilborn. Cesare’s best novel yet.” –Bloody Disgusting

HABEAS CORPSE by Nikki Hopeman

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“DEXTER meets Deadite… Nikki Hopeman’s book just might be the most clever zombie story to hit the shelves in quite some time.” ~ Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PLAY DEAD

“An excellent read.” ~ Scott A. Johnson, author of DEADLANDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY READING!  

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SCARES THAT CARE 2017: BOOKS YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY PURCHASE

I was supposed to attend this year’s STC convention, but due to some miscalculations on my part, I had to cancel and stay home. I had a blast last year.  I’m sure my friends, who are arriving in Williamsburg as we speak, will carry the torch.

That said, I wanted to give you a list of books you should grab while you’re there. So here we go:

34677623WE CAME BACK by Patrick Lacey

Patrick is one of the best new horror writers out there. This book is fantastic, and all of the proceeds are going to fight cancer in honor of his dad.  Win/win, make sure you help him sell every copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 
download (3) BONE WHITE by Ronald Malfi

Ron is my favorite author not named Stephen King. This book is out on the 25th, but Ron will have early copies for sale. I was lucky enough to get a copy a few weeks ago. This may be my pick for Novel of the Year.  My review is posted here on the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

vicki-beautifulVICKI BEAUTIFUL by Somer Canon

This is a fun novella that was just twisted enough to stick with me after I read it. I’m sure Somer will have copies with her. I advise you to buy one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXORCIST FALLS by Jonathan Janz

This is a very wild ride. From the original and excellent novella (EXORCIST ROAD-which is included) to the thrilling follow-up, you can’t go wrong with this one. Plus, it has a really, really cool cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SUMMER JOB by Adam Cesare

I am this book’s biggest fan. A young lady needs an escape from the city. She takes a job at an inn and discovers there just might be a lot more going on in the country. For you eBook types, this one is on sale right now for 99 cents!  But grab the paperback if you’re at the convention.

 

 

 

 

 

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BRAIN DEAD BLUES by Matt Hayward

This is Matt’s debut short story collection. I’m in the middle of this one as we speak–good stuff.  Matt is a cool ass Irish mofo that travels across the mighty sea to attend. Grab a copy of the book and make a new best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those are my top picks. You can also grab great books from Tim Meyer, Armand Rosamilia, Amber Fallon, Matt Manochio, Wrath James White, and Brian Keene (of course). I’m sure there are many other great authors in attendance that would love to make a new fan, too.

Travel safe, have some beers, pick up some new favorite reads, and make sure to have fun.

Maybe we’ll see you guys next year.

Cheers!

GR

 

(Review) BONE WHITE by Ronald Malfi

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“Like it was something real. Something out there in the woods with claws.”

Every time I sit down with a Ronald Malfi book, I’m reminded of why I want to be a writer. He reminds me of the power in the art. How words can come together to evoke visions and stir feelings, how characters can become flesh and blood on the page, and how a story can work its way into your bones. We expect that as readers, but as a writer, when we see it done so well, it ignites within us the reason we’re doing this in the first place.

“Snowflakes, like little filaments of pillow stuffing, floated about the atmosphere without ever touching the ground.”

Malfi is the master of description, often giving us subtle lines that flow so effortlessly we ride their waves between actions and dialog, thoughts and observations, trusting he’ll bring us to shore. And when our feet touch sand, the story is there, impossible to ignore, forget, or escape.  In his latest effort, BONE WHITE, Malfi brings his entire bag of tricks and treats, delivering the kind of novel we (his fans) have come to expect.

“Despite the  shroudlike fog that blocked out the sun, the thing’s shadow stretched like black taffy along the pavement behind it.”

The story of twin brothers, Paul and Danny Gallo, and a small, mysterious Alaskan town (Dread’s Hand), BONE WHITE unfurls at a perfect pace, digging its claws in and never letting you go. Things get off to a bang when resident, Joe Mallory, reappears at the local diner after months away, and confesses to a slew of murders. Detective Jill Ryerson arrives on the scene, doubting the seriousness of Mallory’s claims, but finds out the man speaks the truth. Paul Gallo flies to Alaska (via Maryland) to see if his brother, Danny, is among the victims. From there, Paul finds himself in the Dread’s Hand, an unwanted stranger, asking too many questions and fumbling around in corner’s the town wants to keep dark.

BONE WHITE might be my pick for Novel of the Year, it’s that freaking good. My favorite Malfi book since his tremendous FLOATING STAIRCASE, BONE WHITE needs to be on your To Be Read list, whether you’re a horror fan or not.

I give BONE WHITE 5 stars!

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(Review) BONE WHITE by Ronald Malfi

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A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .

Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves, in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska.

It’s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.

But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what’s in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny.

And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery. . .

 

MY REVIEW:

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Like it was something real. Something out there in the woods with claws.”

Every time I sit down with a Ronald Malfi book, I’m reminded of why I want to be a writer. He reminds me of the power in the art. How words can come together to evoke visions and stir feelings, how characters can become flesh and blood on the page, and how a story can work its way into your bones. We expect that as readers, but as a writer, when we see it done so well, it ignites within us the reason we’re doing this in the first place.

“Snowflakes, like little filaments of pillow stuffing, floated about the atmosphere without ever touching the ground.”

Malfi is the master of description, often giving us subtle lines that flow so effortlessly we ride their waves between actions and dialog, thoughts and observations, trusting he’ll bring us to shore. And when our feet touch sand, the story is there, impossible to ignore, forget, or escape. In his latest effort, BONE WHITE, Malfi brings his entire bag of tricks and treats, delivering the kind of novel we (his fans) have come to expect.

“Despite the shroudlike fog that blocked out the sun, the thing’s shadow stretched like black taffy along the pavement behind it.”

The story of twin brothers, Paul and Danny Gallo, and a small, mysterious Alaskan town (Dread’s Hand), BONE WHITE unfurls at a perfect pace, digging its claws in and never letting you go. Things get off to a bang when resident, Joe Mallory, reappears at the local diner after months away, and confesses to a slew of murders. Detective Jill Ryerson arrives on the scene, doubting the seriousness of Mallory’s claims, but finds out the man speaks the truth. After the bodies are discovered, Paul Gallo flies to Alaska (via Maryland) to see if his brother, Danny, is among the victims. From there, Paul finds himself in Dread’s Hand, an unwanted stranger, asking too many questions and fumbling around in corner’s the town would prefer remained dark.

BONE WHITE might be my pick for Novel of the Year, it’s that freaking good. My favorite Malfi book since his tremendous FLOATING STAIRCASE, BONE WHITE needs to be on your To Be Read list, whether you’re a horror fan or not.

I give BONE WHITE 5 stars!

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Ronald Malfi is the award-winning author of the novels Floating Staircase, Snow, The Ascent, and several others. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres. He currently lives along the Chesapeake Bay where he is at work on his next book.

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Bone White, Synopsis

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  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (July 25, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2017
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.

The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.

The scrape of bone on bone. . .

Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves, in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska.

It’s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.

But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what’s in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny.

And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery. 

Praise for Ronald Malfi

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.” –Melissa Reads on The Night Parade

“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade

“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”
—FearNet

“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books

“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon

“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed.”
Suspense Magazine

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