Joseph A. Pinto is currently touring the internet in support of his novella Dusk and Summer, a tale that is part tribute to his father and part contemporary fantasy. I wanted to learn a little more about what made him pen the tale that is sure to be filled with painful but beautiful prose. Joseph chose to tell me about the inspiration behind the story and I’m pleased to share that with you today…
PS: there’s an extended excerpt and another awesome giveaway too! 🙂
The Importance of Inspiration
Joseph A. Pinto
Have you ever wondered what a writer finds more important: a sound plot with interesting characters, or the very inspiration that births a story from the start? There is certainly no right or wrong answer, but the course a writer eventually follows is always an intriguing one.
I once met a very influential man in my life who, although I didn’t realize it at the time, answered that question for me. James Bruni was my English and creative writing teacher when I was in high school. I also had the privilege of serving as the editor on our school newspaper under his direction for two years. He gently nudged me to recognize my natural writing ability and opened my eyes to the realization it shouldn’t go wasted. Mr. Bruni taught me some valuable lessons, but none more important than this: write what you know. With a twinkle in his eye, he added but twist the hell out of it. Mr. Bruni passed away many years ago, but his simple advice, as well his teachings, made a clear and profound difference for me – one I still feel to this day.
I knew what he’d meant immediately. Write what you know. He hadn’t meant avoid a story about life in Siberia because I didn’t live there, or a character such as a lawyer because I didn’t study as one. Mr. Bruni told me write what you know and so I did, from another angle: I wrote about emotion because that’s what I know, and I’ve never looked back.
Much like Mr. Bruni recognizing my writing ability where I couldn’t, I was always cognizant that I possessed a strong emotive quality about my nature. Certain seemingly mundane things spoke to me, stirred me deep within. I slowly learned not only use it, but accept it, and it gradually molded me into the writer I am today. My emotions serve as my constant inspiration. My prose may begin as a plot or random idea, but is ultimately derived by the imagery my emotions conjure.
Ironically, that source of inspiration nearly broke me as I wrote my novella Dusk and Summer.
I lost my father to pancreatic cancer on June 28, 2007. A bull of a man, he suffered long and he suffered hard. After an initial diagnosis of three months to live, he waged war for fifteen. I never witnessed anything so gut wrenching. As my emotions had molded me as a writer, they now tore me apart as a man. I could do nothing but hold it all inside as my father valiantly rose to his feet day after day in an attempt to alter his fate. After he passed, I remained barren inside, alone and numb, unable to recognize nor grasp the strength and indomitable will he’d passed on to me. Eventually, I did. Eventually, I honored his life the only way I knew how – I wrote for him.
Dusk and Summer was birthed from the emotions that reshaped me once more. It’s an honest, raw tale of loss, grief and the bittersweet discovery of hope; a beautiful fable where a dying father’s fate calls for him from beneath the ocean’s surface, and a son’s destiny unfolds in the soft, fading light between dusk and summer.
Write what you know. It turned out to be simple, sound advice. I’m blessed that a very good man shared it with me, and in turn, I was able to honor an even greater man later in my life; my father.
I hope you’ll join me on a journey of a lifetime by reading Dusk and Summer. You’ll also be supporting a very worthy cause in the process. I’m proudly donating a portion of proceeds from each sale to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Dusk and Summer
Joseph A. Pinto
Does Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.
When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.
“A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart.”
–Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger’s Daughters
**The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.**
An Excerpt from Dusk and Summer
by Joseph A. Pinto…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Joseph A. Pinto is the horror author of two published books and numerous short stories; he is a member of the Horror Writers Association as well the founder of Pen of the Damned, a collective of angst and horror driven writers. Indulge in his unique voice on his personal blog josephpinto.com and PenofTheDamned.com.
You can follow him on Twitter @JosephAPinto. Joseph hails from New Jersey where he lives with his wife and young daughter.
Sirens Call Publications will be giving away digital copies of Dusk and Summer by Joseph A. Pinto to 5 (five) lucky winners! Follow the link to enter for your chance to win!