John Dizon

I recently did a book review for the book “Vampir” written by the talented author John Dizon. He also agreed to do an interview with us which definitely gave me more insight on the type of writer that he was. I enjoyed both the review and the interview and hope that any future works that he will give us the privilege of reading and reviewing as well. Thank you John for working with us.

How old were you when you knew that you wanted to be a writer?
I was writing dialogue for my stick-figure cartoons shortly after I got out of diapers. The writing bug developed into a lifelong condition.

How did you get the idea for the book VampirĀ  and how long did it take you to write it from start to finish?
I sojourned along the path of horror writing last year and found it was a very receptive market. I realized it was highly competitive and knew I would have to come up with very unique angles to distinguish my work. I decided to go for my favorite monsters from my childhood and see what I could do with them. I used the Serbian angle in my previous novel, Wolf Man, and reviewers loved it. I also tied in the Satanist angle following the logic that all roads lead to Hell. The East Harlem was also something I’d used before in The Fury, which got rave reviews. Put it all together (along with Shea and Celeste) and hopefully you’ve got a winner. This one took about a month’s work (off and on).

Other than Vampir is there any other vampire related books that you have written that you would like our fans to know about?
No, but there are other horror novels on the way. Transplant (on Assent Publishing) is a unique spin on the Frankenstein ‘mad doctors’ storyline, and Momia (The Mummy) is also on the way with Black Bed Sheet Books. The only monster left is the Creature, and I’m already daydreaming about Laguna (The Lagoon).

Who is your biggest supporter and why?
Well, at risk of getting kicked off their Friends List, I’m going public with P.S. Winn, Elle Klass, Marcha Fox and Shalu Sharma. We correspond regularly and have our own little Author Gang. I’ve just made the acquaintance of Nancy Hallazgo, and she is someone who gets right behind you.

If you had to choose one word to describe the type of writer that you consider yourself what would it be?
That’s a hard one. I’d go with historical fiction, action/adventure, women’s fiction, and horror in that order.

Which character would you say that you relate to most in your book?
I guess it’d have to be Shea Tyrone, though I really like Karl Hoecker. Shea is a loving and caring type in a race against time in trying to clear Celeste on charges of aiding and abetting Velimir Radojka’s suicide in the MCC. Yet he’s in the thick of investigations on the job in following up on suspected killings of missing persons and an imminent gang war in East Harlem. He finds out it all ties together and works it out as best he can – my kind of multi-tasker!

Do you have any other books in the work about vampires?
Right now Vampir is a self-pub, so I’d be willing to go with Vampir II if I get a publisher to pick up this one. I’ve also got a good feeling about Vampire Forums, as I know there’s a strong market and I realized I would need to find the right fan base.

Are you self published and if so how did you find the experience?
To my chagrin, I’m finding that many small pubs are doing the work for those unable to navigate around Create Space, then keeping the lion’s share while letting the author do all the promo. I’ve been churning my brand out en masse in 2014 and letting the chips fall where they may. What I’m hoping is that readers will eventually catch on and see there’s plenty of JRD novels out there if they like what they read.

What has been the hardest milestone for you thus far being an author?
Hitting the marketing plateau, without a doubt. Despite the glut, I am confident the cream rises to the top. Only readers have to know you’re out there, and you’ve got to find a highly-popular genre with a highly-visible platform on which to interact. I think I’m headed in the right direction.

What is one thing about you that if most readers knew they would be surprised by?
I’m a born-again Christian and try to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ at every opportunity. In this novel, I kept the Church angle to a minimum so as not to stereotype or parodize. Still, I made it a point to show how ‘all roads lead to Hell’ and hopefully help young people think about the flip side of idolizing the blood-drinkers.

Do you have a favorite author and have they inspired you in any way?
Shakespeare was a major influence in catering to the Kindle market with its economical word counts. Conciseness and brevity is always a sign of superior writing. Franz Kafka was also my guide into postmodernist writing, which I consider my niche as a literary novelist.

What advice would you give to other inspiring writers who are just starting out?
Write, write, write! Today’s trash may be tomorrow’s treasure, so never throw anything out. Most of what I’m putting out is new outtakes on projects I started over two decades ago.

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