Eric Pulsifer

Biography

Eric Pulsifer, a recovering journalist with more than a decade in the business and two more decades of screwing off, completed his first book in 2012. He liked it so much that even a line of road pylons couldn't stop him now.

While he works in several genres, his fiction leans more toward mystery/thrillers with a caffeinated mix of realism, imagination, and a bit of a dark edge.

His novels Damage Control and Desert Vendetta have likable characters, realistic settings, and the obligatory dead body or three.

His newest work, The Beta Testers, takes an even darker apocalyptic turn in a high-tech setting.

None of his fiction can be called autobiographical, but he taps his experiences as a professional musician (1986--), family caregiver (2014--) and taxi driver (1997-2007) to add color to his stories.

His nonfiction work touches on the creative side and survival as a writer and musician. His first novel, B.I.C.* Cartel (*Butt In Chair) also concentrates on this creative theme.

A respected musician, he currently plays harmonica with several bands in Southern California, ranging from bluegrass to jazz to gospel. A perennial student of musicianship and theory, he shares his ideas in Playing Harmonica Like A Real Musician.

While he lives in the Los Angeles area, he calls Charleston, South Carolina home. When not writing or playing music, he can be found on a hiking trail with his dog or tearing apart another computer and wondering how it all goes back together.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started in the womb. Seriously! The doc found some very interesting scribbling on the wall when he did Mom's hysterectomy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I find the whole idea of waiting around for some agent or publisher to be a repugnant one. With a previous work I pitched it to 40 or 50 agents -- I lost count -- and eventually figured it out. With or without an agent or publisher, I still need a platform, I'm told. This means I'm still promoting my work. With that in mind, just exactly what does an agent or publishing house do?
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Eric Pulsifer online


Books

The Beta Testers
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,300. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Online security hotshot Joni McLean discovers her high-tech dream job isn't such a sweet deal after all, and company flack Kevin Saganey wonders why the more independent-thinking employees keep disappearing. They team up with the hyperactive impulsive Lorraine Hartman for an apocalyptic good time. This is a true story, and it happened five years from now.
Playing Harmonica Like a Real Musician
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 18,910. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instruction and Study - Theory, Nonfiction » Music » Instruments - General
Geared toward intermediate and advanced harp players, Playing Harmonica Like a Real Musician takes you from random blowing to playing with purpose. Accomplished musician Eric Pulsifer presents some of the stuff they don't teach you. Other instrumentalists and singers can also benefit from this work.
Desert Vendetta
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,010. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Arizona/Nevada desert is a mysterious place. Secrets get uncovered all the time … like, say, bodies. When that happens, other forces try to cover the evidence. It takes a pair of misfit reporters and two casino employees to dig it right back up again. What they find puts everyone in danger.
Damage Control
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,760. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A contest gone awry. A corporate executive who stops at nothing to save his company. A reporter with a chip on his shoulder. A retired homicide cop with a mission. A secretary who knows too much. Result: A wild ride into murder and chaotic attempts at damage control.
Meditations I: Thoughts, encouragement, and the occasional swift kick for any creative person
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Creative? Got that inner fire and you don't know what to do about it? Stuck? Don't know where to start? Don't know what to do next? Eric Pulsifer, a writer/musician who spent years trying to evade his gifts, learned a few things the hard way about the creative process and shares his observations in a series of short, to-the-point meditations.
Hard Reboot: Recapturing That Old Mojo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
So you were outrageously talented once and forgot about it. Life happened. Time to grow up. Got to make a living. But you sure miss it. How does someone get back into it, recapture the mojo after burying it for so long?
B.I.C. Cartel* (*Butt In Chair)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 124,320. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Literature » Literary
If you already gave up, can you really start again? Braden, Karen and Robert, three outrageously talented friends, spend a few years eating their young. Murdering their darlings. Inventing new ways to sabotage themselves. When will they get tired of it? Finally they do something about it in this story of wild adventures, battle scars, dysfunction, redemption and sheer guts.

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