Interview with T. Mason Gilbert

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Minneapolis, but moved to Southern California when I was five years old. I grew up in a place that is now referred to as the Inland Empire. The town of Rialto was a nice town to grow up in. If you saw the movie 'Dazed and Confused' by Richard Linklater you have the best reference for the environment I grew up. I came from the classic broken home and so really had no guidance growing up. But there was a teacher in High School, Charles Grande, who got me interested in what life was all about and it influenced me for the rest of my life. I have always been interested in learning new knowledge and meeting new people. So my writing includes interesting factual information along with my own imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing stories since I was a kid. I always wanted to be a stand up comedian. I wrote jokes for some well known comics and also was on the air in Los Angeles as a sidekick personality for Frazer Smith on 97.1 KLSX FM. Frazer referred to me as Todd the Talking Dolphin because I could do an impression of Flipper. I did other impressions on the air for Frazer and also produced his 'Frazer After Midnight Show' for the Laugh Factory. I wrote a lot of speculative screenplays at that time as well. My novel 'The Sacrifist' was originally going to be a screenplay but I never got around to writing it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'The Sacrifist' is a book about the discovery of the yeti and solves the mystery of why it has been hidden for so long. I was bored one day while I was sitting at a seminar. All of a sudden this idea occurred to me and I hurriedly wrote it all down. I forgot about it for years. When I decided to write a novel, I thought it would be a great story to tell.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I beat my head against the wall for years submitting screenplays all over Holywood but unless you have connections you pretty much have a better chance winning the lottery. I looked into self-publishing and I can see that the playing field has leveled somewhat. This makes it very exciting.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There is nothing like creating something from nothing. It is what a spiritual being does best. On my T. Mason Gilbert Facebook Author page I have a monthly event called the 'Ten Random Sentences' contest. On a specific day, I ask people to write one sentence in the comments section and I tell them I will take the first ten sentences submitted and write a short story containing those ten random sentences. People are always surprised at how their sentence gets used in the story. I'm going to be publishing the short stories I accumulate into a book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, James Clavell, Woody Allen.
What are you working on next?
I plan to publish five books in 2015. 'The Sacrifist' is the first book of 'The 216 Trilogy' and will be available for pre-order at the end of January 2015 and released for reading on March 5th which is the great Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's Birthday. Buddhism plays a significant role in that book. The 2nd book of the Trilogy is entitled 'The Genetic Stone' and I hope to have it out by the end of August. The third novel is entitled 'Poker-Poker' and is an erotic sex comedy which will be published under a pen name so as not to confuse readers and will be available for pre-order February 14th and released on April 1st (Fools Day). The fourth book is a book of Short Stories entitled Ten Random Sentences and proceeds from its sale will be donated to charity. The fifth book will be published in December 2015 and will be the 3rd book in 'The 216 Trilogy.' The title will be a mystery until released for pre-order.
Published 2015-01-21.
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Books by This Author

The Ultimate Linguist
Price: Free! Words: 11,520. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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The Choice
Price: Free! Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A smitten Bobby Pinto decides against his better judgement to help his girlfriend rob a jewelry store and is rewarded with more than he bargained for.
The Little Piggies
Price: Free! Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A hard-boiled Hispanic detective tries to track down a serial killer, who has a penchant for murdering divorced couples.
Saving Grace
Price: Free! Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Two pals discover a female runaway in their back alley. She tells them her story of being locked up along with many others and her recent escape from an evil man's compound. The two pals decide to help the runaway and protect her from further harm.
The Karmic Faerie
Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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Crancer's Bad Day
Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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