Interview with Costa Koutsoutis

When did you first start writing?
I was a kid and it's embarrassing stuff I've worked intensely hard to erase from existence. Seriously, I must have been between 11 and 13, it's so bad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Probably 3/4 of my life has been spent in New York City. I was born here and it is, as cheeseball as it sounds, a big part of me. I don't think it influences my writing that much, but it probably depends on my mood honestly and what I'm working on.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond Chandler, Kurt Vonnegut, Elmore Leonard, comic book writers like Jeff Lemire and Ed Brubaker and Matt Wagner,Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Twain...there's some great new writers out these days I love like Laura Beukes, and Andrew Cotto. I have a soft spot for Curt Cussler.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In this day and age, it's the best way to start off. The resources you need are limited and anyone can start. With enough determination and hard work, you can build a solid background of work that's been published to prove yourself as an author and keep going. I come from a punk rock and indie comics background, so DIY (Do It Yourself) work ethics and community is second nature to me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media. I'm a Twitter nerd, and it works, slowly but surely.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A FLASH OF DOOM is unlike my last book and the serialized online stories I do in that there's a dash of old-fashioned humor to the stories and setting. I've done horror and mysteries before but not like this, which I hope manages to capture some old-fashioned feel of adventure.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a daily essay series on writing and teaching for (I'm a teacher during the day), I'm hoping to wrap up (or get most of the work done) my serialized online novellas THE FOLLOWER and BLACK INK, and keep up with my short story series THE MONTHLIES.

The big thing is that I'm aiming on finishing a new manuscript to shop around next year, with possibly a new short story collection.
Describe your desk
It's an old kitchenette table that wobbles and is covered in coasters and papers and notebooks. I am not what they'd call "a professional."
Published 2013-09-15.
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Books by This Author

Some Girls Wander - Two Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Two short stories for the Halloween season about the supernatural oddities that lurk in big cities, just as scary and disquieting as any dark forest.
DRUMS; A Ben Miles Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A short mystery with PI Ben Miles that, in the end, maybe isn't as much a mystery as just a sad story he didn't need to find out about.
Black Ink: A Ben Miles Mystery Novella
Price: Free! Words: 16,230. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Manta Books brings in PI/part-time bondsman Ben Miles to track down a missing piece of comic book art, simple, right? But nothing is what it seems when it comes to a Ben Miles case, and more than likely, he’s gonna end up getting his ass kicked over a comic book.
Save Changes
Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Proofreader and researcher-for-hire Lee Kaporis put on a shirt that wasn’t his, and it sends him around looking for a girl with a nose ring that probably doesn’t want to be found. There’s more to the story than returning a piece of jewelry she may or may not have pawned though, and he might have gotten in over his head.
Breathing Ghosts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"Breathing Ghosts" is a collection of unique and different ghost stories from writer Costa Koutsoutis. Ghosts and the unknown play a part in all of these stories, from comforting spirits to horrific forms that we cannot name.
The Follower
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,750. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Lyle Kinane is a freelance operator, a finder, an agent for hire. One of the best, a job-gone-bad over a package leaves him cut loose in New York City in the middle of his lifelong anxiety attack disorder at its worst and a headful of questions. But he's determined to get back in the game and get his life back, no matter what.
Carrion At The Door
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,640. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
"Carrion At The Door" is a collection of subtle horror and modern-noir crime short stories by Costa Koutsoutis. Unspeakable inhuman terrors under the bed. The actions of desperate people in desperate situations. The terror in the night from the shadows...or the unseen threat of your next-door neighbor.
A Flash Of Doom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,700. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Unspeakable horror. Magics most foul. The darkness of evil wings. Sir Ian Quarry, mystical wizard extra-ordinaire of Great Britain, has faced them all and won. "A Flash Of Doom" is the best of Quarry's adventures collected for the first time.
Running The Train...and Other Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,830. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Meet P.I. and part-time bondsman Ben Miles. He's not the best investigator, or the toughest, or even the most competent. But somehow he manages to get the job done, even when he's in way over his head. "Running The Train...and Other Stories" is an all-new collection of the Ben Miles Stories "Mob," "Old Dogs," "Fireflies," "Cul de Sac," and "Running The Train."