Interview with Shane Grey

Published 2023-02-26.
What have you been doing during your hiatus from writing?
I should write a short story about it, ha ha. I said goodbye to a family member close to me and went on a journey to find myself as a man. In that journey I built myself to the man I am today. 9 time bicep curl champion, Loving fiancee to the most amazing woman and father to two beautiful girls. The rest as they say is history.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's called Wine Head, it's based on things I saw and experienced from ages 18-23. Dylan Graves early years essentially. It's also my homage to Factotum, a novel by Charles Bukowski. It should be out mid 2023
When did you first start writing?
The first short story I ever wrote was called Crimson Clown. It was about a brother and sister who always fought over the remote control, One day their dad brought home a weird remote control from work. This remote control was evil and it brought Crimson Clown out of the TV. He was like Pennywise from It. I never finished it fully. I was about ten years old when I wrote that.
What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone who reads my work or considers themselves a fan, well, I owe them a beer or at least a sandwich. I know I'm not writing the next Twilight or Fifty Shades series. I know that my writing is dark, gritty, pulpy. And if someone reads it and enjoys it the way I did writing it, then I have the utmost respect for that person. They mean everything to me.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Southern California's Inland Empire. It's a large stretch of cities that touch each other so you never really know when you're in one city or the other.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Bukowski. John Fante(google him, he's amazing). Chuck Palahniuk. Chad Kultgen. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Mykle Hansen. Paul Neilan. David Wong. Jeff Lindsay.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wow, good question. I hadn't thought about this in years, but upon googling it I found the story. It certainly wasn't the first story I ever read but it had a lasting effect. The story was, ZOO, by Edward D. Hoch. It tells the tale of an interplanetary zoo. It is short and for children, but mainly I remember the twist at the end. That was the first story I remember having a twist. I believe I was in fourth grade at the time. I'll never forget that story.
What’s your very best life advice?
Open a checking account and save money, because the economy is so unpredictable. And smoke weed, lots of it if you can.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The soulless books and novels being pumped into stores that stand for nothing but cheap amusement. At least if someone discovers you from Smashwords you know they have an interest in underground and the Fringe.
What are your two latest projects?
My latest Short story is called The Day's of Writing, it's based on my life trying to write a novella and boozing it up, before my life now. Then My most latest Short Novel is called Wine Head, it's about the crazy misadventures I went on in from age 18-21 and some of the terrible jobs I worked to make ends meet.
The main character Dylan Graves is used in your books, who is he really?
Dylan Graves is a character I created for a lost novella about a washed up writer in his late 50s, working on a comeback novel. In later writings, I used Dylan Graves character as the fictional version of myself. The way Charles Bukowski used Henry Chinaski. It helped me fictionalize many true events that I write about.
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Books by This Author

The Day's of Writing
Price: Free! Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Shane Grey returns after a 10 year hiatus. Dylan Graves remembers the days of writing in this short story based on true events that happened in Mr. Grey's life.
Gone
Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(2.00 from 1 review)
She Loves him, She loves him not. He loves her. But now she's... Gone.
My Best Friend's Bucket List: Volume One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,650. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Tucker Sawyer is on a mission to fulfil his dead best friends bucket list. All while getting advice from the ghost of Dick Pickett and dealing with his dead friends ex Lorrie Lovitt that happens to be the love of Tuck's life.
Fucking and Drinking
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 35,810. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Biographical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
An alcoholic writer working in a psych hospital deals with a destructive sexual addiction while attempting to understand life, find meaning, and above the next drink. With an end you will not see coming.
Boxes
Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Kim and Darren, a failed marriage, must come to terms with loss, packing up, and moving on.
Bang
Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Violet is the lone survivor of a school shooting, she retells her story to a detective. Violet's story is both disturbing and shocking, but may just have shaped the future of the USA. Bonus Story also included: The Night one-ten conquered two-eighty. Shane Grey's first short story, based on a true story.
All Kinds Of Girls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,930. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Falling in love is already hard enough! In Shane Grey's seven tales, love is the hardest thing to maintain...
Sincerely, Me
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
This letter is Confidential Evidence of The Bay Hills Police Department. The contents are the rantings of a mad man, someone who had been pushed too far...