Interview with Shane Grey

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's called My Best Friends Bucket List, started as a weekly web serial or blog series about a guy trying to do right by his recently dead best friend. The character tries to keep composer while falling in love with his deceased friends girlfriend. It will be my only full length novel ever, then I'm done with novels. It should be out by Fall 2015
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.
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.
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.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me get my name out there. I appreciate Smashwords to no end.
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.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by browsing Smashwords or ibooks. I search keywords too. Amazon is always a good place to look as well. Before ebooks I used to purchase tons of paperbacks.
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 are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Average American Male. Because it is pure genius.
2. Post Office. Because it inspires me when I have writers block.
3. John Dies at the End. Because it is quite epic and I never get tired of reading it.
4. Ask the Dust. A great story about a writer, love, loss. It showcases the struggles of all writers.
5. Dance of Death. It's a great book in the Pendergast series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad or iPhone. Apple or die.
Describe your desk
It's not a desk as much as it is a table.
Californication mouse pad, laptop, mixer, two microphones. Art Tube mic preamp, headphones, a headphone amplifier.
I host three podcasts so that takes up a lot of my table.
What is your favorite genre of fiction?
Serial killer/detective. Crime drama. Teen fiction. Literary fiction.
What is your writing process like?
Late night is the best usually. I'll write a page, then edit it. Then write more then edit that. Then I'll write until I can't anymore and then I stop. Not that exciting.
What other forms of media inspire your writing?
TV and film. Shows Dexter, The O.C., The Wonder Years. Films like Barfly, Pulp Fiction, Bottle Rocket. Filmmakers like Tarantino, Rob Zombie, John Carpenter, Guy Ritchie. The news is a big influence often. So much crime so little time.
How do you feel about people saying paper is dead, ebook is the future?
I feel nothing is really ever dead. Ebook is a great way to expand the horizons of those who don't read, however, there will always be purists like me who want to own the paperback or hardcover. The computer is already the future so when writers only use typewriters I feel that is a direct insult to future/now writers.
If there is one book that you wish you wrote yourself instead of the original author, what would it be?
Ask The Dust.
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.
Published 2015-01-11.
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Books by This Author

Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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She Loves him, She loves him not. He loves her. But now she's... Gone.
My Best Friend's Bucket List: Volume One
Price: Free! 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,810. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Biographical
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.
Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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Kim and Darren, a failed marriage, must come to terms with loss, packing up, and moving on.
Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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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
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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...