Brian Paone

Biography

Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts—a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star; Welcome to Parkview—a macabre cerebral-horror novel; Yours Truly, 2095—a time-travel romance novel (which was suggested for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and Moonlight City Drive—a supernatural crime-noir detective novel (which is a trilogy, with Part 2 coming in 2019 and Part 3 coming in 2021).

Along with his four novels, Brian has published four short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology A Journey of Words; “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology A Haunting of Words; and “Two Gunslingers,” which is featured in the anthology A Contract of Words.

Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose.

Brian is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. He is a retired police officer and worked in law enforcement for sixteen years from 2002 - 2018. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In 7th grade, I wrote my first original story called, "The Night is Young," and brought it into school for everyone to read. My classmates liked it so much they encouraged me to write more. Every weekend throughout 7th and 8th grade I wrote a new story, just for my classmates to read on Monday mornings. My teacher encouraged it so much, she would even go to the front office and photocopy the stories so each student could have their own to take home. I even had a friend start drawing front covers of all my stories, which would be stapled to the front of the printouts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
- My career as an author would never have happened, or at least to the success that I have had, if one of my best friends hadn’t died in 2005. At first, that’s going to sound like a terrible statement, but you’ll see what I mean. Up until 2006, I had only been writing short stories (except for that terrible attempt at a novel in 1991 when I was sophomore in high school). My friend David, who was the lead singer of the industrial-rock band God Lives Underwater who enjoyed some commercial success in the 90s, had been struggling with drug addiction, depression, and the throes of the music business since I met him in 1995. We became fast friends, and I was one of the few people who stuck with him through all his highs and lows. When he passed away in 2005, I didn’t know where the put my grief. I just couldn’t find a healthy outlet for how I was feeling about losing him. It was suggested to me to write a memoir about our friendship, but in novel format so it read more like a story than a journal. My wife was the biggest advocate of me using my grief to write my first novel and recant all the good and bad times that come with being close to someone who struggles with addiction, and someone who was on major tours, on MTV, and all over the radio. He was a multi-dimensional person, and our friendship was trying and rewarding all at the same time. I started writing what would eventually become my first novel, Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts, in January 2006 and it was published in October 2007—on the second anniversary of his death. The book sold above and beyond anyone’s expectations, and that’s how I got into writing novels.
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Books

Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts: My Memoirs of David Reilly & God Lives Underwater
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,120. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
When the lines between a drug-addicted rock star and a die-hard fan begin to blur ...

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