Walt Trizna, a scientist for
thirty-four years, is now a full-time writer of horror and science
fiction. He has published more than
twenty stories, both online and in print.
His first novel, New Moon Rising, was published by
Melange Books. Currently, he is
editing another novel, The Beast Awaits, a story where stem cell research goes
horribly wrong and leads to a catastrophe of global proportions.
Awaiting editing is a third novel, Sweet Depression. This work centers on a small pharmaceutical company using an undetectable compound to increase sales. However, this substance has disaterous side effects. At the center of the story is the company's CEO who initiates the quest for increased sales an a detective who is investigating the drug's horrible consequences. This novel is a cross between the work of Robin Cook and James Patterson.
Walt lives in West Chester, PA with his wife, Joni.
He encourages you to visit his blog at walttriznastories.wordpress.com.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was a biological research scientist in both academics and industry for 34 years before a layoff gave me the opportunity to become a full-time writer. Now, at the age of 64, I find myself in a profession I will never quit.
I have published poetry over the years, but 11 years ago I decided to try my hand at short stories, horror and science fiction being the type of stories I write. Recently, I had my 26th short story accepted for publication. I have also published a novel, New Moon Rising, with Mélange Books.
Describe your book ‘New Moon Rising’’ in 30 words or less.
The Ring of Fire, source of so much destruction in the past, is about to change life on our planet forever.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
When I write science fiction, I try to incorporate science fact as much as I can to give the story an air of believability. Somehow, this story chose me and I was not equipped with the background to make it seem real. I had to do a great deal of research on geology and the birth of our moon the give the story credibility.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Of course, I read a great deal of horror and science fiction. I’ve read most of Stephen King’s words. I also enjoy the books by Arthur C. Clarke and H.G. Wells among a host of other great science fiction authors. Currently, I am consumed by the complete works of fiction by H. P. Lovecraft.
However, I do not limit my reading. I read current fiction and enjoy reading works by Nobel laureates.
I also enjoy reading non-fiction. I enjoy reading history and criticism. Recently, I discovered the works of Michael Dirda and am mystified by his knowledge of literature.
So to answer the question, it is my love of books that has influenced my life.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
Mélange Books has worked hard to market my novel, New Moon Rising.
Locally, an independent bookstore, Chester County Book & Music Company, has agreed not only to sell my book, but also allowed me to have a book signing at their store that was quite successful.
I also have a blog, walttriznastories.wordpress.com, which I use to publicize my work.
Finally, I have joined Bookbuzzr, Goodreads, Savvy Authors and Manic readers to make my work known to the reading public.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
As I’m sure is true with most writers, I spend a great deal of time reading.
I also cook and garden, and when my wife as at work, spend a great deal of time talking to our chocolate lab mix, Millie. So far, she hasn’t answered me back.
What are you working on next?
I have a host of projects in the works.
I am constantly writing short stories. My 26th published short story was just accepted.
Two more of my novels, The Beast Awaits and Sweet Depression, are currently seeking a home. The Beast Awaits involves stem cell research and global warming. Sweet Depression is a novel where a drug has deadly side effects.
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