Short, Sharp Interview: Chad Rohrbacher

PDB: Can you pitch KARMA BACKLASH in 25 words or less?

Derby searches for his buddy’s killer while a mob war threatens Toledo. KARMA BACKLASH is also a love story: a violent, bloody, sometimes poetic, love story.

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

Chris Holms’ THE WRONG GOODBYE and Adam Christopher’s SEVEN WONDERS are my two latest reads. I’ve also been looking at some essays by William Gibson. A few pieces from Beth Kaufka and Steve Weddle have been coming my way, and I have to say, people are in for a treat. Now that I am back in school, a majority of my reading of late revolves around organizational theory and resistance to change. Those are always nail biters…

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?


PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

I received my MFA in screenwriting from Louisiana State University many years ago. I miss it quite a bit. But, you write in the form the story tells you to write in; I imagine I will revisit screenwriting and film in the future. My life seems to cycle like this…

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

More than I ever imagined. Interestingly enough, I actually enjoy the research. Human activity, world history, and science not only spark an idea for a story, but also provide a solid foundation for creating a believable alternate reality.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Social media today is amazing. I’ve met some fantastic people through the intertubes (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, on-line magazines). I’ve discovered authors I never would have been exposed to in my local establishments, and readers who I now look to for book recommendations.

I’ve also met people who have given me wonderful opportunities in the field. Close to home, Kent, Ron, and Sabrina invited me into the ShotgunHoney Magazine family. Out of the States, Luca Veste and Andrez Bergen encouraged me to get involved with their projects: the charity anthology Off the Record and the Tobacco Stained Sky anthology based on Bergen’s novel, respectively. To be honest, there is not enough space to ever give props to all the wonderful people I’ve come across on the nets. Hopefully, I will be able to pay all the goodwill forward.

Some people are naturals at using social media as a tool to promote their own work. I’m not one of them. Maybe I should invest more time there, but that means less time with the fam, reading, writing, coursework, grading (ugh, grading). I haven’t found that perfect balance yet.

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?

First, I’m slowly adapting Karma Backlash into a screenplay. Second, I have another crime novella that is absolutely begging to be a novel (you’ll be able to see the characters in a story that is forthcoming in Grift Magazine #2).


Published by PaulDBrazill

Writer. Teacher.

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