Short, Sharp Interview: Eric Beetner.

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PDB: Can you pitch The Devil Doesn’t Want Me in 25 words or less?

The Devil Doesn’t Want Me: An aging hit man goes on the run with an unexpected guest after he decides he doesn’t want to kill anymore.

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

I’m mad I have to wait so damn long for Breaking Bad to come back for the final episodes. Best show on TV. I am loving Boardwalk Empire too. And Justified is great. I enjoy Longmire, though it is much tamer than those other shows.

I don’t get out to enough movies since I have two kids and I write at night. I did see a French thriller called Point Blank recently and that was great. I got out to see Argo and loved it and Seven Psychopaths and I did not.

Books – anything by Snubnose Press or Guilt Edged Mysteries. I’m in a deep hole reading other writers on my publisher(s) so I apologize to the ones I haven’t gotten to yet. Specifically, Piggyback by Tom Pitts on Snubnose was great as was The Subtle Art of Brutality by Ryan Sayles. Bullets Are My Business by Josh K. Stevens on Guilt Edged was a great neo-pulp wild ride.

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

I think so. It’s hard sometimes. I see it as the measure of a good book. If I get lost in it and don’t over-analyze it, it’s got its hooks in me and that’s a great feeling. If I’m constantly parsing every word, then the writer has lost me.

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

Oh, yes. I have in the past and hope to again in the future. It’s where my deep down passion lies. I’m a film school grad who works in TV as my day job. TV has come so far I think I’d rather write for TV than for film these days. But hey, if anyone wants to resurrect any of the 16 screenplays on my shelf, be my guest.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

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Ha! Almost none. I’m a lazy bastard and I revel in just making stuff up.

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

Very, if only to stay connected to the larger community of other writers. I don’t think it’s that useful as sales tool, but I don’t want to be a salesman anyway. I do it too much already. I just have too much stuff coming out and if I don’t tell people they’d never know. But some of my best friends now are people I’ve met through social media.

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?

Write more! I left my most recent meeting with my agent having promised him 3 novels in rapid succession. I can’t say no! And everything I was pitching him he liked so I guess that’s good.

Since then (October) I’ve delivered one and am about half way through another.

I have a few new anthologies I’ll be in slated for the new year including Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled Vol. 2 and Hoods, Hotrods and Hellcats. Plus Kwik Krimes edited by Otto Penzler and Lee from the Crimefactory boys

The book I’m writing now is a sequel to The Devil Doesn’t Want Me but I don’t know if they want it yet. If I sell a bunch more then they won’t be able to resist. So get on that, people.

Eric Beetner blogs here.

Published by PaulDBrazill

A writer and teacher, from England and living in Poland. 'The Poundland Poe.' Books include The Last Laugh, Guns Of Brixton, and Gumshoe Blues. This/ That/ & The Other.

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