Patrick Rutigliano grew up on a steady diet of comic books and horror movies. Making his first sale to Permuted Press in 2007, he has since placed short stories with several publications in addition to his first collection, “Black Corners of a Blood-Red Room.”
During his off time, Patrick can usually be found attempting to reproduce foreign cuisine, sacrificing cardboard to his cats, and having spirited debates with his wife over the failings of Disney villains.
Further information is available at http://www.patrickrutigliano.blogspot.com
What inspires you to write?
I like pushing boundaries. Life in the real world can become terribly mundane, and I find it enjoyable to write stories where reality can be bent and broken.
Tell us about your writing process.
While I’m a big fan of my genre (horror), I hate retreading familiar ground. If my idea feels at all similar to another story, I insist on reworking the concept until it becomes my own.
The key points of a story usually come to me rather quickly. Rather than relying on a detailed outline, I let the characters dictate how they want to get from one point to the next. The spontaneity makes the process far more believable (at least to me).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Definitely. It’s an important part of writing good fiction. If a writer refuses to consider a character a true person who has his or her own way of thinking, every action is going to feel like one the author is making rather than his creations. Getting lost in a character’s head is often the best way of writing them.
What advice would you give other writers?
First off, do your research. Make sure you know what you’re talking about if you’re tackling unfamiliar subject matter. Be sure to put your work in front of several people before submitting it anywhere, and even then, make sure you know the reputation of those running the publication.
If you want to publish a book independently, know what’s entailed. On top of arranging beta reads, you will need to hire an editor, a cover artist, get blurbs, and find innovative ways to promote your work. All of this (except the blurbs) costs money, so be sure to have some kind of budget figured out beforehand.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It’s all a matter of length and return. There are lots of publishers interested in novels because they’re considered widely marketable. Consequently, a writer can usually find a publisher that offers reasonably good terms (having the cover art, formatting, and advertising taken care of for you is also pretty nice). On the other hand, novellas are a tough sell and often not promoted very well. So, I tend to favor the indie route with my shorter work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ebooks are here to stay. Time has already proven it. That said, there will always be a market for print books, but traditional publishers need to embrace the electronic side of things if they want to stay afloat. Even a lot of publishers trying to get with the times grossly inflate their prices compared to ebook market standards and refuse to shift to modern methods (i.e. POD) that could save them money. I think striking the proper balance is still a few years away.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print