Voted 2017’s “Most versatile local author” by Philly Current Magazine, Rick Pipito has written novels and short stories in the genres of historical fiction, horror, sci-fi, supernatural, non-fiction, children’s books and more. When his works aren’t in progress or ranking on the top 25 lists of independent authors, he is cohosting his web series “Think, Sip, Write,” and writing or playing music. He is the co-owner of sCrypt Publishing, a father of two, and married to Roberta Pipito of “Homemade Delish” fame.
What inspires you to write?
Life itself. I find that no matter what the instance is, whether good or bad, or who you meet in life there is something to be gained. Each of my personal experiences and things I've heard from others brings new detail and variety to what I do.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a notebook where I outline everything, but it's a constantly changing thing. I always know where my story will go ultimately, and where it begins. Then everything falls into place in the middle. It takes me about six months to complete the sometimes extensive research, write it, work out the kinks and publish. My dialogue is all done when driving in the car. I hit record on my phone and literally talk to myself in different voices. I probably look like a crazy person, but it works well for me, and I can hear it back to realize if it is something that seems realistic conversation.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are parts of my persona and other's whom I know or are aware of. I don't necessarily interact with the characters, but I do get attached. There have been a few times where I've shed a tear killing off a character.
Who are your favorite authors?
It's rare that I have time to read much anymore because I'm focusing on my own works, but I stay true to always picking up new releases by Bob Mayer, and the occasional Brad Thor or Dean Koontz. I grew up reading classic Stephen King as well as mainstream comic books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had a draft of my first book back in 2000 that I showed to a few people who loved it. I had a lot of support from family and friends to do it. Seeing how the market was starting to go, and after meeting a few well known writers, I settled with self publishing as my go to.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think digital and self pubs are making a huge boom. In a few years it will mainly be that way, if you don't think it isn't already. Many mainstream authors use self publishing services now. I'll always enjoy and prefer a print copy of a book, but digital is definitely becoming the way.
What genres do you write?
Historical fiction, alternative history, Horror, sci-fi, non-fiction, children's book, supernatural
What formats are your books in?
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