10 QUESTIONS FOR…paranormal fiction author F.P. Dorchak

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Author interview with F.P. Dorchak

 

 

 

photo by Kim Claybaugh

photo by Kim Claybaugh

 

 

 

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I’m a tech writer and live in Colorado and I write gritty, realistic, paranormal fiction. No, not vampires, as “paranormal fiction” seems wont to mean these days.  We’re talking past lives, supernatural nastiness, remote viewers, and UFOs.  That kind of paranormal.  Anyway, I attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona, and studied physics, astronomy, German, and philosophy, and served seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a missile warning and satellite operator. I get up BEFORE the crack of dawn to work on my manuscripts, and recently acquired literary agent Cherry Weiner.  Cherry is currently shopping around my supernatural mass murder and UFO conspiracy machine manuscripts.

 

1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest manuscript is about an astronaut trapped within a damaged space station who gets caught up in the UFO conspiracy machine. I used a lot of real stuff from growing up in upstate New York to my time in the Air Force.  Yeah, there’s lots of made-up stuff, too, but I’m not telling what’s what.  :-]  It takes place in Colorado Springs, New Mexico, and New York.  Oh, yeah, and in Earth orbit.

2. How did you get started as a writer?

I’d love to say I was born with pen in hand, but a lot of mothers might cringe at the thought.  I started writing at the age of six, my mother tells me.  Wrote and drew about Civil War battles, because I felt I’d been a Civil War soldier (see my website for more information about…), but it wasn’t until about fourteen or fifteen that I actively began writing short stories.  I loved horror and the supernatural so wrote about flesh-eating tables, gargoyles, vampyres, and all-things weird.  I attended college and my writing went on hold, but I picked it up around 1986, and soon took a Writer’s Digest correspondence course, instructed by James Kisner.  I wrote a lot and read a lot.  Joined a couple critique groups for a few years (got kicked out of one cause of the nastiness I wrote), kept writing, and attended writing conferences. In 1993 took second in the SF/F contest at the first PPWC.  I have since been published in the US, Canada, and “the old Czechoslovakia,” now the Czech Republic, with over a dozen paranormal short stories in various small-press magazines, and self-published my first novel, Sleepwalkers, in 2001 (http://www.fpdorchak.com/Sleepwalkers.html).  Except for one Amazon.com review (http://tinyurl.com/l7x2qs), the rest are great. Can’t please everyone, huh?

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

I come-to in the middle of some secluded Michigan back road (in my jammies), cut out that dang implant I can’t seem to get rid of for the umpteenth time, and hitch my way home.  Okay, not really.  Up at oh-dark-thirty, write for a couple hours before my day job.  Work like a dog for “The Man and Woman” (I have dual bosses–takes two to manage me, don’tcha know…).  Hit the gym later in the day, do whatever are the chores du jour, try to relax a little before bedtime, and start it all over again.  Yeah, baby, life is great!

4. Describe your desk/workspace.

A small home office with a couple whiteboards covered in items-o-interest, a wall with pictures and stuff from my time in the Air Force, family photos.  Earth and moon globes.  A corkboard packed with notes.  Shelves and floor space littered–I mean covered–with “research material.”  A small desk with my needed writerly machinations, and pictures of my adorable and charming wife (did I mention “adorable” and “charming”?).  An overstuffed filing cabinet.  WAY overstuffed.  I think it’s supposed to represent an analogy about me.  Or something.

5. Favorite books (especially for writers)

Your standard Elements of Grammar and Strunk and Whites, but where’s the fun in those?  I devour books on Weird Shit (can I say that on our six-second delay?), like UFOs, past and future lives, NASA and Secret Society conspiracies, most works by Stephen King.  The mega volumes of the Seth material.  THERE’S some funky reading, my friends….

6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you

You don’t have enough already?

1) When I was a kid, I actually wrote an entire story around the OUTSIDE of our house.  Don’t worry, it was in pencil.

2) I attended acting and modeling classes with the John Casablancas Agency; attended “go-sees” (auditions) in the late eighties.

3) I believe I’ve lived before.  Many times.  (Like you didn’t see THAT coming?)

7. Favorite quote

We create our own reality.  TMI yet?

8. Best and worst part of being a writer

World creation.  God complexes.  Mega-use of the imagination.

There’s a downside to any of the above?!

9. Advice for other writers

What are you doing this for, huh?  Find your reason then pit-bull it to death.  There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no room in writing for the half-possessed.

10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.

Someone once told me that Sleepwalkers helped them remember their dreams…GOOD dreams, for a change…where for a long time had been nothing and nastiness, because of relationship abuse.  There was more to the conversation that I wish I could recall, but, man, I was dumbfounded.  It really affected me.  If I never sold another book, THAT particular one was more than worth it.  It actually HELPED someone.  My fiction helped someone through a dark, brutal period in their life.  Good Lord, how do you top that?  I think about that a lot.

Where can people buy your book?

I have some links to short stories and such on my website (http://www.fpdorchak.com/LiteraryCredits.html), and every so often, I try to keep a semi-regular blog, also accessible from my website (http://www.fpdorchak.com/index.html). If you’re at all interested, stop on by and post a comment.  Take a crack at Sleepwalkers (http://www.fpdorchak.com/Sleepwalkers.html), available from at my website or Amazon.com (cheaper at AuthorHouse–see link on site).  It may not change your life, like my one readers, but it might.  And it just might get you to think a little differently about life in general.  Bret Wright read it twice (read his two reviews, at Amazon.com)–thanks, Bret!  And thank all of you for taking the time to read a little about me.

Frank

All Writing Helps All Writing

F. P. (Frank) Dorchak

SLEEPWALKERS (ISBN 0-75963-950-7)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vupBGqeCx2k

http://www.fpdorchak.com

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6 responses »

  1. I love your statement: “There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no room in writing for the half-possessed.”

  2. Great interview and great questions but then again your subject matter was pretty good to start with |:~). Frank is such a wonderful guy. Thanks for posting.

  3. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read Wendy’s interview–and thanks for all your kind words! :-] And, again, thanks to Wendy for all her efforts. I really appreciate this! It was fun!

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