Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Deep Sea Fishing Magazine Interviews Jon Bassoff by Jon Bassoff @jonbassoff #Guest #puyb

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Deep Sea Fishing Magazine Interviews

Jon Bassoff

 (Interview provided by Jon Bassoff)

When I first got the opportunity to interview Jon Bassoff, I must admit that I was apprehensive. After all, I’d heard all the rumors about him: that his basement was filled with shrunken heads he’d collected in South America, that he’d married both of his first cousins, that he had a terrifying temper, and that on weekends he alternated between watching snuff tapes and Hallmark movies. But upon meeting him, I was pleasantly surprised. He was kind and well groomed. He smelled like butterscotch. He smiled constantly and laughed occasionally.

We sat at his kitchen table, which was filled with miniature glass Buddhas. He offered me lemonade and cash. I accepted the lemonade and refused the cash. Throughout the interview, he was thoughtful and articulate. He only lost his temper once, when I asked about his relationship with Bette Midler. Honoring his request, I have removed that portion of the interview. The following are some excerpts of the interview. The entire interview is available on the deep web.

Deep Sea Fishing Magazine: Do you fish?

Jon Bassoff: No.

DSFM: Do you like to eat fish?

Bassoff: Only caviar. I have a Pez dispenser and I eat it from there.

DSFM: Caviar from a Pez dispenser? You must be doing well then.

Bassoff: Well, how do you measure success? Do you measure it by books sold? Then, yes, I’m very successful. Do you measure it by the number of groupies? If so, then, successful again. Intelligence? Good looks? Any way you look at it, I’m about as successful as they come. But forget about all of that. For me, it’s all about being humble. And I am probably the humblest person in the world. I don’t forget where I came from. It’s that little town somewhere in the Midwest. The name escapes me right now. But I’ll remember by the end of the interview.

DSFM: Tell me about your writing routine.

Bassoff: I’m a very disciplined person and my routine is pretty inflexible. That’s the key to being a great writer. Not that I would call myself a great writer. Very, very, very, very, very good. Oh, who am I kidding? Great. What was your question again?

DSFM: Your writing routine.

Bassoff: Right. Typically, I wake up at about 1:00 in the afternoon. I have a nice breakfast, smoke some dope. After breakfast, I’m usually pretty tired, so I take a nap. I typically wake up at about 4:00, when it’s time for lunch. I eat from 4:00 to 5:00. I also use that time to read—usually magazines like Good Housekeeping or Penthouse. After that, I usually go out drinking with my mistress and her three kids. I get home at about eleven. I eat dinner. Pig tongues and pickled herring. And then I go to bed. And so it goes. Day after day after day.

DSFM: But what about the writing?

Bassoff: Excuse me?

DSFM: When do you write?

Bassoff: I have a ghost writer do that. I’m no fool.

DSFM: Tell me about your latest novel.

Bassoff: I have a new novel?

DSFM: Yes. Captain Clive’s Dreamworld.

Bassoff: Remind me of which one that is?

DFSM: The one that takes place in that creepy town and that creepy amusement park.

Bassoff: Right. I remember that one well. My team says it’s one of my best. Let’s see. Let me look at my notes. Yes. Yes. That’s the one with Deputy Sam Hardy. He’s reassigned to the town of Angels and Hope, which, within its borders, holds the once magnificent amusement park, Captain Clive's Dreamworld. When he arrives, however, Hardy notices some strange happenings. The park is essentially empty of customers. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation. As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. The truth—about the town and himself—will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape.

DFSM: It sounds incredible.

Bassoff: It is. And you know what else is incredible?

DFSM: What?

Bassoff: My new yacht. It has two helipads, an indoor swimming pool, and 3,800 square meters of living space. Want to go for a ride?

DFSM: I don’t know. I—

Bassoff: Come on. Don’t be shy. I don’t like to name drop, but Leo will be joining us.

DFSM: Leonardo DeCaprio?

Bassoff: Oh, heavens no! Leo Komarov. Center for the New York Islanders hockey team. Great guy. And a hell of a writer.


Jon Bassoff’s latest novel, Captain Clive’s Dreamworld, is available at all fine stores and brothels. You can follow him on Instagram or Twitter, as well as Facebook.

Editor’s note: Leo Komarov claims to have never heard of him.


Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France’s biggest crime fiction award. Two of his novels, The Drive-Thru Crematorium and The Disassembled Man, have been adapted for the big screen with Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild; Once Upon a Time in America) attached to star in The Disassembled Man. For his day job, Bassoff teaches high school English where he is known by students and faculty alike as the deranged writer guy. He is a connoisseur of tequila, hot sauces, psychobilly music, and flea-bag motels.


Website: http://www.jonbassoff.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jonbassoff

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Author: Jon Bassoff
Publisher: Eraserhead Press (print & ebook) Blackstone Audio (Audio)
Pages: 234
Genre: Horror/Horror Literature

After becoming the suspect in the murder of a young prostitute, Deputy Sam Hardy is “vanished” to a temporary post as the sole police officer in Angels and Hope, an idyllic town located in the middle of the desert, miles from any other sign of life. Hardy soon learns that Angels and Hope was constructed as a company town to support a magnificent amusement park – one to rival Disneyland – known as Captain Clive’s Dreamworld. When he arrives, however, Hardy notices some strange happenings. The park is essentially empty of customers. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation.

As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the people in town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. Soon his phone line mysteriously goes dead. His car’s tires get slashed. And he is being watched constantly by neighbors. The truth – about the town and himself – will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape.

Straddling the line between genre fiction and something more bizarre, Captain Clive’s Dreamworld is a terrifying vision of the collapse of the American mythos.


Captain Clive’s Dreamworld winds its way through an eerie, Lynchian landscape, populated by Stepford citizenry, cursed lives, and all the bleak sensibilities of the most dire Cormac McCarthy tale. Bassoff’s latest is a must read for fans of the genre, or any reader who prefers their fiction with a sense of the off-kilter. Highly recommended!”

-Ronald Malfi, author of Bone White

“Jon Bassoff’s nightmarish bizarro novel Captain Clive’s Dreamworld reads like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone mixed with Twin Peaks mixed with Dante’s Inferno. Unremittingly dark, this roman noir is a trenchant attack on the empty promises of capitalism…a hopeless rebuke of the bright plastic flesh built around the broken, crumbling skeleton of the American Dream.”

-Jeffrey Thomas, author of Boneland

“Jon Bassoff mines an imaginative seam that remains unexplored by any other writer I know working today. I wish I knew his secret, but I’ll settle for reading Captain Clive’s Dreamworld.”

-Tony Black, author of Summoning the Dead

Captain Clive’s Dreamworld is a masterfully rendered, very disturbing cautionary tale of pathological consumerism and nostalgia for a mid-century America that never was. Jon Bassoff’s vision is relentless and unsparing, his prose like a bone saw laying bare the corruption and perversion lurking beneath society’s superficial pieties.”

-Roger Smith, author of Dust Devils

“In Captain Clive’s Dreamworld, Jon Bassoff has created a haunting, suspenseful masterpiece that straddles the line between mystery and horror with expert skill.”

-S.A. Cosby, award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland


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Love and Other Moods Book Blast #bookblast #newadult #multicultural #romance

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Love and Other Moods follows complexities of adulting, of parenting, of the urban quest for love and finding one's place in the world…

Love and Other Moods

By Crystal Z. Lee

Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.

Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.

This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships—familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships—in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.

“This heartfelt, transporting story sparkles with a constellation of characters who call this city home while pursuing their China dream. As multifaceted as Shanghai itself, this novel follows overlapping narratives about the complexities of adulting, of parenting, of the urban quest for love and finding one’s place in the world.”

— EMILY TING, film director of Go Back to China and Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

“Awash with cosmopolitan expats and jet-setting locals, Love and Other Moods shimmers like the diamonds adorning China’s glitterati, while exposing haunting personal histories and intergenerational strife. With dazzling twirls around Shanghai’s World Expo, glitzy fashion shows, art deco architecture, jazz clubs, gourmet restaurants, and disappearing food stalls, this novel compellingly pulls the reader into the pleasures and pains of becoming an adult in a city soaring to global status.”

— JENNY LIN, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California and author of Above sea: Contemporary art, urban culture, and the fashioning of global Shanghai

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Naomi had packed four suitcases from New York, and right now they were stacked unevenly on top of one another in the hallway, forcing the front door to open only halfway, just tight enough for her to slide in sideways. She couldn’t remember the last time she had lived by herself. The lonely apartment was mildly depressing.

She felt like walking aimlessly. She passed by wrinkled men playing a game of Chinese chess, teenage girls in designer sunglasses taking photographs of each other, a woman gesticulating wildly as she yelled into her cell phone, tourists examining a guide book, a cloud of second-hand smoke drifting from outside a cafe, Uighur men selling kebabs, well-heeled shoppers clinging to their purchases, two men in yarmulkes talking heatedly, shrieking children competing with the racket from honking vehicles, and the sea of commuters gushing out of the Huangpi Nan Lu metro stop. Naomi let herself be swept up into the human river, bodies crushing against each other, arms brushing and shoving, no apologies no offense taken. Being in this city meant your senses were constantly accosted.

A man approached her with a flier featuring images of iPhones, Rolexes, LV handbags, and said that their shop was just ahead in an alley. She declined and quickened her pace. She spotted an empty bench by a bus stop and flopped down. Barely noticing as the traffic whizzed by, the racy selfie on Seth’s phone resurfaced in her head. A steady stream of downpour coaxed pedestrians to open a colorful array of umbrellas, or duck into convenience stores, boutique shops, malls entrances. Naomi felt wholly unequipped and unprepared, again, by this city.

Her hair was stuck to her face and her forehead was damp. She was relieved that the inclement weather matched her mood, for tears had started forming and slithering beneath her eyes, blending with the droplets of rain running down her face. She wiped it away with her sleeve. She just wanted to throw up all the fury and regrets that were lodged in her stomach, she wished it could all be flushed out of her head.

It was starting to hit her, the reality of having no boyfriend, no job, and nowhere to live.

She wondered if the sprawling metropolis of Shanghai was too small to co-exist with her ex-fiancé.

Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her debut novel. She’s already hard at work on her next novel and a children’s book.

Follow the author on Instagram @ Crystal.Z.Lee


Monday, January 18, 2021

Q&A with Sybrina Durant Author of Cleo Can Tie A Bow @sybrina_spt #Q&A

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Today's guest is Sybrina Durant, author of the children's picture book, CLEO CAN TIE A BOW. Sybrina is here today to answer questions about her life, writing and goals.


Are you a morning writer or a night writer? I am definitely a day writer, although there are times, when I am really thinking hard about a story, that I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea.  At those times, I have to get up right then and there and write it down or it will slip away by morning.

Do you outline or are you a pantster? I am an outliner. . .and an index carder. . .and a spread-sheeter. . .and an inspiration pic collector. I use all kinds of methods to develop my places and characters but then there are also times when I am writing by the seat of my pants.  You never know when a new character will present itself and suddenly become as important or more important than all the others.

Which comes first – plot or character? How about a “need”? For instance with my “Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series, those stories were based on a “need” to come up with a fun way to instruct others how to tie a tie.  Cleo’s Tie A Bow story didn’t come along until many years later because I just couldn’t figure out how to use the same methodology as I had used in the tie a tie books.  When I finally broke away from the idea that the instructions had to be based on the fox chasing the rabbit, I was finally able to come up with an even more fun way to present the instructions. In Cleo’s story, a helpful fox actually assists a long eared rabbit to keep her ears from dragging on the ground. This story is much more kid friendly.

Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript? Most of the time, I need complete silence. I am too easily distracted by the sounds coming from a radio or television. There are times when I will play music but it is only if I am writing a musical scene or an actual song for the story.

Favorite TV show? Anything science fiction or fantasy. In the past, I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek, Dr. Who, Stargate, Smallville , and even Dark Shadows.  That one really goes back! For current options; I love Discovery, Outpost, Mandalorian, Pandora, Supernatural (I hate that it has finally ended) and Snow Piercer.

Favorite type of music? I guess I’d have to say Pop or Pop Rock music is my favorite.  I’ve written a lot of songs in those genres over the years and I write songs for most of my books, too. If you’re interested in hearing other songs besides the one for this book, look me up on Youtube.  My channel is Sybrinad.

Favorite craft besides writing? Marketing and promoting have as much appeal for me as writing does, maybe even more so. That’s why I call myself an author/entrepreneur.  One idea always leads to another.  I promote Cleo Can Tie A bow (and my other books) every single day on several social media sites. I use a service called Postfity to schedule daily posts on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Every weekend, I spend time building the graphics to post.  In addition to that, I also schedule blog posts to be published every day. These posts are not all necessarily about the book itself. This is where the entrepreneur part comes in.  The Rabbit and Fox book series has inspired two online stores for Sybrina’s Book Blog. One is The Rabbit and The Fox Book Store where you can find rabbit and fox books by other authors as well as lots of fun rabbit and fox themed gifts. Cleo’s love of bows inspired the other online store, “Girls Love Bows Gift Shop.” There are hundreds of bow-themed gifts there for any bow-crazy girl. How do I do this? Well, since I am an Amazon associate, I can find related products to post on my blog and maybe make a little extra coin here and there. You can also find Sybrina’s Unicorn Book Store on my blog. I list nearly 1,000 unicorn books for sale on it. Anyone can do the same thing I’m doing with ideas and characters from their books. Having an online store is fun and can be potentially profitable, too.

Favorite outdoor activity? Looking out the window at nature. I am not much of an outdoor person but I love to look at nature.  I am blessed to have a house on a beautiful lake where my office window gives me a perfect view of the water. It is very serene.

Your goal in life? My goal in life is to be well known for something that helped lots of people. 

Your most exciting moment? When I published my first book.  Back then, I thought that being a published author meant that people were just going to find my book because it was “out there”. Boy, was I ever wrong. Little did I know that after making your book available to the public is when all of the really hard work begins. Promotion and marketing really is a full time effort. If you don’t do it consistently, chances are that no one will ever know your book exists. If you don’t do it at all, your book is almost guaranteed never to be read by anyone. If you are an author who has published a book, time to get busy!


Sybrina Durant is the author of The Rabbit and The Fox Learn To Tie Series of Books which include Learn To Tie A Neck Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox in English, Spanish and Tagalog; Ned Can Knot A Neck Tie; Nellie Can Knot A Neck Scarf and the newest addition, Cleo Can Tie  A Bow. She also the author of The Blue Unicorn Series of books and has an online book store which features, unicorns, rabbits, foxes, and how to tie books plus gift items related to those things plus lots of bow-themed gifts.


Website: https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/cleo-can-tie-a-bow-book/

Blog: https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/cleo-can-tie-a-bow-book/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sybrina_spt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NedandNellieKnowKnots

Cleo can tie a bow. She learned what she knows from a rabbit and a fox. They can teach your child how to tie a bow, too. This fun picture book is intended to be a family bonding parent-child activity. It’s a great way to learn to tie shoe laces.


Cleo Can Tie A Bow: A Rabbit and Fox Story is an educational picture book for children written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Pumudi Gardiyawasam. Cleo loves bows! All of her shoes have bows, and she always has a bow in her hair. If you look at her dress, you’ll notice that it has a bow and a sash around her waist. Even her fingernails are decorated with little bows. And her bedroom? Yes, you guessed it. There are bows everywhere — on the bed, on the curtains over her windows; even her stuffed bunny’s ears are tied into a bow. Cleo learned all about tying bows from a story about a rabbit with very long, droopy ears and the friendly fox who had the perfect solution.

Sybrina Durant’s Cleo Can Tie A Bow: A Rabbit and Fox Story is two stories within a story. Children are introduced to Cleo who then introduces the story about how she learned to tie a bow. In her introduction to the book, Durant recommends that parents share the story with their children, so they can learn to tie a bow along with Cleo. She suggests using long ribbons to simulate the fox’s moves or shoelaces. Both stories are engaging and fun to read, and the instructions given by the fox work quite well. I was pleased to note the author cautions that, despite the storyline, one must never practice bow tying moves on a real bunny. Pumudi Gardiyawasam’s colorful and fun illustrations work quite well with the story, and the profusion of bows on Cleo’s wardrobe, room, and bunny will entice young readers to try their own hands at tying a bow. The author also provides a link for a video version and the “Cleo can tie a bow song.” Cleo Can Tie A Bow: A Rabbit and Fox Story is highly recommended.

–Readers Favorite


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New Release! New Yorkers by Clifford Browder

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A quirky memoir by a longtime resident with bits of history and travel lore thrown in...

By Clifford Browder

A quirky memoir by a longtime resident, with glances at his city’s history and bits of travel lore all rolled into one.

Readers will learn how the Statue of Liberty almost didn’t happen; how the author found the sacred in the city, and learned the Charleston on You Tube; how  mobsters shared the corridors of the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel with the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor and an ex-president; and how the author had an affair with a Broadway chorus boy (if the Cardinal Archbishop of New York could do it, so could he).

Plus Mohawks, hustlers, scams and cons, wigmakers and crematory managers, racoons in Central Park, Trump Tower, cholera, and the Beatles.  A fun book, but with some serious moments.

New York is the most exciting city in the world.  The author wants to share it with everyone.


Though born and raised in the Midwest, I am a longtime New Yorker and over the years have seen many changes. I reside high above the Magnolia Bakery of Sex and the City fame in Greenwich Village. When I first came here in 1953 to do graduate work in French at Columbia University, I had to get used to the city’s bigness, noise, and bustle, its pace and its attractions. But get used to them I did, to the point where I needed them, craved them, and celebrated them. For me, New York is the most exciting city in the world. It’s special, it’s unique. I have even expressed this in an equation: 

                  intensity + diversity = creativity = New York 

The intensity of New York is experienced immediately by anyone coming to the city, and the city’s diversity will leap out at you wherever you may go. Which makes the city incredibly creative; things happen here: the Gay Pride movement, Occupy Wall Street, opera and ballet, the Empire State Building, 9/11, and yes, the Donald and his Tower. Not everything here is admirable, but in spite of all its faults, I love this city; I couldn’t do without it. A sign that appeared at the entrance to the Staten Island ferry once asked, New York: Is There Anywhere Else? 

Not everyone would agree. We New Yorkers are a very special breed, tough and savvy. We challenge, we complain. And we know that New York is not for everyone, nor should it be. For quiet, for peace of mind and the illusion of stabili- ty, go elsewhere. Here are flux and change, the perennial strife of old vs. new, the turmoil and fervor of nine million striversWe New Yorkers are great doers; we savor the charm of the old and often want to preserve it, but at the same time we forge ahead, we create, we do

In this book I want to share with others what it is to be a New Yorker, who we are, how we live, what we do, our past and present glories and horrors. Ask twenty New Yorkers about these things, and you’ll get twenty answers. What I’m sharing here is my New York. The chapters derive from posts for my blog, “No Place for Normal: New York,” which is about any- thing and everything New York, past and present. This is the city I love; I hope you’ll love it, too. Or hate it, if you must. The main thing is to know it; it’s unique. 

"Tourists and those new to the city will most appreciate this light, entertaining look at the Big Apple." --  Publishers Weekly 

"New York is the most exciting city in the world. It's unique and reading 'New Yorkers' is the next best thing to actually living there!"  --  Midwest Book Review 

"This immersive exploration of the city and its denizens etches a vivid portrait of what it is to be a New Yorker." -- Kirkus Reviews 

"Thousands of books have been written about New York City, but this one stands out." -- Blue Ink Review 

"A tantalizing vision of an exciting city overflowing with diversity in all respects." -Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Bestsellersworld

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Clifford Browder is a writer and retired freelance editor living in New York City, which he celebrates in his blog, “No Place for Normal: New York.”  His published works include two biographies; three New York City memoirs; a critical study of the French Surrealist poet André Breton; and four historical novels set in nineteenth-century New York.  His poetry has appeared both online and in print.  He has never owned a car, a television, or a cell phone, barely tolerates his computer, and eats garlic to fend off vampires.  (So far, it seems to be working.)

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