Friday, January 17, 2014

John Reinhard Dizon Interview


  1. How long have you been writing?                                           
I began writing dialogue for my stick-figure cartoons as a pre-schooler. I started writing sagas on my summer vacations in high school and finally took a shot at getting published in the 70’s. Before the Internet, the cost of mailing queries and manuscripts made it impossible. When I bought my first PC in the 90’s, it was a new ball game.

                  2. How long have you been a published author?

I finally got the original version of Tiara published in 2003.


  1. What titles do you have available?                         
                                                                                                         
            Tiara (2003),
            Destroyer (2005),
            Cyclops (2006),
            Wolfsangel (2008),
            Penny Flame (2009), 
            The Standard (2013),            
            Destroyer - 2nd Edition (2013),
            The Fury (2013),
            Stxeamtown (2013),
            Wolf Man (2013),
            Tiara – 10th Anniversary Edition (2013).

            As you can see, I got pretty busy this year.
            The Bat came out on New Year’s Eve and Nightcrawler was my first of 2014.

  1. What made you choose the subject of this book?

 I’ve been intrigued by the concept of the vigilante going all the way back to the Death Wish series of the 70’s and the real-life copycat Bernhard Goetz in NYC. Superheroes with superpowers just doesn’t do it for me. The Bat got rejected by editors because they were worried it was going to be seen as a Batman knockoff, which was furthest from the truth. I decided on a female protagonist, and even though the name Nightcrawler’s been used before, I knew this was going to be completely different. She’s the World’s Most Unlikeliest Superhero, a party girl turned chemical manufacturing CEO and churchgoer who devotes her resources to fighting crime. Everything and everyone is against her but she takes her lickings and keeps on ticking.
John as a wrestler

  1. Do you have any new titles coming soon?

King of the Hoboes is in the works as we speak. Veronika Heydrich is an NYPD cop 
going for the gold badge (detective) by infiltrating the Hobo Underground under suspicion of       possible terrorist activity. Her life on the streets is an incisive glimpse into the deprivations experienced by homeless women in NYC. The antagonist, Adolf Hyatt, is a demagogue who raises his own questions and issues about our society and its attitudes towards our growing population of unemployed and homeless citizens.

  1. What is your favourite genre and why?
Looks like action/adventure to me. It provides me with the excitement that draws the            reader into the storyline, and requires larger-than-life characters to meet the insurmountable challenge. I prefer historical and contemporary fiction as it gives me the real-life game-changing event as a backdrop, and allows the reader to walk away with their own perceptions as to how the novels discuss similar situations and problems in modern society.

  1. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?                 

It has to be when the characters take on a life of their own and begin writing their own storylines. Sabrina Brooks is a great example. She starts out trying to keep her deceased father’s company from falling apart, and runs into big problems convincing everyone a 24-year-old female can follow her iconic father’s footsteps. Just as she starts making  progress, her church family is dealing with crises in helping the abused women in the congregation. She sends in the Nightcrawler and suddenly finds her alter ego wanted by the police. She can’t win for losing, and I was delighted in watching her find her own way out. Sometimes your character’s redeeming qualities dictate its own logic.

  1. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

      Well, if Franz Kafka were still alive, I think it would be a blast to get his take on my             protagonists as anti-heroes. As a dominant figure in postmodernist literature, he would be the go-to guy in interpreting the motivation and development of a protagonist forced to respond to an impossible predicament. I think he would’ve loved Sabrina Brooks.

  1. Where can readers find you on the web?

      Just Google me up, there’s about ten pages of John Reinhard Dizon --- and counting!


Where to find John and his books:

John's Amazon Page

John's Goodreads Page

John on Angelfire

John on Wattpad

John's LinkedIn Account

John on Shelfari

John on Smashwords

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