Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bigfoot Blues Interview and Blog Tour

About the Book:
Title: Bigfoot Blues
Author: Ricardo Sanchez
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 251
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle
She eloped with Bigfoot. Or maybe Bigfoot kidnapped her. Either way, I've been hired to uncover the truth behind Cindy Funk's disappearance. Me? I'm Floyd, and I'm a PI living my life as Elvis would have wanted. Not just in sequined jumpsuits. With character.
Cindy's trail leads me to River City, Oregon—aka the Mythical Creature Capital of the World—where I catch Case #2. This one from an eccentric billionaire who's lost a priceless piece of &art.& Enter one dead body and I end up deputized to solve Case #3, tracking down a man-eating mountain lion. Or maybe it's a chupacabra. Or just an ordinary murderer. Hard to say.
I've handled my fair share of crazy, but River City's secrets have me spooked. With an influx of tourists arriving for the town's annual Elvis tribute contest—what are the chances?—I've got to save the girl, solve the rich guy's problem and leash that chupacabra before a second body is discovered. It might just be mine.
Read more about Floyd's adventures in Elvis Sightings, available now!
For More Information
Bigfoot Blues is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was seven. I’d just seen Star Wars and proceeded to immediately start working on fan fiction for all my action figures. Of course, my parents and teachers would say that I wanted to be a story telling long before that. I had a habit of coming up with some pretty tall tales – not to get out of trouble or anything, just to make stuff more interesting – and trying to pass them off as real. Although I still say I want to be a writer. I’m not quite comfortable saying I’m one yet. When people say “writer” I think Asimov, Christie and Hammett. At some level I know that yes, I’m a writer, I’ve published books, but I still don’t feel like one. I could probably publish fifty books and still not feel like one yet.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Elvis Sightings, my first novel, took, off and on, 20 years. Although I was only serious about it for 3. Bigfoot Blues, the sequel, took 8 months from when I started typing to when my editor said “We’re done!” I’m very deadline oriented, without one I have a hard time staying on track. I’m working on a zombie novel now (it’s not post-apocalyptic) that has no hard deadline. I’ll probably be ready to show it to somebody after a year of work. So my time to completion is getting a LOT better.
What do you like to do when you're not writing
I used to do lots of stuff, but writing actually occupies most of my free time these days. But when I can’t face the keyboard, I love movies. I have a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of certain genres: B-movies, samurai, sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. But when I’m on vacation – I read. I have a list of about two hundred books I still want to read. I also spend a lot of time hunting for Halloween decorations. I have a “problem” with them.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve wanted to be a novel writer practically my whole life but put it off for one reason or another. I still wrote things – comic books, plays, screenplays, tech articles – but I just never forced myself to sit down and finish writing a book. Then, one day, I had a birthday. And while time wasn’t really running out, not yet, it was a high enough number where I said to myself, time to finish that book. I did mention I’m very deadline oriented?

What books have influenced your life most?
There is one book to rule them all – The Hobbit. I’m cribbing a bit from Lord of the Rings, I know, but the ring shows up first in The Hobbit. Before I’d read Tolkien, all the books I’d consumed were pretty standard children’s fare. But a wonderful teacher put The Hobbit in my hands, and gave me a deadline for finishing it, and my whole idea of what was in a book just changed. The cliché about it opening up a new world was absolutely true in my case. What made The Hobbit so influential, is that from there, I went on to Andre Norton, Roger Zelazney, Robert Heinlein, and a whole litany of fantasy and sci-fi writers, one of whom was Isaac Asimov, another writer who expanded my range of reading when I stumbled across an article he’d written about pulp sci-fi. So I went and read the really old stuff and LOVED it. So I tried pulp crime. Which led to Chandler and Hammett which led to Doyle, then Poe, who helped me transition to horror and Lovecraft, who, oddly, segued to Christie. And the chain keeps going. But it all started with The Hobbit. If I hadn’t read that particular book at that exact time, I’m not sure if my love for the written word would have exploded like it did.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The writing. I can spend forever plotting things, thinking up scenes, tinkering with my computer, re-organizing my working space and generally doing anything but the writing. Which is weird, because I love writing. And I’m a much more genial person when I’m doing it. But without that deadline to drive me, actually forcing myself to sit down start typing is HARD! I’ve had to give myself a rule that I will write 500 words a day no matter what. Even if I have to delete them tomorrow. Because a lot of the time that 500 becomes a few thousand and I get closer to writing the end.

About the Author
Ricardo Sanchez is a writer, toy buff, and lifelong comic book fan.

Elvis Sightings, the first novel in his Elvis Sightings Mysteries series, was released in September , 2014. Bigfoot Blues, the follow up, was released in May, 2015.
Ricardo has written several books for DC Comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Teen Titans Go! and Resident Evil among many others. His original project, A Hero’s Death, was a successful Kickstarter released in May, 2015.

In addition to writing, Ricardo is an Emmy award winning video and animation producer. When he’s not writing, Ricardo maintains a vintage toy blog, drives 70's muscle cars, and shops year round for Halloween decorations for his home in California.
For More Information
Visit Ricardo Sanchez’s website.
Connect with Ricardo on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about Ricardo at Goodreads.

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