If you check out ‘The Last Mutineers’, you will see that our existence is rather minuscule in the grand scheme of things. Seeing as how ancient alien lore has already dictated humanity’s downfall, we do not stand much of a chance. Because after America falls, it will not be long before evil takes over once again. The Malentians being the evil alien species that predisposed humans to such foul outcomes. So it does not matter how hard we try, evil will always reign supreme. That is unless we all unite as one and rise up against it. Then we will be able to abolish it from the face of the Earth. But alas, such outcomes will never transpire, for we are all far too selfish for our own good. We have devolved into a bunch of self-obsessed zombies that do anything our oppressive authoritarian government tells us. By forgetting history, we are repeating it. Because although we are all created equal, we sure as hell do not act like it. So, follow the way of Algiz. Please check out ‘The Last Mutineers’ today. Do so to protect yourself.
Patrick Bedont Jr. has kindly joined me today to chat about his novel ‘The Last Mutineers: Stigmata Rising’, and the lessons that we can learn from remembering history and the way of the Algiz. Patrick, thanks for taking the time to chat about your novel today. There is a very obvious power behind the introductory words that continue through you novel. Where did the underlying power within this tale start?
Since I was a teenager, I have been logging down all of the various recurring dreams I have had. At the beginning of this series I simply took those dreams and started combining them to form the story. However, the dreams quickly evolved into a story that began growing legs of its own. It simply took off in a direction I never could have imagined. It was as though it grew inside of my hominidic mind and took over my entire being. Relaying itself through my fingertips only to project its message to those willing to enter the mind of a mad man.
Did you temper or supplement some of those mad man urges with research to ensure that your novel was readable?
Tons of research went into this book. Notebooks full of notes and other printouts. It is most certainly some legit stuff.
Was it legitimized even further by adding your own life experiences into the mix?
All of my experiences in life get translated into my writing in one way or another. Is that not how this game works?
You know I originally thought that that was how the game works, but it turns it that it’s not necessarily true. I’ve spoken with many an author who doesn’t feel that their own life experiences have exude much influence in their writing. Were your characters borne from personal experiences?
I took people form real life and turned them into characters for my novel. Names are of Nordic and Swedish descent.
*Laughs* Sounds like only the names have been changed to protect the innocent! As you’ve pretty much pulled people from real life and turned them into to characters, I would guess that that the personalities affected the direction of the plot. Is this a correct assumption?
Yes, the plot was informed by their personalities. I wanted to keep things raw and not so much PG-13.
By keeping your plot raw, rated over PG-13 and less limited, what message were you able to convey to the readership?
I want to wake people up to the atrocities being wrought on our species by a select few malevolent humans. Because if we do not strictly adhere to the American Constitution and reign our governing body in, I fear the United States will not be around much longer. If that happens, then the millions of lives lost to protect humanity’s freedoms will have been for naught but show.
Was working through your fears and putting them down on paper rewarding? Or did you find greater satisfaction in another aspect of the writing journey?
I did everything by myself. All of the writing, editing, artwork, and promotional work was 100% independent. Frugality is the only way I have survived this long.
By doing all parts of the process you must have learnt a huge amount of different and diverse things. What do you feel was your greatest area of learning?
The English language and all of the various rules in dealing with it.
*Laughs* Some of those rules, man they’re strange! But if you keep writing, I’m sure you’ll master each and every one of them. Have you started to think about your next writing project?
I have a seven volume series. Only one book is done. So I am working on the other six at the moment. Along with promotional artwork and the like.
Another six books! That’s a huge target especially since you are taking on all aspects of the process. What keeps pulling you back to write?
To entertain others. Allow them the opportunity to step forth into the endless creative abyss that is my mind.
How do you keep track of that endless abyss?
I am always jotting down notes in notebooks, note cards, and sticky notes.
Are those notes organised around the plot, or what you want to achieve so that you can see what you’re working towards before you start typing?
The direction definitely unfolds as I am writing. You never know who you are going to kill off or what not until that moment transpires.
Are there any routines that you follow to maximise the amount of time or resources so that you can spend as much time as possible with those transpiring moments?
I write for at least an hour every day.
When you’re in your writing hour of power, is there any music that brings your straight into the zone?
I listen to a lot of Final Fantasy music composed by Nobuo Uematsu. There is also Castlevania, Trigun, Sonic the Hedgehog, and some select other OSTs I listen to as well.
*Laughs* Sonic the Hedgehog, that’s awesome! I can certainly see the draw to Nobuo Uematsu, but I’d never have though about dear old Sonic. I shall have to give it a whirl! What do you do on those days when writing in the hour is a struggle?
Take a day off and do other creative work.
And with your strategy to take all parts of publishing, you’ll always have another creative task on your radar to complete. Do you have any tips for other authors looking to improve their self-publishing process?
Do not give up. Just keep going. Screw what everyone else says.
*Laughs* Doing what you need to do keeps coming up in lots of different ways through your writing approach. Have you worked on translating this passion to keep going despite everyone else into a solid author brand?
My pseudonym for writing is Tepbian Kord. So I figured I would create Tepbian Kord Publishing. To showcase my talents, I have ‘The Last Mutineers’ series along with my ‘Presidential Pareidolia’ Art Galleries linked to the website @ www.thelastmutineers.com
It’s really good to hear that you’ve started to work on that author brand when before you have released the rest of the series as it allows you to tie them together with greater ease, than struggling after the fact to re-brand and re-position the works together. Did the idea to setup your brand early in your writing career come from your day job?
I am a Lab Technician working on High Voltage Dead Tank Circuit Breakers. It does very little to influence my writing. Other than taking up a great deal of time and keeping me away from the keyboard.
*Laughs* It can be a struggle to get to that keyboard at times. Is there another path you feel might be better suited to you that you would enjoy more?
Anything where I can be my own boss. Or at least have very minimal authority reigning over me.
There’s so much opportunity these days for being your own boss, so maybe there’s another new career to set your sights on. One sight we’re rapidly approaching is the end of the interview, but before I let you return I’d like to share a little more of the man behind the author with our quick fire question round. We’ll kick off the fun with: what is your favourite quote?
“I’m violent with the hands in my head. They kinda move. But moving gets me nowhere.” -Buzz Osbourne
Poor Buzz, he needs to coordinate those movements to get him off and away! Do you have any philosophies that you live by?
Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Unless of course they are a prick first, then I say screw em’.
A slight twist on the do unto others philosophy. What is your twist on who decides what morality is?
Anyone besides a politician or elitist.
If they made a movie from your book who would you choose to play the main characters?
I would like to utilize fresh talent. Give someone new an opportunity to succeed.
I really like that idea of sharing opportunities for success with new talent. What would you do differently if you could do it again with regards to writing this book?
Not a thing.
That’s the sign of an author who’s done a great job! What is your zodiac sign?
If all of the world is a stage, where does the audience sit?
In a crawlspace beneath those humans that feel superior to their fellow species members.
I’m sure they’ve setup some chairs around the place as well so that they can look at their audience. What is your favourite word?
*Laughs* What’s the fun in language if you can’t make some new words up! Patrick, I hope that you can continue to play with the language, make up new words and progress through the next six books within your series.
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