Something to Read on the Ride: J David Core

The Writer’s Café’ is a fantastic cyber-space to frequent if you are a writer. Thanks to my daily lurking there, I came to know about Stella Wilkinson’s charity project, Something to Read on the Ride. Thanks to participating to the collective, I am getting to know awesome people.  I am also reading the anthology and the shorts are great reading material. Today, to start the week in style, author J David Core is visiting my blog.

Let’s meet David:

J David CoreWith a profound interest in religion, liberal politics and humor, Dave began writing in High School and has not given up on it since. His first professional writing jobs came while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh when he was hired to create political cartoons for the Pitt News & to write humor pieces for Smile Magazine. Dave has worked in the newspaper industry as a photographer, in the online publishing industry as a weekly contributor to, and was a contributing writer to the Buzz On series of informational books and to the Western online anthology, Elbow Creek. Dave’s science fiction novel, Synthetic Blood and Mixed Emotions, is available from

Dave currently resides in his childhood home in Toronto, OH with his beautiful girlfriend and his teenage daughter. He enjoys participating in local community events & visiting with his two adult children and his grandson. His writing blog is available at

Let’s interrogate David:

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

I wanted to be a scientist, but I had no idea what that really meant. I wanted to understand the origins of life and the mechanics of the universe. I did not want to do math or spend days developing and repeating mundane experiments. Fiction only ever shows us the result of the work, not the drudgery. So I decided to become a guy who “invents” the end result.

The first book you read was…?

I think it was Alice in Wonderland. The story has a unique voice and is incredibly imaginative and – yes – inventive. It still ranks as one of my all-time favorites. Plus the illustrations by Tenniel were incredible.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

I was always a loner as a kid. I spent most of my youth inside my own head creating fanciful experiences for myself. Then when I entered high school I suddenly found a group of creative people to hang out with. They were all musicians and I can’t carry a tune, so I tried my hand at writing lyrics. Turns out that time I spent conditioning my brain to invent entertainment for myself had set the groundwork for a creative platform.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

I love mysteries, thrillers and sci-fi. I don’t think I have a favorite though. I have some least favorites though. I don’t care for chick lit (Nickolas Sparks, RJ Waller) nor am I a fan of introspective fiction (Eat, Pray, Love or The Life of Pi.) I appreciate them, but I’m just not a fan.

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

I don’t even have a Kindle. I read eBooks on my phone or PC, and I also blog and do reviews so all of the titles in my “to read” list are books I intend to review. However, if you’re asking what my secret vice reading material is, I already told you I love Alice in Wonderland.

You write…?

I write in several genres, but all of my writing has a noir feel to it. My published novellas include humor, sci-fi, mysteries and straight-up noir all with a crime element and a hard-boiled undertone to the writing.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

People say my stories are readable. In fact, the main criticism I get is that my stories are not descriptive and flowery enough for some readers’ tastes. To me, that criticism is high praise. One critic complained that my first novel begins with a descriptive and elaborate description of coming into Pittsburgh at night through the Ft. Pitt tunnel. The reviewer loved that paragraph – which I had included as a gimmick – and felt cheated when the rest of the book told a good story but never lived up to the haute fiction promise of that opening paragraph. To me – the reviewer may as well have said, “Core can write like James Joyce when he wants, but he prefers to channel Hemingway.”

What’s next…?

I’m currently re-writing the second novel in my mystery novel series for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) When I finish that, I have an idea for a novelette about Copertina Sandro Beneficenzatwo boys who put an unconscious friend on a bouncing Betty landmine one of their parents owns in an illegal collection of live munitions. They want to see if the three of them can figure out a way to diffuse the mine under those circumstances. After that, I may try my hand at a non-fiction series of essays about religious belief. We shall see.

To read J David Core’s short and donate to a great cause, the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hopital Charity, buy Something to Read on the Ride. It’s only $2.99 and all the proceeds go to the charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: J David Core

Something to Read on the Ride: Frank Zubek

Frank Zubek portraitI am pleased to start the weekend by having a most gracious guest, author Frank Zubek, on my blog. Frank is one of the authors who collaborated to the anthology Something to Read on the Ride. Frank, who has been a great supporter of the collective since its inception, has donated not one, but two shorts.

In his own words:

Where do you live and what’s the day job?

Greater Cleveland and I work in retail. The rest of my time is taken up writing and a few hours of sleep.

What inspired this story?

Stella suggested for people to submit a story they had hanging around on their hard drive. I didn’t have any so I decided to think up a new story exclusive for the anthology, which is geared toward people who travel to and from work on buses or subways. I was also a bit worried that we wouldn’t have enough submissions to fill a book so I offered to think up two and she said okay. So my two stories take place on a bus.

How long have you been writing?

1999. I currently have several short stories and a few novellas for sale on amazon.

What are you working on next?

I seem to have run out of ideas for contemporary fiction so I’m switching to fantasy. I have a few adventures that are perfect for a novel.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?

Of course!  is the web page and the blog is  

Can people contact you?  

Copertina Sandro BeneficenzaIf you want to donate to a great cause, Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hospital Charity, and read Frank’s two shorts, buy the anthology. It’s only $2.99!

Something to Read on the Ride: Frank Zubek

Something to Read on the Ride

Copertina Sandro BeneficenzaI am quite proud to be part of two great charity projects this year. Something to Read on the Ride, edited by author Stella Wilkinson, is the first of the two anthologies for which I donated a short, while Alessandro Fiorini donated the cover.  The book, suitable for all adult readers from 18 – 80,  covers a large range of subjects, from space travel to zombies, romance, humor and tragedy, and from unusual occurrences to every day situations. Stories were donated by authors who hang out at the Writers’ CaféSomething to Read on the Ride is only $2.99, and all the proceeds from the sales will go to Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, a Children’s Hospital Charity.

My contribute to the anthology, The Centennial Grape, is a science fiction short with a moody atmosphere, homage to the science fiction I grew up with and loved.

Have a great time commuting.

Something to Read on the Ride

Kindle Countdown Deal: the day after

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The good news is that whenever I contact Amazon, one of its representatives always answers in a matter of hours. Usually, said representative is able to fix the problem I queried Amazon about. This time wasn’t an exception. Too bad, The Prince’s Day Out is languishing at page 10 of that magical list. Now, what should I do? Do I remove the other titles from the countdown program? Is it worth not being able to use the free days to enroll my book in this new promotion scheme? At the moment, the answer is no. But, I only used the free days once, and Amazon has just launched the countdown program. So… 

Kindle Countdown Deal: the day after

Kindle Countdown Deals

Cover Finale AmazonI believe in what Amazon has to offer to the indie community, and I looked at the new countdown feature as an opportunity to get visibility. Two years ago, I missed the freebies train, because I thought that writing a good book and having it professionally edited and proofread would be enough. Silly me. Eventually, I did climb on that train with The Priest, and realized how wrong I had been. So, when I read about a new book promotion tool, I was the first in line to sign. I enrolled all the titles I was allowed to.

Well, I am sure it works for the book featured on the countdown deals page. Unfortunately, my Prince’s Day Out, although discounted from $4.99 to $0.99 doesn’t appear on that magical page. Therefore, I missed another train. My  only consolation is that it isn’t my  fault this time.

Kindle Countdown Deals