Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

I‘ve been graciously asked to contribute to the ‘My Writing Process‘ blog tour by author Michael Thomas-Knight. Thank you, Michael! Michael has over thirty-five short horror stories in various books, magazines, publications and websites. He also loves to review horror films; his blog, ‘Parlor of Horror,’ is absolutely chock full of stories, galleries and information to delight any horror fan. After all that, how could I let Michael down by not participating in the ‘My Writing Process‘ blog tour?

So here we go!

1. What am I working on?
Currently, I’m just beginning to crank up the promotional and marketing machine for my latest release, ‘Dusk and Summer.’ Ironically, my novella is anything other than a horror story; it’s actually a contemporary fantasy story written in tribute to my father who passed seven years ago from pancreatic cancer. I took elements of my father’s passion of scuba diving and turned it into a tale about a dying father who sends his only son on a mission to lay his soul to rest at sea. I won’t give anything else away, but the book is completely taking readers by surprise. Most importantly, I’m donating a portion of all proceeds to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

I am hoping, however, to start a new horror novel in the next month or so once I get a better handle on my book promotion. There’s only so much time in a day, after all.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my work differs from others of its genre, that being horror of course, because of my flexibility and ability to adapt. I don’t write in just one set ‘voice’ or ‘style;’ my stories dictate the direction of their travel, as well the means of their intent. I serve only as their guide. But inevitably, my stories are recognizable by the concise manner in which I deliver them. I don’t like to be wordy, so my structure is often punchy and impactful.

3. Why Do I Write What I Do?
I write what I do because I simply have a burning desire! I see a glimpse of an image in my head, and from that alone a story takes shape. Writing is my therapy – it calms me, allows me to see within myself and process all that I am. It just happens to come in the guise of monstrous and disturbing tales.

4. How Does My Writing Process Work?
My writing process is fairly simple: I mute the world and clear my head. And by clearing my head I mean getting rid of that day’s stress, as well as not thinking of what I’m about to write at all. I then fall into a daydream sort of mode. While that’s going on, I may light some candles and incense. Not to channel spirits or demons (then again, who knows – lol), but to just cleanse myself. I crank a playlist that puts me in the right mood and might even pour a drink. Finally, I glance at my daughter’s photograph and remind myself of the reason I work tirelessly at what I do.


Okay, now I’m choosing my own nominee (only one person but for a very good reason) for the next ‘My Writing Process‘ blog tour. She’ll be answering these same very questions on her own blog on July 21 – make sure you visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Nina D’Arcangela– My only nominee is Nina D’Arcangela, my partner in crime with Pen of the Damned.ย  Personally, I can’t wait to hear about her writing process.ย  I don’t think anyone truly knows just how much Nina does, and if you did, you’d be astounded!ย  Let me scratch the surface:ย  Nina is one of the founders of Sirens Call Publications –ย  every horror writer needs to have them on their radar.ย  She is also the owner of Dark Angel Photography, an extremely talented writer who cranks out some wicked emotive prose, a marketing specialist, a web developer, an avid reader, an UrbEx adventurer, a weird quirky geek (hey, your own words, Nina! lol), a devoted wife, loving momma to her kitty cats (who secretly tap out stories on her keyboard while Nina is sleeping!), and truly the biggest and most unselfish supporter of authors and their craft that I know.ย  Nina doesn’t ever seek the spotlight, but I’m pushing her (albeit screaming) into it, and that’s why she’s my sole nominee; she deserves it!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

17 thoughts on “My Writing Process Blog Tour

  1. Craig McGray says:

    Reblogged this on From Bright Minds Come Dark Things and commented:
    A great post from Joe Pinto.

  2. Fun to read Joe. Thanks for the plug. I think it’s great that you donate to the Lustgarten Foundation. I look forward to seeing Nina’s stop on the MWP tour.

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thanks, Michael, I appreciate you making it possible in the first place! And it’s my pleasure on the plug – you run a great site (can’t get enough of your Godzilla post! lol) Anything you need in the future, please ask.

      Yes, you know Pen of the Damned, so you know my partner in crime Nina. I look equally forward to her post as well!

  3. blazemcrob says:

    Super cool, Joseph! I love getting below the surface grit and grime and finding out what lies within an author’s soul.


    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you, Blaze! I don’t like talking about myself at all, so a post like this is like slowly opening my crypt lid and revealing myself lol

      1. blazemcrob says:

        Your friends are perfectly willing to spread your fame around, Joseph!


  4. So interesting to learn more about you and your process!

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      Thank you Reenie! But I’m like a covert spy when revealing things about myself lol I’d rather reveal it through my prose ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Well, then get to writing so we can peel back more layers!

      2. Joseph Pinto says:

        lol Yes ma’am!

  5. Thank you for nominating me, Joe! Great post! Learning more about your behind-the-scenes thought process let’s me (us) appreciate the end result you produce even more. Thanks for sharing your brand of how-do!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      You’re welcome, Nina! Ya better not steal any of my how-do to-do lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Oh, I’ll try my best not to… it’ll be hard though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. blazemcrob says:

      Ooh. we’ll have another cool post next week. Damned cool!


      1. Thanks Blaze! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Ok burning questions here: What’s the drink? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Write drunk? Edit sober?) and What’s currently on the playlist?
    I am a candle burner too…I often think back to generations of great writers who went before who would have written by candlelight and I can almost feel their spirits stand beside me.
    Great post Joe! ๐Ÿ™‚
    – Kim

    1. Joseph Pinto says:

      lol Well, you should ask what ISN’T the drink ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mostly wine, but I’ll kick back my Scotch and craft beers as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love writing buzzed (I’m not an alcoholic, really! lol), but all my editing must be done with water in my veins lol

      My playlist: it could be anything, Kim. Depends on my moon or the mood I’m capturing in a particular piece or scene. I range from classical music to blues to metal (no rap or country). My musical taste is truly eclectic! lol

      Yes, you have to have candlelight…incense…anything to stir the soul… ๐Ÿ™‚

      As always, thank you, Kim!

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