Mike E. Purfield

Mike E. Purfield

A short filmmmaker and screenwriter from New Jersey who is not terribly influence by what he has read but what is inside himself. But, he loves to read, over and over, Poppy Brite, Robert McCammon, Clive Barker, Michael Connelly, Roddy Doyle, Barry Gifford, Cait Kiernan, Ramsey Campbell, James Joyce, Kathe Koja, Graham Joyce.

Plus, obviously because of his back ground, he is heavily into movies as well: Wes Craven, Tim Burton, George Romero, David Cronenberg, Kevin Smith, and a slew of others that would just take up space.

Music is also important and is heavily ingrated into the writing. You will find many references to The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Throwing Muses, Radiohead, The Pogues, etc.

Now, he spends his time writing novels, and producing short films, and writing book reviews for B-Independent.com.

He grew up in Howell, NJ and now resides in Jersey City with the love of his life and the Queen of the Bellybuttons.

Accomplishments: BFA from the School of Visual Arts where he studied film and made many short films in 16mm.

Questions and Answers

What are you currently working on?
Right now I am editing for print my new book STEREO SANCTITY and in the middle of my first draft of my third book called GRIEVES.

As a reader do you prefer Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
Definitely horror. The others seem to be so rooted in setting or at least, that's how it seems when I try reading a fantasy or sf book.

Who is you favourite author?
Robert McCammon. I love the way he tells a story, how a character enters a darkness and reaches the light at the end. I think that is very important for a story because what is the sense of going through something if it doesn't reach an ending that changes you.

If you could give one piece of advice to a would-be author, what would it be?
Keep writing, but also keep marketing, especially if you are a POD or self-published writer, then again this advice could also work for small press too. Every little bit helps.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be an author?
I guess when I was a teen-ager. I knew I wanted to be a storyteller and I had a love for film as well as books. So I started writing scripts and making movies in film school. I did that until 2000, then, frustrated with the film business and the politics and feeling unchallenged, I decided to write that book I always wanted to write, and so came DIRTY BOOTS.

When did you first feel that you were an author?
When reviews of DIRTY BOOTS came out. I felt like I was finally being taken seriously, and that is a great feeling.

Are you for or against e-books?
E-books are scary. There is such a limited distributing for them and so many e-formats. And it is a shame because there are so many great e-books out there that they could use the wide range and they would definitely satisfy the market.

Are you a music fan? If so, what?
A major one. Music deeply affects my writing. In fact, DIRTY BOOTS is kind formatted like a punk album. The chapters are short and sweet and it moves fast with a great rhythm.

I love a lot of 70's and 80's punk, many Boston bands: Pixies, Lemonheads, Throwing Muses. Also Sonic Youth, Concrete Blonde, Dinosaur, Jr., Radio Head, The Replacement. The list goes on and on.

Do you have a favourite place to write?
I can write anywhere. Right now, I'm writing my first draft in a notebook in the break room at work. Then I write the next draft in my computer. I feel more comfortable writing in long hand first, I don't know, it may be more artistic for me, more organic. If I try to write first drafts at a computer, it feels like pulling worms out of the ground.

Why do you like SF/F/H?
I like horror because you don't really have to know everything. Sounds lazy of me, right? There are no solid rules except for what YOU make in your own world. I don't think you can get away with that in other genre's.

Have you ever used real life horrors for inspiration?
From my own life? Yes, but nothing physical. I draw a lot of my emotional life into my stories and characters. Are they horrors...well, that is a matter of opinion.

Is there anything more that can be done with vampires, demons and zombies?
I'm sure there is. But I have no idea what.

Short story, single novel or novel series - which do you think is the best medium for horror?
All. I read some awesome short stories and novels. I would like to see more on novel series, though. There are a few out there (like Charles Grant's series) but they seem flat. I'm a big fan of horror trilogies. S.P. Somtow is the master of that medium; The Timmy Valentine series, Riverrun series...he has many.

What book are you reading at the moment?
Robert McCammon's USHER'S PASSING, for like, the 20th time.

Do you enjoy collaborating?
I have never tried it as far as novels, but I've had some bad screenwriter-director relationships.

Do You Always know a Story's Ending When You Begin Writing?
Yes. I have to know where I'm going with something. Sometimes I end up in a different place than I thought I was going to end up at. Still can't figure out how that happens. I guess the story gets a life of its own.

Plug away - what do you have coming out?
My new novel STEREO SANCTITY is coming out this fall of 2002. Here is the blurb:

In Manhattan, New York, Daryl Hersh, young best selling author of children's books, sees angel-like Beings that comfort and watch over him in his sleep. Then the Beings turn into demons. Seeking a cure, Daryl confronts an ancient evil that is determined to destroy Daryl with his own hand.

Then, hopefully before that (there have been some site delays with the publisher) I have en e-chap-book coming out called IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD. If there is a fan of DIRTY BOOTS out there, then this is for you.

Many Thanks, Mike!

Relevant Links

Mike E. Purfield Main Bibliography
Mike E. Purfield's Website