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WELCOME TO: “CREATORS CORNER” A one on one with Jennifer Reinfried creator of “A Grim Trilogy”

Welcome, Ladies and Gentelnerds, to my very first ever interview! 

Today we speak to author and Creator of “A Grim Trilogy” Jennifer Reinfried. 

Grim Ambition

 is the first book in “A Grim Trilogy”. It is a dark, exciting thriller in which we meet a superhero who is teetering on the edge of becoming a villain. The story follows the personal lives of the criminals that are attempting to take him down. Overshadowing it all is a menacing, complication that none of them are prepared to battle, which they face in the chaotic climax.

Grim Judgment 

begins during the aftermath, and we come across synthetic humans that were bred for war in an experiment that was shut down years prior. Few escaped, but those that did have extremely powerful abilities. With the lines between good and evil completely blurred, these people are forced to team up with their enemies to fight against someone whose terrifying powers could wipe out cities at a time in a devastating final battle that takes place in book three, Grim Vengeance. Which drops Dec. 2 2017..

Please, give a warm welcome to…. JENNIFER REINFRIED!

*band plays as Jennifer steps out from behind the curtains. Audiance cheers*

SP: Hello, How Are You?

JR: Fantastic! Thanks for having me!

SP- thank you, first off. for joining me in studio. Really appreciate it. This is my first actual interview.. Probably ever!

SP: Where did the inspiration for A Grim Trilogy come from?

JR: Well, I was actually watching an episode of Daredevil on Netflix. Absolutely love the show. I was, however, pretty mad they killed off my favorite character pretty early on, and it got me thinking about that person’s life and how it would have gone had he not been killed. Then I started thinking, “Why do superheroes always have to turn the criminals over to the cops? Why not just kill them to make sure they never get free and roam the streets again?” I started thinking about what something like that would do to a hero, how it would affect them, and Grim was born along with Alex, the main antagonist in Grim Ambition.

SP: what got you into writing? Who was your biggest inspiration?

JR: Actually, the first time I tried my hand at writing was Grim. I dabbled in a couple of short stories prior to it, but this was the first time I sat down with an idea that would span not only over a full book, but a full series. As far as inspirations, Stephen King is by far my biggest one. Something I love about his writing is how he always either ties in or at least mentions other characters from other books. I’m so impressed with that, in fact, that you’ll see a direct link between A Grim Trilogy and my following two novels. One is The Souls of the Lash, a Western thriller, and the other, to be released after that, is a military sci-fi thriller. If you read either of them on their own, they’ll make perfect sense, but if you’ve read A Grim Trilogy, you’ll get so, so much more out of the stories.

SP:what was your very first serious piece of writing?

JR: That would be something called Like An Animal, a short story I attempted to see if I could get published in a horror publication journal. Sadly, it didn’t get accepted, but I plan on releasing it in a collection of shorts that I’ll do after the Western and Sci-Fi are out.

SP: fav author?

JR: Joe Hill, hands down. A close second is Peter Clines.

SP: As a fellow writer.. We can sometimes create characters or concepts that we absolutely love.. Ik i do. I have my favorites.. What are your favorite creations? If you have any

JR: One word: BRUCE. Bruce is almost everyone’s favorite character in A Grim Trilogy. I feel like I not only developed him the best, but he also has a hilarious sense of humor. Another would be Alex, a villain that I felt was intense to write but also someone who showed true potential and change in his future, which was fun to watch develop. Outside of A Grim Trilogy it is without a doubt Harker from The Souls of the Lash. Actually, Etta, too. And Luke. Luke has Bruce’s hilarity times ten. Seriously, I can’t wait for The Souls of the Lash to come out, it’s so full of awesome characters!

SP: what was your creative process for A Grim Trilogy?

JR: I always, always, always write the ending first. It gives me the chance to make it as exciting and action-packed as I can, without my mind being bogged down with the stuff in between the start and finish. Then, I write any scenes that come to mind that are full of action, whether I end up using them or not. So fights, chases, near deaths, etc. I daydream. I daydream a LOT. And many of those daydreams have become scenes in my books. I’m able to put myself in each character’s shoes mentally and react to dialogue as I know they would if they were real, so often, I’m found talking to myself (which is really fun when the character I’m writing about has an accent, like Ivan Vance does … my husband is now just used to me cursing in Russian). Once I have a scene thought out enough, I sit down and write it all, as much as I can. 

I’ve tried outlines like many other writers use, but honestly, that just slows me down, and I’m much more prone to getting stuck. It’s easiest for me to just have at it, write everything out as much as I can, then put the parts together just like a puzzle, and finally, I fill in the gaps until I have the full novel.

SP: who, or, what is Grim? With out giving away spoilers

JR: Grim is Shawn (trust me, not a spoiler), a vigilante with superpowers which he uses to eliminate the criminals that were responsible for the death of his brother’s fiancee. Instead of bringing them to the law, though, he kills them, thinking that is the right thing to do. However, as the story goes along, he begins to wonder if it truly is.

SP:out of the trilogy. What was the most difficult part to do? And why?

JR: Publish. Well, and format for publishing. Honestly, writing is the easiest part! I also love the editing process, because I have a fantastic editor who makes it enjoyable every single time I have to revise or edit anything. But publishing is the most annoying. Oh, that, and formatting and publishing for Kindle. It is crazy how difficult that can be!

SP: what is your cure for writers block?

JR: Talking to my editor/beta readers about how the story is going and potential plot lines is seriously the only way I can overcome it, and it works every single time. Once I start discussing and brainstorming with other people, I get super excited and it immediately puts me back in the writing mood.

SP: tell us the journey from concept to publication.

JR: Basically, you start with an idea. Jot down some notes, name the characters, figure out the beginning, middle, and end of your novel. It might not be the same start to finish by the time you’re done, but you need some basic idea of where you want it all to go. Then you write everything out. Put everything together. Once you have a first draft completed, you want what is called beta readers (it’s also helpful to have an alpha) who read through it for content to let you know if everything is good, if it flows well, and so on. They can go through multiple times if you’d like, reading changes you make after their first pass, and pointing out any flaws. Once that’s done, it’s time to send it to an editor. That process can take a long time, as there’s a lot of back and forth going on. Discussion of revisions, grammar edits, holes in the plot, etc. After the editing process, if you have a manuscript you are happy with, you can either decide to pitch agents or publish on your own. It is also wise to promote the hell out of your book from beginning to end. Make sure you have a website up and running even before you start writing, if possible. The more you get your brand out there, the bigger following you will have when your book is released.

SP: what is your advice for other aspiring writers, like myself?

JR: Do NOT give up. You have something important, something huge: a story to tell. And you have the ability to tell it. Do whatever it takes to keep going, but do NOT get discouraged. Yes, writer’s block happens, regardless of what others may say. But it is something you can overcome, something you can defeat. Do not let it get the best of you, and KEEP GOING.

SP: stuck on a deserted island. Out of your character list.. Who’s with you? Why? And what 3 things are with you that you couldnt be without?

JR: BRUCE! 

There is no way you can be in any situation and actually regret hanging out with Bruce. Trust me. A close second is Luke from my Western thriller The Souls of the Lash because he’s handsome and hilarious. 

     Three things? Do books as a plural count as one thing? Haha! Well, I couldn’t ever be without books, but honestly, I think my computer (there’s gonna be WiFi, right?) so I can continue to write book after book after book. That and tacos. And puppies!

SP:if you could write for any comic company. Image, dark horse, dc, marvel, dynamite, valiant, Idw… Who would it be and why?

JR: I’m a huge DC fan, but I’d love to write some Marvel stories. I love their characters and how things develop in their comics.

SP: is there a popular character out today, or a fav of yours that you have ideas for. That you would love to write about?

JR: I’d really enjoy exploring a new background for the Penguin and Scarecrow. Those are two of my favorite villains, and I greatly respect and adore Robin Lord Taylor’s version of Cobblepot in Gotham.

SP: whats next for Grim?

JR: After Grim Vengeance comes out (the final Grim book), I also have plans to make an RPG (which I’ve already play tested … it’s super fun!) as well as graphic novels. I also have a plan to release a children’s book here and there with the characters in Grim as kids dealing with every day issues kids have (fighting over a toy, bullies, etc). And yes, it actually will be safe for kids to read!

SP: whats next for you?

JR: The final Grim book, Grim Vengeance, comes out on December 2nd, 2017. After that I’m actually releasing my Western thriller, The Souls of the Lash, which may or may not do what Stephen King does and directly ties into the Grim universe…but you can read it perfectly fine without having read any Grim. After that, a military sci-fi thriller that yep, also ties in directly with the Western AND Grim. After that, though, I’ll be releasing a haunted house book and a few other horror novels. I’m also planning a short story collection!

SP: Where can the fine folks reading this find you on social media?

JR: They can follow me on Twitter using @ChirpyJen (I need more followers!) and on Facebook. The Grim page is: https://www.facebook.com/agrimtrilogy/ and my personal author page is https://www.facebook.com/ReinfriedBooks/

SP: and where can folks find your works? Where can they find Grim?

JR: There’s some AWESOME artwork for Grim at its site agrimtrilogy.com where you can also buy autographed copies of my books. To keep up on books outside of the Grim universe that I have planned, visit www.reinfriedbooks.com!


Sp- i think thats all the time we have.. Bummer. Thank you so very very much for joining me and popping my interview cherry. Do you have any parting words for the readers? 

JR- *To quote my favorite movie, “Never give up. Never surrender.” Seriously, the hard work is so, so worth it. Oh, and if you have read any of my books, it helps me more than anything else to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads! If there aren’t a lot of reviews, the sites “bury” the book and people don’t get to see it unless they directly search for it, but the more reviews there are, the more visibility I get, which is the best thing to have on those sites!*

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NEW TWITTER TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCEMENT!

In honor of the awesomness that was Marvel’s The Defenders. I have been inspired to start a new Twitter Tournament called..

#DefendersTeamTournament 

The rules are as Follows! 

*You assemble your own team of “Defenders” thay can consist of marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and Valiant Characters! 

* No mega power characters. They must be street level heroes. Much like the actual defenders.

*Not a major requirement. But each team memeber must represent a key role. IE: A daredevil type, a Luke Cage type, A Jessica Jones type and a Iron Fist Type. But its not mandatory. Have fun with building your team.

*Doubles will be allowed. (So be prepared to see a lot of Batmans and Daredevils..)

* Winners are determined by Favs or RT’s. Team with most votes wins! Poll system will not be used for this tournament.

*Players must submit thier teams to me. Via DM (direct message) and must send me Pics of your characters.

That should cover it. Any questions? You know where to find me.. 

BTW: here’s MY team.. See you in the tournament arena bitches! 😝😝😂

ICYMI: “HELLBOY ENTERS ‘INJUSTICE 2’!”

Yesterday saw the release of the trailer for INJUSTICE 2’s new upcoming downloadable Fighters Pack series 2!

Featuring,

BLACK MANTA

RAIDEN

And to a lot of folks surprise and my delight!

HELLBOY! 

ICYMI! Here’s the awesome reveal trailer!


I. Really. Really want this fucking game now! Just for Hellboy! 

I wanted it before that.. But Hellboy?! I want this game Now!

How do you folks feel about the new fighter pack coming up? What are you hyped about it?

Until next time folks.. Peace Out!

“IT’S ALIVE!!: ‘HELLBOY’ Set To Return With R-Rated Reboot!”

A couple of days ago, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola announced on his social media that his baby boy, Hellboy will return to theaters with a R-Rated Reboot with a new cast, crew and writing staff. Further driving in the final nail in the coffin of Del Toro’s Run on the character along with (at this point) the one true Hellboy Ron Perlman

This news comes months after Del Toro himself made this announcment..

So, the Perlman Hellboy sails off in to the sunset. (That sucks!) But! Animation should STILL be an option for all associated with the original films. 

Now, according to Mignola and Collider News, Mignola is among the writers behind the reboot. Directing will be “The Descent” Director, Neil Marshall. Even bigger news is the man who will be trying to fill the very large and impressive shoes of Ron Perlman, 

David Harbour from “Stranger Things” and many other projects.

Looking at a side by side of the two

David is 6’2. He has a good built. He is still relatively young enough to bulk up and can go the distance of multiple films. He kinda has the chin. He is a really good actor. So.. He’s no Ron Perlman… But i can dig this casting. 

The working title is “HELLBOY: RISE OF THE BLOOD WITCH” or something like that.. Again, it is a working title and no official announcment has been made. 

Lastly, the fact that the Studio and everyone involved is approaching this with a R-Rated treatment, makes this project very intriguing for me. 

Allow me to explain.

Way back when.. I had a Hellboy game for the PlayStation, 

Not the most beautiful looking game. But! The story was pretty damn dark and spooky. Very gruesome and intense. Every aspect of the game was pretty darn spooky. Lets just say i did not play this game with the light off. (I was a kid! So sue me) Pure gamers will probably get on my ass about the lousy graphics and controls, but this isnt about the gameplay itself. Im referring to the enviroment the game presented. It was fucking dark! Del Toro’s Hellboy was very light in comparison. Not as dark and twisted. This R-Rated reboot could give Hellboy a chance to really let loose and be the character Mignola had created in the first place. 

So, im hyped. Im happy Horn Head is getting another chance to grace the big screen, lets hope they do it justice and do it right. And most importantly, Make It Fun! 

What do you folks think? Are you excited for a new interpretation of Hellboy? Hit me up!

Until next time folks.. Peace Out!

“R.I.P: HELLBOY 3!”

It is, with a heavy heart.. That I must report. It’s official, official, Official! 
As reported by Guillermo del Toro, via Twitter..

HELLBOY 3, is officially, 100% dead!

This.. Sucks! Its not a surprise, but this sucks.

Del Toro has been going back and forth with Universal Studios for some time now, about getting Hellboy 3 greenlit. Unfortunately (as far as what has been reported and is known) Del Toro wanted too much money for the third film of the franchise.

Approximately 2oo+ million. And Toro was not looking to budge on that request. And we can not blame Universal and the other studios that could have been involved. (Heres a little history lesson) 

HELLBOY (2004) 

HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008)

Both films.. Which I love dearly, and can watch multiple times, has not given the studio a successful financial return. Each grossing less then what they cost. Granted, DVD sales helped later on.. But Box Office Gross would have helped a lot more. We can also look at it from Toro’s POV. He has helped Universal make lots of money with his most recent works. PASIFIC RIM comes to mind. So he’s intitled to ask for some good amount of money to make his vision for the final film come to life. 

Now, perhaps Del Toro brought his asking price down (maybe) Which would have been a smart movie. However.. Its been.. 9 long years since HB2. Perhaps.. Just perhaps.. If Universal is still interested with the Property. They probably feel like they can ReBoot! They have the advantage of time to help them move away from what came before. Which seems like a more reasonable choice on their behalf..

Although, personally.. I would have loved to have seen the continuation of HB & Liz 

Probably my favorite love story in all of cinema. I would have liked to see what wpuld have happened at the very end. Would it have been a happy ending? I hope so. 

Maybe Mike Mignola and Del Toro can take the final story to the Comic Book Page?! Or perhaps and Animated Film. CGI the damn thing. Im sure that would be cheaper then a live action film. And Ron Perlman wouldnt have to do too much under the make up and stuff.. (not that he did his own stunts or anything. But you get what i mean) 

I wouldnt mind a ReBoot for Hellboy. It’s long over due. The BPRD has a massive universe in Dark Horse Comics. Mike has told so many stories. Maybe Universal should consider a small Hellboy Movie Universe. (HMU copyright and restricted by Me!)  However.. Before they do that.. Somehow, someway.. Give me HB3. Finish the story, and then.. Start from scratch. 

Those are just my thoughts and feelings on the situation. How do you folks feel? Hit me up! Comment below, follow/subscribe. Thx for reading.

Until next time folks.. Peace Out!

NEW TWITTER TOURNAMENT: “THE SKWAD UP TOURNAMENT!”


I was bored one day and asked my twitter followers a simple question, and put it to a vote.. 

(TBH: I really do appreciate everyone who voted. All 10 of you. But what cracked me up was the one vote for No. I appreciate the honesty, whether it was to be funny, sarcastic or whatever. But it actually made me laugh. So thx for that!)

The idea came to me pretty quickly, so say hello to the, First Annual “SKWAD UP TOURNAMENT!” 

Clearly inspired by the recent surprise hit, “SUICIDE SQUAD” its a very simple tournament. 
RULES AND REGULATIONS: 

The Tournament will be open to 10 players. Each player will form a “Skwad”, if you will. Or Team, of 5 comic book villains. They can be from Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, or Manga. Mix and Match, stay in house. Whatever you want! Make a team of Power Houses or a team of Intellectual Masterminds. It’s purely up to you. This Tournament will be the first tournament that will not be reliant on Fav and RT as votes. Instead, winners will be based on the polling system.. HOWEVER!! If i can not attach pics of your teams along with the poll system… Then I will have to go back to the former voting system of FAV and RT. Just so you know.. 

Please allow me to further explain the 10 player system real quick. The 10 players will be split into two groups of 5. The fifth team will be the WildCards. Those Two teams will face off and the winner will face the winner of the main tournament. That winner.. Will be the Skwad Up Tournament Champion! Hope that makes sense..

In closing.. Hope you folks would like to join in on, whatever fun this tournament coukd be. Hope you liked this blog.. If you did.. Hit the LIKE! button.. And while your at it.. FOLLOW/SUBSCRIBE.. Thank You!

See you on the battle field!.. Peace!

THE #WOMENOFCOMICSTAGTOURNAMENT RESULTS!!

Hey there Ladies and Gentelnerds! We had ourselves yet another Twitter Tournament this past week, and this being the Third one, also marks the very last Tournament of the year!

“THE WOMEN OF COMICS TAG TOURNAMENT!” Was more of a rousing success in the participation side of the event. So before we get into the Results, allow me to give a heartfelt Thx and S/O to all the awesome people that joined the game..

@Sxyblkmn, @AlwaysBetOnGeek, @MarkVicFerrer, @Samisam96, @Call_Me_Ep1c, @LuluSketches, @Apocalypse_Finn, @SWhammerhead, @MikeSchmidt09, @EddieSteak, @Mrbubbles4200, @Fairygirl03, @MarvelHeroFreak, @AtlsShrugd, @MikeBreamer, @TrendyNerdyCool, @Cap_Pineapple1, @The1stBat, @LauraKinney234, @jubilationleeTR, @Jameslikesowls, @KelAnne_, @SocialMogo, @Crwright78, @spector_vision, @Lupeo1219, @ozzyugi, @BigJerm95, @felofHe, @ColonelWoytuck, @DarthSean85, AND @MarvelZombiek, THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH! Your teams were fucking awesome! The great thing about these Tournaments (At least for me) Is that we get to meet new people, and HOPEFULLY make lasting friendships/followships (don’t know if that’s a word.. But fuck it!)

On to the RESULTS!

Again, we had some great teams in This tournament. Among them, was our very unique Tournament Division Champs..

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The Team of @Samisam96 and @MarkVicFerrer with their Team of Manga Comics Character LINA INVERSE and DC Comics Powerhouse POWER GIRL! They surprised everyone and battled hard against their opponents, including having more then two Tie-Breaker Rounds. Making their way to the Championship Round and facing off against the Real Surprise of the Tournament.. And. The. WINNER, The 2016 Women Of Comics Tag Tournament Champions..

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@AlwaysBetOnGeek and @Sxyblkmn Our First Ever PODCAST TEAM to ever compete in any tournament! Somehow, Someway, Their Team of IMAGE/WILDSTORM Characters, WITCHBLADE and FAIRCHILD! Smashed their way through all their opponents..

A HUGE CONGRATS TO @AlwaysBetOnGeek and @Sxyblkmn Be sure to check out their Podcast and give them a follow over on their various social media accounts! Great job guys!

Thats gonna do it for this Results blog, and for this, the final Tournament of the year.. (Maybe?!)

So, Until Next Time Folks… Peace Out!