Progeny: One Year Later ~ A Guest Post by Patrick C. Greene

One of my favorite people, Patrick C. Greene, graced the world with his amazing book PROGENY a year ago. It is the chilling mix of adventure and horror about of a young boy and his reclusive father who is hiding a secret about the creature living on his rural wooded property. When a group of local hunters show up, all hell breaks loose.

The story has received many well-deserved accolades since its release, and Patrick has some insights into the world of working as a published novelist that he would like to share. If you haven't read his work yet, you really should. You will find several short stories on Amazon in addition to PROGENY.


October 22nd marks the anniversary of PROGENY's release, a milestone of one year as a published novelist! What does that mean?

Confirmation. To tell the truth, after spending years trying to break through as a screenwriter, I just wasn't that sure I was a decent writer. If it hadn't been for my wife and my publishers at Hobbes End, I might've never given it a shot. A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, in learning that people will not only buy my work but also actually like it. I have a tremendous sense of gratitude in regards to my readers that I might never have known as purely a screenwriter.

Inspiration. Tasting a little success only makes me want to try harder in my other efforts; to surpass myself, to make my readers happy, to show other aspiring writers that they can do it too.

Socialization. Writers are a pretty good-hearted crew as it happens; constantly looking out for one another, drawing inspiration from each other's efforts, ready to offer an ear or a shoulder. Creating sympathetic characters seems to make writers sympathetic, and of course, given the emotional highs and lows one must plum to do good work, writers tend to be on the look-out for their fellows, lest they peer too deeply into the abyss perhaps. I am proud to have made so many great friends of so many tremendously talented authors in the past months, all of whom enrich my life and work in myriad ways.

Collaboration. It's not for everybody, but in varying degrees, working with other compatible, (pleeeease note the emphasis!) writers can be a stimulating experience. It gets the competitive juices flowing and provides a more immediate, not to mention professional, level of feedback that you might not otherwise receive. I've been fortunate in the past year to have partnered with the amazing Lisa Marie Brennan on a screenplay, along with numerous up and coming authors for the forthcoming vampire anthology Wrapped in Red from Sekhmet Press, as well as a collection of short stories set in the universe of Armand Rosamilia's Dying Days universe. It's wonderful to be a part of these groups and share the anticipation of having our combined efforts forming in the ether.

Adulation. Now that I'm a big time writer, everybody loves me.

Remuneration. Getting paaaaaiiid, baby! Writing is hard-ass work. Nice to know there are dividends! Fittingly, it should be noted that the acclaim of PROGENY seems to have jump started my screenwriting career. Early in the year, it netted me an actual paid screenwriting job! And it was a good one too; can't wait for a time when I can share more about that. Along those lines, my above-mentioned screenwriting collaboration with Lisa Brennan is moving forward apace, in early stages of pre-production under a motivated producer. And I'm incredibly excited to have my script Twisted Fates gaining ground under the watchful and dedicated eyes of my good friends Amel Figueroa and Brandon Brooks at SaintSinner Entertainment.

Of course, not every project is a success story, and in fact, some are outright busts (my apologies to those who had invested their support and anticipation to The Mourning Portrait and A Shotgun Wedding). No writer has all of their children climb great heights I suppose. But it still hurts to see those babies falter.

Back on the fiction front, there's Wrapped in Red and the Dying Days anthology of course--but I've also completed my second novel. And even though it took way longer that it should have, the extra cooking time seems, by all accounts thus far, to have resulted in a pretty decent soufflé'. You be the judge. I hope you'll be happy. 'Cause this ride's kinda lame without you, my dear Readee McReader!

About Patrick C. Greene

Patrick C. Greene - Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes.

Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic is the hallmark of Greene's writing.

Living in the rural periphery of Asheville North Carolina with his wife, youngest son and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he's not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard. Visit the website : www.PatrickCGreene.com

In addition to his novel PROGENY, and the short story collection DARK DESTINIES, Greene has several film projects in the works, and just finished writing his second novel, THE CRIMSON CALLING, the first in the action-adventure vampire trilogy, The Sanguinarian Council.