Press Release/Radio Interviews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      

 New short story collection reveals nine tales of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Outskirts Press Announces the Release of Unexplored Lives: A Collection of Short Stories by

John K. Briscoe

December 29, 2016 – Denver, CO and NYC, NY – Outskirts Press—the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company—is pleased to announce the release of John K. Briscoe’s unique and intelligent collection, Unexplored Lives: A Collection of Short Stories. The book features nine compelling tales of the struggles and conquests of regular people facing unusual situations.

As an avid moviegoer of all genres, Fishkill, NY, resident John Briscoe is fascinated by how plots develop and twist back onto themselves, a technique he successfully employs in his updated collection of short fiction.

“My interest in various types of perspectives influenced this book of stories that study the human psyche under stressful conditions,” he explains. “Dealing with life’s uncertainties is something for which we can rarely prepare, but it ultimately reveals who we truly are.”

In Unexplored Lives, the stories explore nine scenarios: One character leaves a cell phone with private photos in a bathroom at a high school party. One has survived severe childhood physical abuse, and one is bullied every day in junior high school. In other stories, characters are wrongfully arrested, tricked into loving an unconventional person, and experience outside forces that change their relationship with their mother. There are tales of the paranormal and a perplexing murder with despicable suspects.

These situations may initially seem familiar, but life can be complicated. Three of the stories are based on actual events that had only been revealed to the public to a limited degree. Briscoe delves into the potential psychological and social effects of these incidents, giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of people who are faced with daunting circumstances and revealing their uncommon experiences.

As one Amazon reviewer stated, “John is a truly talented, naturally born writer. His analysis of life, personal struggles and a poignant perspective have sculpted this awesome book of one-of-a-kind short stories. Reminiscent of the late Ray Bradbury, these stories touch upon the human condition and delve into personal pain, lament and self-empowerment.”

For more information, visit the author’s website at www.outskirtspress.com/unexploredlives.

At 268 pages, Unexplored Lives is available online through Outskirts Press at http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. It is sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more, and is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the fiction / short story category.

ISBN: 978-1-4787-7740-3                  Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream glossy                 Retail: $17.95

eBook: $5.00

Genre: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

About the Author: John K. Briscoe has a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University, a Master’s of Science for Teachers from Le Moyne College, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado Technical University. He has lived in Boston, Syracuse, Albany, San Francisco, London, and Dutchess County, New York. In his spare time, he goes to the gym, travels, watches lots of movies, plays video games with his nephew, and spoils his cat.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.

Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, Colorado 80134

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Carry On Harry Interview

What made you want to become a writer?
My interests in various stories from when I was a child, both written and on screen, influenced me. These experiences motivated me to imagine the lives of others and the things that make them tick. My love of people and their varied characteristics also made me want to see how I could make them interact.
What do you love most about the writing process?
I enjoy revising the most. This is satisfying because I already have the hard part over with; the basic story itself. Revising is like pruning a tree that I planted several years ago; the story has bloomed and now I can try to show it off.
What tactics do you have when writing?
I think about a subject that intrigues me and begin to imagine different characters that revolve around this subject. When writing, I attempt to create the first draft as quickly as possible. The story flows more easily this way, although I do not go so fast as to make subsequent revisions too difficult. Within the revising process, which can take tens of times, I confirm consistency, tense, and outcomes.
What do you think makes a good story?
I always appreciated a story that has a twist within it. This story has to present enough evidence for this twist to make sense, but when it happens, the reader sees how we may incorrectly perceive situations based on what is presented to us.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Mostly news stories. I am somewhat of a news junkie. Not the kind that has to do with famous people or fads, but the unusual human interest stories that mostly have to do with a tragic situation.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Reading books to improve what you feel you may be lacking. I read grammar books, style books, as well as books by other authors about their writing process to get perspective before and during my writing.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think I wanted it ever since the first time I read a book when I was a child, but the thought of it was too daunting. So, I got distracted with other things that led me down different paths. I was feeling lost about what I wanted to do and was in between jobs, so a friend suggested I write a short story for a competition as he knew I liked to write. This effort proved to me that I could muster the effort to write. I became even more enthusiastic about story telling as I was writing…most of the time.
Tell us about your Your Book?
Unexplored Lives is a compilation of 9 short stories that delve into the lives of ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances. It examines the influence of certain situations on the human psyche. The effects of the bizarre, frightening, or unsettling events in this book offer a new perspective on finding one’s way in the world.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Offering different tones, perspectives (first person or third person), and characters was the hardest part. Although a novel can switch between these types of challenges, they generally are consistent when it comes to these things. Writing 9 distinct short stories within a set amount of time was a challenge.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite story to write was Paranormal. This story is completely from my imagination, with the help of the knowledge I got from watching documentaries about the supernatural. This is the type of story that got me into reading. Given that the scope of the story revolves around what many believe is the unknown phenomena of paranormal things, one really can’t guess how the story may end because once you suspend disbelief in the tale, anything goes.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned my limitations. The revising process was exhausting and proved to me that wanting to write, writing, and writing well are definitely three different things.
What does your Book aim at? Where does it take the reader?
This book of short stories is fairly dark. In exploring the nature of difficult circumstances, I hope the reader sees that others may have tremendous ordeals, but find ways to deal with them.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers of CarryOnHarry Talk Show?
I want to thank those who have listened to our conversation. Although my book deals with difficult subject matters, I think that we can learn how to cope should we have to face something by examining the actions of those who are already coping with challenging circumstances.
What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page,, etc.) and link(s)?
Where can readers and guests of CarryOnHarry Talk Show contact you?
They can visit my website: unexploredlives.com which has a contact link.
What message would you like to convey to readers of Carry On Harry Studios?
As a fan of horror writers Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I offer your readers another type of horror that generates feelings of hope for the human condition by revealing what we might change about it..

 

 

Contact:

www.unexploredlives.comunexploredlives-cover-art

unexploredlives@yahoo.com

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