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Gilbert Speaks on The Venus Mantrap

25 Mar

I have some amazing writer friends, and when one of them publishes a story or book, I want to celebrate their work. A very good friend of mine, Bruce Capoferri, has recently published a book called The Venus Mantrap. Here is Bruce telling us a little bit about himself and the book.

Gilbert: Hi Bruce. I am so very excited about your book. My first question is do you belong to a writers’ group and what are the benefits?

Bruce Capoferri:  I’m a member of South Jersey Writers’ Group and highly recommend anyone, especially a novice, to join. I have grown as a writer since becoming a member and got my first story titled THE MALOCCHIO published because of it.  The wonderful folks who run SJWG and all my fellow members are friendly, extremely helpful and supportive. The guest presenters are always top-notch professionals as well, and provide valuable insight and positivity. 

Gilbert: What is The Venus Mantrap about?

Bruce Capoferri: The Venus Mantrap is a story set in a dystopian future when humanity has begun mining and colonizing other planets in our solar system. During the course of terraforming Venus enough to reduce the temperature, indigenous plants are awakened, ultimately resulting in alien-human hybrids. Being intelligent, these creatures immigrate to Earth. The murder of one leads to a darkly humorous mystery full of twists and turns, involving a Detective who must solve the case in order to clear himself and win back his childhood sweetheart. 

Gilbert: What was your inspiration for the book?

Bruce Capoferri: Similar to the style of Ian Fleming, I love playing with names, words and phrases. I also enjoy writing science fiction/horror with humor. The name of my lead character is not only a prime example of this, but was the joke that also inspired the story.  If you don’t guess the joke immediately (which I hope you won’t), it is revealed at the end. This prompted Barbara, my wife, to ask if I had written the whole story just for the punchline?  And the answer is YES!

Gilbert: What are you working on now?

Bruce Capoferri: Although I have had a number of reality-based stories about my childhood published, it appears magazine and book publishers do not appreciate my slightly warped story telling style. This is why I’ve made my first foray into the world of self-publishing with THE VENUS MANTRAP on Amazon Kindle.  

I have a novel titled CHILDREN OF GOD AND MEN that I may publish on Kindle depending on the response I receive. I am also a singer/songwriter and have recently been accepted to BMI and am a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association, International.  

Currently I am researching the business of SYNC, which is the placement of songs and background music in commercials, TV, movies and other audio-video platforms.  In fact, I already have a few of my songs appearing on websites.  For an example, please visit: www.friendsofpumphouse.org.

Gilbert: Thank you, Bruce, I am excited to read your book which can be found on Amazon Kindle, and also to learn more about your songs at a future date.

Gilbert Speaks: An Interview with John Brito on “Below the Floor”

10 May

 

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When you write books, or blog, you get to meet the most wonderful and talented people. When I first started blogging, it was to connect to other writers. It can be a little scary sending your dreams and ideas out into the cyber universe…there are some scary people out there. Luckily, I have only connected to beautiful souls with beautiful stories to tell. One of these beautiful souls is writer, John Brito. John is from Austria, but that hasn’t stopped us from supporting each other over the years. I am so delighted to talk to him about his new book, Below the Floor. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks About Angels with Margaret Phillips

22 Jan

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We travel through this life meeting all types of personalities. Luckily for me, I seem to attract all the gentle hearted, and loving souls. One of those gentle souls is a good friend, and a fellow psychic medium. Margaret Phillips is always the first person in our group to encourage people and comfort them, depending on the situation. Margaret is also the first one to help promote her fellow light bearers. It was high time to shine the light on a very special angel. This is Margaret’s story. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks to Brooke Allen On Thrive

16 Dec

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I meet the most interesting vendors when doing Wendy Hutchinson’s Downtown Vendor Events. Wendy pulls together the crème of the crop in psychic/mediums and vendors for her events. At a recent event, I had the pleasure of speaking with a representative of Thrive Experience Products. Join me now as Brooke Allen tells us how to keep our bodies healthy. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks On: The Burning of Arbor with Author J.L. Brown

8 Jun

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I think the most important thing an author should do is promote other authors. I met J.L. Brown last year at the Mount Holly N.J. Horror & Writers’ Conference. We chatted about my ghost investigation at the Mount Holly Library. When Jennifer’s book came out, I contacted her for the promised interview. Here goes! Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Jack Flacco’s Book On Forgiveness

28 Mar

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I’ve know Jack Flacco for several years, and I’ve even interviewed him for my Gilbert Curiosities Blog. We are authors. We both loved writing about zombies, but recently, we’ve journeyed from the domain of the apocalypse and into the spiritual realm. Where I use my psychic/medium gifts to lead people back to GOD, Jack is using his blogs, his ministry and his latest book to reconnect to a loving Creator. Join me now as I ask Jack about his new book, When Forgiveness is Enough: Making Sense of God’s Calling. Continue reading

Gilbert Interviews D.L. Cocchio On Tarot Cards and Writing

3 Jan

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I meet the most talented people at events, and this takes place with many of my encounters into the writing and metaphysical world. Sometimes, the universe interweaves the two worlds together and magic happens. I was recently at the Mount Holly Horror Writers’ Conference where I was fortunate to be on the same panel as D.L. Cocchio. It seems we have many similar passions: writing, tarot cards, and ghosts. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Jeremiah Kipp’s Film, “SLAPFACE”

24 Jul

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I’ve been following Jeremiah Kipp’s work for several years now, and I’ve found him to be an extremely talented and professional director. I’ve enjoyed doing reviews of his films as well as the interviews. His latest film, which has just been completed, is called SLAPFACE. Join me now to learn more about the film. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks to L.C. Bennett Stern On Her Book, Mae’s Revenge

21 Jul

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As a writer, I get to meet the most amazing and talented people when attending book signing events. A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting L.C. Bennett Stern at the Collingswood Book Fair and, we’ve been friends ever since. I did an interview on Linda about her novel, Bosses and Blackjacks, and you can read about it here. This year, Linda published another book, and like the first one, this story takes place in Philadelphia. Join me now as I learn more about Mae’s Revenge. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks with Ordained Minister and Medium, Beth Obrien

30 Jun

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I’ve known Beth for several years now. She is a gentle soul who wants to help the people who seek her services. What is a medium and how are they able to help the living and the dead? Find out after the jump as Beth explains all. Continue reading