Ashes and Asphalt
About the Book: Ashes and Asphalt
Bill Byrne is dead and his last request is for his estranged sons, Mike and Kyle, to bring his ashes to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. They have five days to travel two thousand miles and if they survive a renegade biker from New Orleans, three carjacking lunatics, and the police, they’ll be home free…unless they kill one another first.
“A feelgood “brothers in arms” road tale, spattered with guns, bar brawls, beer, dirty girls, and bikes with its heart in family values, that will keep motorcycle fans revving up with the action.” – Self Publishing Review
“Ashes and Asphalt teaches many life lessons while being a genuinely interesting read” – Hollywood Book Review
*** Interview ***
Oddly enough, I’m one of the few non-bikers in my family. But, we all share the love of motorcycles. I’ve rarely seen novels that represented bikers, especially in a good light, and I said to myself, “Self…why not draw on some of the family stories and create that book.” So I did.
Is this your first book?
The first under this pen name. For security reasons, I can’t speak of the first one.
Tell us about your book? What inspired you to write it?
My family inspired “Ashes and Asphalt.” I have two brothers and we could speak more than we do. We do better than Kyle and Mike Byrne though.
Is this book part of a series? Do you have related books? (explain)
Series? I’ve had many people ask me that and really, it’s a self-contained story. I suppose the brothers could endure more trials and tribulations, but right now I have half a dozen stories in various stages on my laptop.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
I love creating enjoyable stories for people. A friend of mine likened writing to being like God. That’s partially true, but I’m a bit too God fearing to go that far.
When did you first know that you had a passion for writing?
It started over a breakup. A girl I had been seeing had been cheating on me and naturally, I was crushed. I wrote out my frustration and soon felt better after purging the emotional toxins. Soon after that, the writing bug bit.
What type of work do you do? Is it related to your writing in some way?
I’m the low man on the totem pole at a law firm. The only relation writing has with work is that the lawyers/office staff have me write Halloween skits.
What do you want our audience to know about you?
Other than my homebrewing? Let’s see (reviewing my cancelled Match.com posting). Well…I love to travel. I’m never happier than when visiting a foreign country or another state. I’m also a trivia fanatic. I used to play online trivia and won more than a couple games (and beers). I especially hated the nights when I was the designated driver and had to give away free beer. Lastly, I like sci-fi (Dr. Who, The Prisoner) and the supernatural (Gravity Falls, Constantine).
What did writing this book mean to you?
Certainly not boatloads of cash, though I wouldn’t sneeze at that. I wanted to write a great story that folks can enjoy. If I were 100% truthful with myself, I would also say that it’s also a little part of immortality.
Was there someone special in your life that encouraged you to write?
My dyslexic mom, first and foremost. Literacy wasn’t as important in the 30’s/40’s for women as it is now. Dark times, I agree. She wanted nothing more than for me to do better than her. She tells everyone she knows about the book and her author son.
My mentor, Walt, also pushed me. His book, “The Return of Sun-Tzu” is quite good (though the Chinese portions did give me some trouble) and he died before fulfilling his true potential.
My wife, Chrissy, always said to follow your dreams and so I did.
What’s next? Is there something you’re working on now?
Tons. I have six stories on the laptop and more in my head. I have to take Tylenol sometimes! I’m on hiatus with a local project until after I’ve promoted “Ashes and Asphalt.” I hate spreading myself thin. Focus on one task at a time and do it write…err…right.
What do you hope readers will “take away” from reading your book?
Perhaps a new take on the biking community, perhaps a new perspective on their own relationships with siblings, but hopefully a smile after reading the story.
What advice would you give to other Indie Writers or those who dream of writing a book?
Ten times out of nine, you’ll face rejections and yes, I’ve done the math. Seriously though, the odds are against you, people might not get what you’re about, agents may give nothing but form rejections, and others might persuade you to give up. Don’t do that. Even if one person likes your book…one person…then that person’s life has been enriched thanks to you. I might not make a dime from this, but if I had people come up to me and say, “Hey, loved the book,” then I would be happy with that.