Lover of all things gothic and horror, writer FD
Gross has a conversation
with Chrissy shortly before the release of his highly
gothic-fantasy-horror novel, INQUISITION.
Prepare yourself for the
journey of a vampire hunter trying to find his son!
plenty of world exploration, new towns
and ancient places, and of course gothic
-FD Gross in discussing
his latest novel, Inquisition
Frank, thank you so much for taking a minute to talk to me today. This is
such an exciting time because not only are you coming out with a
new book, it’s the sequel to Wolfgang, which is so original and epic.
My pleasure and thank you. It IS exciting! I really wanted to create a new
story in the vampire hunting genre. A new tale about humanistic survival. I
didn't want to just focus on vampires, because I would say in the last ten
years or so, they've been glorified to the point of saturation.
always been a Dracula/Van Helsing fan since I was a kid, so naturally I created
something that would be in the realm of gothic super-naturalism, if such a term
Inquisition is the sequel to Wolfgang, but do not be discouraged. It can be read solo for sure,
Wolfgang (written in the form of a heart pounding, non-stop action
introduction), for Inquisition really is the development of Tenor that it focuses on.
First of all, congratulations. How does it feel to be where you are,
eagerly anticipating the release of your second published novel?
Well, for a while now, I've been feeling anxiety, mainly because it’s been
finished for a long time, but the production turn-around time has been
daunting. The production started back in April 2018, I believe, and along the
way there have been so many steps and hurdles to jump over.
Does it seem surreal, or do you think you’re coasting along confidently?
FG: I think it's a little bit of
both, actually. I am confident in the fact that the release IS happening in
November, although I hoped it would have been finished sooner. We can't always
get what we want!
On the other hand, it's surreal in
the fact that, in essence, I've been writing Inquisition for the last
three years, starting it a year before Wolfgang was published. I look
back on those days and it does seem a bit dreamy, where all I did was write and
not worry about the production side of things. It’s a fine balance between
writing and marketing.
CM: It is
said that authors always write a little bit of themselves into the protagonist.
What do you have in common with Tenor Wolfgang? Also, speaking of your first
novel, Wolfgang, what would you have done differently than him, had it been
Frank in that journey instead of Tenor?
FG: I would say the most similar
thing to compare myself with Tenor would be his way of thinking, and his
resilience to the world, effectively coming across as de-sensitized. Yet still,
I would sacrifice everything for those who mattered the most to me. Resilience,
diligence, and industrial.
In Wolfgang, there isn’t much I
would deviate from its path. Love is a strong and passionate “entity.” Wars
happen because of love. So you get the idea. Love enables perseverance.
a great answer. Just what I would expect from you! Now, here’s something I just
have to ask, or I would never forgive myself. I am totally enthralled
with the character Egleaseon and for the people who don’t know, he’s
the big bad of this world. The prologue for Wolfgang is from his point of view.
Personally, as a fan of the book I would be so happy with more narration
from him. Will this ever happen?
FG: That is a tough question to
answer without giving too much away! But, I can say this. Since the first book
of the series began with his narration, one can only assume or hope,
that some sort of encounter relating to him occurs again. Again, without giving
too much away, I'm sure fans won't be disappointed about the idea of Egleaseon.
Will we learn more about him and his psyche?
FG: Unfortunately, I can't answer
this at this time. This is a question for another day, another time.
without giving any surprise twists away, what can we expect from reading
Inquisition? If someone has never read your work before, what will
fascinate them about this world you’ve created?
This is an easy question. What you will take away from reading Inquisition is
first and foremost, a lot of questions being answered, with an element of
mystery left over.
is another action packed novel, but toned down some, allowing Tenor some room
to breathe. This relates to his development throughout the story. New
characters will be introduced along with some identities of who the
those who have never read my work before, and are new to the genre of vampires
and vampire hunters, well, you are in for a treat.There is plenty of world
exploration, new towns and ancient places, and of course gothic horror. I
really tried to encapsulate the feeling of suffering from the cold in a
mountain setting, so the story also touches on the survival genre.
many hash-tags can one label a book? Let me see if I can say a few here and now
in no particular order: #epic #fantasy #horror #suspense #paranormal
#supernatural #mystery #macabre #gore #gothic #darkfantasy #survival #romance
#vampire #vampirehorror. I'm sure there are more labels we could assign it, but
that's what came off the top of my head.
may connect readers the most, however, is the humanistic qualities the protagonist,
Tenor Wolfgang, possesses, and his ability to cope with scenarios that may seem
in-human to most.
know this is a little far from now, but what is your plan after you’ve
completed the Wolfgang trilogy? Any side or subsequent projects we should know
Once the Wolfgang trilogy is complete, I do have other projects I will be
moving on to. I have a short story anthology I am working on currently
alongside the third and final book of the trilogy. Here's a little secret for
you. The anthology may have an original story dating back before Wolfgang, which
Wolfgang. But my list does not end there. I will be introducing a
new Epic Fantasy series in the long run.
so exciting! I believe that writing is definitely an art. As an artist,
are there other art forms you dabble in or would like to try?
FG: I started writing in grade
school, but at the same time, I dabble in music as well. Since then, I've
played in many bands over the years, but mainly for leisure. Currently, I still
play music, but mostly strictly in a studio setting, recording new music with
Oh and then there is of course,
working in a haunted house attraction, getting to scare customers. It’s an
adrenaline rush being able to scare people out of their wits on a nightly
basis. For two years now (this being my second year) I’ve been working with my
daughter at Enigma Haunt in South Florida. It provides a great bonding
experience while getting to enjoy what we love to do. It’s pretty interesting
to be able to come in, get into costume and makeup, become a certain character.
You get up close and personal and really get to see what truly frightens the
human psyche. I chalk it up as the ultimate learning experience in horror.
That’s great. I have learned a lot about horror from you! Frank, if your career
goes just the way you’ve imagined or better, where do you see yourself in 10
years, as far as your accomplishments are concerned?
FG: Where do I see myself in 10
years, well that is an interesting question, especially for someone who takes
his days one at a time. Most of the time, when things come to me, I go for the
opportunity, especially since life is unpredictable. You never know when you
might never wake up in the morning. So I try to live life to the fullest every day,
filling my time with the people and things I love to be around. I think it’s
every writer’s dream to be a full time writer, but at the same time, it can
hinder your life experiences, and ultimately affect the bases of your knowledge
to provide material. So it is a catch 22, and well, life is just that.
Frank lives in Florida with his family.
When he is not working on the third and final book of the Wolfgang Trilogy, he
can be found reading works of classical literature and fantasy, playing music
and riding his bike through the woods.
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After learning the truth about his
missing son, Dorian, Tenor Wolfgang is left with unanswered questions. The
vampire hunter and his faithful friend Kronklich pursue Dorian through forces
of darkness. Haunted by the phrase “Blood of the father,” Wolfgang wonders what
the forces of darkness intend.
In a heart-pounding race across a
frozen gothic countryside, Wolfgang seeks answers, stopping at nothing to reach
his son before it’s too late. Who are the Carnalreesee really, and what is
Continue the gut-wrenching journey
of carnage, strife, and suffering in this next installment of the Wolfgang
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Chrissy's update from 9/14/18:
I have not been active in the publishing community as of late. Personal issues and professional issues have come up, but let's talk about the future now, shall we?
1) My most important news is that all four of my novels are currently unavailable. This is temporary because I shall be releasing their second editions! I am very excited about this, but please bear with me. I want and need for these second editions to be EXACTLY how I envision them, and that will take just a bit of time.
2) Additionally, I will be re-releasing these second editions in the same order as their first release.
First up is Surreal Ecstasy. I am re-reading it, which I don't really want to do but is necessary so I can make minor edits.
Side note: I started writing this book seven years ago, and it's interesting to see how my author voice changed over the years. I am going to keep the bulk of this novel intact and only do small changes for clarification.
I will be categorizing
Surreal Ecstasy as women's fiction and paranormal instead of paranormal romance. While there's
certainly a romantic aspect to the story, in my opinion it's Morgan's
journey of strength that is the most important.
She makes the decision
to leave an abusive man and be single, and she also decides to stop letting her emotionally abusive mother affect her life choices. This is not easy for her to do at all, but she does it.
I want to stress this part of the story because I want people everywhere to realize that they too can leave a horrible, toxic situation. It is easier said than done, but that's why support systems exist. See my Domestic Abuse Help page if you or someone you know might need help (I'll be updating that page as well, FYI, so please bear with me).
As I begin to re-read my other novels, I'll go into further detail about them and their changes as well. Keep checking back for more! :)
3) Let's not forget that I am still writing new material!
*I have 2-3 more books planned for the Surreal/ God Generation series, with a possible spinoff. I have already written a lot for Surreal 3 and 4, some scenes written years ago, and I just can't wait for you guys to discover what ultimately happens to Morgan and the gang.
*I have 2 more books coming in the DayDreamer series. I have fun things planned for Kayla.
Inside scoop: Each installment of the DayDreamer series will be a tad bit darker. So while DayDreamer was a pretty happy-go-lucky story, Sandgirl's Dream I felt rounded out the characters nicely, bringing more reality to them as they mature.
I've only written about 7,000 words for DayDreamer 3, but this one will be even darker. It's going to take place during the gang's senior year of high school. Very early in the book, Kayla's going to find out who or what Miran (her boyfriend's friend) really is. I'm also thinking Kayla's going to discover something about her parents that makes her uneasy, and she might even discover something surprisingly dark about herself as well. I'm really proud of this series and to date, Sandgirl's Dream is probably my best technical work so far, just because of the amount of time I spent crafting it.
*I have been working on a hilarious chick lit that to date has about 10,000 words. I'll reveal more as this project develops.
*On my list to write is the third Bettina short story to complete the trilogy. The writing and completing of this story has been delayed a bit due to my second editions needing attention, as well as some technical difficulties I've encountered.
Never fear, however; Bettina still has some post-apocalyptic, women-in-charge-and-ruling-over-men issues she has to deal with. If you haven't met Bettina, her first short story is here and her second story is here. These are anthologies about strong women, written by strong women. Can't go wrong! Check them out. :) 4) I still have some first editions paperback of some of these novels (I don't have any first edition Sandgirl's Dream, and I might have one Surreal Enemies: Angel City copy left. I also have multiple DayDreamer and Surreal Ecstasy copies)); if you're interested in purchasing a signed copy from me, please email me and we'll work it out. 5) My short stories are all still up and available; you can hop over to my Amazon author page and check them out.
Aside from what I've written here, you will find that all the details about my works are gone; I've removed all links and info. This is due to the second editions of the novels that I'm working on. Therefore, this website in its entirety is a work in progress also.
I'll keep you all updated! Thank you. :)