Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Interview with Robert Pruneda

Jack: There’s no doubt that the Indie Publishing world is hard work. Some of the hardest working people I've ever met are Indie Authors. But finding the ones that pen incredible, nightmare inducing, cop drama, horror stories, and are willing to pal around with the likes of me on Facebook is hard to do. Really, it was so hard that once I accomplished this feat I retired from my day job and embraced my superhero nightlife with no worries of leaving any life goals unaccomplished....

Actually, I wouldn't be able to fully embrace my cape crusading without proving that he is actually willing to spend five minutes in my presence without hiding, and in a very public setting. So without further adieu, I’d like to give a nice welcome to my good friend, Robert Pruneda. I understand Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, which is the second book in your best selling awesomeness, will be available later this month?

Robert: That’s right, Jack. Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions is currently available for pre-order and is scheduled for a worldwide release on Tuesday, October 14. I don’t have a set date for the print version yet, but it will also be available before Halloween. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to read the first book, it’s a steal at only a buck for the Kindle version.

Jack: No argument there. I can personally say that Devil’s Nightmare gave me the chills several times when I read it. I’m not even a horror fan, but I made it through the whole book. This is saying something since I won't finish a friend's book if it doesn't hold my attention....

Not only did I finish it, but I am looking forward to the next book. Now, I am trying to figure out how to word this to not give anything away for readers, so I am going to be vague. Read the book--the end will have you hooked!

That was vague, right?

Robert: Vague enough for me . . . and thanks for not sharing any spoilers. I’d hate to have to write you into an upcoming horror novel. And if you thought Devil’s Nightmare gave you some chills, I’ve got more surprises in store for you in the second book. Some scenes even made me cringe. One of my beta readers told me that she had to stop reading for a bit because she was starting to have nightmares. Mwhahahaha! Mission accomplished. :-)

Jack: That's high praise for any horror author! And thanks for not killing me off in your next book--I like to keep all of my body parts attached.

Robert: That guy named Jack in Chapter Six--the scene where he loses his fingers in a blender--is purely coincidental.

Jack: Hey, part of my living is made with my fingers, don’t  mess with them. Besides, I fancy myself a chef and so does many of my friends.... Leave the fingers out of this!

Robert: You’re right. We’ll go for the toes instead. Anyway, let’s move along, shall we? :-)

Jack: Now, I hear you're having a pumpkin carving contest to celebrate the release of Devil's Nightmare: Premonitions? How does one get involved?

Robert: The pumpkin carving contest was Patty Allread’s idea. It’s not confirmed, but she may be hosting this fun little event over at My Cooking Life By Patty. It’s a cooking blog, so if everything works out as planned my visit there as a horror author should be interesting and a lot of fun. If not, I’ll be hosting the contest on my site at, and of course give Patty the credit for this creative idea. I know you are quite the foodie yourself, so if you think you have what it takes, grab yourself a pumpkin, sharpen those knives, and start carving. You can make me a pumpkin pie with the guts afterwards.

Jack: I’m not so sure my carving skills are up to that. Besides, if I made a cool looking monster I would have to honor its last request before I made food out of it.... Pumpkins have large families--have you ever seen the size of those fields? I’ll stick to making brisket for dozens of people.

Robert: You certainly don’t want to get on The Great Pumpkin’s bad side . . . and be sure to save a plate of brisket for me.

Jack: If my last BBQ is any indication, you may want to show up early to get some brisket..... No leftovers at all! I won’t vouch for being able to save you a plate. But, what should we expect to read in Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions? Can you give us any hints?

Robert: I’m terrible when it comes to answering that question. What I can say is that if you enjoyed the first book, you’re in for quite a ride in Book 2. There’s plenty of creepiness, a bit of gore, and a couple of scenes that will make your stomach turn. One of my beta readers even told me that she almost couldn’t read one scene. It’s not a bloody gore fest, but I sprinkle in just enough to get the bile moving. Don’t worry, though, Friday the 13th senseless gore fest this is not. It has all the elements that fans of Devil’s Nightmare have enjoyed, with a few surprises thrown in. Here’s a blurb from my product page:

Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil's Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he? Evil knows no boundaries, and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.

Jack: You could have just told us to expect  more awesome. I love the blurb but I’ve already read it so this is no surprise to me. I was hoping for a bit more, but sometimes authors have to say no so the book still holds some surprises. Sadly I guess I’ll have to wait like the rest of the world. I just assumed that our Facebook hangout would earn me some special insight, but I understand even though I’ll be pouting later...

But, since my blog has been taking a turn toward the food side I would like to ask you a couple more questions to close this out, if you don’t mind.... Do you prefer to eat out, or make your own food?

Robert: [Hands Jack a tissue] Let’s just put it this way: My cooking could be a horror work in itself.

Jack: Good enough. Then if you had the choice to learn how to cook your favorite dish taught by a world famous chef, who would teach you and what dish would you learn to cook?

Robert: It’s hard to narrow it down to one specific dish, but I’d probably choose Robert Irvine to teach me how to cook the perfect lasagna. I love Italian food, but when it comes to lasagna I’m pretty picky with the taste. I have found very few restaurants that make a lasagna that really makes me want to lick the sauce off the plate. Oh, and add a stuffed chicken breast in there too. The best stuffed chicken breast I’ve eaten is at a restaurant called Antonio’s when I lived in Austin, Texas. Sadly, I believe that restaurant is now closed for business.

Jack: Well I can sure appreciate both of those dishes, as well as Robert Irvine’s talent. I’ve stolen a few of the recipes he gave us on Restaurant Impossible, over the years. I can honestly tell you that they taste as good as they look on the television. A stuffed chicken breast would be so much fun to try, I’ll have to look up some recipes and give it a shot!

Well folks, Robert Pruneda is one of the greatest personalities you can ever meet on social network, and it has been a blast chatting with him about Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions. If the second book is anything like the first one you can expect to see some great storytelling, shocking revelations, unexpected developments, mysterious happenings, cruel twists, and a fantastic conclusion. No doubt, you will be as riveted as the rest of his readers.

For those who haven’t read the first book in the series, you can find Devil’s Nightmare here. But don’t forget that he is one of the most giving, funny, and active men you will ever follow on Twitter and Facebook so follow him there, too.


  1. I am facinated by your talent and your life. God works in mysterious ways. I am greatful that whatever you had to go through that brought you here. Looking forward to many more exciting, thrilling books, Jeannie Walker

    1. Thank you for the encouraging words, Jeannie. I appreciate your support and promise to keep writing. :-)