The Black Song Inside!
Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego,
but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate
Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed
ineffectually at performing the writer’s requisite myriad of random
jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day
laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster,
medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.
He is a married man with two cats and a dog. He is also a martial
arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports,
movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading.
Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being
one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete
dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.
Visit his website at http://carlyleclark.wordpress.com/.
That's the funny thing. I didn't set out to write dark humor. It's just
that my world view bleeds into the work. In general when I try to
explain how I see things, people often burst into laughter and shake
their heads, but they don't deny the "validity" of my point of view. It
makes for a lot of awkward moments in real life, but for some really
humorous things to read. The fact that people do find my work funny gave
me the confidence to tackle dark subjects knowing the comic relief
would give the reader a welcome break.
Can you tell everyone a little about the characters inside? Were they based on your imagination or real life?
My characters are never based on real life people. I've tried that,
thinking it would be a nifty shortcut to creating 3D characters, but I
just can't pull it off. That said, though all of my characters are
obviously influenced by my own life experiences, they are more
influenced by characters in film or fiction where I thought, "Man that
character would be great if you just changed X,Y, & Z about them."
Of course, you then end up with a totally different character.
How hard was it for you to write THE BLACK SONG INSIDE?
Immensely difficult. It took multiple rewrites with major character
additions and subtractions and a change from 1st person POV to 3rd
person. The good part about that was I weeded out the clichés and
focused on writing twists that were logical but surprised even me in
hopes that would surprise the reader.
Did your own background have any influence on the writing of this book?
Yes, because the novel is set in my hometown of San Diego, and the
setting played a major part. In San Diego, there are constantly positive
and negative issues with the border right there and Tijuana on the
other side. It's a very strange thing growing up in a land of plenty and
then taking frequent trips just a few miles south into a place where
it’s a struggle just to survive and you bribe the police on nearly every
trip because that's just how things are done.
Without giving anything away, what would you say was the most pivotal point of the whole book?
That would have to be when The Priest does something so diabolical it
means the heroes, Atticus and Rosemary, seem to have no way out but
prison or the grave. Thrusting them into that crucible really exposes
their character in a way that allows the reader to see what they're made
Is there anything else you’d like to tell your readers?
Carlyle: I would like to let them know that there is a free short story prequel to THE BLACK SONG INSIDE they can try called HE'S FASTER.