A Quickie with Nelson W. Pyles

Nikki Noir (NN): What’s your darkest fantasy? And why will you never act it out in real life?

Nelson W. Pyles (NWP): My darkest fantasy is that everyone who ever doubted me, or thought very little of me would one day kind of choke on what I do. I didn't have a lot of support starting out from friends and family and now that I'm chugging along with writing, folks I've never even met in person are really beautifully supportive. I do hope it never pans out, because that lack of encouragement from the folks who are supposed to mean the most fuels my drive. Spite is a very underrated motivator, although not totally healthy either.  I'm trying to find a middle ground there.


NN: We all have a guilty pleasure. What’s the movie, television program, or music that you love that most people wouldn't know about you?


NWP: I like a lot of heavy music and even sang in metal bands and such, but I am an unabashed sucker for a good pop song. I really dig Burt Bacharach for example. I used to listen to the album he did with Elvis Costello on the way to gigs and then scream my head off. Finish the show, and put it back on. 


NN: If you could collaborate with any small press author on a project, who would it be and why?


NWP: I've been fortunate to have worked on a lot of projects with my favorite authors when I hosted The Wicked Library. I still narrate for the show (and do the voice of The Librarian) but ideally, I'd love to work with Lydia Peever on something. She is an amazing author in Canada and wrote probably the best vampire novel in the last ten years called Nightface. It's stunning and if you have the means, you should pick it up.


NN: Tell us about your latest project or work in progress.


NWP: Currently, I'm working on the sequels to both Demons Dolls and Milkshakes (just re-released) and my last novel Spiders in the Daffodils.


NN: Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have a favorite and why?


NWP: I'm torn, because I love Kat from Demons, but the two main characters in Spiders, Tom and Veronique really keep me coming back to me with new ideas and stories. I could write about those two forever. A gunslinger married to a monster. It's so much damn fun! But, the same goes for Kat. She's an insane amount of fun to write especially how she deals with supernatural things. She's a total badass.


NN: What’s your favorite philosophical quote or phrase to live by?


NWP: I've always been fond of "If you're gonna be a bear, be a Grizzly." If you're going to go after something, or work towards something, go at it with everything you have in you. Work your ass off. Use your claws, bite and tear your way through it. Just don't be an asshole about it, but make sure you show your teeth. Now that I've said that, maybe I'll rethink my darkest fantasy...