Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Rick Pipito is the award winning author of over 25 published works. His Eternal Hunger Saga series earned him a place in top 25 and 100 lists. He was awarded the gold medal for 2019 Best Opening Lines of a Novel and the “Most Versatile Local Author” according to Philly Current Magazine’s 2017 #PCPicks.
Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he learned various musical instruments and played, wrote and sang in original bands over a span of fifteen years. While he occasionally still plays a random show, his focus is solely on his book writing career, his two children, and assisting his wife (Roberta of Homemade Delish) in her culinary adventures.
In 2010 Rick teamed up with his brother, artist Dan Pipito, and formed a little company called “sCrypt Comics.” Their efforts working with other artists was a success. When Rick’s novels started becoming noticed they redirected their idea into sCrypt Publishing. While Rick writes, Dan provides most of the cover art for the novels and books. The sCrypt team consists of 6 main people in various positions of editing, critique, and advertising.
As of July 2019, Rick’s published works are the following novels:
FLESH AND LEFTOVERS; BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING; BONES AT BREAKFAST; SOULS 4 SUPPER; DEVIL’S DESSERT; TECHNO FEAST; GENETIC MORSELS; PLANET ATE; DEVOURED UNIVERSE; A COURSE FOR HUMANITY; THE THIRST OF CAIN; CONSUMED BY WAR
the short story spinoffs:
ZOMBIE INCIDENTS; LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE; IN CASE OF WEREWOLF; GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS; DEMONIC ENTITIES; VIRAL UPGRADES; EVOLVED MUTATIONS; ALIEN ENCOUNTERS; COSMIC ORBITS; THE LOST HOUR; THE LOST DAY
the children’s books:
A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS; A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS; (and a short online comic called THE ADVENTURES OF MUNCHIES AND DEEDOOS: TALES OF THE BEASTER BUNNY.
compilations and non-fiction books:
EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY; PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY; BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY; NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS; SUMMER RAIN: GENERATIONS OF POEMS
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
CONSUMED BY WAR is my latest release (July 2, 2019). I have always been fascinated with technological advancements over time in history. I thought that a book which would include different eras of war spanning from cave dwelling times to the present would be a lot of fun. Toss in a plot as to why these wars occur with a bit of a supernatural element and it all fell into place.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I talk to myself in the car. When I’m driving, my phone is on record and most of my writing comes in the form of me narrating the dialogue. I later tweak it when typing everything, but I suppose creating different voices and talking to myself does seem a little nutty to other drivers on the road.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, then graduated to Bob Mayer, Dan Brown, and Brad Thor as I got older. My biggest influence in writing comes from Stan Lee though. His characters are what made me want to get into storytelling in the first place.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a short story called THE LOST YEAR, as well as a trilogy release called BEYOND TIME.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media works wonders. It also helps that my wife is in the public eye, so the word spreads faster through connections.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get an editor or two. Get beta readers. Be open to criticism and be prepared to evolve. If you think you’re the best or have nothing more to learn about writing then you’re probably the exact opposite. Always learn and adapt.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up and keep away from negativity. Surrounding myself with positive people and vibes has caused my career to blossom and for that I’m thankful.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently rereading one of my own books, but Bob Mayer’s New York Minute is occurring in there as well.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve got lots planned. I’m always three books ahead from where I am during writing, so keeping that flow of ideas is a priority. I’ve been making connections to have screenplay adaptations of some of my works, as well as a video game adaptation. We will see what happens.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Tough question. I’d say it’d probably be some of my trilogy collections so people can identify me if I don’t make it out alive. I’d probably take a copy of the Bible, The Divine Comedy, the biggest graphic novel compilation I could find, and a survival’s guide that would assist my survival knowledge.