Interview with Bestselling Author Edward Medina!!

Posted by admin October 29th, 2013

Bestselling author Edward Medina captures the beauty of writing and the limitless possibilities of the imagination in his popular novels, plays, and short stories. His books, full of excitement, thrill, and intrigue, are Amazon bestsellers in three categories: Fantasy, Action Adventure, and Horror. He has also written, produced, and directed New York Off and Off-Off Broadway plays, has had the honor of working for the iconic Jim Henson, and has even been a radio and voice over artist. He introduces us to his latest project: Four Days with Edgar A. Poe—A 19th Century Mystery, A 21st Century Crime. In this play for the New York Off-Broadway stage, Medina explores the life and legacy of one of the greatest American authors, Edgar Allan Poe. With wisdom and flair, Medina also describes what being a writer means to him in an interview for the reader, the writer, and the visionary.


Edward Medina


Q: Tell us about how you began writing.


A: Writing has always been with me. As a child I would cut out pictures from magazines, paste them onto construction paper, and write in descriptions next to them. I would write dialogue and put the lines in word balloons by the peoples and animals faces. When I think back I was always writing down stories and story ideas. When I was ten years old I wrote a story about a penny that escaped from the U.S. Mint. I bought little blank booklets, hand wrote copies of my story, and sold them to my friends for a penny. I was a little independent author very early on.

I was, and still am, a voracious reader. Another sign of a writer in the making. I also have a love of music, movies, and all things theatrical. Those are all forms of storytelling. Music taught me that the rhythm of the tale is important. From film I learned structure drives the plot. Theatre always reminds me that there’s an audience out there in the dark. I like to tell good stories. The story, the rhythm, the structure, and the effect words have on a reader are everything. I like stories with twists throughout. I enjoy taking my readers along for a grand adventure.


Q: Your books have very interesting premises! It Is Said, the first book in the Mathias Bootmaker and the Keepers of the Sandbox trilogy, is a dark fantasy, steampunk adventure with a lot of mystery. A Murder of Crows, Adventures of the X Pirates, is also a dark fantasy, steampunk adventure that gives the reader a unique look into the pirate legends. Were you always a fan of steampunk?


A: Ever since I was a child reading Jules Verne. Steampunk as a movement is still a relatively new and beautiful thing but its pedigree is long, deep and rich. I’m drawn to the style and feel of the genre. I’m drawn to the inventors and inventions of that world. Then there’s the romance of it all and the true desire for optimism to triumph over pessimism. Good steampunk is full of big adventure and epic heroes.

My books have the steampunk flavor but they exist outside of the traditional settings. It Is Said is set in a world of high fantasy in the moment just before the release of the big bang. It explores science, imagination, creativity and tells us how everything we know in the universe came to be. A Murder of Crows is set in a world entirely populated with animals. Not a human being in sight. And yet they’re there. Those animals behave like we do and it’s not always pretty. I figured if it was good enough for George Orwell then it’s good enough for me.


Q: You also delve into other genres with your short stories. Awilda is an urban paranormal story about a huntress of a unique type of vampire. The public tends to categorize authors into one genre and associates any book that that author releases into that genre. But more and more authors are releasing works in various genres. Do you feel that the public is changing its views on this?


A: I think it’s more a case of author’s changing their views. Independence means creative freedom. There is no box to keep writers in anymore. Good stories come in many forms and cross every genre. Writers should feel free to explore. If there’s a genre that drives you then follow that path. If you wake up one morning with a great story in mind, but it doesn’t fit in your norm, then step off the path for a bit and write away.

There are many traditionally published authors who do just that all the time. Two of my favorites, King and Poe, do just that. Stephen King is known for horror but not all his work fits neatly in that category. Some of his works are just wonderfully deep character studies and if you think you know King and haven’t read his YA book Dragon’s Eyes then you have quite the surprise coming. As for Poe, the man originated several genres all on his own throughout his career. I really don’t think he was consciously doing it. He was just writing what he wanted to write. What he needed to write. We should all do that. It would make the world a much more interesting place.


Q: You write, direct, and produce off- and off-off Broadway plays. How different is it writing plays to writing novels? Do you find that you favor writing one over the other?


A: One would think that plays are easier. All dialogue. Some would think novels are easier. You have all that room for narrative. Others would think it’s the opposite for both. Too much dialogue. Too much narrative. My thing is the story is all that matters. If it’s a good story it can be told in many ways.

I have a very good friend in the music business. He’s had quite the amazing career. He told me his secret to finding a great song was to find one that sounded amazing fully produced but also sounded equally amazing being played on one instrument and unplugged. To him that was the difference between a hit song and a classic.

A good story should flourish with great narrative but it should also sing if it’s reduced down to the whisper of a private conversation. I love doing both.


Q: You have announced that you are writing a play for Off Broadway called Four Days with Edgar A. Poe—A 19th Century Mystery, A 21st Century Crime. A big fan of Edgar Allan Poe myself, tell us why you decided to take on this challenge.


A: Poe fascinates me. Mysteries fascinate me. For as long as I can remember I have loved his work. Then I started learning about the man, the woman in his life, and the way the world, and time, had created and rose to the level of myth, the circumstances of his life. About a year ago I came across an article containing the last words of famous figures in history. Edgar’s was there. I realized I had not a clue of how he died. There were four mysterious days that no one can account for that played a role in taking the life of a brilliant and tortured genius.

The challenge was how does one tell a story about an incident that has no record of occurrence. My solution was to create a story with a contemporary mystery that has its roots in what may or may not have happened during those four days so long ago. I can use his stories and words to paint a picture of his life as it’s reflected in the life of another. I can use a modern day crime to explore what drives a person to madness and heartbreak.

Poe’s last words were “Lord help my poor soul!” Or was it, as some have reported, one word, “Reynolds!’ Or was it misunderstood. Was it really, “Renounced!” Like I said, I love a good mystery.


Q: As a bestselling author and a kind-hearted person, you are someone to look up to. Do you have any advice for writers out there just starting?


A: Read. Write. Create. Dream. Always be open to learning. Don’t be afraid. Find a story you love. Stick with it. Finish it. Edit. Edit. Edit. Now that it’s really finished get it out there. Buck the system. Be a proud independent author. Find your audience. Help them find your work. Respect their support. Support your fellow authors because we are most assuredly all in this together. Then repeat it all again with your next story, and the next, and the next. And remember to enjoy your life while you do it.

I thank you for those kind words you said about me. I’m far from perfect and I prefer that people look each other in the eye. I’m here in New York, and out there with my stories, slugging it out like other hard working creative types. I really try to conduct myself in the way I was raised by my mother and my grandmother. Be fair. Care about other people. Believe that different is good and special. Try and help when you can and sometimes when you can’t. Work hard and be true to who you are no matter what. It took me a long time to become the person I am. It took me a long time to put together everything they taught me. I’m pretty happy with the way I turned out, and if that makes other people happy then I say join the party, the more the merrier.


Q: How do you picture yourself in the future?


A: In a boat, on a river, with tangerine trees, and marmalade skies. 😉 I’d like to thank you for this interview. It was fun. I’d like to thank your fans by giving them an excerpt, and a link to a free copy, of my short story Awilda. It’s my Halloween treat. I hope they enjoy.


Awilda on

Awilda made an observation last night that made her laugh out loud on the subway. Chicken in a can shouldn’t come in liquid. It’s just wrong. We accept it with tuna. Fish are meant to be in liquid. Chickens are air breathers. Awilda often had thoughts like that. Quick random shots through the dark that made her laugh out loud, or cry quite a lot. She liked to laugh. She didn’t like the crying at all. The laughing helped her forget the dark things. The crying reminded her that the laughing was a lie.


Awilda killed her first vampire when she was six years old. He was a child just like she was. He attacked her and she stabbed him in the heart. Just like that. Nice and easy. She was young, but she knew exactly what he was. She had seen the movies. She knew Bela Lugosi when she saw him. So Awilda killed him and buried his body in the abandoned building where it happened.


There were questions. There were police and an investigation. The boy was a friend, of a friend, of a friend, so no one really talked to her about the incident. They couldn’t find him for a long time and then the questions stopped. They never found the body. Just a few years ago the building was demolished. They built a church on that spot. Awilda laughed a lot when she heard they had done that.


Awilda was a demure young lady of twenty-six now, with an indefatigable mind in a myriad of places. She was very pretty. Not too thin. Not too heavy. She was a bit on the tall side with lots of leg. Her flesh was creamy white with light pink tones. The vampires loved her for all those lovely attributes. They were all foolishly drawn to her because of them. Awilda was her own secret weapon.


She loved her full breasts. She loved the weight of them in her hands. She was also quite fond of her derriere. It was round and plump. Whenever she couldn’t sleep she would lay on her side, close her eyes, and slowly breathe three deep breaths while she caressed all her curves. The sensation would always lull her into dreamtime. Awilda loved her body. She started to develop her shapely presence when she turned thirteen. That’s when she killed her second vampire.



This short story from Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina was originally intended for an anthology submission. But Edward fell in love with Awilda, and decided to keep her all to himself. Now it’s time for him to share her with you.


The story of Awilda is an urban paranormal trip through the mind of a dedicated hunter. A hunter specifically designed to kill a very particular form of vampire. Believing it to be her mission since birth, Awilda puts a meticulously planned set of events in motion in order to eradicate the world of this infestation. Good girl by day, holy terror by night, Awilda is not the type of woman you’ll soon forget.


“You’ll enjoy this story – I guarantee it. Edward is a fabulous writer and Awilda is a fascinating character. She’s exactly what she seems, and yet not at all what you’d expect.” – Author Jamie DeBree


“Balanced precariously between fantasy and cold, cruel reality, this story introduces the reader to a character so engaging that the final pages hit you like a punch to the gut.” – Amazon Reader


Awilda has charmed her way to 13 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews and is FREE 10/29 and 10/30 on Amazon.  Awilda is intended for mature readers.

Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina is a native New Yorker who was raised by his mother and grandmother to believe that life is an adventure best lived to the fullest. To that end he has lived his life on the edge of creative possibility.


Over time, Edward has been a radio and voice over artist. He built a significant career as a producer, director and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson. He then went on to become a theme park designer. For fun, he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood, a sometime magician. Although, at this point in his life, the magic he creates is more for the page as an author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic steampunk adventures.


If you’d like more information on Edward’s work,

visit his website: Edward Medina

follow him on Twitter: @loboed13

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and subscribe to his blog on WordPress: Just Sayin’.


Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

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