Thursday, November 17, 2011

Neil Ostroff's Insectland

INSECTLAND author, Neil Ostroff, dropped by for coffee and cheese danish. Welcome to the blog, Neil.

Thanks, Susan, for the interview and the refreshments.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I’m an author of dark, noir thrillers, romance thrillers, and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels. I was raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia and have been a published author for more than twenty years. My science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in numerous presses, zines, and websites. I have several published novels available at all online booksellers. I am an avid boater, gardener, and poker player when not working on my novels.
How many books have you written?
At this time I have seven books available for purchase. I am writing quite a bit these days and anticipate another four books out by next year. Here are descriptions of the ones available now:
PULP-Struggling thriller writer Kevin Turner just received a panicked call from his ex-girlfriend Tina, a self-proclaimed clairvoyant prostitute. One of her clients, the mayor’s married son, died in her bed and she needs Kevin’s help to dispose of the body.
DEGENERATES- Each degenerate overcomes incredible obstacles working in a restaurant named City Café until a psychotic co-worker changes everything about their lives.
FROSTPROOF- Niles Goodman is on a weeklong trip into madness as his best friend kills indiscriminately and then explains the philosophy behind his actions.
TIM MADISON GALACTIC WARRIOR- Thirteen-year-old Tim Madison is the only person who knows about and can stop the ruthless creatures who are working deep inside our planet constructing a massive extermination army.
INSECTLAND-Imagine a world where humans are pests and insect-like aliens rule over them. Imagine that world is Earth.
DROP OUT- After overcoming incredible personal tragedy Nathan Cruz meets a terminal, young woman who helps him find the strength to piece his shattered life back together.
AFTER- High school student, Nick Murray’s sudden death is no accident. What he thought was his life has been an illusion created by powerful celestial beings. But for what purpose?
What has been your most rewarding experience during the writing process?
For me, the best part of writing is finishing a draft and then taking that draft and turning it into a good story. I love creating characters and then living vicariously through them. I also love having people read early drafts and then tell me what they think. It eliminates tons of wasted time trying to figure out alone if something is good or not.
Tell us about your latest release.
My latest book is called INSECTLAND. It’s available as an e-book on all devices.
Be frightened! Be very frightened! Tiny, dragon-like creatures hiding in our homes are going to harm us. They will shrink us to the size of ants, enslave us, and turn our world into their own. But there is hope. Legions of insect robots intent on stopping them have recruited high school sophomore Dan Larson for help. Thrust into danger, Dan risks everything in a desperate attempt to thwart an attack and prevent the end of society as we know it.
How do you develop characters?
Most of my characters ideas come from people I deal with in my everyday life. A man I see in line with me that has a peculiar facial tic, or the guy walking down the street mumbling to himself. I will use these different traits and add them to my characters. But the core personality of my characters almost always come from people I’m close to in my daily life.
Can you tell us about current or future projects?
Sure. I am currently working on the last book in a YA sci/fi fantasy series involving the same group of characters. It’s called DREAM TRAVELER and should be available in a few months. I am also doing a rewrite on an edgy YA novel called WASTED, about a group of drug-addicted teens who are trying to get straight and turn their lives around. It too, should be available by year’s end.
Where can folks learn more about your books?

I maintain a huge web presence and can be reached simply by typing my name into any search engine. I have several websites and can be found on most social network sites. The most up to date website for info regarding me and my books is:
My blog:

I wish you the best with your writing, Neil.

Thank you, Susan, and the same to you!                                   


Anonymous said...

A clairvoyant prostitute - that's something new. Just thinking it through, I'm not sure if that would be a blessing or a curse. I'd think too, that in that line of work, you'd pretty much already know what was going to happen in the near future. Sounds interesting though!

William Doonan

Jonathan Wilhoit said...

Great interview! I'm always excited to hear about authors and their creative processes (thanks for touching on that, btw), and Neil's books sound like they're just the kind of thing I'd enjoy.

I'll be following your blog from hereon. Can't wait to read more!

Also, if you get a chance, please visit my book review blog at And if you don't, no worries. I'm just happy I found your blog. ;)

Robert M. Roberts said...

Great interview, Neil! I keep up with you on Author's Den also. Keep on writing!

Susan Whitfield said...

Thanks for the kind comments, Jonathan. I'm glad you're finding the blog interesting. I'm going to check out your review blog as well. I might want to interview you about your reviews. We writers are always looking for reviewers.