I met Bellakentuky on Goodreads just over a month ago. We have a few favorite authors in common and got to talking. I’m glad he’s on the blog today and I think you will be, too. I think you’ll find the premise of his novel, IMPURITY, fascinating. Not only do we get a peek inside the book, but inside the mind of the author himself.
Bellakentuky is an author of short stories and novellas. The author is a native of the United States but currently resides in Argentina. The author’s stories are often sprinkled with dark humor and have a moral to the story. Bellakentuky’s recent award winning work includes a coming of age story about five boys growing up in Brooklyn and a short story about a young girl who learns to kill. Bellakentuky also likes to delve into the occasional science fiction or horror story when the mood hits.
An excerpt from Impurity
The accident went down in the annals of our neighborhood lore. Both bikes literally exploded into a tangle of unusable junk.
And the two of us?
We flew a good ten yards through the air before scraping the crap out of ourselves on the asphalt.
For some reason, this moment, right now, reminded me of the crash, and how I ended up kicking, Joey Mason, in the face.
He didn’t deserve what I did to him, and you really couldn’t point the blame at either one of us for the events that led up to it; we were just stupid kids trying to fit in.
It happened on a hot summer evening about two weeks before we entered the seventh grade. A bunch of us were messing around on our bikes, and somebody (most likely my best friend Nate), came up with the idea that we should play chicken. For reasons I can no longer remember, Joey and I, were nominated to make the first chicken-run.
Looking back on it, I imagine Joey didn’t want to play that dangerous game any more than I did. But we caved in to peer pressure and set ourselves up at opposite ends of the block. The bloodthirsty crowd cheered as we pedaled like mad toward each other.
The thought never occurred to me- not even for a second- that Joey wouldn’t veer away. I was cool and he wasn’t. It was a no-brainer, but I guess you never know what’s going on in someone’s head, because Joey didn’t swerve, in fact, he didn’t even flinch.
All these years later, and I’m still wondering what Joey thought about in the final seconds before we crashed.
I skidded across the asphalt and was covered in road rash. My friends (the bloodthirsty gawkers) stood dumbfounded, staring at the blood oozing from various parts of my body.
I’m not sure what I should have done at that particular moment, (probably just go home), but what I was doing, was wondering why that jackass Mason didn’t veer off.
Uncontrolled rage surged through my body. I glared at him sitting on the road crying like a baby. He held his head in his hands as I clenched my teeth and marched over to him with the same fortitude you see on those terminators in the movies.
He heard me coming, dropped his arms, and stared up at me with puppy-dog eyes.
His expression said, help me. (Maybe I should’ve) There’s a vivid snapshot of his sad face buried in my mind. Without saying a word, I viciously kicked him square in the face; Joey Mason flew back in a spray of blood and saliva; an image that captured the imagination of our neighborhood for years to come.
Two things happened as a result of my decision to teach Joey a lesson that day, one, I became a neighborhood hero. (I certainly didn’t deserve it; but kids are cruel.) Two, Joey and I never spoke again— ever— despite the fact we lived a block from each other.
When did you decide to become an indie author?
I’ve always enjoyed writing fiction and have done so as far back as my teenage years. It was about two years ago that I began to explore publishing my work.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
It actually came about when a street dog came to my aid when I was being attacked by another dog. I had befriended this dog for about two minutes each day at the park, and he literally drove off an attacking dog that was three times his size.
What is different about this book compared to others you’ve written?
Before, Impurity, I had not written any stories with a paranormal aspect to them.
What is your greatest writing strength?
I’ve been told that I create interesting believable characters.
If you could have written any book, which one would it be?
The Stand by Stephen King
Who is your biggest supporter?
My wife Clarisa.
Cats or dogs?
Any animal (but I really love cats)
Pulp Fiction – greatest script ever written
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