Verge Le Noir

Hello Readers and Writers!

We would like to introduce you to an author whose cool, laid back personality flows directly into his writing. His characters are bold and break the rules on many levels. As a completely self published author, we are refreshed by his brutal honesty about his own work and abilities. We love diving into the worlds presented in his gritty novels!

Introducing Verge Le Noir!

RL: When did you start writing as a career?

VLN: It started a long time ago in a galaxy not far away called my head. When I was a kid, I used to come up with stories all the time as a way to entertain my brothers and sisters (we didn’t have a TV). I never took it seriously though, however, as I grew older, well; here we are writing, but as of yet, I fall short of calling it a career.

RL: What's your current work in progress?

VLN: I have a bunch of stuff going on at the same time. From short stories, to some things that might—or might not, turn into novels or novellas. There’s a pile of stuff I started and I’ve yet to finish.

RL: You write Noir Crime Novels. What led you to write in that genre?

VLN: It stems from my constant horror and amazement at what humans do to each other in the name of lust, money, prejudice, and religion. Plus, I’ve been long-time reader of the genre.

RL: How do your books rebel against the status quo in the genre?

VLN: They are all self-published, so I guess that’s a form of rebellion. If it isn’t, it should be.

RL: Which one of your books is your favorite?

VLN: Oh boy, that’s like asking a parent which one in their brood is their favorite. I love them all! but I’ve gotten great reviews for Shell Casings which is a collection of short stories. That being said; my favorite is always the last one I wrote, which in this case would be the novella Two Iguanas Lounge.


RL: Black Pills and Red Bullets was released in 2013. How has your writing grown since then?

VLN: It has grown exponentially, so much so that I had to hit unpublish on that “book” a while ago because it was the perfect example of “never publish the first thing you write.” Again, some folks liked it, most hated it and, in retrospect I can see why. It was a painful thing to do, but I’ve grown a lot since—I hope.

RL: How do you plan out your book releases?

VLN: I don’t plan at all. The most important thing to me is the story. When I finish with this one; I’m already moving to the next one, and the next one. I don’t know much about marketing, and to be honest with you, (don’t tell anyone), I kind of hate that part of the process. To me the story is king.

RL: Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.

VLN: Self-publishing has been a life-saver. I’m not beholden to anyone or anything. I don’t write for monetary reasons, if it happens; splendid, I welcome it like Shiva with open arms. With self-publishing; I don’t have to live under the pressures and expectations of the giant publishing machine. I write stories I would like to read. I write because I love it, not because my mortgage depends on it. It’s quite liberating.

RL: How do you manage writing time? Is finding writing time an issue for you?

VLN: It’s a huge issue. Folks who do any form of art know that life gets in the way of creativity all the time—it’s a constant battle. But a bee has to pollinate, a fish has to swim and a writer has got to write. We make time even if it insults eternity. (I don’t know what that means).

RL: Why did you decide to use a pen name for your books?

VLN: It was a goof-gone-wrong situation. I crave anonymity, but three books in, and my family soon found out about my writerly endeavor. Most of my friends haven’t, or don’t care which is… good? I guess?

RL: Where do you see your writing career going in the future?

VLN: If it eventually becomes a career? Onwards and Upwards.

RL: What are you reading right now?

VLN: I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything written by Joe R. Lansdale. I plan to re-read a few more Chester Himes novels, his hard-boiled detectives; Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, are two of a kind. (the coolest detective names in the genre). Everyone should read Christa Faust, she hits hard. Don Winslow is another author that never disappoints.

RL: What can readers expect from you in the future?

VLN: More stories, more books and few pratfalls along the way.

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