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Transpose's "A Delicate Impact" Turns 11!

My band, Transpose, has an unorthodox beginning. Guitarist Joshua Givens and I started the band in Beverly, MA in 2005. We had written 5 songs before I moved to GA, and when I announced to him that I had to move and leave the band, Joshua decided to move with me, instead of finding a new singer. As soon as we reached GA, we immediately started looking for a bass player and drummer to finish the lineup. Joshua and I attended a concert to see a local band called Ashes of Osiris. Unbeknownst to us, this was Ashes of Osiris' final show. Joshua and I loved their rhythm section, and within 2 months, we had recruited half of Ashes of Osiris to join Transpose to complete the lineup. With Tim Sigler on bass and Jason Bonner on drums, we were ready to roll.

We used the 5 songs that Joshua and I had written in MA as a springboard for the new band, showing the songs to Tim and Jason,and then rewriting them as a "band." All 5 of those songs not only made the debut album, but also became fan favorites at our concerts: "Branches," "The Mourning Crash," "Insect Ways," "Helter Skelter Morning," and "This Rust." Once we perfected the 5 songs that had been brought from MA, we wrote a total of 6 more songs (and 2 covers; God Lives Underwater's "Miss You More Than Anything" and the Team America World Police theme song "America, Fuck Yeah!") to complete the track listing of what would become our debut album: A Delicate Impact.

We recorded the album on the weekends while I was in the police academy in GA. I would spend Monday - Friday at the academy and then Saturday and Sunday in the recording studio, just to do it all over again ... week after week. I also finished writing my first novel, Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts, during the recording process, AND my first child was born. Sept. 2007 was one of the busiest months I have ever lived in my life: graduated from the police academy, finished writing my first novel, recorded Transpose's debut album, had a baby, and Stephanie and I moved into our first house.

The front cover of the album was a real photograph of Joshua's girlfriend in a wedding dress that we bought from a thrift shop, tied up to the railroad tracks. Yes, this was an active rail, and we had to time the picture in-between trains coming through. I even called dispatch to let the police know if they got any weird calls of a girl tied to he tracks, that was me and we were okay.

When the album was released, we sent the first single, "Only the Dead Go Free," to radio stations and never expected the response it received. It was placed in rotation on a lot of stations in FL, and we would have people coming to the shows just to see us play that song. We played constantly to promote the album, touring for almost 2 years straight. Joshua left the band in 2009 and that pretty much ended the A Delicate Impact era. As soon as we inducted our next guitarist, TJ, into the band, that became the first step toward writing Retribution. Even after Josh left the band, we still played 8 of the 13 songs from the album on a consistent basis live. The only songs we retired, and still have never played live since 2009, are: "This Rust," "Pills & Places," "And The Noose Replied," "Insect Ways," and "Breaking Silhouettes."

What a crazy time it was recording this album in between attending a police academy, finishing a novel, having a baby, and buying a house... but if I had to list, in order, my favorite albums that I have ever been a part of (which is now up to 7), this album would certainly still be in the top 3.

ONLY THE DEAD GO FREE: Author J.M. Ames adapted a song by my band, Transpose, into a short story

Today's interview is super special to me because author J.M. Ames takes over my page with a discussion about his short story, "Only the Dead Go Free," which is a rock-fiction adaptation of the song by the same name by my band Transpose (which appears on our album "A Delicate Impact"). His story appears in the anthology "A Haunting of Words" (which also includes my brand new short story, "Anesthetize or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys"):

Blurb: Wendy flees from her abusive boyfriend, daughter in tow, to her families’ cabin in the woods, only to discover what is already residing there is far worse. Based on the Transpose song of the same name.

What inspired you to write this story? The desire to write a disturbing tale about a haunting, coupled with the imagery captured by the lyrics of the song.

How long have you been writing? Professionally, since January 2016. As a hobby, as far back as I can remember.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing? I am definitely a multi-genre author. I don’t really stick to any of them exclusively. I usually try to evoke some kind of emotion, include something unusual\weird, and incorporate a twist. With that in mind, Fantasy (all kinds), Horror, and Sci-Fi probably make up about half of my work. Rock Fiction (stories based on songs or albums) are becoming a fairly common thing for me, too.

What are you working on right now? How much time you got? I have too many works in progress to go through here, so I will go through the ones I think you can see from me in 2017:
-Not Yet Dark:  War devastates a man’s life, and he goes to extremes to get revenge on those who’ve hurt him. Based on “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan
-Fourteen Years:  Nonfiction biography of my best friend of 38 years, and his struggle to return his life to normalcy after a horrific accident that left him heavily injured and another of our friends dead.
-The River Sticks:  An elderly man awakens in the middle of the night to discover his long-dead wife and poker buddies are back for one night only. Stakes are high, as he must now play for his own life. Somewhat inspired by (but not based on) Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.”
-I have several other completed works I am actively marketing to various publishers. 

What else do you have available/published? “The Last Ride,” which is available in the A Journey of Words anthology.

What advice do you give to new writers? Read, a lot. Write even more than that – never stop. Hire a good professional editor. Use Beta readers, but only make suggested changes that you agree with and make sense, or a large number of readers suggest. There are many paths to becoming an author, not just one – find your own path.

List links where people can find your work:
Website:          https://jm-ames.com/  (includes links to many other Social Media Platforms)
Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/JMAmesAuthor/

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at: www.scoutmediabooksmusic.com/a-haunting-of-words and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

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