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Interview with Ross Victory, author of horror mystery Grandpa’s Cabin

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At eighty-four years old, widower and award-winning geneticist Bernie Crenshaw has reached the end of his life. Bernie gifts his only grandson, eighteen-year-old Inglewood high school senior Nova, his multimillion-dollar property located in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills.

Years after Bernie’s death, Nova hosts a wild twenty-first birthday party weekend filled with alcohol, music, and OnlyFans web cameras. After a handful of eerie encounters in the surrounding Los Angeles forest, Nova’s friends allege that his grandpa’s cabin is the burial ground for people who disappeared during their childhood.

The birthday weekend shifts from celebration to terror as the friends piece together that the man Nova knew as “Popsi” matches the profile of one of the most notorious wanted criminals in Los Angeles-“L.A. Love Hunter.”

Will Nova preserve the Crenshaw family’s sadistic legacy, or will he choose the rare and valuable gift of friendship?

Excerpt from Grandpa’s Cabin

Fourteen years ago, Los Angeles

Nova did not understand why first grade had ended early. Dozens of armed security guards descended on the elementary school with their guns drawn. The events of the day, which started with learning to tell time on a silly- framed clock and identifying vowels in sentences, had become disjointed puzzles in Nova’s six-year-old mind, a mind easily distracted by dogs’ tails and why his father shaves his face, but his mother shaves her underarms. Today, his bite-sized body would experience panic, and his mind would be introduced to a modern emotion: terror.

Mr. Woodrow, a frumpy man, only thirty-five but looked sixty, paced the classroom, which was decorated in circus-themed letters and talking numbers. His face was pale and fear-stricken as he explained today’s events to the officers, who observed him with deep suspicion.

“Sir, six-year-old kids don’t just run away from chocolate chip cookies and story time. We need you to breathe and tell us the last time you saw the twins.”

Two chairs, which had been occupied before the recess bell, were now empty. A class of twenty bright-eyed first graders was now eighteen. No one knew where the twins had gone.

After hours of waiting, the class was escorted to the pickup lot, where Nova found his mother, Stella, standing next to their black Range Rover and anxiously biting her left thumbnail down its nail plate.

“Oh, my God!” Stella burst out as she hugged Nova’s frail body tightly. She kissed Nova’s head repeatedly. “Are you okay? You must be so scared.” Nova stood motionless and confused by his mother’s panic.

Interview with Ross Victory

-What inspired you to become a writer?

Since I was a young boy, I’ve always enjoyed writing and telling stories. In 2017, my mom motivated me to write my first book, “Views from the Cockpit.” She encouraged me and said I had a unique voice and perspective. After I took my first step to self-publish my first book, I quickly fell in love with developing characters and completing stories.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

A section of Grandpa’s Cabin takes place in 1990s Los Angeles. If I could visit LA in the 90s, I would savor the innocence of the time—a world free of social media and overstimulated by media and technology. I would also like to see Grandpa Bernie’s lab and underground lair up close. I’m curious how it expands through Hollywood Hills and under Los Angeles.

-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Nova reveals that he is aware Grandpa Bernie did evil things. He saw some of these bad things as a child. Although his grandfather was sadistic, and some would call him evil, Grandpa Bernie is also loving and the foundation of Nova’s life. Trying to reconcile his grandfather’s impact on his life has caused Nova extreme stress.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I definitely would go out for drinks with Magenta Kim and Ruben. When I wrote those characters, I wanted them to be “party animals” or “life of the party,” but with depth. They are the friends that consciously make bad decisions. But they also have complexity in their stories. Magenta is half black and half Korean. In some instances, she has had to exist in a state of in-betweenness and misunderstanding. Ruben has been disowned and found success as an online content creator. The conversation would be fun, with more laughs than I could handle.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

I’m assuming my answer doesn’t have to be politically correct, so something tells me to trap the dwarf in a corner or at least hold him upside down by his ankles as they kick and scream for mercy.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I’m open to writing all genres. Writing outside of my comfort zone is a challenge. I would never write Romance at a glance, but Romance, Historical Fiction, or any period piece would be brutal, and I’m sure a story is waiting to be told there. The goal is always to create characters that pop off that page, are relatable, and use the genre, or setting, as the backdrop for a fantastic story.

About Ross Victory

author Ross Victory

Ross Victory is an award-winning author and singer/songwriter from Southern California. After the loss of his father and brother, Ross dove into self-discovery, reigniting his childhood passion for creative writing and music production, launching an independent writing career. Victory has dedicated his life to empowering his community while entertaining listeners and readers. Victory provides a multi-format creative experience in Urban Adult Contemporary music and literature, with a focus on creative non-fiction and thematic novellas. Topics include: adventure, family, religion and philosophy, and identity.

Victory is best known for his father-son memoir, “Views from the Cockpit,” and multimedia production brand, “Books & Bangers.”


Ross Victory will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner.

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19 thoughts on “Interview+Giveaway: Grandpa’s Cabin by Ross Victory

  1. I love the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, Grandpa’s Cabin sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and the book details and for offering a giveaway, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

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