In 2006, Ace Antonio Hall became part-owner for the Hollywood Actors Academy for Performers (HAAPS) in Hollywood; contributing as an Acting Coach. He has acted in principal roles for a few independent films, including playing the role of Prince Thun in AFTRA’s Radio Play: Flash Gordon, and day-playing as Vanessa Williams’ date in ABC’s show Desperate Housewives.
Although, he has strong acting chops, Ace Antonio Hall has spent the past few years working as a stand-in for various TV shows and films, mostly for the actors, Damon Wayans, Jr., Alfie Enoch and Pharell Williams for Happy Endings, How To Get Away With Murder and The Voice, respectively.
Ace Antonio Hall is the former Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (2009-2011), and continues to head the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (ScHoFan) Critique Group as Co-Director of critique groups within the society. He is also a member of LASFS and the International Thriller Writers. Montag Press published his YA zombie novel Confessions of Sylva Slasher, April 14, 2013. His short story Dead Chick Walking was published by Calliope (#145 Fall 2014).
Ace won the Honorable Mention distinction from the Writers of the Future Award for his short stories They (2013) and Raising Mary: Frankenstein (2014). In 2015, Hall has sold his short stories to be published with Weasel Press/The Haunted Traveler, Bride of Chaos/9 Tales, Pure Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vol. 4, Jitter/Prolific Press, Calliope Magazine, and Night to Dawn Magazine #29.
Ace Antonio Hall received a BFA from Long Island University and taught English for more than a decade. He is a native New Yorker who now resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Inspirational Interview with Author & Entertainer, Ace Antonio Hall
How long did it take you to get to where you are now?
I quit my job as an educational director for the Sylvan Learning Center, got a more flexible job in entertainment, tossed out my social life, and spent 10-11 hours a day on the weekends writing, I woke up every morning at 4 a.m. to write during the weekday prior to work.
I joined a writing society and critique group and went to many writing conferences and workshops. That was in 2008. Three years later, I sold my novel, and the next and fourth year of that journey, my YA zombie novel, Confessions of Sylva Slasher, was traditionally published.
Of course, I might add that I was on an accelerated track because I had a degree with a background in writing. Without that, I’m sure it would’ve taken double the time.
What struggles did you encounter in order to become successful doing what you love?
When I was teaching English in NYC, I thought I knew what I was doing. I had a degree in fine arts, majored in screenwriting and just knew I had a handle on writing. I challenged myself to write my first novel.
The literary agent who read my first novel told me that it was what they called in the literary industry a “kitchen sink” book. Because it had everything in it but the kitchen sink. With confidence, I said, of course! It has zombies, spies, natural disasters, science fiction and horror. Everything anyone could want in a novel! I was sadly mistaken. I had to learn how to focus on one genre.
Sure, any good novel may have elements of a variety of genres, but the core story is driven by one particular kind. I started reading novels only in the genre I wanted to write in so that I could gain an innate sence of tropes, cliches, themes, tones, mood, what was overdone, and what was spoofed.
With my second novel, it was made known to me that my characters were lifeless. My revision of that novel came back with criticism of having poor narrative. And then there was the whole having a good plot thing.
After writing my third novel, and having taken a few writing workshops and sitting in many writing conference panels, I began learning the craft. Once I polished my third novel and ran it through two editors, I sold my novel quickly, gaining interest within fifteen minutes of submissions.
How do you deal with fear, doubt and worry?
I embrace fear, ignore doubt and don’t worry.
Many times, my anxiety comes from being rejected or misunderstood. However, the more I’ve written, now well over a million words, and the more I actually get a pen and paper out and study writing, I’m becoming more seasoned.
There was a time when members of my critique group or even an editor may ask a question that intimidated me. That was before I learned to make choices, and I understood that as long as the choices I made were true to my story, were credible or backed by sound ideas, I no longer was intimidated by a question for my motives. I answered with a certain confidence that came from developing my characters and strong world-building.
“I’m looking forward to breathing my passion into words and bringing them to life.”
-Ace Antonio Hall
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
A friend of mine once said, “I read to inhale, write to exhale.” Reading is the number one motivator to my writing. After finishing a good horror novel, it makes me want to write a good story.
I’ve always been a storyteller. Even when I had shoulder-length blond dreads and sung as a frontman for a alt rock group, my lyrics were essentially stories. I love being imaginative and coming up with strange circumstances to put a character into.
I think at this stage of my writing, I can’t help it. I hear characters running dialogue in a scene I’m working on, when I’m driving or going for a run, and I awake most mornings with an idea or scene to flesh out in my stories.
What motivates me is the process. God, I love the process of coming up with ideas, doing a bit of research for places, people or things I don’t know much about. And man, do I love seeing a finished product of my writing. I love words. Especially, if they tell a story.