Awethors Event: Interview with Tory Gates

Our thirteenth awesome author in the countdown until the Get Down With The Awethors Facebook event on April 12 is Tory Gates, otherwise known as DJ Riff. Tory writes literary fiction that deals with relevant cultural issues in a readable way, and his upcoming book will be YA/Mainstream.


1. What will you be sharing with the group on April 12 at the Get Down With The Awethors event? Free book giveaway, sneak peek, merchandise, holding a competition, discussion?

A free copy of my first book, Parasite Girls; the cover is also entered in the Cover Wars competition.

2. What is your latest book or work, and where can we find it?

Parasite Girls is available through, either in physical or Kindle form. E-Parasite Girls coverreaders of other kinds may also purchase the book through Smashwords.

I am currently in the editing process for my next work, A Moment in the Sun, a Young Adult/Mainstream crossover story that will be released later this year by Sunbury Press.

3. What drives you to write? Music, an interest in the human mind, is it cathartic for you?

There are so many different forces that have inspired me over the years. Music is indeed one of these; as a broadcaster I was exposed to so much over the years, it’s hard to not be inspired in another creative direction.

Writing was another expression beyond what I did for a living. I also found it became a great form of therapy. I was unable at first to write about myself, but I found I could write about other people’s experiences. Then I gradually began to chip away at the things inside me, which were even better, as I lived them.

4. What’s your favorite book in the world? One you couldn’t imagine having lived your life without reading.

That’s a tie: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read the former for the first time when I was nine, and LOTR at ten (so I read them long before they were cool!). Tolken’s creation of Middle Earth (which spanned over 20 years) is a journey of imagination that I’ve never encountered before or since, and I don’t think we ever will. It proved to me from an early age there were no boundaries for creativity and storytelling.

5. When will you be at the Awethors event on April 12? All day or at a certain time?

I will be on for the midday hours, hopefully. As I have promoted the event on this, I’ll shamelessly plug: I host a Sunday afternoon program called The Music Club on Radio-Airwaves Station from 4-6 pm Eastern, at – perhaps I can provide some music of interest for you during that time!


Author Bio

Tory Gates is a broadcast professional with over 30 years of radio experience. He has worked nearly every format as a DJ, news anchor, journalist, talk show host and producer. Tory is currently a reporter with the GeoTraffic Network, plus a sports anchor for the Radio Pennsylvania Network. He is also known on the Internet as “DJ Riff,” host of the The Music Club for the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station.

His second book, A Moment in the Sun, a Young Adult/Mainstream work will be released this year on Sunbury Press. Parasite Girls, Tory’s debut novel, was released in 2013 and is available through and Smashwords.

Tory is also a songwriter/musician with the indie folk duo the Dharma Fools, and an actor with experience in stage and independent film. Occasional thoughts and observations can be found on his blog, Words of a Pre-Curmudgeonly Zen Pagan.

A native of Vermont, Tory lives in York, Pennsylvania with his five cats and the herd of deer that come to sleep on his lawn each evening.

Connect with Tory (or @ToryGates)

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