Coming Soon! Blog Hop

Coming Soon! Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the ‘Coming Soon’ blog hop–the perfect place to find out what’s next on my agenda, and to find out a little bit more about my writing. Maybe this is the first time you’ve even heard about me. If that’s the case, then this ‘blog hop’ is doing its job–introducing interested readers to new writers.

Before I go any further, I want to thank my fellow writer, Doug Murano, for inviting me to answer the following questions about my current projects, the writing process and what gives me the skeevies.

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What are you working on right now?

I usually mix it up by working on short story ideas as they come to me but right now, my primary project is a novel. In it, the young children of a very small, rural town inexplicably disappear from their homes and beds one night. From there, the town and the authorities do all they can to locate the children but there are other things happening as well. Ultimately, it explores the nature of evil and how we may be made to atone for our sins and our crimes.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?

One of the principal characters is sort of physically broken and helpless but, as it turns out, quite crucial to the outcome of the story.

What experiences have influenced you?

Well, of course we draw from almost all our experiences. Especially writers. Very little in our lives is sacred, I think. With regard to what I am working on now, I draw from my experiences as a father and as a terribly flawed person myself.

Why do you write what you do?

I suppose its a sort of self-exorcism, isn’t it? What else might I do with these strange things in my mind if I didn’t write them down and make up stories about them? Mostly, though, I like telling stories that I hope affect people and entertain them.

How does your writing process work?

Usually, I start out with an idea or just a character that I might try out with a few paragraphs. Then I will try to find the strongest beginning; the one that makes me want to keep writing. If it goes further, I start outlining. I use about a million sticky notes on the wall to do this so it makes me look a little unhinged but it gives me the flexibility to move things around to see if I like them and helps me see the work as a whole. And the outline changes as I write, of course.

As far as following the good advice of doing a thousand words a day, I can’t always manage it so I give myself the goal of 6-7,000 words a week and I usually hit it. Music plays a big part while I am doing the writing. Helps me find and keep a mood and tone.

What is the hardest part about writing?

Doubt. Those moments when you’re convinced that what you’re doing is absolute shit and you should just stop insulting everyone. When you feel like you’re trying to pull something over on literature itself. Those moments are pretty awful.

What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

The young adult thing interests me.With a suitable idea on my plate, I would like to try that sometime.

Who are the authors you most admire?

Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor. Stephen King, of course. Chuck Palahniuk, Gillian Flynn, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale. These are all authors who, when I read their stuff, I am in awe of their wordsmithery. It’s almost always perfect and usually a learning experience.

Who are new authors to watch out for?

There are too many indie press authors to properly honor here. Jay Wilburn has an offering in a forthcoming “Best Horror” anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. After the success of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I am excited to see what Ransom Riggs does next. Joe McKinney has three works in this year’s Bram Stoker Awards. Otherwise, check out Doug Murano and the three great authors I have linked to at the end of this post!

What scares you?

Something terrible befalling my child or loved ones. Outside of that, so very many things. Flying. The open sea. Odd noises in the dark when I’m alone. Sinister insects. Clowns. How much time do you have?

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Now that you know a little bit about me and my work, click the links below to read the blogs of three of my fellow writers, who will be joining me on the ‘Coming Soon’ blog tour next Wednesday:

 

Julianne Snow

Brent Abell

Rose Blackthorn

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