Happy May everyone! So the very cool Lisa Woods tagged me for a blog hop last week, and here I am…about as prepared as…well, what’s the opposite of a Boy Scout? That’s how prepared I am. I actually really like doing blog hop-type things, but this weekend was solely dedicated to finishing Camp Hollybrook (done, done, and submitted, thank you very much), and this week has seen some fairly significant issues at the day job that have sucked just about all the time and life out of me.
Enough whining, right? On with the questions!
What are you working on right now?
Well, I have more things “in process” than I should admit (but I will…it’s somewhere around 30ish). In the interest of brevity, I’ll stick to my next long work. I have the first draft of a submarine novel that I’m excited to get back to. It’s a horror story about an Indian destroyer and a US submarine that meet up in the middle of nowhere because a creepy-something wants to make them all dead-ish. Much will change as I start to edit, of course, but that’s the basic snapshot right now.
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I know there are plenty of submarine horror books out there, but I am hoping this book will differentiate itself due to the level of detail I’m trying to capture. I spent 12 years in the US submarine service, and I’m really drawing on those experiences to add reality while putting the crew through some unreal situations. Plus, I’m trying to keep the characters true to Navy life, so there’s a lot of swearing.
What experiences have influenced you?
Overall, I believe life has a way of influencing people in unexpected ways…if they are willing to take the time to watch. It seems to me that too many people are in a rush to get from A to B, and much of the surrounding world gets ignored. I try to pay attention to the background, the “fringe of life” if you will. That’s where some really cool shit happens, and that’s where much of my inspiration has come from. Again, usually when I’m not looking for it.
Why do you write what you do?
Meh, who knows? I’m sure plenty of people will tell you why they write what they do, but I honestly have no idea. I’m not a violent person. I don’t kill people (nor do I fantasize about it). I don’t have anyone chained in my basement. Something just happens when I start to write. I create characters; said characters die. Maybe it’s weird, but it’s boatloads of fun.
How does your writing process work?
I write whenever I can. Sometimes this will be times like now, when the house is asleep and I’m alone with my computer. Sometimes I’ll sneak in a few paragraphs during lunch at work. More and more I find myself writing on my tablet. Since everything is in my Google drive, I can just open a story and jot something down, even when I only have a matter of minutes. When I get an idea, I can usually work on it just about immediately. This may be why I have so many stories in process. Well, that and the voices.
What is the hardest part about writing?
Finding the time. I’m certainly not unique; lots of people juggle kids, jobs, and writing. Needless to say, it can be a real bitch. It’s difficult to stay up at the end of an exhausting day, stare at a blinking cursor, and make magic. I do it anyway, because it’s only a bitch when I’m trying to find time to do it. Once the words start to fly, it’s all good.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
I’d like to write something where no one dies (at least not violently). I’ve mulled a few ideas that are outside the horror/thriller realm, but we’ll have to see if I can pull it off. Time will tell, yeah?
Who are the authors that you most admire?
Oh, you want more? Okay, as stereotypical as it may sound, King, Barker, Lovecraft…the classics are classics for a reason. They’re just fantastic at what they do.
Who are the new authors to watch out for?
I’ve been staring at this one for a while and feel that I have to cheese out. There are a LOT of seriously talented new authors out there, some I call friends and some I’ve just read and enjoyed. If I tried to list them all, this blog would break the internet, and we all know what would happen then…
What scares you?
Hooray! I hope you found some of my answers interesting, or at least had a chuckle or two. I always enjoy answering questions because it gives me an excuse to talk about my writing without being annoying (at least I hope that’s the case). Being that this is a blog hop, this is the part where I tag some other authors so they can do the same thing next week. Guess what? Yup…if you thought I did that, then you should read the first paragraph once again (you know, the one where I whined for three of four sentences?).
So as to not completely muck this up, I’d like to direct you to a few good folks who have answered these questions already. They’re super cool people, and if you want to count them as the “authors to watch out for” I neglected to list above, that’d be just fine with me…Happy reading!