Like so many others, I’ve ended up tagged in this Next Big Thing shameless self-promotion chain email kind of thing, where you answer some questions about your next book, then tag five other hapless authors to do the same. I was snared by Kirsty McDermott to do it, so here we go:
1) What is the working title of your next book?
My “next” book has just been published by Dark Prints Press, and its title is Living With the Dead. It was always going to be called Living With the Dead, which is the title of one of the stories in it. Even before anyone asked for it, it was going to be called that. I’ve been planning this for a loooooooooong time!
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Living With the Dead came about because Craig Bezant from Dark Prints Press approached me about doing a collection of my previously published stories over the last twenty years. It had been something I’d been thinking about for a long time before that, though, as single author collections are one of my favourite kinds of books, and I’d always dreamt of having one published. When the time came to put it together, we collected twenty of my stories from previous publications, and I added three more stories original to the collection, and that was that!
3) What genre does your book fall under?
The stories in Living With the Dead are all horror. Horrory horror.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Man, it’d have to be an episodic anthology series like Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, wouldn’t it? I really don’t picture actors in my stories, but I COULD perhaps imagine Colin Farrell in “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!”, being an Irish sh#tkicker…
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I’ll use a quote instead:
“I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he writes his first drafts in blood.” – Kaaron Warren
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It has been published by Dark Prints Press (http://www.darkprintspress.com). Buy it now!
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Twenty years. That might be a new record?
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’d say other single-author horror collections like Terry Dowling‘s Basic Black or Felicity Dowker‘s Bread and Circuses, or if I was feeling VERY generous and egotistical, the short fiction collections of Stephen King!
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Gosh, where to start? Horror stories always come from within, and I battled mental illness in my teens and twenties (and continue to do so now, though it’s less a battle and more a cold war these days!). That’s the bad kind of inspiration. For good inspiration, all the writers I love to read, all the editors who bought my stories, and all the readers who told me they liked them. My family and friends who’ve supported me throughout twenty years of this madness. And my wonderful wife, Isabelle, who inspires me to do better every day.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, if homicidal alien clown dolls, giant monsters, Scottish ghouls, stranded astronauts and nightmarish Christmas mornings don’t lure you in, the amazing cover artwork by Vincent Chongshould hook you!
And now to tag some other poor fools to take part… I’m going with four fellow sandgropers and a single token Eastern Stateser. So you’re up, Ashlee Scheuerman, Stephanie Gunn, Guy Salvidge, Craig Bezant and Robert Stephenson!