Will you write others in this same genre? I’d love to write an epic fantasy one day, or horror/fantasy mash-up like Barker’s Everville or Weaveworld. But right now, I’ll stick with horror and thrillers. I’d like to write a series at some point, but I have several stand-alone novels I want to focus on. It’s funny… I published a short story called Blink several years ago and it received plenty of negative reviews. Not because people didn’t like the story, but because they felt they were being teased. They said it felt more like a prologue than a whole story. But you can say that about a lot of short stories. Anyway, that is more sci-fi than horror, but I’d like to expand on that.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yeah, but I don’t want to ruin it for readers. Actually, there are several messages, but which ones the reader will identify with depends on which characters they identify with.
How much of the book is realistic? Very little. It is supernatural. But Molly Blackburn’s story, the history of violence and spousal abuse, is all too real.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? No. None of the characters or situations are built upon anything real.
How important do you think villains are in a story? Villains are important. They drive a story. Well, a good story. But there are dozens of different types of villains. You have the clear-cut evil men who are born evil with no moral compass, you have the villains who never wanted to be a villain, and then you have everything in between. And while I enjoy villains who are villains because they are simply evil inside and out, I like the villains that are villains by circumstance. That never wanted to be a villain but are driven to it by nurture rather than nature. There is more to empathize with these characters. More to care about. More to think about. That’s what I love about Molly. She is a complex character who is clearly the villain, but is she evil? Is she misunderstood? Is she broken? Could she have been more than what she was in the end? And even when you think you know her, you really don’t. I still don’t complete understand her, and I created her.
What are your goals as a writer? I’d like to be able to write two books a year, a stand-alone novel and a book in a series. People love their characters. They love coming back to familiar faces and places. That is why we like sequels and TV shows. But at the same time, I like to write stand-alone stories even more. Because each story is a new challenge because you are starting from scratch.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? No. I sit and do research from my computer. I’d like to travel for the sake of research, but not an option right now. My patients would up and revolt if I disappeared for weeks at a time.
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Genre – Thriller / Horror
Rating – PG13 bordering on R
(Horror with some violence / Some sex, not overly graphic)