Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
I started writing this story in 2008, I finished the first draft near the end of 2009 and went on writing the second book in the trilogy and part of the third book. I wanted to gain some experience and broaden my writing knowledge before I tackled the revising. The last few months of 2010 I started revising and finished in March this year. I've gone over the text so many times that I lost count.
The story is about John Lone, a young man, who went into a forest to deliver a package to a recluse. From his arrival at the cabin and from there on things started to turn from bad to worst and finally to atrocious.
John is a man of simple needs, living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. The few friends he has are good ones that he cherish and he has a girlfriend, Linda, the love of his life. The only thing he wants that day is go out with Linda on a date, he's really pent up to do just that, however things turn out different and his whole being and world crumbles down.
He has to endure the supernatural assault going on around him, never knowing exactly what's is that's happening. During these hardships he notice he's changing from within, to something he is barely able to control, making him much part of that what is happening to his town and its direct surroundings.
How do you build suspense?
I slowly pieced together what happens, building it up to one point in the story. John's is never clear about what is happening, he experiences it all as it comes to him and he tries to deal with that the best he can. He has to deal with the uncertainty about what might or might not happen, and he is ever in doubt if he would ever get to Linda, and even if he does, he's not even sure she will be able to accept him the way he turned out to be.
And then you have the added conflict between the characters, that add to the tension in the story. The stress endured makes some characters act erratic and lash out, with all its consequences. The town slowly crumbles around John and his group, with a lot of things happening beyond his scope and grasp.
What is special about the horror genre?
Horror is that which drive us to extremes, the things we cringe to face, the choices we prefer never to take, yet stuff when seen we could not help feel a certain fascination that will resonate in us, even if it's just in our subconscious.
Horror is also a genre I feel that mixes well with other genres and sometimes just is there but not seen as being there. For example Romeo and Juliet, the epic story perceived as a romance, they commit suicide in the end, is that not a little element of horror. Or maybe I'm getting carried away?
What authors inspire you?
Stephen King. It is his writing that got me wanting to become a writer myself. While reading The Gunslinger, the first book of the Dark Tower series, I thought about how much I would love to come up with such a story and be able to write it as well as Stephen King. I'll never write like Stephen King, because only Stephen King himself can do that. I have my own style of writing that I have to cultivate. The thing I want is being able to write as well as he does. I'm still a long way to that level of expertise and quality. With the passion to learn and determination to go on and keep writing I'll have a shot getting to that point
Two other authors that had influence on me are Joe Konrath and Dean Wesely Smith, to my shame I've not read a single book of them, something I'll see to it to be changed. They inspired me with their blogs about writing and publishing. They made it clear for me that writing and self publishing is something that should be taken serious like starting your own business. It's hard being a writer and publisher at the same time. A lot of time goes into more than just writing. For example I make my own covers and this take some time to learn and do well, I'm still learning and I'm getting better at it. The utmost important is that you do the best you can do.
What is the best advice you can give to other writers:
Take writing on seriously, if you want to make a career out of it do not treat it as if it's a hobby. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice and you should be willing to make that commitment, else you might end a one book author.
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