originally posted at Horrifed Press
Hey, thanks for dropping by, Robin. I love to hear more about authors and what makes them tick, not just ours but in general. You can learn so much to take with you on your own writing journey. Good Stuff!
Q.) Why don't you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and which experiences in your life helped you decide to become a writer...
A.) It was apparently in my DNA, though the '08 crash motivated me to take writing much more seriously, in the sense that suffering can induce strong art.
Q.) I see. And in regards to your contribution to ' Tales of the Undead – Suffer Eternal' (Persian Blood), give us a spoiler free insight to the concept of your tale and what inspired you to go that way...
A.) The poem of mine included is quite short; it deals with the ennui of immortality.
Q.) So, where do you see your writing career going in... for example, let's say ten years time? Is this the medium you want to write for? Where would you like to be?
A.) Anne Enright, the Irish novelist who won the Man Booker, says of writing novels that "the first 12 years are the hardest." That means things should ease up a bit by the time I'm 45 ;)
Q.) And who were your literary influences?
A.) Gene Wolfe, James Joyce, William Faulkner, Sheri S. Tepper, Ursula K. Leguin, Stephen King, Kenneth Patchen, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Jack Vance, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Des Esseintes, Shakespeare, Milton, Raymond Chandler
Q.) Well you can't do much better than those, and you could certainly have done worse. Do you feel up to giving us some top 5's?
Q.) Top 5 Novels?
A.) The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, Grass by Sheri S. Tepper, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
Q.) Top 5 Inspirational horror movies that affected your own working style?
A.) The Terminator, Nightbreed, The Serpent & The Rainbow, Nightmare on Elm Street, Videodrome
Q.) I love all of those movies. And your Top 5 horror icons?
A.) Stephen King, Peter Straub, Mikhail Bulgakov, Michael Cisco, Kathe Koja
Thanks for taking part in our little Q & A, Robin. I've really enjoyed it. And don't forget, fans of the gruesome and grotesque, our latest horror anthology, 'Tales of the Undead – Suffer Eternal', is available now from Amazon.com & Lulu.com