What first attracted you to horror writing?
The challenge first attracted me. Can I write a horror novel about vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other creatures that is both unique and genuine? The stories came to me rapidly and since that time I’ve developed other stories with more original creatures. I’ve been a fan of horror for a long time now and to write novels in the genre is a rewarding experience. As a fan, reader, and writer, I enjoy the thrills and chills I’m able to experience and share.
What is your most notable work?
My debut novel, Born of Blood. It is the ice breaker to my writing career and has been well received by readers since its release. I’m sure in the future I will have another title or two that will be more notable. I will keep you posted on this one.
What are you working on now?
I am writing the third book in the Blood Chronicles.
Who do you admire in the horror world?
I have discovered a number of independent horror authors who I admire for both their ability and drive. I admire Stephen King for more than his writing – it is his passion and outlook on writing which I like most. However, the man I admire more than King is Alfred Hitchcock. He taught me a great deal about tension and fear in connection with the images we paint with our words. He really was the best.
Do you prefer all out gore or psychological chills?
I like to mix it up and include both. For example, Drago, the vampire from Drago’s Revenge, enjoys manipulating people and playing with their minds. Insanity is an interesting mental state. However, when he gets emotional he becomes violent and things get messy. As a writer I enjoy giving just enough for the readers to follow what is going on but not so much that they can’t finish the scene with their own imagination.
My novels take a fresh look at the creatures that scared us as children which we grew to love. I hold to the lore we are accustomed to while adding new angles to it. What if there was another origin to vampires? What if it was harder to permanently kill a vampire? What if you only knew half the story to any creature of the night? Questions like these drive me to write my novels. My monsters are true to form – brutal, cunning, and relentless. My stories are much more than blood and gore they are a journey.
Recommend a book.
I recommend Awakening – Book I of the Dark Seed series by Victoria Ley. The horror is subtle and psychological. Ley is very effective with her delivery.
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