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Meet Author Roxanne Heath

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Roxanne Heath

Roxanne Heath’s interests and ambitions have changed many times over the years, but the one constant has been her affinity for fiction. Her primary hobby in childhood was writing stories, and the habit continued well into her high school and college years. Despite originally pursuing a career in science, in recent years she decided to turn her pipe dream of publishing stories into a reality. Her first story, Smoke: A Novel, was self-published in June of 2016. Her favorite genres to write are science fiction, and those dealing with ghosts and the occult.

Enjoy this sample: “Smoke: A Novel”

Genre: Paranormal horror / suspense

Synopsis: Finding a dead man in the woods seems, at first, like any other routine tragedy. Burdened by a lack of scientific evidence, the investigation takes a much darker turn when a series of interviews uncover sordid details from this dead man’s past including a history of magic and violence. This story takes the four main characters on a journey trying to determine the cause of death, leading each to question his or her own motivations for wanting the truth, and quickly revealing the consequences of betraying the trust of the dead.​

When did you decide to become a writer?  The time of decision was a bit twofold. Though being a writer was a pipe dream for a while, the abstract decision was made in high school and not acted upon until after college. It’s odd to pin it to those two specific times, because since I was about five I’ve been “writing,” even just silly drabbles back then, but it was around that time that I realized I loved reading stories so much that I wanted to see if I could make some of my own. During my adolescence I found myself reading stories, and becoming so emotionally invested in them that I wondered, “What if this part of the story had gone differently?” It was such an enjoyable pastime that I promised myself I’d start putting out original work after I got out of college. So really, the decision was made as early as 2010 if not acted on for another four years.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  For the majority of my middle school and high school years I would start stories en masse, write perhaps a thousand words, and abandon them because I could never take what I was seeing in my head and put it into words. It always left me with a sense of frustration because I knew that I had some (what I considered to be) pretty good scenes in my head if only I could figure out how to get them down. When I sat down and decided to start Smoke it was with that sense of previous failure in mind which acted as motivation, but also a kind of hope and excitement for the end product if I could just sit down and figure out how to write in the long-term.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  When I started writing everything was over-exaggerated in some areas and completely deadpan in others; there was no happy medium to any of it. To give you an idea, my characters would wildly yell at each other while standing completely still. I focused too much on the small details (I clearly remember writing a story about a dinner party in which every ingredient of every dish was listed) but never built any sort of world for my characters to live in. That gradually progressed to melodrama as I got the feel for writing intense situations, where the worst things in the world would constantly happen to my characters and they would react in kind. Where I am right now, I’ve gotten the need to write needless drama out of my system and can almost focus more clearly on the story itself and where it needs to go. I’ve tried writing almost every kind of scene in almost every level of intensity, and because I’ve now gotten a flavor for everything, I can go back and pick and choose which style I need for any given scene.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  It’s a delicate mixture of both. Originally I’ll just see where the idea takes me and I’ll get about ten thousand words into a project before I start to structure it at all. Even then, outlining a plot is only used as a last ditch effort to figure out what connects plot point A to plot point B. I’ll frequently have two scenes that I know need to be in the story but for the life of me can’t figure out how they relate, and that’s about the only time I’ll make actual diagrams and identify each point in the given arc to sort it all out.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  My latest book, Risen, deals heavily with mythology and the undead which are two of my favorite things to watch or write about. The issue there was a couple of different things. First, I cared more about the demigod characters than about the humans and so I spent much more time writing about them to the point where the scenes for each group was terribly unbalanced. Second, I’ve wanted to write a book like this for years, and finally figuring out how to do it has left me terribly excited. I was so thrilled while writing the action and fight scenes and backstory lore that often times even the tone of my writing sounded like it was gushing with excitement. So overall, the two most difficult parts of writing this book were balancing out the scenes for each group of characters, and trying to maintain some kind of calm, objective voice.

Which writers inspire you?  Jonathan Maberry (my inspiration to delve into the paranormal and sci-fi genres); C.S. Lewis (the drive behind my desire to write fantasy); Ned Vizzini (my first and best introduction on how to put mental health-related topics into words); and Laurie Halse Anderson (who has piqued my interest in trying to capture the dysfunctional family dynamic).

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  I am indeed! It’s more or less in the final stages of being edited and polished, but the official description of it is, “a mythological take on the classic zombie horror story.” I recently did a cover reveal, and you can find it here, along with a release date:

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite?  Jonathan Maberry, hands down. He’s brilliant, able to write everything from the tender moments between two characters in love to the chilling, visceral anger of men in combat and I’d recommend him to anyone looking to get a proper introduction to the science fiction genre. So far, my favorite book of his is “Code Zero.”

There ya have it folks! Many thanks Roxanne! For more about Roxanne, her work, and to get your copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author R.A. Horn

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author R.A. Horn

R.A. Horn has previously served in the Ohio Army National Guard, and during that time she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Cleveland State University.  Haunting on East 48th Street is her debut novel which she started writing shortly after marrying the love of her life.  She currently lives in Eastlake, Ohio with her husband, cat and dog.

Enjoy this sample:  Haunting on East 48th Street-Book 1 of Perryville, Ohio

Genre: Horror/Suspense

After waking up from a terrifying dream small town woman Natalie Wenzel learns that her close friend Robert Connelly has been brutally murder.  Now she trapped in the middle of a horrific nightmare.  Her sanity will be tested now that she is unable to avoid the presence of her mutilated friend or shake a pair of detectives who are determined to uncover his killer.  Worst of all she will forever be confronted by the monster that took the man’s life, and he won’t be leaving anytime soon.

Why do you write?  I write to express and live through my own imagination which is inspired by distant memories of my early childhood.  They’re memories of two old houses in I briefly lived in when I was between 2 and 4 years old.  I guess you can call that nostalgia because when we moved away from these places I felt like I was being torn away from something that gave me peace in my own little world.

You may find that hard to believe because most people can’t remember when they were that young, but I have very vivid memories from my toddler years.  In a weird way that I can’t really explain these memories felt different than any others that I’ve had.  I can’t remember anything bad happening then and I have a ton of bad memories from childhood.

They inspired a type of setting that I constantly see in my dreams, in a piece of artwork, in a song or in a place that’s totally unrelated.  Over the years I’ve been able to form stories through these memories, so writing along with creating the artwork that I have helps to me relive them.

When did you decide to become a writer?  I decided to start writing about three years ago shortly after getting married.  I was at work one day daydreaming about a woman who was turned into a werewolf and made to kill her neighbor against her will all while having a nightmare that was too terrifying to be real.  The story was so intriguing that I just had to put it on paper.

It started as a short story, but over time the story evolved into a 53,000 word novel.  The story keeps going into four more novels that I will write.  I have no control over where it goes, and my only job is to put it on paper and share it with others.  This story is a bi-product of my imagination, which has an agenda of it’s own.  It all comes from those early childhood memories I talked about earlier.

So over the years I have developed a writing style that is my own and a story that I am very proud of.  As long as I have a unique story to tell I will continue to write.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  It varies.  This first book took about two in a half years to write.  I was finding my own writing style and I had actually wrote a good portion of the second book.  The idea at the time was to make book one, two and four into one novel but I felt that it would be too much going on.  There would be three plots in one book so I decided to break it up into three books with another spin off added between book two and four.  I can’t imagine the second book would take me as long now that I have a pretty good handle on where things are going.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I currently have a day job and I work forty hours a week.  That hasn’t changed since I started writing the first book so I squeeze in any writing that I can during my lunch breaks or after I come home from work.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I’ve definitely learned to express myself through words as well as through my artwork.  Back in grade school I always had a creative side and I was always drawing an painting but I used to be so shy and quiet so I didn’t really make it my own until I reached adulthood.  I found my own vision within the last ten years and even more so when I started writing.

What have you written?  Besides Haunting on East 48th Street I have written a few children’s short horror stories which I am making into a children’s book of short horror stories.  They all come from nightmares that I’ve had when I was a kid and I have to say they’re pretty weird.  I’ve also written a piece of Fan-fiction for the survivor horror game Outlast called No Going Back.  I love to play video games every now and then and Outlast is one of my favorites.  I came up with a story and decided to write it and put it on for others to see.  I’ve got six chapters posted so far but the story isn’t over yet.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  I’ve actually designed my own cover.  I did the artwork, photo-shopped it and made a cover on Canva.  It’s a really good website and I highly recommend it.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Keep writing.  Take your time and don’t rush.  If it takes you five years to complete it then it takes you five years.  The story will be ready when it’s ready.  And finally, write like you.  Don’t do what other authors are doing.  Do what you do.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  Natalie Wenzel is a woman to her own.  She has no need to please anyone else but herself and she takes pride in the city she lives in even through it has a reputation for being one of the worst places to live in Northeast Ohio.

She’s a strong willed woman that appreciates things that most people don’t, and she can endure what most people can’t.  Haunting on East 48th Street features some of the most terrifying, nightmarish events that could happen to a person and the reader will see how brave she is when she is forced right in the middle of it all.

She is one of the most resilient characters I have ever met.

Where do your ideas come from?  To tell you the truth, I actually don’t know.  Some come from dreams, early childhood memories or sometimes they just appear in my head out of nowhere.  I just roll with it.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  For me it’s getting an idea or chapter on paper.  That’s where I experience the most block but once I get past that it gets a little easier.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  I’m a huge horror fan and I love Micheal Myers so all of the Halloween movies (except H2o, 4 and Resurrection) are my favorites.  I’m a huge Star Wars nerd and my favorite TV show would be Trailer Park Boys.  Jim Lahey (The drunk trailer park supervisor from the show) is one of the inspirations for a future villain Dr. Nicholas Rugero coming up in the third book of Perryville, Ohio.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  I’m currently working on book 2 of Perryville, Ohio and right now it’s called Deep Red Woods.  The reader will see Natalie and Red Tooth’s relationship evolve.  It will be a little give and take with both of them but they will continue to bud heads like they did in book 1.

Detectives Banning and Ivory will serve as the main antagonists, but the reader will see more into their relationship with each other.  You’ll also see some more action scenes in this one whereas the first one featured a lot of gory aftermath scenes.  Book 2 will also introduce new characters and will start to pave way to a new villain coming up in book 3.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  Of course I love all of my characters but my favorite is Roscoe ‘Red Tooth’ Cane.  He’s the main antagonist in the Haunting on East 48th Street and he is characterized as the wolf spirit who turns Natalie into a werewolf in his own image.  I know you love and write werewolves so I thought you would appreciate that.

He can be both good and bad.  He’s brutal and bloodthirsty so much that it earned him the nick name Red Tooth (which he hates) but he’s also intelligent, cunning and clever in ways I wish I could be.  I absolutely love writing about him because he’s so sarcastic, vulgar and quick-witted.  He’s unlike any other werewolf you’ll ever meet.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I’ve got a 1 year old beagle/rottie mix named Vegas.  He drives me crazy but I love him.  He was a rescue and I raised him from a 7 month old puppy.  He loves to show his teeth when he plays but he means no harm.  He’s a big sweetie underneath the big teeth he’s got. MF: He’s adorable!

My kitty Anna is 6 years old.  She’s the long haired cat and she’s a little prissy princess kitty.  She knows how cute she is.  I’ve had her since she was a kitten and her we had to put her brother down recently.  His name was Max and he was one of a kind.  I really miss him.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like?  Not yet but a few years down the road when it’s no longer fresh in my mind I will read my own book.  I imagine I’ll enjoy it.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  I chose to self-publish because I love having the freedom to do whatever I want.  I can keep to the story and use and design my own cover with self-publishing.  You can’t do that with a traditional publisher.  The best part about it is that it is mine all the way.  Nobody is going to claim rights to something that I took the time to make.  This story is a pierce of me therefore it is mine and I will keep it that way.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  Absolutely and I know this from experience.  More than anything I wanted my book to land in libraries so people can find it and enjoy it without all of the marketing that authors have to do.  They can just wrap themselves in my story the way that I did when I was a kid going to the library and finding a book to read.

Unfortunately I knew that most libraries won’t accept self-published books.  I tried to donate copies of my book to my local library system but they flat out rejected me.  They told me that they don’t take self-published books even though I was going to give it to them for free.  It’s sad that many individuals don’t look at self published authors the same as traditionally published authors.  I’ve read my share of self published books and I’m sure you have too.  We can both agree that self published books are just as good as traditionally published book.  It’s just sad that many people don’t see it that way.

But fortunately there are plenty of experienced self-published authors who are willing to put themselves out there and help upcoming author succeed.  I am thankful for what they do.

There ya have it folks! Many thanks R.A! For more about R.A., her work, and to get your own copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Sue Raymond

Hallo, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Sue Raymond

Sue Raymond was born and raised in the Midwest along with her siblings. Sue was trained in the Commercial art field before marrying her husband. After raising two sons and having five grandchildren Sue started a new avenue in her life, writing. She is an inspiration author and has eight published novels as she works on four other novels and children stories.

Book Title: Window Pane

Genre: Suspense / mystery

Synopsis:  The rain streaming down the window pane entices her to join it in its run. Why does it have such pull on her soul? Does the rain truly have the answers of her past? Why does no one help her find out why she cannot remember who she is and where this place is that she finds herself? Who is the young female dancing in the rain, which only she can seem to see? Why is there such an allure to join her in the rain? She is lost with only the rain consoling her soul. How can this be real? Why can’t she wake from this nightmare, back to the life she knows is hidden somewhere deep within the recesses of the ever presence darkness at edges of this horrible world?

What have you written? I have published a crime murder mystery series that has five books so far. The titles are ‘The Perfect Witness, Hidden Secrets, Rendezvous with the Past, Death Plummet, and Blizzard Terror’. I have a fantasy with the Pen Name Lady Laindora, ‘Healer of Surflex’. I have a drama, ‘Resin La Rock’, a suspense / mystery ‘Window Pane’ and I am in an anthology ‘Iowa’s Original Writers Anthology 2015’.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? I use the Pen Name Lady Laindora for my fantasy ‘Healer of Surflex’ because it sounded more magical than Sue Raymond.

Do you design your own cover or have someone else? If you use someone else would tell who/website: I decide what the cover should look like then between Matthew Davenport and myself, have it done. Matthew can be found at:

What is the hardest thing about writing your latest book? I am currently writing an urban fantasy ‘Will-O-Wisp’. The hardest thing is that I have to make sure to keep an element of realism since it is an urban fantasy instead of just allowing my imagination run wild.

What made you sit down and actually start something? My family was grown and I decided to write down the stories I had stored up in my mind that had been writing themselves since I was small living on an acreage with my family.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I usually write late at night after everyone is asleep. I wrote the first three novels of my crime murder mystery series by flashlight with pencil and paper, sitting in bed beside my sleeping husband so I did not wake him.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? It is to allow the characters to write the story with me riding the reins to make sure things are believable so the story flows and does not seem forced.

You mentioned writing a new story. How about a teaser? The fog was a deep gray swirling mass which shrouded the Maid of the Mist 3. Ongwaterohiathe Whitehorse coiled the rope before he stored it in the stern aft locker. He left the pilot tower and headed down the stairs toward the gang plank He was glad this day was finally over If he hurried, Ongwaterohiathe would be in time for the first reading by the Iowa Indie Author Group at the Theater Loft in the heart of Elmwood Village before the play of ‘Because of Me’ by J.C. Hamm.

The clean deck lay empty after being flooded with blue plastic poncho covered bodies as they crowded the railing for the premier spot to capture the special moment on a photograph to commemorate their visit to the falls.

Ongwaterohiathe glanced over at the roaring falls as he was about to leave the ship. The fog blanketed the falls but failed to cover the growl of the falls drumming in his head. He turned to wave goodnight to the pilot when Ongwaterohiathe caught a glimpse of a slim Kanyenkehaha woman at the bow railing.

Her long raven hair darkened by the heavy mist was braided in a waterfall twist into a mermaid braid. His sister had tried for months to master that particular braiding technique without success. The woman turned her head toward Ongwaterohiatha as the mist swallowed her.

Ongwaterohiathe ran back to the bow searching for her. She was nowhere to be seen. He snatched the life preserver as he searched the turbulent water for any sign of her. She appeared thirty feet down river for a mere moment.

Ongwaterohiathe launched over the railing using it for an extra foot boost. As the torrent river closed over his head he heard, “Ongie No! She’s not real!”

Ongwaterohiathe’s temples hammered as he tried to rise. A gentle hand pushed him back down on the pillow as a cool cloth was placed over his broad forehead and eyes Ongie could hear the distant falls roar as it rumbled along. It vibrated all around him. He pulled the cloth off his eyes and focused dimly on the ornate glass dome over him holding back the tumultuous water of the Niagara River.

“No, no it can’t be,” he struggled against the gentle embrace.

“Sh-sh everything is all right. She can’t find you here.”

“Can’t find me, who is she? Last thing I remember, I jumped in the river to rescue a young Kanyenkehaha woman that fell overboard. Is she safe? Did someone rescue her?” Ongie mumbled as his strength depleted and sank once again against the pillow.

“There is no need for concern over that one. She can never die.” The cloth covered his eyes once more.

Ongie woke to the stench of a hospital room. His eyes crossed under the harsh light making hazy shadows of the hospital personal. A shadow glided to the end of his bed. Ongie focused harder as he cleared his throat to gain the shadow’s attention.

“Well Mr. Whitehorse, it is nice to finally meet you. I have been waiting for so long to do so.” Mesa Soyok Wuhti appeared at the foot of the hospital bed. “I do not know how you escaped me at the falls however; there will be no escaping from me here.” She brushed back the long straggling black hair with the jagged edge knife covered with blood. Her wide eyes stared as fangs appeared at the corners of thin lips.

The knife drew back over her head ready to be plunged in Ongie’s neck as Mesa Soyoka climbed over the foot of the bed.

Ongie could not move. His eyes were riveted on the snarled face shining with glee over her apparent victory.

Mesa Soyok Wuhti crawled over his body scratching and clawing the thin cover over Ongie. Her body twitched as she came up his chest. Her foul breath gagged the air out of Ongie’s lungs. She drew herself erect upon Ongie’s chest. The knife held high above her head then it plunged down toward his throat, “Soyoka-u-u-u!”

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published?  Yes, there is a stigma being indie published by traditional publishers and authors along with readers. The publishers and traditional authors feel that all indie authors’ work is substandard and not worth their time. Some readers think that since the novel is self-published it should be 99 cents or free. What they do not take into consideration is an indie author cannot afford to put out inferior work and expect to have readers come back for future works of the author. The indie author does everything a traditional publisher does to get a novel ready for publishing; the only difference is the indie author pays for everything out of their own pocket. (Okay rants over.)

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I just finished reading ‘Finding Freedom, Book One, Zion Series by Brittany Nicole Lewis.

There ya have it folks! For more about Sue and getting your own copy of her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Angel M.B. Chadwick

Hola lovelies! Welcome back to Interview FoxSeat featuring author Angel M.B. Chadwick

Angel M.B. Chadwick is currently writing the sequel to the “Weeping Well” series, titled “Weeping Well: Shards to the Grave.” She’s also writing a twelve book cozy mysteries series, numerous plays, novels, short stories, among her other literary works, business ideas and inventions all while raising her ten year old son.

She currently lives in Mississippi, in a quaint little house on the corner, in a quiet neighborhood in the city, where she is constantly and relentlessly plagued by inspiration.

Enjoy this sample: Weeping Well (Vol. 1)

The story is set in 1989-2007 and starts with an Irish immigrant family, who are destroyed by tragedy.

Why do you write?  It’s what I’m good at.

When did you decide to become a writer?  When I was 13 and my English teacher encourage me to continue writing after I wrote a short story assignment.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  2-5 years

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I always have something to say and the way I can say it without caring about who I offend or disappoint is when I write.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  No. I write when I feel like it.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  I’ve become a little more comfortable with share my stories with the world.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Yes. But I tend to block those things out when I’m writing.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I strategize ideas, storylines and characters. So I don’t follow the plot and outline format that other authors do. Strategizing works for me.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  My character Eva thrives in the darkness. So do I.

Where do your ideas come from?  My own life experiences.   

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Not being able to finish writing the book when I want to.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  Nothing was hard about writing it. Not being able to finish it when I wanted to was the hardest.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  Grimm, Underground, Greenleaf, The Flash, Mercy Street, Arrow, DC Legends of Tomorrow, Teen Wolf to name a few.

Which writers inspire you?  Edgar Allan Poe, Bret Harte, Tennessee Williams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, William Faulkner, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck to name a few.

What is the current book you are promoting?  Weeping Well (Vol. 1)

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  I don’t have a favorite. I like all my characters.

There ya have it! For more about Angel and her work, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Nick C. Brady

Hola lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Nick C. Brady

Enjoy this sample of: Night Ghost, Genre: Young Adult Suspense/Thriller

Every day they see the cemetery standing alone on the block. Thirteen-year-old Suellen Blanchard, her two friends Sabrina “Slim” Morrison and Brandon Dowell, and her twelve-year-old brother Andre never really thought much of it. Until Suellen notices the shadow of someone walking around inside the decrepit funeral home building. When the friends arenight-ghost-book-cover later told a brief history of the funeral home and an ominous ghost story that has spread throughout their town over many years, they decide to delve deeper into the town’s urban legend by entering the graveyard the following night.

But during their late night trespassing, they’re caught up in some unexpected trouble and are forced to escape. However, once they leave the cemetery, the real terror begins. A mysterious knock on the door after they return home that night. An intruder breaking in. And a strange vehicle trailing one of them home after school. What could possibly be behind these odd occurrences? Is it a curse for not allowing the dead to rest in peace…or is it something more?
They’ve trespassed upon more than just the lonely graves of the dead. And other secrets dwell within an old, abandoned graveyard.

Why do you write? I write because I love being able to create a world full of interesting, dynamic characters that are suddenly faced with a conflict that they may or may not overcome. I always strive to make each of my characters unique to keep the audience engaged. And doing so makes the reader care about them. During my writing process, I often tune everything out and get lost in my own story, and I really enjoy it. Creating unique characters, giving them actions, and using words to paint a picture and bring the story to life is very fulfilling to me.

When did you decide to become a writer? I was about 13. I started writing in a journal about my all that happened throughout my day. And that soon shifted into writing stories.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Usually it takes about two and a half years. But my newest Night Ghost took me over five years to complete.

What have you written? I am the published author of three books. Danger in the House in 2007, Strangers in the Swamp a year later. And Night Ghost in 2016.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I mainly just see where an idea takes me. As I write I come up with more ideas to carry-on throughout the story. In the beginning, I almost never know how my stories will end, I just allow them to write themselves and it always works out.

Any advice for aspiring authors? For anyone and everyone who wants to be a writer I would say start WRITING NOW!! You’re never too young or too old to start writing. Whatever’s been on your mind that you feel you want to make into a story, get started on it. Even if it’s just a sentence every day and you’re not sure how to organize everything. Write what comes to mind and then start brainstorming on organization. It can be an exciting process bringing a story to life but it’s important to take your time with it and not move too fast.

Where do your ideas come from? I have no idea where my ideas come from. I have so many story ideas just waiting to be written down and I can’t say where they all come from. But if I had to guess, I would say me growing up as only child allowed my imagination to really expand since I often had to find or make up games to play by myself. So I think that may have helped a bit.

What is the hardest thing about writing? For me the hardest thing is translating a scene into words. When I’m describing something, I can often picture it in my mind but have trouble putting it in words. When this happens, I just get my notebook and start brainstorming on the different descriptive ways to phrase the scene so the readers know what’s happening.

Which writers inspire you? Christopher Paul Curtis, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Mildred Taylor, Donald Goines, and Jamesnick-c-brady-photo Baldwin just to name a few.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? My next book is called ‘Sabayon Parish’. College sisters Cassandra and Arielle are spending the last month of their summer vacation with their absentee father at his large estate in the bayous of southern Mississippi. Bounded by swamp, humidity, and horror, the girls soon realize their lives may be in jeopardy as neighbors and other residents end up missing, hurt, or dead. And all the signs point to their father being the prime suspect.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I took many creative writing courses during my years as an undergraduate and that really helped honed my skills. I plan on returning to school to earn my Masters and eventually become a college professor in creative writing.

What is your next project? I’m currently working on my next book titled ‘Sabayon Parish’.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? I just finished reading The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis and I loved it!

Many thanks! For more about Nick and his work, follow the links below:

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