Author Q&A: In Which the Author Spills Some Coffee Beans…

Here’s an excerpt from an author Q&A I submitted to a potential review site (which shall, for now, remain nameless). It gives you a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of flavor as well as providing you with some trainspotting details perhaps a few will enjoy…

How long did it take to write the book?

The novel was written largely over a period of several years in the ’00s, with minor adjustments in the ’10s; however, the bulk of the manuscript was written in 2005-2006.

What inspired you to write the book?

The original inspiration came at me directly in the garb of horror, if you can believe it. I envisioned something of a ghoulish tale centering around two of the existing protagonists, with blood and guts galore, probably stemming from my childhood love of “Weird Tales,” the short stories of Stephen King, the television series “The Twilight Zone”. There’s a only a bit of this retained in the novel, but the vision is, in some ways, central.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?

I wish I could say this was a work born of a strict routine. The truth is it was written somewhat on the run, in libraries and coffee shops, my favorite places to work, during available hours. Research was largely as needed: a name here, a detail there. Nothing strenuous.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?

Difficult to answer this. Ideally, they’ll be transported to a place of their own personal imagining along with the characters, the settings, the ideas, making a world of the work on their own. At the same time, I think this novel, while not espousing any particular ‘message,’ does have something to say, hopefully of value, about life, literature, and the possibilities of a given moment. Honestly, I think there is something almost parabolic about it, as well, although that wasn’t my intention at the outset.

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