I’m always surprised when someone chooses me for a one of these blog hop things. I’m not sure why, but it may have something to do with my generally being out of touch with the human world when I’m writing. (That non-human world where most of my characters are, I keep up with. Because you never know….)
Anyway, Jon Jefferson invited me to participate and I gladly accepted. A bit of info on Jon:
Jon Jefferson writes speculative fiction with forays into Noir and Bizarro. His stories have appeared in the 2013 Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Anthology, and the Foil and Phazer Divide and Conquer Anthology. His work can also be found on Amazon and Smashwords. Flash fiction stories can be found at his site 10th Day Publishing (http://10thdaypublishing.com) or his anthologies, short stories, and Novellas can be found at his Amazon Author page (http://www.amazon.com/Jon-Jefferson/e/B00DQDBBBK/)
On to the questions! (Do people really want to know this stuff about me?)
1) What am I working on?
Part two of my dark fantasy/sci-fi novella series, “Containment”. I’m super excited about it, but I’m still determining a few logistics. Then I’ll be ready to release Feast’s next installment.
I also have a Southern gothic novel in progress and a collection of short stories in the same vein. There’s a touch of magic and a touch of creepy madness in each.
All of that while I work on editing an anthology for Nocturnal Press Publications called “Torched”. The call for submissions is open if you’re interested.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It differs because the stories are filtered through my experience. I was featured in Sumiko Saulson’s book “60 Black Women in Horror” and I still have people comment on how strange it is that I write in the genres that I do. I love horror and dark fantasy and want to really see a resurgence of the Gothic tone: dark, atmospheric and creepy. Gothic horror mixed with dark fantasy is one of my favorite things to read and so I enjoy writing it as well. I love being able to set stories in non-traditional places: Steampunk in the rural American South, horror in a brothel in feudal Japan or in the middle of a desert…
One of my mottos is this: if you want to read a book that hasn’t been written yet, you must write it. I wish I’d said that originally, but it’s the fantastic Toni Morrison’s quote.
3) Why do I write what I do?
The voices, they—. No, just kidding.
Plain and simple: I love storytelling. I think it’s in my blood and I can’t help but write stories with a bit of darkness in them. The stories I was told as a child had a dark tone and they fascinated me. Even the romance/erotica stories I’ve done have a heavy dose of snark and sarcasm.
4) How does your writing process work?
I’m still working on it as it is by no means perfect. I tend to sketch out a general outline of the story: characters, beginning, middle, big plot climax, and end. That means when I sit down to write, the story can grow and change. I let it.
One thing I’ve always done is keep a notebook on my nightstand in case inspiration strikes while I’m in bed. I can’t afford to lose any good ideas.
There are many times when I’m not in the mood to write. At those times, I force myself to write something. Anything. A blog post or a to-do list. When I get stuck and can’t move past a scene, I change my routine. Maybe write by hand instead of type. Or I write during my lunch instead of at night. Have tea instead of coffee. Even little routine changes can help break through the barrier of stagnation.
If all else fails, watch a movie you hate. If at some point you don’t say, “What I would have done is…” then I’ll have to get back to you with suggestions.
I passed the baton to another writer you’ll want to know more about, Rie Sheridan Rose. Watch for her post next week.
Rie’s short stories appear in Double Dragon’s From Within the Mist ebook and The Stygian Soul as well as Yard Dog Press’ A Bubba In Time Saves None. Yard Dog Press is also home to humorous horror chapbooks Tales from the Home for Wayward Spirits and Bar-B-Que Grill and Bruce and Roxanne Save the World…Again. Mocha Memoirs has “Drink My Soul…Please,” and “Bloody Rain” as e-downloads. She’s also been published inNightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers, Come to My Window, Shifters, and In the Bloodstream. Online, she has appeared in Cease, Cows, Lorelei Signal, and Four Star Stories.