Q&A Thursday with Paul Flewitt

Today’s Interview is with Author Paul Flewitt! 

What is the worst thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you learn from it?
Oooh, getting right into the bone of the matter…I like it!

I’ve written some pretty bad poetry in my time. I started out writing poetry as a youngster, so all that stuff would be utter rubbish. More recently, I seem to feel if a piece I’m writing is good or not, and I have a great group of beta readers who help me get things right. I read a lot in my spare time, so pretty much I’m self-taught as far as good or bad and my idea of what is which.
Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve been imaginative for about as long as I can remember and my parents taught me to read and write as soon as I was able to speak, so in that respect I guess I’ve always written. My first memory of writing with purpose was a poem I wrote as a youngster called “The Dead School”. I decided to go professional, if that’s what I am, around late 2012/early 2013.
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
I have only released in the horror genre, but I don’t rule out writing in the fantasy or sci-fi areas. I’m not a guy who ever says never; but I think it’s safe to say I’m never going to do a Jilly Cooper or Barbara Cartland style story. I do think that anything I write will probably be prefixed with the word “dark”.
 I have to admit to enjoying the horror genre. It’s the genre I enjoyed reading best throughout my life, so it’s no surprise that I would enjoy writing in that style. What I also find, though, is a really diverse and supportive community which exists out in the world. Fans of horror tend to be rabid in their following, and they’re such a fun group of people…weird to say, I know…but horror people are some of the funniest people around!
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?
I don’t not read, or I’d never read a book again. I read whatever I feel like at the time and go through various moods as far as books I read is concerned.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
Synopsis and blurb writing; no doubt about it. It’s the devil’s own work.
If you could have the same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?

That’s a great question… it’d have to be a combination of three different authors if we’re talking real dream sequence stuff. I’d love to have the profundity and the lifestyle of Clive Barker, he seems to have a lot of fun, makes some great movies, writes and paints. He is a complete artist. The other is Stephen King, simply because of his commercial success. Anyone who says they don’t want to make a good living from their writing is a liar. Yes, the art is important to me; but I also have a mortgage to pay and mouths to feed.

Paul Flewitt lives in Sheffield, UK with his partner and their two children. He is a writer of horror and dark fiction with JEA press. 


Paul is the author of “Smoke” a flash fiction which appeared in OzHorrorCon’s Book of Tribes anthology, “Paradise Park” from JEA’s All That Remains anthology and the stand alone novella “Poor Jeffrey” through CHBB’Vamptasy press. He continues to work on further pieces…

Smart url for Amazon book page; http://smarturl.it/PoorJeffrey

Q&A Interview with Steve McHugh

Today’s Q&A is with Author Steve McHugh!

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What is the worst thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you learn from it?
The worst thing I’ve ever written was when I was about 13 and I wrote a very short story that if Terry Pratchett had read it, he’d have sued me for plagiarism. It was awful, although the writing of it taught me to find my own style, so it was also very useful.
Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve been writing since I was very young, maybe 9 or 10, and then from about 16- 21 I would write bits here and there, but never get anything finished. My daughter was born when I was 25 and that’s when I decided to get serious about it. I sat down and wrote a book called, For Past Sins, that will never ever be published. But after finishing it, I knew a lot more than I had before. I started Crimes Against Magic then and once that was finished decided it was good enough to publish. The day the book went onto Amazon, I knew I was hooked for life.
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
I have an idea for a Steampunk story and one for a full on epic fantasy, oh and an historical fantasy too, but at the moment I’m writing my Urban Fantasy Hellequin books, and making notes of the others when I get chance. Right now, Urban Fantasy is my favourite. When I get round to writing the other books, I imagine that will change depending on the day.
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?
As I’m writing, or thinking about writing, quite a lot, I have no choice but to write and read together. I tend to pick up whatever looks good at the time, although since I’ve started writing, my reading has dropped. Unfortunately this has meant my backlog of books is ever growing. One day, I’ll make a dent.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
I hate synopsis. Hate them with an earthly passion. They suck. And I told my editor this when I got my contract. Apparently everyone hates them, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my feelings.
If you could have the same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?
Neil Gaiman. His work in comics, TV, movies and books (both children and adult) is quite diverse and I think that’s something I’d like to be able to say I did. Also, he’s wildly successful. That’d be nice too.
Optional:
Author Bio: Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.
It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel that was publishable, the results of which was Crimes Against Magic.
He was born in a small village called Mexbrough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.
Crimes Against Magic:
Hellequin Chronicles: Book 1

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire. 

But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past. 

As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.
  
Born of Hatred:
Hellequin Chronicles: Book 2
There are some things even a centuries-old sorcerer hesitates to challenge…


When Nathan Garret’s friend seeks his help investigating a bloody serial killer, the pattern of horrific crimes leads to a creature of pure malevolence, born of hatred and dark magic. Even with all his powers, Nate fears he may be overmatched. But when evil targets those he cares about and he is confronted by dire threats both old and new, Nate must reveal a secret from his recently remembered past to remind his enemies why they should fear him once more.
Born of Hatred, set in modern London with historical flashbacks to America’s Old West, continues the dark urban fantasy of Crimes Against Magic, the acclaimed first book in the gritty and action-packed Hellequin Chronicles.

Q&A Thursday with K A Davur

Today’s Interview is with author K A Davur.

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What is the worst thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you learn from it?  Like most writers, I have this old folder of angsty teenaged po-e-treeeeee that makes me cringe, especially when I remember that I actually read most of it aloud at various events.  The raw emotion does have to be respected, to some degree, though.  Maybe. 
Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I’ve never not written.  I have diaries from when I was in Kindergarten or earlier filled with stories.  I still remember the first time I was recognized and singled out for my writing, which was in first grade.  They created a beast!  I took nearly a decade off from writing; people go out of their way to tell aspiring artists of any sort all of the reasons that we will never, ever make it.  It gets so discouraging and effectively strangles one’s muse.  While I’d like to strangle my muse at times (her name is Cecelia and she’s a fickle little monster), I think that’s one of the greatest disservices we do our children.  Help them dream; they will discover reality on their own. 
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?  I have written a great deal of non-fiction in the past.  I used to be a doula and a midwife, and was published in some professional journals.  I’m surprised at how much I incorporate the knowledge I gained there in my work now, though I guess it makes sense.  Birth is a naturally dramatic event!  Now, though, I’m writing speculative fiction.  The novel that was just released was a vampire themed comedic thriller for kids.  My next two are for adults. 
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?  I cannot read my same genre.  Either I start to subconsciously mirror their writing, or I get intimidated.  I’m always reading something, though.  Right now I’m reading “Raising Riley” by Brick Marlin and “The Others” by Thomas Tryon.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
The hardest part for me is anything that is technologically based.  I’m a bit of a Luddite!  I write everything in comp books that I buy when they are on super clearance for back to school.  I’ve always said that a notebook is an invitation but a cursor is a demand!  The moment comes, though, that I have to actually type it up and edit it and that’s when the problems begin. I take care of all of my own publicity, which means pinterest, twitter, a website, goodreads, etc., so I’ve had to learn quickly.  I’m not good, yet, but I’m at least proficient. 
If you could have the same type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?  Kevin Smith!  He gets to go to cons and hang out with all the same amazing geeky folks as I, but THEY pay HIM.  They seek HIM out.  That would be awesome!
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