Thanks for stopping by to visit with Manic Readers, Edward.
You’ve moved around quite a bit. What did you think of South Carolina & Louisiana? I’ve lived in SC but I’ve never been near Louisiana.
South Carolina was nice, but I lived in the western part of the state. I’ve always felt more “at home” near a natural body of water and have found that living in an area lacking an ocean or river leaves me feeling that my life lacks balance or harmony.
I loved New Orleans! I know the first thing everyone thinks about is the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, but there’s just so much more to the city & the area in general. I only moved away because the local economy was floundering so badly.
I’ve visited Las Vegas but not sure I’d like to live there. How do you like it? Is your writing prompting your proposed move to Los Angeles?
Las Vegas is okay. I know it is a big hit with many people, but I have never been a big fan of gambling or casinos.
Yes, my move to California is in part due to advancing my writing career. I would like to connect with filmmakers and possibly work on turning my stories into films. I am also hoping to attend film school.
I’ve read that your book, WHISPERS FROM HELL, isn’t just horror/paranormal stories but modern age parables. Can you expound on that please?
It was never my intention to do anything other than to write the stories I enjoy writing, but, after going back and re-reading each story, I have found that each story sends a message, a lesson to be learned by the protagonist…and maybe by the reader as well. For example, in “A Requiem For The Damned,” Evan learns that his own vanity comes at a price and that price will be paid by those most dear to him.
Do you HAVE to write or do you choose to write?
Both. I love to write. There isn’t anything more enjoyable than letting a story pour out of my mind onto paper. It is also something of a vocation, or a calling, and I think you would hear this from any writer. It’s just not something one can decide to do. Either one is a writer or one is not a writer.
Is there any author, past or present, whose works parallel yours?
I can definitely see something of Edgar Allan Poe in my writing.
I love Poe…
Is your horror more subtle or in your face?
It really varies with the story. Some stories, such as “Borrowed Time” and “Brette’s Discovery” are more subtle and suitable for those that prefer to avoid the gore and horrific imagery found in “Night Terrors” and the title story (“Whispers From Hell”).
How do you prefer to write? Are there certain things your muse requires?
My first & second drafts are usually completed with pen & paper. I cannot write without my MP3 player! Music is a must!
Some writers are superstitious, are you?
I don’t think so. I tend to come at things from a more logical perspective.
Who’s in control, you or the characters?
I write out the outline first, but, once I begin composing the actual story, the characters take it from there.
Have you read any thing lately that you couldn’t wait to discuss or recommend?
Yes. I recently read “The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym,” the only novel penned by Edgar Allan Poe. I would love to see this brought to film!
Is there a WIP you can possibly share bits of?
Not at this time. I’m currently working on the first draft of “Testament,” which is the story of how the witch trials in 17th century New York began. It will be a novella and a prelude to my upcoming full-length novel “Dark Heritage.”
Thank you again,Edward. I’ve enjoyed meeting you.
Thank you for this opportunity as well. It has been a pleasure meeting you, too.