Been a while! I have a few interviews left, so let’s do this 🙂 My next interview is with Eddie Skelson, let’s give him a warm welcome.
Check out my ongoing interviews for SPFBO5 down below:
First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
My name is Eddie Skelson, I’m a 52 year old game store owner and marketing manager and because there are still hours left in my day I also write horror, humour and fantasy novels.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
I’m a ‘let’s see what happens’ kind of writer. I usually have a scene or hook that gets into my head, from there I site and write it out. I have no doubt at all (eleven books later) that the story is fully formed in my mind before I start, I just don’t see it.
Tell us about your current project.
My current work is a novel called NYZ: New York Zombie and it’s a prequel to a successful novella I produced called Superhero City. While set in the same universe as SHC it takes a wildly different tack. The protagonist is dead. Not particularly original (see: The Bible) but he hasn’t let that get in the way of being miserable about it.
Is this your first entry into SPFBO? If not, how many times have you entered?
Its my first time!
Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
Wow. Too many to go through but there’s a very real edge of cynicism and pragmatism to my leads. They are very human.
Joe Clarke in Winter Falls is just a guy who wants to move up the career ladder and he is drawn into a terrible world of darkness he doesn’t understand.
Crowley, by far my most popular creation is an arrogant, spiteful, cynical, self-centered Occultist who is quite simply ‘in it for himself.’ My readers love him.
Geoff and Bevvo are the protagonists in The Lemonade Brothers. Two smart, resourceful and brave blokes with a slightly laddish mentality who are taking on the zombie apocalypse one shopping mall at a time.
My entry for SPFBO has too many characters to list. They all get main billing and equal page time, but I am very proud of my Wizard and my Fighter, Daisy.
What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
You have to look at what is out there now and accommodate at least some of the demands of 21st Century readers. Don’t get me wrong, if you have a tale to tell it HAS to be written, but to give you that edge in bringing in readers to your work don’t alienate them by going too far off what they are expecting. Surprise and shock, but don’t disappoint.
What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
My worlds form around my characters, they aren’t just plonked into them. Once I see and hear my character I can jump into its skin and take a look around. With fantasy worlds it’s a bigger job so I start small and then add the bigger picture as I go. I found Terry Pratchett’s skill at making his Discworld come alive to be a great inspiration.
What inspires you to write?
I want to read the story myself. C.S Lewis once said ‘People won’t write the books I want, so I have to do it for myself.’ Same here.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Proofing. Writing took around six weeks. I HATE HATE HATE proofing and editing and I’m too mean to pay someone.
What is your routine when writing, if any? If you don’t follow a routine, why not?
The only routine I have is to write every day except weekends. Weekends are optional. I can write anywhere and at any time. Writing is easy. I feel bad for those who say it’s hard.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Having written a lot of stories it’s given me data to look at. I now realise that I have particular things I do in almost every story. I’ve found that there’s a point in my books that is the prelude to the kick off. When everything falls apart or comes together. On reflection I think I savour that time the most. The build-up to the explosion, the calm before the storm and other clichés.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
Managing seven main characters is hard. Way too hard.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? A gardener or an architect?
Pantser. All the way. I literally sit and start writing a new story and it’s the same when going through it. I write, go about my other business, come back, sit down, start writing and usually have no clue what will happen next.
It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
I don’t even think about it.
What are your future project(s)?
NYZ will be out this year. I have another novel awaiting completion that’s set in 1920’s America. The final part of the Lemonade Brothers first volume is underway and I have around twelve viable books waiting to move past the 10,000 word status. Two audiobooks coming out, one is Rocks Fall, my SPFBO entry, but that’s really someone else doing the heavy lifting.
I’m working producing a new script and also looking to get my first attempt made into a short movie.
What is your favorite book ever written? Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite book is probably Crowley: The Ravensblack Affair. This novella found a loyal fanbase and has been nothing but good luck for me.
My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, Stephen King and Douglas Adams but there are so many more who I enjoy reading. Adam Neville, who I’m fortunate enough to have met is a great guy and terrific author. And my friend Simon Kurt Unsworth is another great writer who deserves to hit the big time.
What makes a good villain?
A villain with a purpose is one thing, but the wherewithal to pursue that purpose is what rises them above the others. A villain should never lack conviction and should always believe in what they are doing. Half-assed bad guys are eaten up by average heroes. No one wants to read about the average heroes or villains. We want the full menu.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t have any.
OK. I have some. And at the moment I spend it playing factory simulations. They give me focus and make me think logically. I think I Iike to build things, like my dad. But I’m lazy. Unlike my dad.
If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
Hmm. I think politics. I like falling out with people. And the money is good.
You can travel to any planet or moon in the Solar System. Where would you go, why and what would you do there?
Ooh. Good question. I think Venus. So long as I have visibility (and as we are being fantastic why not) I think the surface of that place would be AMAZING.
Mars is so last Century.
Pick any three characters from a fiction novel. These are now your roadtrip crew. Where do you go and what do you do?
I think Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas would be fun to travel with. I’d probably suggest we go to Lorien and party there. If it had to be on Earth then we would head to Las Vegas…
Finally, what is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
I think Facebook. I’m very accessible and I have no problem with discussing my crap proofing with anyone.
You can find my books on Amazon, and the other usual suspects or order from Waterstones in the UK
Audiobooks on Audible and iTunes
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