Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West Interview – Horror Tree
1: What made you decide on the Wild West as a setting for these short stories?
I’ve always been fascinated by the old west. Plus, I come from a long line of ranchers and cowboys. Add in my own experiences of wrangling cattle on horseback and it was only natural that I wrote some kind of cowboy stories.
2: How do you find inspiration for writing?
Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes a song conjures images in my mind. Other times a story is written in the way the wind blows. There are times looking at an old dilapidated building makes me wonder about the folks who dwelt in it or the history it might have witnessed. There’s inspiration all around me. I just never know when or how it will strike me.
3: Why horror?
My first memories are of watching the old classic black and white horror films with my momma. I grew up loving them and later on fell in love with classic horror literature
4: Who are your writing influences?
I love Poe’s use of obscure words. I love the way Dickens paints images in the mind. Since I was young, I enjoyed the way Conan Doyle challenged my mind with his intellectual approach to storytelling. I’d have to say those three influenced me more than any others
5: You have a couple books under your writing career, these are much different than Wild West. What is your most favorite subject of the horror genre?
To be honest, I don’t have a favorite. Each is fun to write in its own right, but some off more of a challenge than others. Since I don’t prefer one over any of the others, it helps maintain a diverse imagination
6: Do you believe in aliens?
Only if they believe in me and buy my books
7: If you could tell your young writing self something in three words, what would you tell them?
Don’t be stupid.
And if I can add this: put down the pen in pursuit of the mighty dollar. It is possible to keep writing while pursuing a career in the corporate world.
8: What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
Like my writing, my taste in music is diverse. I listened to a lot of cowboy music writing my Wild West tales. Other times I listened to heavy metal and in others, it was goth music. Oftentimes, my playlist is filled with songs from many genres
9: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Being a cowboy, I’d have to be shot if I didn’t say a horse. Besides, there’s no better way to feel free than riding a horse on the open range
10: What should we look out for in the future of your writing?
Look for something totally different than the wild west. Maybe something more like classic literature of old. Also, there just might be something more contemporary and even a little depraved. You just never know what will spin through the splintered windmill of my brain.