23 Questions for PC3

  1. A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that? That’s a misconception? It is very true in my case. I’m no social butterfly. I’m not even a social gnat.
  2. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? I remember writing a horror story when I was in the 6th grade (it starred myself and like five of my friends), and I remember how happy it made me to do it. I don’t know if that was the first time I realized it was what I wanted to do, but it was certainly a spark.
  3. What inspires you to write? My wife and the reaction she has when she reads my work. For a long time I was a bit nervous about writing the disturbing things that popped into my head. It wasn’t until I found someone as fucked up as myself that I decided to say ‘screw it’ and start writing it all down.
  4. How often do you write? I write everyday. Some days it may only be a paragraph or two, but I have to write something. If I’m lucky, my schedule allows for a couple thousand words.
  5. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Getting started is the hardest part, without question. But once I start, I’m rolling.
  6. Do you think writers have a normal life like others? For the most part, yes. People have this image of the crazy writer who stays closed off in a dark room, scribbling away at some manuscript while he drinks scotch and mutters to himself. It isn’t really like that. Wait…. yes it is.
  7. What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing? Those first few lines! I wish I knew why that is. But getting started is a bitch.
  8. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing? The ideas. I have ideas flowing out my ass. If ideas were shit, then I would need to call a plumber cuz my septic tank would be backing up big time.
  9. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? I read when I can. Not as much as I would like. I am a slow reader, which sucks. I’m a huge Stephen King fan and love some Clive Barker and Peter Straub. Some that I enjoy, but are a little less known, are Shane Mckenzie, Autumn Christian, and Matt Shaw. Stylistically, John Steinbeck is probably my favorite.
  10. Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you? If I edited my own work then there would be words missing all over the damn place. My mind gets to moving faster than my fingers.
  11. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? Characterization! If someone doesn’t care about your characters, then they won’t care about what happens to them in our story. My first goal when writing, is to make the reader connect with my characters.
  12. What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title? Though people like to say “don’t judge a book by its cover” they do. Everyone does. I created the cover for INFERNO BOUND AND THE HELL HOUNDS and am not completely satisfied with the results. But we’ll see if draws people in!
  13. Do you attend literary lunches or events? No idea what you’re talking about.
  14. Do you read any of your own work? Most of my stories happen in the same general fictional area, so I have to reread to keep everything straight geographically and historically.
  15. Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers? Hmm, shit, I don’t know. I am very descriptive and big on characterization. I enjoy using cumulative syntax, which can make for some very long sentences. I don’t agree with the whole idea of eliminating as many words as possible to make things simple. As long as you write in a way that the reader can understand, then it shouldn’t matter how long your sentences are.
  16. How much of yourself do you put into your books? I suppose everything I write has a little of me in it. And for those who read INFERNO BOUND AND THE HELL HOUNDS, there is a certain lady in my life that has more than just a little Nora Avery in her.
  17. Are there any books that you are currently reading and why? I am currently reading BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy. I’d heard it was a brutal depiction of the wild west, and it certainly is.
  18. Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers? I have a number of short stories in the works and hope to have an anthology ready for publication in the next few months. After that I have the sequel to INFERNO BOUND AND THE HELL HOUNDS and another novel.
  19. When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession? When I was a kid, I wanted to be one of four things: a soldier, a baseball player, an artist, and a writer. I’ve been a soldier. I’ve published a handful of cartoons for no profit. I’ve published some short stories and now a novel. I’ll never be a baseball player, I guess. Of course I hope to make writing my full time J-O-B!
  20. Poets and writers in general, have a reputation of committing suicide; in your opinion, why is that the case? I could guess that its because they live inside their own heads so much. But, honestly, I have no idea.
  21. Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it? Something has to pay the bills. I don’t dislike it, I guess.
  22. Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing? Of course it does! But I can’t do anything about that until you folks start buying my book!
  23. Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally? Absolutely! Hit me up on Facebook at Patrick C. Harrison III or PC3 Horror.