Writer’s Tag

I was tagged (sort of) by the creative horror writer Rami Ungar. If you haven’t read his work yet, why not? And don’t give me the “My TBR list is too full excuse.” because he has short stories. (I’m almost done with one such collection).

Now on to the tag!

What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?

My series and universe is Urban Fantasy (though it should be called Rural Fantasy, really.) I also enjoy horror, fantasy, and what I like to call contemporary misery. There’s something cathartic about writing a character whose life is abject misery. I love it.

How long have you been writing?

Since before I could spell. My first children’s book was about a girl who got a phone call and went roller skating. I also illustrated it, but couldn’t decide her dress color, so every page has a different one.

Why do you write?

Because people want me to, ha ha! Seriously, though, if it gets to where no one cares, I’ll quit and focus just on art instead. Maybe learn animation. Or else do a comic/manga.

What is the best time to write?

When everyone has gone to bed and I have the house to myself. That’s roughly 3 a.m. now.

What parts of writing do you love and hate?

I love:

  • When characters revel things I didn’t know
  • Re-reading it later and thinking, “Hey! That’s good!”
  • Knowing other people enjoyed the story
  • Creating universes and cultures; all the mundane details like holidays or intricate social conventions (don’t get to do a lot of that with vampires though)
  • Figuring out motivations or details
  • Creating covers, teasers, banners, websites, etc.

I hate:

  • The pressure from other authors to do this or do that
  • The constant need to “sell, sell, sell” in order to be legitimate
  • My inability to attract a large audience
  • Feeling inferior to romance and erotica author who ave huge rabid audiences
  • Not making any money

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Just like Rami said, usually it’s because what I am trying to do doesn’t fit, so I need to go back and manipulate the characters/events to make it work.

Are you working on something at the moment?

It’s a year of short stories. I’m working on Dismas right now.

What are your writing goals this year?

I’m just concentrating on short stories for the Amaranthine universe, and working on the Vampire Prophesy with Jonathan Harvey – it’s a comedic vampire story that fits into the Terrible Turtle Universe.


Do you write? You do! Great, you’re tagged. Have fun, and make sure to link back to me when you do.

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  1. Yeah, those last two or three in the hate category are rough, aren’t they?


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