Author Interviews

Author Interview with Horror Writer Michael Aronovitz

Welcome, everyone! It’s time for another interview, this time with horror writer Michael Aronovitz. Judging from the reviews of his book, The Witch of the Wood, his works are must-reads for horror lovers. Read on to meet today’s guest!

It’s great to have you with us today. Would you mind starting us off by telling us a little about yourself?

I am a college professor of English and a baseball nut.  I love heavy metal music and horror movies.

Where does writing fit into your busy life, and what keeps you motivated/inspired when discouragement sets in?

I write at every available opportunity.  At the moment I am only teaching college classes so I have a bit more time, but when I taught in public schools I would write for a couple of hours each morning and all day on the weekends.  Often, I would bring pages drafted in the morning to school and revise them on my breaks.  In terms of discouragement, I don’t see it that way.  Every page and scene is fun to write no matter how much I obsess.  Reconstructing the “discouraging” rough work is part of the process.

What’s your writing background?

I have published two novels and two collections.

When it comes to reviews, do you have a thick skin?  How do you handle negative feedback?

When I am fortunate enough to have a review of my work appear somewhere I celebrate regardless of the “thumbs up or down.”  The fun is being reviewed in the first place.  It means people are talking about the work!  As for negative feedback, I take it to heart and move on.  Hey…it’s still someone talking about the work.

What inspires your stories?  What draws you to your preferred genre?

My initial inspiration was Stephen King and his ability to draw characters.  In reference to genre, horror is really just my favorite spice.  It interests me and keeps me reading (and writing).  The supernatural opens up strange timelines, and it makes things more fun.  Add a time limitation or two, something at stake, and a gut-wrenching discovery and you have the essence of why horror works for me.

Can you tell us about your books?  What other projects are you working on?

Interview2Seven Deadly Pleasures and The Voices in Our Heads are collections of stories I published around the horror marketplace starting in 2007.  Alice Walks is my first novel, a ghost story, and your featured novel here The Witch of the Wood is my second novel, more a dark apocalyptic journey.  My third novel titled Phantom Effect is a serial killer / supernatural piece to be published by Night Shade Books in February of 2016, and my first young adult novel titled Becky’s Kiss comes out through Vinspire Press this coming November.

How did you build your writing support team?  Do you have tips and suggestions for other writers?

A great question.  I built my “team” begging and pleading to anyone who would listen.  I was incredibly fortunate back in 2007 that horror scholar and Lovecraft biographer S.T. Joshi took an interest in my fiction and put my first collection through Hippocampus.  Since then I have been lucky enough to have contact with other writers like Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne, those who not only write wonderful fiction themselves, but have given me exposure on Haunted Nights Live (as well as some blurbs).  I also bounce ideas off a couple of independent film directors from Australia named Donna McRae and Ursula Dabrowsky.  Locally, I have contact with Ken Bingham, writer, stage producer, editor, and teacher.  All these wonderful people are essential to my success.  I do not have an agent.  I have gotten all of my work published on my own.

What advice would you give to new writers, especially those looking to break into your genre?  Advice on marketing and selling?

I’ll answer the latter part first and assure you that I am learning the marketing as I go.  The more I explore in this business the more convinced I am that marketing is a major part of the deal.  My advice to new horror writers is always to stick with what you love.  Trends are fickle.

Hmmm. “Trends are fickle”. I like that statement very much. An excellent reminder to always focus on what drives us.

How can readers get in contact with you?

My website is currently http://michaelaronovitz.weebly.com/

My Facebook Author’s Page is: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelAronovitzAuthor?ref=hl

I am currently building a new website to be nicknamed “The Author’s Graveyard” and readers can email me at theauthorsgraveyard@gmail.com

Thank you so much for visiting with us today, and for sharing about your writing experiences. Readers, please let Michael Aronovitz know how much you enjoyed getting to know him by leaving a message below and/or connecting with him via his links. Thanks for reading!

 

Author Interviews

Interview with Horror Writers Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Time for another interview, Readers! I don’t often host horror writers, but once you meet today’s guests, dynamic duo Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross, you’ll know why I did. So please stick around and meet them!

Can you start by telling us a little about yourselves?

Author Tamara Thorne
Tamara Thorne

Tamara has been selling horror novels since the early 90’s and has the wrinkles to prove it. Alistair is still somewhat fresh-faced but is working hard on some crow’s feet and a permanently down-turned mouth to go with the many books we have upcoming, both collaborative and solo. Alistair enjoys cheese and pie, and little else. Tamara likes short walks in the rain, strawberry pasta, and snorting catnip.

Where does writing fit into your busy lives, and what keeps you motivated/inspired when discouragement sets in?

Alistair Cross
Alistair Cross

Writing is our lives. We put in 8-10 hours a day six days a week. We connect on Skype each morning and write together in the cloud, even if we are working on different projects. Our virtual office is motivation in itself. We also make use of whips and unseemly jokes, often at our cats’ expense.

As a reader, what do you think makes a good story? What have you learned to never do in your own writing?

A good story must have great characters and excellent editing. A plot is nice, too. As for our own work: Alistair avoids putting smokers in books because it puts him back into withdrawal. Tamara doesn’t like to include characters who wear too much perfume because it gives her a headache.

When it comes to reviews, do you have thick skins? How do you handle negative feedback?

We don’t read reviews. If they’re good, our heads swell, and if they’re bad, we get annoyed. We both feel it’s best to be true to ourselves and our own visions.

What draws you to write horror novels? Why do you think it’s so popular?

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We like to be scared, and believe that horror speaks to the darker corners of human psychology. People enjoy having a safe way to face their fears.

Can you tell us about your books? What other projects are you working on?

With the release of THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING, we’re returning to a previous novel, GRANDMA’S RACK, a tale of witches and mayhem, due out later this year. We will also continue releasing installments of THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST, a serialized Gothic novel about an old manor with a history of scandal and violence. Alistair is currently working on a solo vampire novel, which is set in the same universe as THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING. After that, we’re beginning a new collaboration, a psychological thriller, that we’re both very excited about.

What advice would you give to new writers, especially those looking to break into the horror genre? Advice on marketing and selling?

Read lots, write lots, and avoid taking advice from other writers unless they’re successful. As for marketing, it’s part of the gig and when a writer isn’t writing, it’s important that he or she be working on promoting their work through interviews, reviews, social media, and whatever other outlets are available.

How can readers get into contact with you?

Our websites have all the information readers need to find us. alistaircross.com and tamarathorne.com

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Many thanks to Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross for stopping by today. Readers, please do them the honour of leaving them a message below and also checking out their contact links.

Enjoy the rest of your week!