About the author
Welcome Danny! Thanks for stopping by!
Before we get into the Halloween talk..Let's talk Velveteen.
What's three words that best describes Velveteen (the girl)?
Brutal, morbid and witty.
Can you give us a quote from the novel? Maybe a favorite of yours..?
"She walks a tightrope between psycho and smokin'."
How long did it take you to write Velveteen? Was it a longer or shorter process than writing your adult novels?
It took a significantly longer time to write Velveteen. Nearly two years. In comparison, my first adult novel took about three months total. Of course, the voice of my adult books is all me, it's conversational and there's a completely different feel. Those are character driven pieces in the definitive sense, more about humor than plotting. Velveteen is a complex world and the editing process was much more intense. It was definitely a writing workout.
I watch your youtube channel quite often. (Everybody should check out his youtube channel, you'll be hooked!) You vlogged about reading mostly adult fiction again. Does adult horror give you more incentive or inspires you to write more than YA horror?
Not particularly. I don't read a specific genre to inspire me to write that genre. I try to read really good writing. I'm inspired by cadence and tone and the effort of the writer. I had been reading a lot of stuff that I was, in the end, setting down due to disappointment and I'd noticed that the longer I was in my reading rut, my writing suffered. So I decided to up my reading game. It's that old psychobabble seeping: garbage in/garbage out. I need to fill my head with awesome.
Will there be a sequel to Velveteen?
I have two planned. Visqueen, a companion novel set in the same world but with a very different tone and then a crazy third book, Velouria, that would mash up Velveteen and Visqueen. My editor was quite psyched by the idea but we're not moving forward with it unless the book sells well. At this point, I'm working on a standalone YA horror novel, which will hopefully come out by the end of 2013.
Okay, onto the horror fun..muahahaha!
What's your favorite slasher movie?
John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. No question. Carpenter did some amazing tension building in that movie. If anyone doubts it, boot up Rob Zombie's remake and look for tension-building elements. Zombie doesn't finesse the fear out of the viewer, he tells more than he shows. Also, there are so many small details in the movie that later slashers really overlooked. Character building is so important in drawing out the scares.
What's your favorite horror/thriller movie?
SUSPIRIA. Utilizing a frantic pace, bizarre set decoration and a clanging, crazy score, Dario Argento manages to nearly drive us insane leading up to the first, and one of the best death sequences ever filmed. From there, this tale of an American girl at an elite European dance academy run by a coven of witches only gets crazier. It's foreign (Italian, but that's not what I mean). It doesn't smack of anything American and so it's unpredictable. I love it.
Do you read more horror than you watch? What's some of your all time favorite horror novels?
No. I read mostly literary fiction. I love the poetry of words more than the familiarity of genre when I sit down to read. But I have read a lot of horror and loved many. THE STAND by Stephen King is possibly my favorite book of all time, but a similar apocalyptic book, SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon is very nearly it's equal (not quite, but it's up there). I was obsessed with Clive Barker's BOOKS OF BLOOD and I took a ton of inspiration from his mix of dark fantasy and horror.
Do you dress up for Halloween? Do you have any funny past costumes you'd like to show us? *grins*
I don't enjoy it. Seriously, I don't. Anything involving make-up ends up drying out my face and I look much more horrific in the weeks following, guaranteed. But I have done it. Here are a few looks (including the always offensive Mexican Drug Enforcer with Tourist Head, Corpse in Body Bag and Exorcising Priest):
We're attending a party at a friend's, then we're throwing a party. We'll watch HALLOWEEN on Halloween and then a couple of days later, I'm flying to Las Vegas for a book festival where I'm going to Eli Roth's GORETORIUM! So excited.
I'm finished pestering you.
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