This week I ask: What is the hardest part of writing?
I’m honored that Thomas F. Monteleone , and Eric A Shelman have agreed to participate. If you write horror, sci-fi, or fantasy, and would like to join in, follow this link Fridays 5. Click on the authors name or photo to be taken to their website or amazon author page.
A: Finding the time and still having the energy to pour into it.
Bio: David A. Simpson is an Amazon bestselling author of the Zombie Road and Feral Children series. He loves to travel and has a long list of places to visit on his bucket list. He likes weird things and will drive a hundred miles out of his way to see a weird sculpture made from junkyard parts or a Bonnie and Clyde museum.
A: Continuously thinking about plot developments night and day. The world inside a writer’s head is just as real as the world outside it.
Bio: Graham Masterton has published more than thirty-five horror novels and three short story collections: his debut novel, The Manitou, was an instant bestseller. He is an Edgar Award and Bram Stoker Award-winner and a World Fantasy Award-nominee. Born in Edinburgh in 1946, he lives in Surrey in England where he is currently working on his next horror novel.
A: The hardest thing about being a writer is finding the right story. A story you’re not excited about will not inspire you to write.
Bio: Eric lives in southwest Florida with his wife, Linda. A fan of horror since he was young, he’s been writing since his teens. Growing up his room was filled with monster models, including The Wolfman, Dr. Phibes, Frankenstein’s Monster, and many others. His first novel, A Reason To Kill, was about a serial killer before he moved on to his true passion with The Witches of Laguna Beach. In 2009, after a 12 year hiatus, he wrote Dead Hunger. He currently has over 20 books to his credit, all but two of which are novels.
A: The first draft when I have to start with nothing and create the initial story and characters. Once that is down, the second, third and so on drafts are much easier.
Bio: David A. Wimsett’s stories contain female and male characters who examine themselves and their place in the world. He is the author of the women’s fiction novel Beyond the Shallow Bank and The Carandir Saga, an epic fantasy series consisting of Dragons Unremembered and Half Awakened Dreams. The third volume, Covenant with the Dragons, will be released for Christmas of 2021.
He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Freelance Guild and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia where he sits on the Writer’s Council. He lives in Nova Scotia, Canada near the sea.
A: Forcing yourself to do it every day… even on the days when you have other stuff you must do or don’t feel the urging of the muse.
Bio: Thomas F. Monteleone is an American science fiction author and horror fiction author. His first novel, Seeds of Change was the lead-off title in the critically unsuccessful Laser Books line of science fiction titles, but he went on to become a popular writer of supernatural thrillers.
Monteleone has been a professional writer since 1972, and 4-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. He has published more than 100 short stories in numerous magazines and anthologies. His stories have been nominated for many awards and have appeared in many best-of-the-year compilations.
“…a page turner that’s extremely hard to put down.”
“A great story that integrates true love and loss into a folk tale.”
“…creepy and exciting.”
“..cleverly plotted and well-paced.”
“…a story line that had me engaged from the start.”
“a cool, old fashioned ghost story.”