Chronicles of the Undead
Q: How did you come up with your story?
My stories always seem to come about from the goofy stray thoughts that pop into my head, the “what if things were this way?” thoughts.
My horror novella, Chronicles of the Undead, evolved from a notion that crossed my mind one day: “What if your neighbours were not what they seemed?” I noodled with this idea, running through different scenarios and settled on the concept of vampires. I knew I didn’t want to do the Hollywood version of the vampire myth, so I went back to the dark, original origins of vampires and used a historic setting. Writing the book as a series of three diaries seemed like an interesting way to give it an intimate and psychological flavour.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been influenced by many writers, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Ruth Rendall, Robert Twohy and Agatha Christie having the most impact on my psyche. I find that short stories and comic books provide more inspiration for me than novels.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
If I weren’t a writer, I’d probably be a starving artist trying to sell my poor attempts at painting for a pitance. I can’t help being creative, my mind isn’t wired right.
Q: Favorite genres to read?
Bio. and Memoirs, History/Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir, Paranormal, Sci Fi/Fantasy.
Q: What are your pet peeves?
I have a lot of pet peeves, but a few are:
-Writers who think grammar and editing are not necessary
-People who think science fiction and fantasy are interchangeable
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m a chicken when it comes to watching horror movies or reading horror novels. Horror movies and books creep me out and I tend to avoid them.
That might surprise some, considering a great deal of my writing is dark and twisted, often bordering on the horror genre.
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
I lurk all over the internet, on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Digg, YouTube, Squidoo.com, Gather.com, but you find me most often on Twitter http://twitter.com/scribe77 and my blog http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com.
You can find my books at Amazon and Lulu.com.
If you would like to read excerpts from my books you can find them listed here: