My Writing Process or How I Was Tricked Into Blogging by the Lovely Latashia Figueroa

OK, so I got roped into this by the delightful Latashia Figueroa, an author you should check out here.  She’s a delightful, beautiful lady and a very good writer.  Go see what she’s doing.  She’s got a book, This Way Darkness, out in May.

Now I’m supposed to answer some questions about authory stuff and then refer you to three other authors.  Well, my three other authors are:

Joe Schwartz

J. Daniel Stone

Erik T. Johnson

I chose these three gentlemen because I admire their writing.  And we’re all working together on an upcoming super-secret project that I will divulge here in the next few months.  These gentlemen will then answer the same questions I’ve answered below next Monday…at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.  Joe doesn’t blog and Dan is forehead-deep in his next novel. So, who knows what will happen?  But their names are linked to stuff.  Go there next Monday and see, and we’ll all be surprised!

So here are the questions!  Enjoy!

What am I working on?

Excellent question!  Right now, I am at about the halfway point of a new novel, working title The End.  It’s an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink apocalyptic horror story.  I have to finish it soon, as my fiancée is kicking my proverbial ass to get it done.  Perhaps another month…

Also writing some shorts, as always, working with Grey Matter Press on my upcoming novella collection The End in All Beginnings, which should be out sometime this summer.

And then there’s another novella I’ve started for the super-secret boy band project Joe, Dan, Erik and I are working on.

So, lots of stuff!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm…a tricky question.  I’d have to say that the primary difference is that my work is written almost entirely by me, whereas other works in the genre are primarily not.

Aside from that, my work is generally labelled as “horror,” pretty much because there’s not a closer label to attach to it.  Well, aside from “dark, weird speculative fiction,” which doesn’t really roll off the tongue.  So, horror.  But I’d guess that my work is not the splattery, things jumping out, cats meowing, chains-a-rattling fiction that some view as horror.  Mine tends to be a slow-building dread kind of thing, which always gets me the Twilight Zone comparison.  I’m cool with that.  My stories, hopefully, move you on an emotional level other than just fear.  I find that the combination of fear and some other emotion—love, sadness, etc.—works best and helps the stories linger longer in the reader’s mind.

Why do I write what I do?

Because horror is what sticks with me.  It’s a world view that flavors everything I do, how I think, what I believe.  So of course it’s going to play out in my writing.  There’s no other place for it to go…well, murder I guess, but that’s so unpleasantly messy.
How does your writing process work?

I sit down at my desk each day and spend many, many long tedious hours sweating over how I can avoid writing.  When that’s done, and perhaps a light lunch, I usually dig in.  I write on my laptop, take numerous breaks to attempt to get back into the spirit of work avoidance.  If that doesn’t work—and it often does—I will write late into the night, egged on by the dulcet tones of my three pugs snoring.  I am a night owl.  I am not a morning person.  As I get older, I curse the mornings more and more.  I am sure I will die on some godforsaken morning, after rising from some disturbed sleep and attempting to make coffee.  I’m not really, fully awake until about 2 p.m.

That’s it kids.  Sorry it took so long to get this up, Latashia, I forgot!  But then I remembered, so OK!



About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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