I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the awesome Ben Warden recently. Ben is editor of the #SFFiction project and author of his highly acclaimed romantic comedy 'Life Without', which made the top ten literary fiction e-books on amazon.
Ben is someone I reached out to when first publishing THE END to ask advice for advice. Not only was he generous with his help, he has supported me ever since. Twitter is full of writers who at best ignore each other, and at worst are obstructive to others success, but Ben is one of the good ones. You should follow him and check out his work.
In the interview we talk about motivation, dealing with reviews both good and bad, and a little about my new book DRIVE.
Ben: So Drive has the catch line ‘what drives a man?’. What drives you to writing horror, what is it about that genre that grabs you?
Adam: I’ve always been a fan of horror. I think one of the first books I read was The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, which later became the film Hellraiser. I also read Carrie by Stephen King and American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis when I was very young – probably too young – and they all had a big impact on me and no doubt influenced the kind of stories I write now. I think what I love about horror, in particular horror literature, is how great a tool it is for exploring the inner workings of human nature, both as a reader and writer. As a writer, thinking about what your characters are most afraid of is a good way of getting to their emotional core and of giving them layers that hopefully make them more interesting and sympathetic, or as sympathetic as a serial killer or zombie can be. Also horror is a great opportunity to use metaphor and allegory, which I like to do.
Ben: Absolutely; the imagery in your books is great reading. What I find brilliant about all your novellas is how character driven they are and how far you let us see into the characters' thinking. What is it about putting the reader right at the centre of that thought process; why do you do it to us, Adam?! :]
Adam: Yeah, sorry about that! I just find getting inside the heads of flawed, monstrous people really interesting. I want my readers to be appalled by the things my characters do, but to also get to a point where they understand why they do what they do. I love the idea of getting my readers to feel sympathy for monsters.