Interview with Anthony Means

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me the opportunity to create my very own worlds. Anything is possible inside the worlds I creat and no one can tell that something isn't possible.
What are you working on next?
My next project is an extension of my short story "Some Kind of Hell" in my A CURE FOR SLEEP short story collection. I want to make it a full length novel.

"Some Kind of Hell"

A whole new kind of Hell. This is what amateur writer; Jacob Adams finds while researching the occult for his next big story.  Will Jacob find his way out of this Hell? Will he get his big story or will he fall prey to the demons within?
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. I love to intertain people and give them a way to escape to a new world. My fans give my writing meaning.
Who are your favorite authors?
Darren Shan author of the Cirque Du Freak, Demonata and his new Zom-B series, is my all time favorite author. He write in a style that will send chills down you spine. I encourage everyone to check out his work!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every morning I wake up ready to start creating my next world. I spend so much time in my own worlds that my wife has to bring me out of them sometimes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to learn new things. History is my favorite subject. I spend a lot of time learning about different civilizations and how they lived from day to day. I also enjoying camping, rock climbing and wood carving and whittling.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly look for anything horror, history or instructional related. By instructional, I mean books that will teach me new skills. I love to learn new things.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in elementary. So I cant remember what it was. My first sotory that lead to my writing career however, was my book SHARDS: THE BLOODY TRAGEDY. Shards is the story of Darin Stone, a young boy whose parents were taken from him. He is inducted into an acient order charged with fighting off evil spirits like Bloody Mary and other such evil beings. Darin has to fight for survival while trying to find out the truth behind his untimely demise.

The publication of this book has been ver educational for me and I feel that it has made me a better writer.
What is your writing process?
I begin a cork board in my office. I create a spider web of my book. I choose all of the different pathways that I might want my book to go in. After this I leave to to add or chage those pathways in case I get into the book and pull an usexpected twist. I then reserch anything historical or types of actual locations or anything like that. I ALWAYS do the research for my books. Then I began to hammer out the story. After this I read over the story 5 to 10 times. However long it take to iron out the errors. I have had people ask why I never want to read my stories after I publish them and this is why. I have already read it several times. It's a long process, but also a rewarding one.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I read was probably Clifford the Big Red Dog. I not sure. The one I really remember and had an impact on me were Book one of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Darren Shan's book one of his Demonata series "Lord Loss." These books lead me to were I am today and made me want to become a writer myself.
How do you approach cover design?
With cover design, I usually want something the ivokes the type of book. Like if someone finds this book out of nowhere, not on in a certain genre bookshelf in a store and with no title or author name. I want them to look at the picture and say "this must be a scary book," or "this must be a mystery novel."

I want them to look at the cover and just already know that they are in for a scare.
Published 2018-02-24.
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Books by This Author

A Cure for Sleep
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A Cure for Sleep is a collection of horror, suspense and thriller short stories to keep you up at night.