Interview with Clinton Reed

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for a long time. It would probably be safe to say that I started writing when I was in my early teens and became interested in role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. I would spend hours writing stories and history for my game worlds or character backgrounds. Even now I still spend a lot of time writing for the games I run with my friends.
What is your writing process?
I like to write organically. I have a basic idea of what I want to do when I sit down to write a story but more often than not it changes as the story goes along. I try not to plan too much in advance because I let the characters take on a life of their own and have them lead me to the final conclusion. I think a lot of writers would probably shy away from that because of the chaos factor involved but I enjoy it. I think of it like I am telling myself a story as much as writing a story for others to read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the freedom and flexibility that being an indie author provides. I enjoy writing stories that I would personally like to read and those tend to be targeted at more of a niche market. I don't write teenage vampire romance so I don't have to deal with the pressure of making a publisher happy. I can work at my own pace and produce the material that I want to produce.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love hearing from my fans. I enjoy receiving their emails and I like both the positive and negative feedback because it keeps me on my toes.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a number of authors that I enjoy. I would say the biggest influence on my writing has been H.P. Lovecraft, but I try very hard not to "copy" his style. I also enjoy Edgar Allen Poe, Mickey Spillane, Charles Bukowski, Gary A. Braunbeck and Ray Bradbury. I could go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family... My wife and kids are the reason I get up and deal with the rest of the population on a daily basis. Without them I would probably be pretty worthless.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my free time with my family. But I'm also a big geek so I enjoy role-playing games, comic books, video games and miniature war games. I also enjoy drawing when I find time to do it.
Describe your desk
If you have ever lost a sock or your keys they are probably on my desk. It is a void where all things go to die.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Ohio. I think the biggest influence it has had on me is that I enjoy the small town setting for my stories. There is something more sinister about the "perfect" small town with white picket fences and perfect yards hiding a dark secret. To me this is more interesting than a big city like New York.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting my imagination run wild and putting a new twist on old ideas. I like stories that show me something different. I don't want to read the same zombie story over and over again. I like to show my readers something they have never seen before or take them down an different path. When someone reads one of my stories and says, "Wow, I never thought about it that way." To me that's the ultimate payoff.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am working on a pulp noir story that I hope to eventually grow into a series of books. I don't want to give away to much but it's set in 1930's Cleveland and if you are a fan of the old Mike Hammer novels you won't want to miss it.
What do you read for pleasure?
It depends on my mood. I go through a lot of different phases when it comes to reading. I will read short horror stories for a while and then switch it up and read a huge fantasy novel or detective pulp. I envy people who can read an entire series of books, one right after the other because I really have a hard time doing that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I know this sounds crazy for someone who has wrote an e-book to say, but I really don't like e-books. There is just something more satisfying about having a physical book in my hand. I do own a Kindle Fire and I sometimes read short stories with it.
Published 2015-02-06.
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