Interview with Eddie Slain

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to know the characters, and then watching them take over the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The joy in writing is to be appreciated. True appreciation can only be had by a writer from readers really getting into their words.
What are you working on next?
My second book. It is not a sequel, but a standalone novel. I have another 5 standalone novels outlined, of which 1 or 2 are series starters (I believe). We shall see what happens with those. I don't like to get stuck into a single stream of stories. I want to swim in the creative ocean, and be overwhelmed.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut is definitely one of my favourite all time authors. His level of humility and humour, along with his inimitable style and sharp eye for the ludicrous in the everyday makes him really enjoyable to read. I also really enjoy Saul Bellow, for his humanity. He has no ego, even though he is one of our best authors this past century, and it shows in what he writes. Again, humility. Stephen King has always been a staple fair for me. I grew up on him and Dean Koontz, which is probably obvious in my debut erotic psychological thriller, Bled. I also thoroughly enjoy the high-humour, high-octane writing of Terry Pratchett, who I think is one of the unsung geniuses of the authoring world. Why he didn't get a Nobel Prize for literature for his disc world series is beyond me. (I'm not joking here. Seriously.)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
An 8-week old lurcher that licks, nibbles, and crawls all over my face. If I don't get up to let her out, she will pee on the carpet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. I have to work, cause I've not yet broken through as a multi-million selling author. That's the end game - to earn enough money to live from my writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Randomly, often through recommendations on Goodreads. To be fair, I am also a heavy printed-book reader. A lot of the books I discover are in charity shops, as I am old enough to enjoy the feeling of 'browsing' in the real world, versus browsing online. (It still doesn't feel as real as picking up and leaving through a book. And a pet peeve of mine is paying money for an ebook that I expect to be a novel, only to find that it is a short story or novella sold as a novel. Very frustrating.)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a knight saving a princess from an evil king and a dragon. I was about 4 or 5 years old, in nursery, and I can still picture the tiny paper (folded over and stapled to make a tiny book) with the pictures I had drawn...and the unbelievable sense of satisfaction when I wrote the words 'The End.'
What is your writing process?
I usually write an outline (when an idea comes to me). The outline can be a few sentences, or it can be an entire story structure, with character outlines, story arcs, and even drafted scenes.

Then I let that story ruminate in my subconscious for a while, until it is ripe enough and ready for 'birthing' through my fingers.

Writing is an act of release for me - there is no pain, just the joy of creation when the words start laying themselves out on the page, running away with my fingers until I don't know what is going to happen next until it show sup on the paper / screen.

Once the first draft is done (sometimes a year or more later), I then send it off to a few trusted beta readers to review, and start on my next novel.

When the book comes back with the initial beta reader feedback, I start the revision process, taking what they have said into my rewrite flow (which can take a month or more).

Once I have rewritten the book to my own satisfaction (usually five to seven full rewrites), I send it back out to more beta readers, who I consider my final filter before publishing.

I usually rewrite a piece about 18 times from beginning to end, only stopping when I begin returning the words to their original stae. When I rewrite a passage back to where it was before I started rewriting, I know I am done with that passage.

When I have reworked an entire book down to its bear bones, re-fleshed it, and toned it again, I stop myself for fear of never moving onto the next book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. Because I have read so many. I do remember being too young to read, and standing in a library staring up at the mountains of books all around me, shelved neatly, organised, waiting to be read, and wanting to not only read all of those books, but to write them too.

I have always been a writer, and always will be.
How do you approach cover design?
I give a rough guide to a good mate of mine who is an all-round talented bloke, and let him create. My rough guide is usually an idea of the story, some main imagery, and the primary plotline / characters.

He then comes back with a few ideas, we finetune the draft to a certain point, and then it's done.

The design is really all his.
Published 2016-08-06.
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Books by This Author

Bled
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,060. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
“Bad ass” heroine Cassandra Lightfoot fights madness for love, sprinkled with sex, and splattered with blood.
Cheated
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