Interview with E.R. Fox

Why do you write
To me, the new market for electronic publishing helps me reach those that read and have an imagination and like to use their own minds, I love intelligent readers. I love creating atmosphere. I love putting the reader in the story at full gallop, within the first sentences of my stories, you are already involved with what is going on. From there, you will see and feel, without question, what the titles of the stories imply. There is emotion in why I write these and a certain connection to those that read, which I think any one who still reads in this day and age to be intelligent!
What are you working on next?
I have many collections of work done over the past years. I think perhaps I will consider putting together short verse and my pen and ink illustrations together as a book. Most notably done in a previous project with postcards: "Bleak Sentiments, and Sinister Greetings."
Who are your favorite authors?
Most notably, without question; Edgar Allen Poe, Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft. Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodehouse.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe, Collected Ghost Stories written by Algernon Blackwood, and I have three books in a series of the work of H.P. Lovecraft. I love Poe's work the most for his melancholy and humor that to me, gives us a sense of what the literary world was progressing into at that time. Algernon Blackwood's genius in our fears of the "unseen," like Lovecraft, the atmosphere they create is what I enjoy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Florida with a Grandfather that wrote books, magazine articles and also taught creative writing classes. My great, great, uncle, John Fox, Jr. was a successful writer that had two of his books put into movies: "Trail of the Lonesome Pine," and "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come." My Grandfather's books were: "Massacre Inlet," and " Hunger Valley." Where we lived in Daytona Beach still had patches of undeveloped forest and I spent much of my time alone and with my imagination. I loved it.
When did you first start writing?
It was in my senior year in High School. My English teacher inspired me to write. I had just read an illustrated version of "The Wind in the Willows" and "Watership Down and started a story of my own starring "Oliver Phrogg."
What's the story behind your latest book?
On the Choke at Cutter's Point is the latest and was influenced by a man that lived in the area who actually looked like the character "Leonard Melton." He did work with bees, he was the local dentist with a small foot drill. He also had books of dark magic and witchcraft and sold "Witching Sticks" to the local "believers."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords definitely gave me the vehicle to be able to get my work out - covers and all. I think they have the future of the publishing world well in hand. I am grateful!!!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like this question - I love creating atmosphere and I like the challenge of getting what I see in my head out and into words that will make you see and feel. Sometimes I write fast sentences loaded with imagery on purpose to get you there and involved. Emotions and the visual of those emotions.
What do your fans mean to you?
Its always good to have readers that get what you write, it means that they connect with you and your efforts. Kind of like a bond...an agreement on what you saw when you wrote it.
How do you approach cover design?
As an illustrator/graphic designer, I have years of work that has always coincided with my writing imagination. My main concern is that people will think that my work is in imitating Edward Gorey's art. Yet, my ink work is my own. I like how atmosphere is imbued with my cover art that ties to the story quite well.
Published 2015-08-11.
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Books by This Author

Mila Mari, a Man-Made Love Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The Possession of derelict, man-made terror over others and the command of fears, it comes from a day of snow and destitution in a land of legends. Loneliness and new love carry us over thresholds unexpected. And do we blindly go without seeing? An unexpected meeting and an unexpected end to a meeting of two souls in need.
Ugly Saturday
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A tempestuous summer afternoon elicits a long held fear in the mind of a lonely writer - has he finally lost his mind? Or is the blame to be set upon his girlfriend, who has run away with his money and his car. She soon learns the affects of the wasps sting.
On the Choke at Cutter's Point
Price: Free! Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
In a lonely place along a coast with a strange reputation, Wishfield Porterman faces the disappearance of his sweetheart and finds that her father isn't interested in helping. Amidst one of the greatest hurricanes ever to hit in that area, he learns about family secrets hidden by time and seclusion, only to become one of them.