Interview with Christopher Hamel

Name at least two of your favorite books, and why?
My first love would have to be Bag of Bones by Stephen King. Before that I had not read King and was stuck in a love affair with James Patterson's Maximum Ride series and Christopher Paolini's Eragon books. Bag of Bones was the first book to pop my cherry and send me over a cliff. At the climax I wept like a spoiled child whose toy had been taken away. After I read King's writing book, On Writing and due to Mr. King's advice on reading widely I began reading various authors of various genres and subjects. The second book I fell in love with was Dean Koontz's "From the Corner of His Eye." My experience with that book was like the perfect dance at a wedding.
What is your writing process?
When I get an idea I don't normally write it down until it stays in my head for at least three days. I do this because all good ideas will drive me bonkers until I write them down and the not-so-good ideas will just fade away from my mind in as little as an hour. When I begin my first draft I try to write five pages every morning after my shower and will work in any free time I have left during the day. Before revising the first draft, I let the story sit for about a week, working on poetry rather than my prose. My poetry has an inspirational quality, while my stories lean more toward the paranormal and fictional suspense. When I begin the second draft I work on each scene, day-by-day until it's as good as it can possibly be. After that I let my family and friends read it, receive some input, and then take another few days to do poetry. At last, I then spend a week or more polishing and editing the prose.
What do you read for pleasure?
Just about anything labeled fiction. I also love books on the subject of anthropology.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Plainfield, Connecticut which is a pretty small town. It influences my writing everyday and thus I have created my own fictionalized county called Derois County, CT, which is mostly based off of my stomping grounds, as well as some other towns in Connecticut.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God. I'm a Christian and though I write some pretty nasty stuff, I never go a day without spending time with Him. It isn't my writing that keeps me from going insane with all the dark and twisted ideas I have, but my Lord Jesus Christ.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my fiance, read every chance I get, and work at a Family Dollar as a sales representative
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I was in the 3rd grade, and while I loved the writing prompts the teacher assigned, most of my classmates did not, so I just pretended I didn't like writing either. Well as it happened I was a pretty solitary kid, and one day while two of my only friends at the time were in time-out I got bored and asked my teacher for my notebook. She brought me my notebook and in it I wrote a story about a talking waffle named Billy who becomes Super Waffle and saves a damsel in distress named Patty Pancake from a gang called the French Toast sticks that were trying to steal Patty's bag of goodies. I had so much fun writing the story that when finished I showed it to my teacher. She read over the three chicken-scratched pages, then showed it to another teacher saying: "My goodness, this is at a 7th grade level. And from then on my dream was to be a writer.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was 9, but took the craft seriously when I was 15.
Published 2017-04-01.
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