Interview with John V. Diehl, Jr

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a vampire novel called 'Vampire Hunters: Destiny'. I hand wrote it back in 1990 while I was a Freshman in high school. The original story is long lost, but a few pieces of it live on in my first published novel 'Fantasy Game: The Temple of Dreams' and the third act, though rewritten, lives on in a future series I am working on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It is a beautifully written novel that takes us on a journey in a war brewing between mythological gods, the ones immigrants brought with them to America in its early days, and modern ones that sprang up because of technology. I read the novel at least one a year.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. H2G2, as we fans call it, is a brilliant piece of science fiction satire, that takes us on an incredible journey across the reaches of space. Great characters. A stolen spaceship called the Starship Heart of Gold, which is powered by an improbability drive. Mice. A super computer calculating the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. Vogons. The number 42.

3. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. There is so much to love about the seven novel saga that tells the story of a gunslingers obsession with the man who killed his family, destroyed his home, and the lengths he goes to not only catch up with the 'Man in Black' by to reach the Dark Tower.

4. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I was already a fan of Michael Crichton by the time I read this novel. I love dinosaurs and, though the science behind the novel is questionable, it was still a fun and exciting adventure. Genetically engineered dinosaurs in a theme park on an island. What could possibly go wrong?

5. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. This was the very first novel by Neil Gaiman I read, which made me an instant fan. I loved the fact that a normal man, having done an extraordinary act, winds up having the very fabric of his life changed. He goes on an incredible journey through Lower London, a place filled with strange and unusual people who fell through the cracks of society, and winds up finding not only himself by his true place in the universe.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing back in 1990 while I was a Freshman in high school.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Michael Crichton, Douglas Adams, John Sanford, Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, William Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft.
What inspired you to get into writing and what also inspires the ideas you get for your writing?
I started writing in 1990 when I was a Freshman in High School. One day, for no apparent reason, I decided to write a book.

Second question, just about anything and everything serves as inspiration. Two examples follow.

In 'Devil's Due', formerly known as 'The Cigarette', I went to Flying J after work with my friend Michael Juarez, and he announced he was going to quit smoking. I tempted him with a cigarette, he ultimately refused. A short time later, after reading Shirley Jackson's short story 'The Smoking Room', which involved the devil trying to convince a young woman to sign her soul over through contract. The cigarette incident and the idea behind the story gave birth to my story, though the late Shirley Jackson's story had a happier and funnier conclusion.

'PK' came about while living in San Antonio in 2005. I was watching one of the many paranormal television series, cannot recall which one, but it dealt with a family being terrorized by a poltergeist. It turned out the wife/mother had psychic abilities which were manifesting themselves as the poltergeist. From that, 'PK' was born.
Published 2014-02-13.
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