Interview with Noëlle McHenry

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing is seeing my characters come to life. I enjoy visualizing what I write in my head, and it is always so satisfying to see the events of my stories play out in my imagination like some sort of film. Dialogue is always a pleasant thing to write, as well; it's intriguing to witness how my characters wind up interacting with one another, and sometimes there are pleasant surprises when I find that characters are behaving differently than I expected in my initial draft.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm usually doing digital art or updating my site, or just chilling out and listening to music. My other, less frequent hobbies, are voice acting and making indie games with versions of RPG Maker. I'm almost always, however, inwardly developing my characters.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 2006, but that was for a very poorly-managed comic I was working on with some friends. My first actual typed-out original story, I started in late 2012. It was called Moonstricken: Eternal Descent, and since writing it, I've done various revisions in an attempt to salvage it and make it higher quality, as it is the story that started the universe in which most (if not all) of my literary endeavors occur: The Eclipse Saga.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
At some point before I wrote Moonstricken: Eternal Descent (probably around early 2010), there was an initial sort of "very early" draft version of it starring a young boy named Joey Gray. I can't remember what the title was, but the story was angst-ridden and had a severely inaccurate portrayal of dissociative identity disorder. I don't even think I thought it was very good at the time. This was the first "original" story I ever attempted, but I never made it more than a chapter and a half in before I gave up on it. At the time, I never imagined that writing would ever become my passion.
What is your writing process?
My writing process usually involves a little bit of brainstorming and pre-planning, but once I start writing something, what happens next is often my brain playing things out like a movie and making the plot progress in a way that I imagine it would based on the characters and what they would most likely say/do/etc. Imagine it like a soap opera, but a little bit less melodramatic. I start with a base idea for a scene, and sort of ad-lib my way through it until the scene is flush with content and poignancy.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors have to be V.C. Andrews, Christopher Pike, Jenny Lawson, and Dave Barry. I tend to like books that are either dark, satirical, or comical.
What is your favorite book, and why?
My favorite novel is American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I use this novel as a sort of basis point with my writing style. I enjoyed this book because I like things that are disturbing, but also because I feel it was written in a unique manner. It's casual, but at the same time, not too casual. Its tone changes very abruptly sometime, but at the same time stays quite monotone and composed in nature. (Plus, the movie adaptation was pretty rad.)
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer to read comedy books, like the ones written by Jenny Lawson, or Dave Barry, in paperback form. While I've begun reading ebook formats due to ease of purchase, paperback and hardcover books will always hold a special place in my heart. Alongside comedy books, however, I may occasionally enjoy a serious, dramatic story. I'm quite fond, almost guiltily so, of detective dramas.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For this question, I will talk about Don't Wake Me Up Just Yet. As of January of 2017, this is the latest book I have written.

The story behind the two-in-one set, Don't Wake Me Up Just Yet, is that I enjoy the Game Grumps. A lot. I tend to base my characters off of people I like, usually in appearance. However, I find the Grumps to be such lovely people, that I admit I may have gone a little bit overboard with my basis. I should disclaim here that the characters in my double-novella are not meant to be or represent any of the Game Grumps. I solely based the characters off of their appearances and personalities (in most aspects) and put them into entirely fictional situations.
To return to the question.
When I was first writing Don't Sleep Just Yet, the first novella in the two-in-one, it was intended to be a one-shot story. However, after finishing it, I became so completely and utterly depressed that I found it necessary to make a sequel, which I did. The ending of the follow-up novella, Don't Wake Me Up, left me satisfied, and I was so proud of the work that I decided to finally take the necessary steps to become a self-publishing writing, with this story being my raison d'être.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on something new, be it in typing or just in my head. I have a bad habit of working on many projects at once, focusing more on one than the other, but usually I wind up returning to each of them in the hopes of finishing each one someday.
Published 2017-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Katsaridaphilia
Price: Free! Words: 3,660. Language: American English. Published: May 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Katsaridaphilia (n) : an abnormal attraction to cockroaches.
Our Sick Obsessions
Series: Don't Be Bashful. Price: Free! Words: 62,780. Language: American English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Max and his lover, rich psychopathic serial killer Cameron, have been through difficult times. For the holidays, they travel to Switzerland together. But Cameron isn't the only one with an interest in Max: Ash, a rich auditor in Zürich on business, also has his eyes on the Aussie. He seems a lot nicer than Cameron, but appearances can be deceiving.
Ignore the Camera
Series: Don't Be Bashful. Price: Free! Words: 37,960. Language: American English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Val Kozel wants people to know him. That's why he started vlogging and doing live speed-runs. Working alongside August, he works toward internet fame. For an early Halloween event, they play a seemingly childish indie game, known for the disappearances of its previous players. They plan to debunk the rumors. That might be easier said than done.
Polarity
Series: Don't Be Bashful. Price: Free! Words: 27,790. Language: American English. Published: July 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
Australian artist Max Aleshire doesn't belong in Boston. With only his ex-girlfriend Stacey, he's become an introverted recluse. By chance, he meets a handsome stranger online: a writer named Cameron. After only a few days, he realizes he might be developing feelings for him! Little does Max realize, though, that there's a much darker side to Cameron.
In the Name of Evil
Price: Free! Words: 18,590. Language: American English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Father Kain Akkerman never wanted to be a priest. However, life doesn't always go as planned, and at age 68 Akkerman finds himself wrapped up in an exorcism-gone-wrong that will lead to the most horrifying moments of his entire life. A fictional horror novelette by Noëlle McHenry, author of Don't Wake Me Up Just Yet.