Interview with JD Beattie

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been artistic, whether it was writing, painting or music. When I was nine years old (1989), I wrote a "book" for school, it was that book which opened my eyes to what writing had to offer, and the feelings/emotions I felt when I wrote. However, since that story in 1989 I realized a real and darker truth to the world, so in turn my writing has gotten quite a bit darker and much more gory since 1989.
Who are your favorite authors?
Poppy Z Brite, Richard Laymon, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Stephen King, John Wyndham, just to name a few.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The story that I consider to be my first (in the horror genre) was "The Seven Maidens of Madam Bouchee." I had written a "book" for school back in 1989 (I was 9 or 10) but that was just a stepping stone.
What in your life had the biggest affect on your writing?
My grade eight and high school years. I've always been different, liked different things, and when I moved to Stayner, Ontario,(pop. 1100) I stood out like a rotting corpse. What you need to understand about Stayner is that, a) they don't like outsiders (people who moved into the town. b) about 90% of them are more close-minded then the Westboro Baptists. I am not complaining by any means. In fact I am thankful, I am thankful because I may have been a completely different person than I am today if not for all the narrow-mindedness and hate I was shown.
Describe your desk
Hahaha, my desk is just a black student desk, 5'long. It has my laptop, my printer, a picture of my cat, and one lonely black desk lamp.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend alot of time with my pets ( cat named Tweak and snake named Lilith), playing video games, kiteboarding, travelling or taking photographs.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was "IT" by Stephen King and it turned my perception of life and my imagination completely around.
What is the most difficult scene for you to write?
It would have to be any scene involving the harm of animals. I try and avoid harming any animals in my stories as I am against animal cruelty, but sometimes it needs to be in the scene. However, they are undeniably the most difficult scenes for me to write.
Who introduced you to horror?
I would have to say my Dad introduced me, even though he likely don't know it. He used to watch horror movies like Psycho Cop, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Hellraiser, etc. Anyways, when "bad" scenes came up, he would say "close your eyes" and expect me and my brother not to look. However, you can only hear screams and cries of agony for so long before you get curious and peek between your fingers to see what was happening. So, Thank you Dad.
What are you working on next?
A story titled "Where the Willows Weep". It's a short story about a young boy, who makes the deal of a lifetime to keep his family together.
Published 2014-04-07.
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