Interview with Rob Gilchrist

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm a huge Stephen King fan. His Dark Tower series isn't just my favorite, it was the inspiration for my own series. King's ability to write characters that you can love, pity, and hate in one breath is what makes his books memorable.
Jonathan Mayberry's Joe Ledger novels are fantastic, my favorite of the series is The King of Plagues, a book that puts so much emphasis on villainy, and creates a subculture to itself.
Dean Koontz's The Face of Fear is a fantastic crime/paranormal story that ends with one of my favorite chases of all time.
1984 by George Orwell changed my outlook on books as a kid. Orwell made the mundane terrifying.
Once I started the A Game of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, I blew threw the entire series. Fantastic clash of mythologies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father worked as a Wal-Mart store manager and as a kid we moved on average about once a year. I've lived up and down the central US along with a stint in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not only are the people different in any city, but the break up of architecture and rural VS the urban landscapes broadened my outlook on the world. There are so many different viewpoints available, and I was lucky enough to grow up seeing more than most.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember as far back as 9 years old, writing a story about the movie Critters. I had no idea what the movie was about(or that they are called Krites) as I had only seen the old VHS cover. But that was enough for me to write short scenes about them jumping out of barn lofts or school lockers. It wasn't until high school that I started looking beyond the scene and into the deeper narrative that can play within a story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There is a very specific feeling a person gets when reading a story for the first time. It's all about the not knowing. It doesn't have to be a horror or thriller suspense to surprise. Getting hooked on a story or set of characters or a narrative is a feeling that has bled into television lately, but those characters are written first.
I read The Shining when I was 13 and I immediately knew that I wanted to write something that could make people feel the same way that book did me. Caring about those characters, and their potential doom is something I wanted to be a part of.
What do your fans mean to you?
I could never have imagined having fans before Tides. A lot of my fan, I know personally and not only are they amazing at letting me know that what I'm doing is not in vain, they keep me going. When someone tells you that they feel the way about your work that you feel about your favorites; it's a good feeling.
What are you working on next?
The Tides sequel is my current work in progress, but when I hit a snag or come up with something that doesn't quite fit I've been cataloging short stories. At the rate I'm going, I could very easily have a book of short stories complete at the same time Tides 2 is ready.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Music is a huge part of my life. I've played guitar for 15 years and the hunger to be better has never ceased.
Living in NW Arkansas I have access to an uncontained playground for motorcycles. The summer, I am outside as much as possible, and riding the hog is a favorite.
What is your writing process?
Imagine it as writing a painting. The main pieces are always there, but the background develops itself and the detail become clearer during the writing process. Music also drives the mood of my writing and I have playlists set for different scenes as I write them. Dialogue is a insane mess that is usually spoken out loud, and when people come across me writing dialogue I seem like a crazy person...or more crazy person.
Describe your desk
I have a desk, in an office, but it's covered with Dredd comics, a map of the Northeast, and various sketches and notes.
I took over the dining table and have a cheat sheet notepad that houses all of my characters for every story as well as a large sheet of paper that I use to give me a visual of where my characters are traveling in the world of Tides.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Tides of Shadow was my answer to "What would I want to read?"
When I scrapped my last book, I went through the list of what things get my emotions up and what is exciting to me. I wrote the first scene without knowing where anything would go except how I want it to end. Mixing up post-apocalyptic settings with Greek mythology, zombies, and a slew of creatures only seemed like a logical step. It took everything I love and mashed it together without being overbearing. It couldn't be a zombie book, it couldn't just be about surviving the apocalypse. Blending those things together in the right proportions to be fulfilling was and still is my top priority.
Published 2014-03-29.
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Books by This Author

Tides of Shadow
Price: Free! Words: 131,790. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Mankind lays scattered after the Greek gods return to earth. The oceans are poison, and the world is dying. But, touched by the gods, Eric Stowe follows the directions of a voice in his head in search of a key to the future. Accompanied by a lone wolf and the saber on his hip, Eric moves along the east coast in search of the Dead City. He is not alone in his search; and the only currency in this w