Interview with Khalil Woods

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 5 years old with my short story called "A Walk in the Park". Unfortunately, I just made the cover of the book and didn't get to finish the book. But later on, I've started young in making the Luna Animals series and its stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read various books and genres. Some are just adventure-like, some are based on school, and some are thrillers. But mostly, I read Stephen King's novels such as "IT", "Dreamcatcher", and "Under the Dome".
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just writing in general. My hands and mind always give me the urge to write, even though I don't know a thing to put down on paper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book (which is officially called "The Screaming Hours") is just a collections of short stories and novellas that put you on the edge and keeps you wanting more or wanting less due to the twisted elements of horror in each book. Recurring themed in the book are mainly psychological problems with the protagonists and each story has this being in the form of a "black figure" or some of dark phantasm. Other themes which prohibit all kids from reading are Anti-christianity, sins (lust included but subtle to my liking) and just things that won't make you to sleep at night. Once you read the book, it's like your mind is so messed up and corrupted that you can't read it anymore.
What are you working on next?
The books I work on will be a choice of both children's books and horror books. Like I said in my earlier interview about my latest book, "The Screaming Hours" will be one of my books on the agenda of finishing. And then I will be working on the "Luna Animals" series' first book called "The School" (the alleged success after the discontinuation of the "Just an Ordinary Cat" series). And then after those, by then I'll be working on more Luna Animals books.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Stephen King, James Patterson (even though I've never read any of his books), Jeff Kinney, Dav Pillkey, and much more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me is the ideas that I have in mind that I want to work early on. I cram a lot of ideas in my mind at once and it has come such a habit that I can't even finish one book on paper without scratching that idea out or working on another book in the process. But I still keep moving forward regardless.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually spend my time reading or getting on the computer listening to music. I just love using the Mixxx application for changing the keys in songs. I also have a passion for editing videos and playing games on the computer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I frequently check Amazon's Kindle Store to find out the latest deals on their books, but on my current Android phone, I usually check Google Play Books to see what they have in stock. With the Moon+ Reader Pro application, I can also check out ebook downloading websites, including Smashwords.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device would be in fact the Amazon Kindle. I'm used to Amazon services a lot and I haven't used a single Nook or Sony e-reader. I always thought that Amazon was the best product for getting used to quickly.
How do you approach cover design?
With a phone and just some editing apps, life can get pretty simple when I do cover design. All I do is take a 3.7 MP, 16:9, portrait picture with my camera (which is rather paltry for my liking), open up PicsArt and apply some filters, masks, and readjustments, and fire up the Phonto app so you can use some incredible typefaces installed and/or installed. Alternatively, I use Picmonky to do the same process, but all bundled together in one site.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlanta, but I was 1 when I moved to Jackson, Mississippi and the streets of Jackson and fun that I was having with my two siblings inspired me to write. Especially when my sister's were playing with their stuffed animals. Hilarious times.
Published 2017-01-14.
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Price: Free! Words: 11,090. Language: American English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Ashton comes across a 1975 Smith Corona Electra in the storage room which his mother uses for her bestselling books. Little does he know that there is spirit inhabiting it, informing him about the gruesome murders the poet Gertrude D. Mackabellow commit...in poetry form.