Interview with William Blackwell

What do you read for pleasure?
I read practically everything and anything I can get my hands on. I used to believe that I should stick to the genres I write in, mainly being horror and post-apocalyptic fiction, but I've since learned it makes me more well-rounded as an author if I also dabble in other genres. I'll even read technical literature to help me get a handle on technical jargon and delve into the thought process involved in technical writing. Currently I'm reading Bram Stoker's Dracula again, a sort of Bible for horror writers like myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do own a Kindle ( and do plenty of reading on that), but I still love the feel and texture of a good old-fashioned paperback novel. It also makes it easier to take notes if I'm using the novel for research. I can dog-ear the pages and write my notes right inside the pages.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
When it comes to book marketing, sometimes I feel like I'm lost in a stormy sea of virtual digital reality and have no idea where the life raft is. Having said that, I have found success with Twitter and targeting advertising campaigns on Amazon. I'm basically a digital marketing newbie, however, and am still learning the ropes.
Describe your desk
I live on Prince Edward Island on 45 acres, with my own private beachfront. Although I have a handful of friends here, when I'm working, for the most part my companions are wild animals and characters I create in my novels. I have a big black desk in my office that sits in front of a bay window overlooking the tranquil forest. I'm surrounded by trees and can't see a single neighbor. The setting is certainly idyllic and inspirational for creation. So quiet you can hear a pin drop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a tough blue-collar neighborhood of Hamilton, Ontario, and this has influenced my writing in many ways. Growing up, I was one of the have-nots in a financial sense and it taught me street-smarts and to fight and work hard for what I want out of life. That blue-collar upbringing has created grit, determination, and toughness in many of the characters in my novels, along with some colorful language.
When did you first start writing?
I worked as a print journalist in rural Alberta for about five years before I started writing novels in 2010.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel, Freaky Franky, is based on Santa Muerte, one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Here is a short synopsis: When an enigmatic town doctor saves the life of Anisa Worthington’s dying son, she abandons Christianity in favor of devotion to the cult of Saint Death. Some believe the mysterious skeleton saint will protect your loved ones; help in matters of the heart; provide abundant happiness, health, wealth and justice. But others, including the Catholic Church, call it blasphemous, evil and satanic.

Anisa introduces Saint Death to troubled Catholic friend Helen Reiger and strange things begin happening. One of Helen’s enemies is brutally murdered and residents of Montague, a peaceful little town in Prince Edward Island, begin plotting to rid the Bible belt of apostates.

Anisa suspects Helen is perverting the good tenets of Saint Death but, before she can act, a terrible nightmare propels her to the Dominican Republic in search of Freaky Franky, her long-lost and unstable brother, who mysteriously disappeared without a trace twenty years ago.

To her horror, Anisa learns Freaky Franky is also worshipping Saint Death with evil intentions. As a fanatical and hell-bent lynch mob tightens the noose, mysterious murders begin occurring all around Anisa. Unsure about who’s an enemy and who’s an ally, she’s thrust into a violent battle to save her life as well as the lives of her unpredictable friends and brother.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In discussions with some of my writer colleagues, I came away with the feeling it would be difficult for me to get a breakthrough and ink a deal with a traditional publishing company, or gateway publisher as some say. Some preliminary research showed ridiculously long waits to even get manuscripts read by the big boys. So, I decided to go the indie route. I love the independence of being an indie author and I have a very good team in place. For example, my editor edits best-selling authors and she's often told me the only difference between them and me is big promotional dollars. Rest assured, if she doesn't like elements of my stories I find out in no uncertain terms. But, she's a Godsend and has helped me enormously to hone and refine my craft.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has a great platform and I support it whole-heartedly. The company is constantly innovating and discovering new and effective ways for indie authors to get noticed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the often indescribable feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment I get from finishing a novel. Often I get so attached to certain characters I have a difficult time letting them go and, believe it or not, even get a little teary-eyed as I'm nearing The End. But, paradoxically, I love typing The End. It brings forth a feeling of deep and personal satisfaction that a long journey of creativity has ended but new characters and themes have been born and will be immortalized in the digital world and in print for all eternity. That's incredible when you think about it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without my readers and supporters, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. From the bottom of my heart, thank you dear and loyal readers. You've helped me make a dream come true and for my part I will work hard to educate, entertain, and (as many of you love) scare the hell out of you.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Dean Koontz, T.S. Eliot, William Shakespeare and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
For me, there is no greater satisfaction than being possessed with the ability to create (at least in my mind's eye) a living, breathing character out of thin air.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time reading, online marketing, socializing, and working and playing in the back-forty, usually on my sandy beachfront or close to it. I feel a great affinity and attachment to Mother Nature.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started Orgon Conclusion over twenty years ago, claimed writer's block, and shelved it. Then I wrote Brainstorm and sent it to my editor. If she would have said it was trash, I would have thrown it in the trash and given up on a career as a writer. But, she found it powerful and deeply moving and that encouraged me to re-write, finish and publish Orgon Conclusion and begin my career as an indie author, which I've long believed is my calling.
What is your writing process?
When I'm writing a novel, I'm very disciplined. I don't suffer from writer's block. I sit down every morning and begin cranking out the words. Sometimes they start out feeling wooden and hollow, but I write through that and eventually the muse finds me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a talented cover artist. I search images that relate to my cover vision. I then send the images to my cover artist, along with a detailed description of my cover vision, and the collaboration between two artists begins. If you look at my covers, I'm sure you'll agree,that they are some of the most powerful, menacing, and eye-catching in the industry.
Published 2017-11-11.
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Books by This Author

Freaky Franky
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,270. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Religious
When a disaffected group of people begin experimenting with the cult of Saint Death, brutal murders begin happening.
Blood Curse
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,460. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Religious
With devastating consequences, a lonely man enlists the aid of a Voodoo witch to win the woman of his dreams.
Assaulted Souls III
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,320. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Survivors of a post-apocalyptic disaster narrowly escape a man-made utopia only to discover the real horror has just begun. Fighting off uncontrollable rage caused by a drug intended to create super warriors, they’re pursued by a megalomaniac government gone mad. Giant deadly insects; savage, opportunistic tribes; and their own inner demons propel them to want to kill themselves and each other.
Assaulted Souls II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,370. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Survivors of a post-apocalyptic disaster escape radiation poisoning, savage humans, mutant animals and raging zombies, only to discover their problems are just beginning. Quarantined on a military vessel, they are poked, prodded, and injected with a drug designed to create subservient super warriors. Suffering violent side effects, they must fight to find sanity in a world gone mad.
A Head for an Eye
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 60,300. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The ruthless Tarahumara brand of justice is juxtaposed with the questionable North American judicial system.
The Strap
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,190. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A full-throttle journey inside the sights and sounds of Ecuador and a chilling chronicle of the ever-present dangers.
Resurrection Point
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,750. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A group of disaffected people suffer terrifying consequences when they dare to experiment with death and resurrection.
Infected Rage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,290. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
A terrifying rage virus infects a small town, sending residents on murderous rampages.
Poison Rage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,190. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
Paranormal investigators learn the shocking truth behind a rage virus turning people into murderous demons.
Assaulted Souls
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,640. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A raw and graphic exploration of a terrifying existence in a wasteland produced by humankind’s stupidity.
Phantom Rage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,280. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
Mentally unstable paranormal investigators fight for their lives while trying to solve a series of gruesome murders in a small town.
Orgon Conclusion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,630. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Science fiction
An epic battle pitting the forces of good and evil against one another in the context of the American Dream.
Nightmare's Edge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,610. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A nail-biting journey through the dark underbelly of the Dominican Republic.
Rule 14
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,330. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00)
A chilling analysis of the fight-or-flight response, this psychological thriller ushers you deep inside the minds of those who process information through a twisted and psychotic lens.
Brainstorm
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,840. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Inspired by true events, Brainstorm chronicles the lives of an epileptic man and his mentally challenged wife who have so little but give so much.