Interview with Tyson Hanks

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do! It was "The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree." I was totally intrigued that what was basically a haunted house could exist in the trunk of decrepit old tree. From there I kinda naturally gravitated to spooky and horrific fiction.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of it as a movie poster, and what would grab my attention if we still lived in the (AWESOME) days of video rental stores. After that I go to a professional artist. This is one area that I don't mind spending the money on. A professionally designed cover versus an amateurish "template" design is no contest at all in my opinion.
What do you read for pleasure?
I normally read about three different books at a time; usually a hard copy, eBook, and audiobook. I pretty much stick with horror and sci-fi.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Kindle guy. I have a Kindle fire, plus apps on my iPad and iPhone so I can get through some pages no matter where I'm at.
Describe your desk
I have two! My primary writing desk is a little on the small side. It's sort of a campaign style 2ft x 3.5ft with just enough room for my laptop, notebook and a stack of books. Oh, and a coffee cup or rocks glass! My back up desk sit's directly behind me. It's a little larger and basically just collects clutter: more books, pipes, and decanters of booze!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in the Midwest. It absolutely influenced my writing. My first book, "Greetings from Barker Marsh," is basically about the very town that I grew up in, just with the evil factor kicked up. (but not by much...)
When did you first start writing?
I dabbled with it quite a bit as a kid, but never really took it seriously. I really got back into it and made the decision to try and publish my work in 2013.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Every town has a dark secret. Barker Marsh, Illinois has them all.

A drifter's encounter with a local homeless man convinces him that the town of Barker Marsh, and the people in it, aren't what they seem...and neither is he. Four novella-length tales, each more terrifying than the last, will surely cost you some sleep, and make you think twice before visiting a "cozy" little town.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The success that other indie authors, like Hugh Howey, have seen. If you put in the effort, self-pubbing can lead to every bit as much success, or more, as traditional published authors.
What do your fans mean to you?
As an indie author my fans mean absolutely everything to me. Without them I wouldn't have a leg to stand on!
What are you working on next?
Well, it can best be described as a mix of Magnum PI, And Then There Were None, The Thing, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Intrigued?
Published 2016-09-23.
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Books by This Author

Greetings from Barker Marsh
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,600. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Every town has a dark secret; Barker Marsh , Illinois has them all. A drifter's encounter with a local homeless man convinces him that the town of Barker Marsh, and the people in it, aren't what they seem…and neither is he. Tyson Hanks presents his debut novel. “Greetings from Barker Marsh” is sure to cost you some sleep, and make you think twice before visiting a “cozy” little town.