Interview with Brian Smith

What are you working on next?
I'm starting a horror novel and it'll be in first person view. I don't want to give anything away but if you've read the story titled "Me And My Gang" then that will give you an idea of what it'll be about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
These are pieces of myself. They're pieces of you and they're pieces of me.
We see everyday things whether it be a car sitting on the side of the road with its blinkers on but yet there is no one behind the wheel. We don't know what to think
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading but there isn't a time when I don't think or feel that I want to write again. Or I'll play video games. I'm an old-school video gamer
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and I Books
What is your writing process?
I start at about 7 and then stop at 11 for lunch or if I'm done by 11 I'll quit for the day. I feel better when I get in 2,000 words although I've done about 3,000 plus at one time.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans are my friends. They're the ones I'm sitting across from to tell them these stories. They're interested because it's everyday life and that in a way helps them connect with what is real and what is not.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My first cup of coffee
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror definitely. I also like mystery and pulp fiction. I also love Hemingway and Alice Hoffman.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was thirteen and I wrote a story about a boy who is left home while his parents attend a custody trial and witnesses a murder done by four local roughs. It got me an A in English although my teacher told me it gave him nightmares.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Phantoms by Dean Koontz
Night Shift by Stephen King
The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Bethany's Sin by Robert McCammon

Phantoms taught me how to scare; Night Shift taught me how to write good short stories, The Old Man taught me about perseverance, Ketchum taught me about unhappy endings and Bethany's Sin taught me not to trust that noise at the end of the dark hallway
Published 2017-02-10.
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