Interview with Chad Al Sauve

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have certain authors I enjoy but I also like picking a book not because of the author but because of the description, or even simply the title. It's exciting and an adventure. Occasionally, I may choose a flop but many times, I'm happy with my purchase. And by taking that chance on an unknown author, I have widened my choices of reading material, which is always a good thing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hmm...when I'm not writing, I'm either reading, at the gym or walking. Reading is obvious when it comes to being a writer, but you also need that time away from writing, as in going to the gym or taking long walks. Sometimes I get my best idea's when I'm going for walks. However, when I'm at the gym, I'm just at the gym and nothing else is going through my mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh the first story I ever wrote was actually never intended to be a story at all. It was just an idea that I had and wished it could have been true. I told my mother about this idea and she asked me if I was going to write a novel with that as the subject. I wasn't planning on it, but in the end, that turned out to be the first novel, and story really, that I ever wrote. I apologize for being so vague, but I still might use that idea as a novel. It was a great idea.
What is your writing process?
I wake up, do a bit of reading, and write. I head to the gym, come home have a shower, and then I write until I'm exhausted.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh, the first story I ever read was back in grade 5. Now, I'm sure I read other stories before this but this was the first I can remember. I forget what it was called but it took place at a campground, I believe, and it revolved around this teenager and his girlfriend, or maybe just a girl. There were these creatures that were kind of like the ones from the movie Pitch Black(this book was written long before Pitch Black was released)and that's pretty much all the details I remember about it. I wouldn't mind reading it again for nostalgic reasons. It was funny and there was a lot of action. I remember that much. I wish I knew the name of it.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, for "Mating Season" I had a professional design my cover. That's my only book, as of yet, so we'll see about my other ones, when they are published.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am a big fan of Stephen King, so my first favourite would be an obvious one -- The Stand. However, IT is also a great novel(and I'm terrified of clowns; don't ask but I love IT.) For my third favourite book, I guess I might say Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Fourth would be The Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour. And my fifth favourite, let's say something by Peter Straub. I don't have real reasons why I like them, I just think they're awesome books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Oh I love my kobo aura.
Describe your desk
My desk is something called a Table Mate that you can buy at Walmart for, I think, 20 dollars. It's white, foldable and you can bring it anywhere in the house.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Well, I don't believe where I grew up influenced my writing at all. I grew up in a house of women, my mom and two sisters. I guess that might have helped me be able to write women characters better, since I had so many opportunities to observe women mannerisms.
When did you first start writing?
When I was ten years old, I first starting writing songs. I loved writing songs and in fact, whenever I wrote anything that didn't rhyme, I just felt silly. But by the time I was 27, my song writing had slowed down and I lost my passion and desire for it. So, I started writing novels -with encouragement by my mother- and have maybe written 10 songs since. And that was 6 years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book, "Mating Season," revolves around the Hector family and in particular, Jude Hector, whose father Samuel decides at the last minute to take him and his little brother, Simon, camping in early October -- sort of as a tribute to their late mother Jessica who died horribly and tragically. Now, many times when people make rash decisions without the proper planning, mishaps occur, as is the case with Jude's father, Samuel, for is Samuel would have done his research, he would have discovered that October is bull moose mating season, making the animal one of the most dangerous in Canada at that time. And because of Samuel's lack of planning, a weekend that was meant to be a pleasant, bonding experience, becomes one of pure, unquestionable terror.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When you get on that fast moving current and the story begins to unfold quicker than you can think up the words.
Published 2017-07-16.
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Books by This Author

Well, We've All Got to Make a Living
Price: Free! Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(4.00)
A short story of a boy's discovery that the masks we all wear are thinner than he thinks.
Who'll Want me Now?(5 short stories)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,120. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Take a ride on your bicycle to retrieve a comic book and get the rewards, ride the subway with an ominous passenger only you can see, or take a time machine to a future of such ghastly beauty, inside these worlds created by the imagination of Chad Al Sauve.
Mating Season
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,580. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Two years after the death of his mother, Jude Hector’s father, Samuel, takes him and his brother camping in memory of her. But leaving their home in Burlington, Ontario to travel up north to Temagami to rough it in the wild, seemed like a chore rather than leisure for Jude and his little brother Simon. But they would do it for their father...