Interview with E Stuart Marlowe

Describe your desk
It's from Ikea.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern California. It didn't have much impact on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since a kid. Lately I've taken up serious screenplay and novel writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Menagerie is an adaptation of a script I wrote, a creature feature about a guy who runs around the globe collecting monsters for his zoo. An animal activist breaks in and while trying to free them, the monsters escape and invade a neighboring town. All hell breaks loose.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's one more side to my work as a filmmaker, a way to reach a broader audience.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Dunno, I just joined. Ask me again in a year.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have fans?
What are you working on next?
I have tons of screenplays in development, and my production company is seeking financing for these. As far as novels, my wife wrote a great thriller I may adapt into novel form.
Who are your favorite authors?
Right now I've been reading a lot of James Herbert, and of course Stephen King.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife, my baby, my dog, my creative work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making films, or changing diapers.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth typically.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was really young and Star Wars had just come out, so I wrote a short story in a similar vain.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one per se, I just try to squeeze in some writing when I can, usually on my laptop in the car during my lunch break.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. It was probably something my mom read to me and I can't remember. Everything they had us read for school was forced upon us and I don't have pleasant memories of any of those books.
How do you approach cover design?
I throw together whatever's on my computer at the moment.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I honestly can't name five books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I was reading books about filmmaking, but now mostly fiction and horror at that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I guess PDFs on my laptop or phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Stand on a building and toss books off the roof at people.
Where can we find your work?
Check out my company's Facebook page for what I'm up to now.
Published 2014-03-22.
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Books by This Author

Gone is Gone, and Six Other Fables for your Eventual Annihilation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,530. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Seven Stories of Dark Horror A maniac terrorizes a small town. A teenage girl plays an evil game with a stranger. A jilted lover returns from the dead to seek revenge. A series of deaths around the world are mysteriously linked. Two serial killers have a rivalry over the decades. Someone is tearing unborn children from their mothers. The American version of ISIS rises to power.
Back to Back: How We Made Two Feature Films for Dirt Cheap
Price: Free! Words: 13,930. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Evan Marlowe's personal diary of the chaotic production of his two indie films, Blood Rush and Horror House, full of behind-the-scene stills and screen grabs. "Back to Back" is light-hearted, informative and a quick read.