Interview with Joseph Ewen

Describe your desk
Which one? I have a few that I work at. Most of the drafting and revision is done in a fluffy chair in my living room on a laptop. The computer I use for formatting is in my office, which is mostly clean, but swamped with books of one sort or another. It's a used piece of office furniture my wife got from a former employer. It braces things against gravity quite well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Ohio, but my family moved to Kentucky when I was three years old, so I'm a transplanted buckeye. I grew up mainly in rural northern Kentucky. I saw lots of trees on a daily basis. Being far removed from people and the bustle of urban life was good for my imagination overall, however, and since we always had books in the house because my mother and I are both avid readers, I had plenty of time to digest a lot of words. Because of that, I was exposed to several different styles and genres of fiction, all of which gave me plenty of examples to follow.
When did you first start writing?
I think I wrote my first story around age six. I remember it being very short and carefully penned on wide ruled notebook paper. It probably had something to do with spaceships. I've been writing ever since. Hopefully I've gotten better since then.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting into the flow of creativity. When everything settles down and ideas just bubble up, and then I translate those impressions into the right words. That's the best.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a full length horror novel, also set in Kentucky.
Who are your favorite authors?
I especially like Thomas Ligotti, H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Frank Herbert, Jacqueline Carey, J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Arthur C. Clarke, Orson Scott Card, and Douglas Adams.
What do you read for pleasure?
I generally read horror, science fiction and fantasy, but often i'll get sucked into a hard science book or different philosophical writings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an older Kindle that belonged to my wife before she upgraded. It's the most basic one, I think. I like it. The only drawback is that I wish it were backlit. I may upgrade soon.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of times by accident.
What is your writing process?
I like to compose a rough draft with as little restraint as possible, then I hand that draft off to be read by people whose opinion I trust. Then I go through a story and grammar edit, where I make sure that everything makes sense and says what I want it to say, tighten up the grammar and give it a mechanics edit. Then I go through and check the prose to make sure it's told well. Then I hand it off to be read again. Ideally by that point it'll hold water with no leaks.
Published 2014-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Bell's Hollow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,430. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
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Professor Jared Gibbons, a transplant from the urban north, has spent six years teaching philosophy at a rural university. When he finds himself being stalked and threatened by an enigmatic old man, he soon finds out that the rural hills hold more danger than they seem.