Interview with Marcus Leighton

What do you read for pleasure?
When I read for pleasure, I usually find myself looking for a good horror novel, or a good thriller. I try not to read anything similar to what I am writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When I want to read a good ebook, I find myself stealing my wife's Ipad. I like the size and find my phone way too small. Although, I have used my phone in desperate times such as being stuck in a waiting room.
Describe your desk
A cluttered mess of papers, coffee cups (for some reason they are impossible to take to the sink after writing), and a few Barbie dolls thanks to my seven year old.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing comes from the frustration of getting stuck on a plot point. I love that moment when the answer hits you and you figure out how to undo the knot your story has become.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at a young age. My father was a producer and he had stacks of scripts in his home office. I used to read these and he had me write one for a home movie, our version of the Untouchables, which would star my brother and I. I wrote a script in pencil and was shocked to find it in his office so many years later when I was in my 30's.
What are you working on next?
My next project is another horror story, this one more along the lines of supernatural ghost story. It deals with a man trying to learn about his reclusive mother's past. After moving into the house she grew up in, with his own family, he discovers the curse of the Old Hag and its link to why his mother was so inverted. He also learns his son has become a victim of the curse.
Who are your favorite authors?
One of my favorite authors is of course, Stephen King. While that might sound trivial, the man has really earned it. In my opinion no one can create characters and worlds that draw you in like he can. There is a Family Guy segment where he's selling his next book, about a lamp, to his agent. Honestly, he could because the characters and setting would be so strong that you wouldn't realize you were just reading a book about a lamp. But the author who got me into reading was John Bellairs. I have recently discovered the works of Robert Crais, who I immidiately became a huge fan of. I also love the works of Brian Lumley and can't think of a series of books that enthralled me like the Necroscope books. Except for the Harry Potter books but now I'm rambling so I'll move on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Published 2015-02-19.
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