Interview with Owen Woods

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Pet Semetary by Stephen King. I read it when I was 9 years old. It scared me so bad that I decided then that I wanted to write horror stories.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
IT by Stephen King, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Horns by Joe Hill, and Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson. They are all great books that had a wonderful impact on life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror. I also like to read philosophy to get my brain going and my thoughts in existential places.
Describe your desk
Messy with books and journals. Coffee and vodka stains are often found there.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Alamosa, Colorado. Growing up there, I was exposed to the mountains and small town imagination and hope. I owe my writing to my hometown.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing with a purpose during my senior year of high school when I was the Editor-in-chief for our newspaper.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is like a therapy for me. It is the only activity in my life that makes sense. Not to mention it's the only activity that I enjoy and am marginally good at.
What are you working on next?
A novella. I don't know what it will be about, yet, but I know it's going to be my next project.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The stories rambling around inside my head. Also the carrot on a stick that is college graduation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, playing video games, or living inside my head. Time is irrelevant.
Published 2017-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Below the Belt: Seven Short Stories That Don't Play Fair
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 7,100. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Below the Belt delves into seven short tales that explore the realms of horror and violence, blood and philosophy. These seven tales encompass feelings of introspection and wonderment, terror and horror. For there is a wonderful difference between the two: horror is seeing the body while terror is smelling the body.