Interview with Grayson Queen

When did you first start writing?
Sometime around fifth grade. I think it was around that same time I began to understand sentence structure and coherent thought in the written language. Previous to that I was confined to Mad Libs.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ghost hunters. I've been obsessed with horror stories lately. In fact the last novel I finished and the current novella I'm writing both have to do with ghost hunters. Different plots, same themes.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The realization that the old houses of publishing are falling into decay. They've become too slow to evolve and barely have anything to offer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Before, while I was waiting to be 'discovered' all of my work was hidden away, getting dusty and old. At least now people have access to it and it's getting read. In the end that's what most writers want, to be read and thats a plus in the morale column.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I finish writing a scene and I know instantly how the reader is going to react to it. It's like the excitement of setting up a good practical joke or knowing you got someone the best present they could want.
What are you working on next?
Technically I'm working on finalizing the old books I had written, so that I can put them up on here. Specifically right now it's a 4 part Sci-Fi series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt vonnegut changed my life forever. Then there were a slew of late 90's, early 2000 writers that helped. Chuck Palahniuk and Irvine Welch for example, taught me that having crazy thoughts was helpful as a writer. And Douglas Adams taught me everything is funny if you look at it in the right way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I suffer from depression, so the real answer is my cat who meows in my ear. But the question behind this question I think is, what drives me. And the answer is a really good scene. I can see it in my head, hear the dialog and feel where it's going. Then I have to write it immediately before it evaporates. Of course this actually keeps me out of bed. I have insomnia too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I paint too. But the truth is as an indie artist, writer, or whatever you are a business. And a business doesn't stop running. There are always things to do. I do my own layout, (some) editing, cover art. There's blogging and maintaining other webpage sources. I have to keep the bank accounts up to speed.
I don't watch very much TV and when I do I'm exercising. I play video games when I eat.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, absolutely. I might even have it somewhere, because I hand wrote everything and still do to this day. I know for sure I have pristine single page of a story I wrote in 8th grade. But the first thing I wrote was a ghost story. I hardly remember what it was about, except that it was terribly forced.
What is your writing process?
I consider myself a method writer. For my last novel one of my characters spiraled into a drinking binge, so I drank. A lot. My emotions change, my personality changes, all depending on what's happening in the book.
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Absolute Power: Book 1: Origins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,380. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Super-Humans are a thing of reality, and The Office of New Entities is designed to govern them. The One teaches, trains and shelters the Super-Human population as an independent global society. In return, they fight to protect those who can't protect themselves. But nothing is perfect.
Orange Buffalo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,710. Language: American English. Published: April 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Everything you want can be yours, if it actually exists. The reality of dreams is that they can be blinding. To hunt the orange buffalo is to quest for something that isn't even possible. An irreverent telling of a journey to achieve, fail, give up, stand up, and figure it all out a little too late.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A boy disappears inside a room and Haywood and his team of paranormal investigators are called in. The horror they find in the room at the bottom of the stairs goes beyond any evil they've encountered before. The ancient history slowly reveals itself, but the truths unveiled may be the death of them. Knowing is death.
Hostile Takeover
Price: Free! Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Bucking for a promotion is tough, but if you really want it, hire a ninja assassin.
The Telltale Toilet
Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
Every apartment has its quirks-- a door that sticks, a light switch that doesn't work, or a tenant that disappears. Sometimes there’s a reason for it and sometimes things are better left alone.
Fix It
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: American English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Making wishes is like any other industry, full of bureaucracy and terrible customers. Be Careful what you wish for.
A Pirates Life for Me
Price: Free! Words: 3,160. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A modern pirates tale-- complete with monkey sidekicks-- where the life at sea once again calls to the misfits of society.
Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
A humorous angst ridden story about the perils of romance, bad decisions and the loose change in your cup holder.
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
A vignette of the human experience, set to a backdrop of science fiction. A character oriented story about the end of the world.