Interview with Wayne Benham

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters, getting into their heads and really getting to know them. Sometimes it seems almost too well. It isn't unusual for me to create a character for a short story, or a minor character in a book, and have a whole back story created in my head with more detail than would ever possibly be necessary for the character's appointed role.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in the second grade and I wrote a 10 page science fiction story titled "Planet 77970018139104777x." I cannot recall a single thing about the story but that number is forever burned into my memory.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up on Edgar Rice Burroughs, particularly the Barsoomian books, and Ray Bradbury whose early works I think are true wonders of delight. I also like Don Marquis (Archy and Mehitabel), Donald Westlake, Carl Hiassen, Harlen Coben, Dean Koontz, Robert Ludlum, early Heinlein, and many others whose names I will kick myself later for not recalling now.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Outdoors as much as possible, mostly hiking or gardening. And lately, I've become quite addicted to playing Petanque, which if you don't know is a game similar to Bocce but using heavy solid metal balls. I also love music and have various pursuits connected to that, including being the current president of the local Blues Society chapter.
What are you working on next?
Another novel and about twenty short stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I read is for pleasure. If it's not I stop reading it. So, in general I tend to look for pleasurable books. Which in no way means that the subject matter is pleasant. Well written horrors are more pleasurable than poorly written candyfloss.
How do you approach cover design?
Joyfully. I love putting a cover together, photographing images and often customizing, tweaking, or mashing them into something different. And compared to writing it seems so much easier to do.
Describe your desk
It is an antique dark wood (probably oak) desk with a drop leaf front. I know it originally came from Scotland but not much else.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually our dog, Archy, who wants to get up and early and go outside to chase the squirrels.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I'd certainly enjoy having some. Any takers?
Published 2014-01-08.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Adjustable Magic
Price: Free! Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.50)
Three short pieces dealing with unusual circumstances and misbehaving body parts. "The Oddly Even Couple", a first date that will never be forgotten- or ever fully remembered. "One Hand Clapping", but the wearer insists it doesn't belong to him. "Social Dynamics for the Teflon Mind", an anti-lullaby for the dispossessed.
Abbreviated Magic
Price: Free! Words: 11,070. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
(4.00)
Two short stories of black magic, dark humor, and wicked twists. "Which Doctor"- what happens when divorce simply won't do. A couple plays a cat & mouse game to see who can survive their marriage. The perfect murder? Or the perfect trap? "Deja Voodoo"- Charles has a problem. He keeps waking up on the wrong side of bed. Somewhere in Africa. And it just might be the death of him.
April 33
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 236,430. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Quirky characters and Twilight Zone atmospheres abound when mild-mannered Michael receives an unusual gift- access to a supposedly non-existent 13th floor of an office building. So begins an adventure of darkly screwball fantasy, romance, mystery, mayhem, magic, and a roller coaster ride finale as Michael races the clock to prevent the end of the world as... well, as we don't know it.