Writing Crooked Fang was almost an experiment for myself in order to see if I could really turn a simple goof-off webseries into an actual novel. What I’ve been working on lately is a novel written to be a novel. More than that, it’s horror. Don’t think that my usual snark won’t be in it, though.
This time around, well so far, it’s written from a dead guy’s point of view named Ren Silver. Not sure if I’m going to keep the last name, but to be fair, his real name was Renault Silversmythe. Ren is a ghost. Seattle seemed to be the ideal setting for the story, tentatively entitled Death is not an Exit, but it’s not present day. Instead, it’s the late 1990s, when the second generation of goth and the short-lived age of grunge was in full swing. I’ve gotten the story almost halfway done, but it hasn’t been easy. On top of my usually-full reality, the ideas have been sporadic. What I have gotten has been interesting, even chilling at times. In a way, the story has been a sort of self-therapy since during the time of writing I’ve lost my beloved grandmother, Kathleen.
What happens to us when we die? No one really knows. Theories abound, but it all may as well be fiction. In Death is not an Exit, I’m exploring that in-between realm, the afterlife in general and a whole lot of “what-if”. In preparation and as a means of motivation, I’ve read a good handful of books pertaining to hauntings, ghost hunting and other associated subjects. I have to say, my bookshelves are being filled with some rather curious volumes. I think my most favorite part of drafting a novel is being in total control of what’s happening, even if half the time I don’t exactly feel like it. When a book is still just a big Word document on my hard drive and I’ve shared at best, mere snippets, the work is still very private and personal. An imaginary set of friends I can go visit any time.
What’s your favorite part of the process?