Guest Author - James Watts
Very pleased to introduce the new Guest Author! Read below for my interview With James Watts, author of Them.
Why do you write horror?
I believe that everyone needs a good scare from time-to-time. I believe that fear is natural, healthy, and key to survival. Plus, I really loved the old horror movies as a kid. Staying up late at night watching the majority of them on an old black-and-white set scared the crap out of me. It could be a rush.
What was the first horror book you can recall reading, that left you with chills? '
Salem's Lot" by Stephen King.
When it comes to horror, what does it most for you; films or books?
A little of both, actually. Although, I prefer the older horror films from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Who is your favourite of your own characters? Why?
Roy Sanders. Roy is the cousin of my protagonist in THEM. I like him because he is laid back and enjoys life. He loves to laugh and have a good time.
Least favourite (as in you wouldn’t want to bump into them in a dark alley) and why?
Judd Atkins, a major baddie in THEM. He is big, mean, and crazy. Not to mention that taking life is second nature to him.
Are any of your characters based on yourself or people you know? (You don’t have to tell us who!) Ray Sanders is based loosely off me. We both lost our dads to cancer, we were both raised in a small town, and we both ran off to Panama City, Fl to lick our wounds after a bad relationship. We also have a lot of the same personality traits.
Who or what has most inspired you to write?
Stephen King. Reading his work has always inspired in me the will to create. His ability, to me, to create worlds and people that I can identify with is top notch.
Favourite authors in any genre? Book recommendations?
Stephen King, John Saul, Robert McCammon, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allan Poe, Don Pendleton, and Charles Dickens.
1. The Stand by Stephen King
2. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
3. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
4. Phantoms by Dean Koontz
5. Nathanial by John Saul
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Which of your books can you most vividly picture as being a film?
I just have the one book right now. However, I could see Them as a motion picture or my short story Scarlet Frost becoming a short film.
Plans for the future?
To write my books as a profession.
If you had one piece of advice to share with aspiring new indie authors, what would it be?
Never give up. Follow your dream. Keep writing.
Where can we find your books?
Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble.
Some great recommendations there James! Thank you so much for granting So Lost in Words this interview. Wishing you every success for the future.