Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today, I’m chatting to the horror writer, J Snow. J Snow, like myself, is one of the writers featured in the Women of Horror Anthology, Vol 3 The One that Got Away published by Kandisha Press and her story is called, Dear Meat
Welcome to the tearoom, J. My first question is, what would you like to drink?
Please could I have a frozen orange soda 😁 thank you.
Now we have our refreshments can I ask you when you first began your writing journey, what drew you to your chosen genre?
I’ve always enjoyed psych thrillers, so naturally it’s the genre I’m inclined to write. I enjoy the challenge of creating horrific characters that are multidimensional, a psycho you can empathize with but feel you should hate. No one is all bad or all good, and when reading horror, I see too many flat ‘bad guys’. I like to explore the reasons, the psychology behind the actions, and I think readers want to understand that which can’t be understood.
Which writing elements do you think is your strongest point, and what would you like to do better?
I like to think my attention to detail is the strongest point, but if I could stop overthinking my words and let things just… flow, that’d be fabulous. When I allow it to happen, those pieces tend to be my best.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My latest WIP is a piece written from the POV of a man with paranoid schizophrenia. It’s a project I’ve been slowly working on for over the past two years. It’s taking me some time to develop the story around the character, but there are some who need to stew until the meat falls apart.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
28 unfinished projects
Choosing only five of your favourite authors: Can you list them in order 1 begin the top of your list and say how have they influenced your writing?
I don’t really have favorites. I mean, King, Koontz, and Poe (of course) have a steady standing on my shelf and have been heavy hitters in the influence department since childhood, but I’m more intrigued by individual pieces, poetry in particular, that move me, that use language in a unique and elegant way without being obvious. Authors vary and are too many to count.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
I would say the opposite is true: my moods alter based on what I’m writing. I get into character, so to speak. I feel what they feel, see what they see, react as if the story is happening to me. For the darker pieces, I must rinse away the mental residue to handle my own company.
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
Never. I find that to be a bit too anxiety inducing. I write until I’m mentally exhausted, be it 100 words or 5,000.
How many hours in a day do you write?
Typically one to two hours a day. Sometimes an entire day. A few pieces I’ve pulled overnighters for. If I’m in the moment, sleep is not a necessity.
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
I research name meanings and choose them based on character qualities. I know most about them before beginning a piece, but they never fail to surprise me along the way.
How long on average does it take you to write a book or story?
I’ve written some stories within a day, others over the span of a few years. It depends on how the characters react. Some take the lead. Some have to be coaxed along.
Thank you for allowing me to chat about my work, Paula.
Thank you for joining me in the tearoom. For more information about J Snow’s writing
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