Writing Process Blog Tour

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by writer and editor D. Alexander Ward to see if I’d be interested in participating in a writer’s blog tour. At that time I had to decline – this was just prior to the World Horror Convention in Portland OR, and I was stressing out about getting everything done before hitting the road.

Then about a week ago I was asked again by wonderfully talented author and editor, friend, and fellow dog-lover Sydney Leigh. Now that I have a bit more time, I was happy to say yes! And you can see her answers on her blog here.

But I’m going to go ahead and add the link to D. Alexander Ward’s blog as well since he asked me originally – and because I thought his answers were also enlightening. You can read them here.

 So without further ado…



What am I working on?

That seems to change from day to day. I have a nearly finished fantasy novel that I still want to complete. Because it is going the be the first in a trilogy, I need to get an idea of where the overall story is heading so books 2 and 3 are not completely drifting in limbo (I’m a professed pantser and it’s difficult for me to plan ahead). I’m working on what will probably be a novella, something a little different for me, a fantasy/sci fi/horror (I know, just throw everything into the pot!) that I’m really getting a kick out of. Plus I’m always working on short stories, flash pieces and drabbles. There are several things about to come out in print, a couple things in edits with publishers, and some things out there in slush.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

That’s a difficult question for me, maybe for any writer. I know that I try to put a dark beauty in most of what I write. I want my stories to be an escape for the reader, yet to have characters and situations that are recognizable. Mostly, what I want is an emotional reaction from what I read, and so I try to put that into my writing as well.

Why do I write what I do?

I have been drawn to “genre” since I was a child. My amazing mother gave me access to worlds without end in her collection of horror, science fiction and fantasy books. She never held me back from exploring what interested me, just made sure she was available in case I was confused or uneasy about something. Because of that, I feel I have always been able to stretch my imagination in any direction I please. So really, I write whatever interests me at the time, regardless of whether it’s genre, short or long, poetry or anything else.

How does my writing process work?

As I mentioned above, I’m a pantser. I think I’ve outlined a plot line maybe once in the last ten years. When I first started writing, I was telling myself stories. I found out how it ended when I got there. That still happens a lot. Sometimes I’ll have an endpoint in mind, and allow my characters to take me to it. I have found that if I have everything already figured out in my mind, I usually have less interest in putting it all down. For me, writing is a journey and I tend to set out on every one with a sense of wonder.

I do try to write every day, and because I’m working on drabbles and shorts and longer pieces I will switch back and forth. That way I never get bored – but I occasionally have pissed off characters in my head railing that it’s their turn!

Now, I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful people who will be continuing the traveling blog next Monday!


Michael J. Evans is a Massachusetts-based horror writer. He recently edited an anthology of ghost stories, From Beyond the Grave, which was published by Grinning Skull Press (www.grinningskullpress.com). His short story, “Hungry for More,” was recently accepted for an anthology scheduled to be published later this year. He has also had stories appearing in a couple of anthologies published by May December Publications. He is currently at work on several projects, which he hopes to have completed by the end of the year. You can find excerpts of some of those projects here.  https://mjevansauthor.wordpress.com/

Thomas Kleaton  at http://thomaskleaton.wordpress.com/

Bio: Thomas Kleaton is a freelance horror writer. He has had stories published in SNM Horror Magazine, Dark Eclipse Magazine, and the anthologies Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, Serial Killers Tres Trias, Bones, and What Has Two Heads, Ten Eyes, and Terrifying Table Manners?

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Aaron Gudmunson at http://www.coldbrood.blogspot.com/
I am an award-winning writer who has penned columns for local newspapers as well as contributing articles, reviews, interviews, and short fiction to numerous publications. I am the author of two novels, Snow Globe and Emma Tremendous (as A.D. Goodman), and a collection entitled From the Dusklands. All are available in e-book and paperback format via Amazon and other retail outlets. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association. Visit me on the web at aarongudmunson.com

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