Through various social media outlets, I have met and read a variety of genre writing authors whose work has stuck with me from the very first read. In the horror category, my next guest is one that kept me on the edge of terror with the turn of every page. But there is more. To get a full understanding of the man and the work that he does, I am happy to introduce him to you. He is the author, Griffin Hayes.
“About the Author” –
I’ve lived all over the world including London, Prague, Dallas and just about everywhere in between. I guess you could say I’m something of a hobo. I went to University and majored in History and minored in Film Studies. Initially, my plan was to make documentaries. That may explain why a few of my stories have a strong historical element.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing fiction after I finished University. Of course, like everyone else I wrote God awful poems in high school, but I didn’t really start taking it seriously until after I graduated.
What was your life like before becoming an author?
Much simpler and far less stressful. More often than not working a part-time job will put more money in your pocket (per hour) than writing. There’s another line I heard recently about a writer’s life. I’m paraphrasing: “Being a writer is like having home work every day for the rest of your life.” How very true.
Who or what inspired you to write?
Definitely Stephen King. Up until then I’d read mostly fantasy, but King made it look easy. Boy was I wrong.
Do you have a specific writing style or genre?
I’m a strong believer in using pen names to write in different genres. I generally write horror, but I also have two middle grade books I’m working on and I’m not sure how well the two will mix. All in all, by this time next year, I plan to have 4 pen names floating about. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone manages to spot them.
Tell me about your latest book? What’s it about?
My latest book was a sequel, so I’ll tell you about the one right before that. It’s a paranormal thriller called Dark Passage about a middle-aged man named Tyson Barrett still suffering nightmares from the events of his rather traumatic childhood. He becomes an insomniac and the result is his life begins to unravel. To cure his sleep disorder and stop his nightmares, Tyson joins an underground clinical trial and let’s just say that the drug opens a doorway to the dream world. It isn’t long before his nightmares start following him back to the waking world. That’s when things get really fun!
What was your favorite part of the book to write?
There’s one character in Dark Passage that slowly loses his mind. Reviewers often give him a special mention. Writing his scenes was way more fun than I expected.
What was the hardest part to write?
Honestly, I can’t say. This one practically wrote itself.
What do you find most rewarding in writing a book?
I love when the story goes in a direction you hadn’t anticipated and then comes full circle without me even intending it to. There’s an element of discovery there that I love and that keeps the process fresh.
Do you have any other books complete or in progress?
Oh boy, lots. So far I’ve written 2 novels, 3 novellas and a bunch of short stories. As far as the pipeline is concerned – it’s funny, I was just addressing this on my blog the other day – I’ve got at least 10 projects in the pipeline that I’ll be writing under various pen names. About 4 of those will fall under the Griffin Hayes banner.
Are you listed on the major social networks like facebook, twitter, goodreads, etc…
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Hayes/e/B005QR3KK4
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Well, I’ll give three pieces of Self-published advice.
1) Keep writing and don’t lift your head to smell the roses until you have at least three or four novels written.
2) And don’t worry about advertising until you’ve completed step one. Although by all means feel free to begin building your social networks.
3) Get a good editor. There’s nothing more depressing than seeing a great idea ruined by sloppy grammar.
Outside of writing, what is your most favorite thing to do and why?
I love spending time with my nephews and nieces. Between that and writing, there isn’t time for much else.
Anything else you would like to add for future fans and friends.
Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. The ride’s about to begin…
Good ending! Thank you, Griffin, for sharing. I look forward to catching up on all of your latest work, but I have to say that your book – Bird of Prey: A Horror Novella – is one that I will never forget. Keep up the good work, my friend. Always my best to you and yours.