1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and now live in the city with my girlfriend and two pet sphinx cats. My mom still lives in the house where I grew up about an hour outside the city.
2) How long have you been writing?
On and off since I was little. I remember writing stories when I was very young that my mom would rewrite in far more legible handwriting. I’d then draw accompanying illustrations of wizards, knights, and dragons on the pages she left blank. I currently work for an e-learning company where I often have to write scenarios, or even overarching storylines, to educate adult learners on new procedures or programs their companies are implementing. As the self-publishing movement really got moving (maybe a little bit afterward) I jumped in and wrote the first two books of the horror series I am currently working on (The One You Feed and Something Wiccan).
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Usually just on the couch, although I’ll sometimes take my laptop outside in the spring and summer months.
4) Why did you decide to write The One You Feed?
I have always been a fan of horror stories and scary movies. Watching or reading these stories as often as I do, I can’t help but imagine different ways they could play out. What if the monster had appeared at a different moment? What would the hero have done? What if the action taken had been taken in Act II instead of Act III? So many people have taken popular creatures and attempted to tell their own tales involving vampires, werewolves, witches, and demons. Some I’ve rushed to read or see and greatly enjoyed, others not so much. I decided I wanted to try writing a series of books using these creatures and see what I could come up with.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Each book in the series I’m writing focuses on a different monster. The One You Feed is about werewolves and Something Wiccan brings in witches and warlocks. Vampires will be showing up in book #3. The same cast of human heroes confronts these creatures, with the main protagonist being Toby. He’s been the most fun for me to write. Trying to imagine how a teenager would react to monsters being real was a lot of fun, and finding a motivation that would make his wanting to confront the monsters believable was an enjoyable challenge—I also think it added a lot of depth to the character.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I’ve written a few characters in this book who are meant to be disliked, but I think my cursed Shaman is probably the least appealing. When he turned himself werewolf, he did so to save his tribe (before being imprisoned by them). Now that he’s been released over a century later he’s strictly about seeking revenge. Bruce Bennett is a close second. Neither have much in the way of redeeming qualities.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proofread/edit my own stuff for the first 2-3 drafts, then have friends take a look. When I felt this book was in a good place I passed it along to a professional editor through Writer’s Digest.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
There’s plenty to do in the city and I enjoy going out to dinner, plays, musicals, and parties with my friends and girlfriend. I also enjoy just staying on the couch at home with her and our two cats—reading or watching a good movie. I play basketball with a group of guys every Monday. We are all well past our primes, but it’s still fun.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Whenever I can find the time. Some of my favorite authors are Gillian Flynn, Stephen King, Richard Price, Nick Hornby, William Gibson, and Steven Hall.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, and then answer it.
Do you have a response for the reviews you’ve received that say you take a little too long to get to the action?
When readers have had a critique about this book, it is that it takes a little too long to get going. Comments have included “This book takes its time but ultimately builds something bigger than the story itself” and “The story started building up right about a quarter of the way—right about that point, I could not put the book down.” It’s been rewarding to hear that ultimately these readers found the book enjoyable and I am glad they stuck with it. My goal in starting the story slowly (for the most part) was to make Silver Falls seem as normal and believable as possible—before the supernatural stuff really ramps up.
My Review: January 2014 ~ Review Copies ~
The One You Feed by James Drummond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author James Drummond for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this story, I give it a three and a half. The main character Toby was well defined, some of the other characters could have been better developed. The world building was interesting. I look forward to seeing if we can get to know some of the other characters better in the series as it develops.
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