Today I’m joined by K. Trap Jones, award winning author. As an introduction, let’s get to know K. Trap a little better before we move on with the interview.
My name is K. Trap Jones and I am an award winning author of literary horror novels and short stories. I have a passion for folklore, classic literary fiction and obscure segments within society which leads to my creative writing style of “filling in the gaps” and walking the line between reality and fiction. With a strong inspiration from Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allan Poe, my stories involve topics and situations where very little is known, which provides an open canvas to explore. I am also a member of the Horror Writers Association.
Tell us about your writing process?
My writing process is to imagine the whole story before I even write a single word. It’s important to me that all of the pieces fall into place, especially the ending. I could have a complete story ready to go in my head, but if I don’t like the ending I won’t begin to write. Having the ending in mind, helps me create all the twists and turns along the way.
That’s a very interesting process; I sometimes write that way, especially when I’ve planned something out, but more often than not, I’m a pantser. Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
Although I think Crime plays a big part in Horror, I always wanted to write a Crime novel involving detectives, police, etc. Unfortunately, I always tend to write towards the dark side of life, so even though a story may start out as a Crime, it always ends up being classified as Horror.
That may not be the worst of things as many genres tend to overlap in the works that are written these days. Nothing is merely a singular genre anymore. I think that’s what makes books so appealing over other forms of media. Speaking of books, what are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?
Let’s see, the 5 books that have influenced me the most? Some are going to be short stories, but here we go.
1. Dante’s Inferno – This one has just had such an impact in my life from the moment I first read it. The stanza formatting and the narrative writing within that classical period of literature is just so beautifully done.
2. The Tell-Tale Heart – Poe is just a master in my mind. When you read his works, you can tell that he is simply writing how he wants to write with no mainstream intentions. The first line of this story just hooked me in. With the narrator starting out by saying “I am not a madman”, is just an awesome hook that captures the reader.
3. Jaws – This book is just so well-done and backed with the horrific imagery of the movie makes it a keeper. Lingering fear is the best!
4. Pet Semetary – What a great story this is. It starts out innocent enough with the pets, but then completely twists you when a person dies.
5. Amityville Horror – Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Did I mention this was creepy?
Great choices! And I will admit that I found Amityville Horror to be one of the creepiest books I have ever read. If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?
If The Sinner ever became a movie, I would like to see Christian Bale play the lead role of the farmer. In fact, as I was writing the two books, I kept imaging him as the character. He adds darkness to his roles that really comes out on the screen and that is needed if you are going to portray one of the darkest characters of all time.
Christian Bale is an excellent choice – he certainly handles the dark roles with a level of skill that many cannot match. Let’s hope The Sinner does get the cinematic treatment, and the best way for that to happen would be to have it top one of the Bestsellers Lists. What is the first thing you would do if you woke up one morning to find one of your books on the NY Times Bestsellers List?
I’d first check to see if it was a typo. Just kidding, I would be extremely humbled. Writing novels and short stories is a long process. The industry can be cruel at times, but I believe that if you always continue to write no matter what is thrown your way, then everything will work out.
In light of the industry’s cruelty, do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
Music for me is a passageway to creative. So much of my inspiration comes from music. Every story I have written has a particular song that jarred my creativity. IF you’re a heavy metal fan, The Sinner is jam packed with inspiration. At some point, I am going to take a copy of it and highlight all the different inspirations from the bands and songs.
Well K. Trap, what do you do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing, I am usually hanging out with my wife and three sons at theme parks. Also, watching my sons play baseball is not only a passion of mine, but it’s a relief from the daily grind of life.
If you would be so kind as to share the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress with us, we’d be delighted to read them.
Wow, unedited, unscripted…I like it. Ok here it goes, this is from my latest 2-book novel set “One Bad Fur Day”, which is a horrific tale within the animal population after they are dispersed by a hurricane and their struggle to regain their lands:
Everything had to be perfect. The reservations were made well in advance. I waited for her outside at the base of tree with a dry throat and shaky legs. She was everything to me and I wanted to prove that to her. I was never the dress up type and the self-made knot of my tie, if that’s what it was intended to be, felt like an abnormal growth on my neck. I started to doubt my appearance and bullied every aspect of my own self, but that all went away when I saw her. She exited our tree and stood on the porch limb for a brief moment. It felt like eternity for me. The way the setting sun twisted between the swaying leaves and caressed her fur was mind blowing. In that moment, I drifted away from reality until our eyes met and she smiled. I watched her every movement as she scampered down the tree bark towards me. She was mine and I was hers.
Sounds like a great premise K. Trap and one I would certainly love to delve into – please keep us up to date on your progress!
I would like to thank K. Trap Jones for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’re interested in The Sinner, here’s a sneak peek. Should you wish to buy a copy of K. Trap’s award winning book, all you need to do is click on the cover to be taken directly to Amazon.
Wrath – Greed – Sloth – Gluttony – Lust – Envy – Pride
A lone farmer is chosen by God to test the boundaries of sin. Isolated in a cave with only a candle, quill and parchment, the farmer is burdened by awakening each day within a predetermined encounter with one of the seven deadly sins and their associated demons. This chilling novel is the translation of those encounters written in a classical narrative format, and the ending will leave you shocked!
Join me next week as I talk to John Paul Allen, author of numerous books including Monkey Love and House Guest.