Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Kevin A. Ransom, author of many things. If you aren’t familiar with Kevin, let’s take a moment to get to know him…
Content Creator, Horror Writer, Film Critic.
Heeding a macabre calling listening to “Mother Ghost Nursery Rhymes” in kindergarten, Kevin started writing in grade school and filled countless notebooks with story ideas while touring the Mediterranean in the US Navy.
After creating MovieCrypt.com in the late 1990s, he honed his narrative voice on film critique and became a member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also portrays the site’s host, Grim D. Reaper, both on the site and at fan conventions. In addition to his role-playing game contributions, Kevin published the first book in The Spooky Chronicles series in 2011 and The Matriarch with WTF Books in 2013. He is also an active member of The Horror Society.
Welcome Kevin! Now let’s get to the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Cedarcrest Sanctum – Sixty residents. Forty staff. One immortal.
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
“Fly On the Wall” by Thousand Foot Crutch – The opening scene features an old man who burns down a church on a lonely mountaintop; it is clear that he doesn’t want to do it but has no other choice. The conflict is that no one can know why but it’s found out all the same.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Michael Bay directing Matt Damon; it would be pointless and violent, plus they’d waste millions of dollars making and promoting it.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I plan. I’ve gotten better at it, plotting and researching enough to keep me on track while still allowing my characters enough leeway to surprise me. Otherwise, what’s the point?
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
Get out there! Take more risks and have more adventures to better write what you know.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
Stephen King’s Carrie, Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince series, Roger Zelezny’s Nine Princes in Amber
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee
- Cats or dogs? Cats
- Snow or sun? Snow
- Print books or eReader? Yes
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
- Baked or fried? Baked
- Candy or chocolate? Chocolate
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Yes
- Classics or Modern? Yes
- Old World or New World? Yes
- Sweet or spicy? Yes
- Comfort or Speed? Yes
Now let’s take a look at The Matriarch… Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon!
Sarah Louisa “Sis” Linn, class of 1877, is brutally murdered in her home on the school’s campus. No motive or murderer is found.
Glenville State College – 2013
Nearly 100 years has passed since Sis Linn’s unsolved murder. The school’s name has changed, and the story of her death and tales of her apparition have become fodder for frightening incoming freshmen. But a century is merely a moment for a spirit – and less than a blink of an eye for even more sinister entities that endure beyond the grave. Student Janiss Connelly will soon learn that not only are some ghost stories true, but that there are greater things to fear in life – and in death – than ghosts.
Kevin Ranson takes Janiss and you on a terrifying journey from the past to the present – and from this side of the grave to the next – to uncover not only the truth behind a century-old murder, but behind the centuries-old legends of the vampire.