Today on the FlipSide, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting an interview with author and friend Stuart Conover. For those of you who haven’t gotten acquainted with Stuart yet, here’s a little more information about him…
Stuart Conover is a father, husband, rescue dog lover, blogger, published author, geek, entrepreneur, and horror fanatic. He works IT during the day and tries to battle the urge to sleep with a healthy consumption of caffeine.
Welcome Stuart! Now let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your work.
My work revolves around adding new spins to classic concepts.
Well isn’t that intriguing… What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
‘The Catalyst’ by Linkin Park or ‘Endgame’ by Rise Against
Both great songs! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
As a geek I love everything by Joss Whedon though I don’t think the story of my life would be his type of film. Though if we’re having exceptions made, absolutely him! To play me? I’d go with Matt Damon just because he can pull off a good smile and a squinty look.
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?
Well I have two writing processes. For short stories I write them out by hand on the train and later on type them up. After they are typed I’ll print it up double spaced and edit by hand, update, and shoot them off! For novels they are completely type up initially. To continue I’ll also add in that I am a pantser for novels or joint work where I value an outline to work off of above everything else. The outline may constantly change as things progress but to keep things in order I find that they are invaluable.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
Start writing sooner and make a point to write every day!
Writing every day is important! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert
‘Good Omens’ by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
‘The Stand’ by Stephen King
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee
- Cats or dogs? Dogs
- Snow or sun? Sun
- Print books or eReader? Both
- Nachos or potato chips? Nachos
- Baked or fried? Baked
- Candy or chocolate? Neither
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
- Classics or Modern? Modern
- Old World or New World? New World
- Sweet or spicy? Spicy
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort
Thank you Stuart! Now let’s take a look at State of Horror: Illinois in which both Stuart and I have stories! Don’t forget that clicking on the cover will take you straight to Amazon.
Come take a unique tour of the state of Illinois. Visit a little known pizza place where the deep-dish pizza is to die for. Spend the night in a haunted house or explore an abandoned resort town. What happens when you disturb the sanctity of an ancient deity? Swim with us in a lake where fish are not the only creatures under the water’s surface. Ghosts, mobsters, and zombies all provide thrills as we explore the Land of Lincoln.
The number 13 is often viewed as an unlucky, even evil number. However , here it is only fitting we traverse the horrors of Illinois through 13 tales to make the heart beat just a little faster. Join us if you dare.
Stories by: Stuart Conover, Eric I. Dean, DJ Tyrer, Della West, Claire C. Riley, Herika R. Raymer, Frank J. Edler, Julianne Snow, A. Lopez, Jr., Armand Rosamilia, Eli Constant, P. David Puffinburger, and Jay Seate