Today I’m hosting author Maynard Blackoak and his supernatural horror collection Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West as he tours the internet! Welcome Maynard, why don’t you take a moment and introduce yourself to the captive audience that you now have before you.
I’m Maynard Blackoak, an author living in Oklahoma. The greatest influences in my writing are the works of Poe, Dickens, and Conan Doyle. Poe for his use of the obscure. Dickens for the way his words paint images in the mind. Conan Doyle for his intellectual approach to telling a story. I mostly draw my inspiration from the sounds and shadows of the night and process them through the splintered windmill of my mind to create my tales. While I have written contemporary tales, I mostly enjoy writing tales in an old school manner.
Maynard, what is your writing process?
I like to sit in my comfy camo recliner with the TV turned to a classic black and white film as a distraction when an idea gets clogged in the drain.
Is there a genre, other than the one you currently write in, that you wish you could break into?
I’d like to dabble in murder mysteries. I’ve had people suggest I branch out into serious writing but that doesn’t sound like much fun.
I have a few ideas for some cozy mysteries myself! What are the 5 books that have influenced you the most, and why?
Dickens’ Christmas short stories, and the Sherlock Holmes short stories probably influenced me more than any other books. Have there been more dynamic characters than Scrooge and Sherlock? To a lesser degree, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and Animal Farm and1984 by Orwell gave me a slight cynical view of society and where it’s going.
Great choices! If you could cast one of your works, who would you choose to play your main characters?
Can I resurrect the dead to do the casting? I’m a big fan of the classics and don’t believe any actors of today compare to those of the golden age of Hollywood. Since I can’t raise the dead at this time, let’s just use the cast of Tombstone to play characters in my book.
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?
Seriously, is this even a remote possibility? I’d be so excited, I’d probably rush out to the barn and tell my horses all about it while they ate their feed. Dixie Belle is my baby and she thinks I can do anything. Katie probably wouldn’t care for me interrupting her feeding. Cheyenne would probably make me show her proof. She’s such a cynic.
It never hurts to dream big Maynard 😉 Do you have any vices that you turn to while you are writing?
Sometimes, I have a drink or two or more. Sometimes, I deprive myself of sleep to get a bit of weirdness in my stories. I always take a pinch of Copenhagen.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I live on a small ranch with livestock. If I’m not mending fences, fixing barns, or tending to critters, I’m brushhogging, tilling, or clearing land.
Please share with us the first nine lines of your current work-in-progress.
The Lothian Journals
‘Til Undeath Do Us Part
I strolled into the office casually, trying not to appear conspicuous. It somehow seemed odd for one such as myself to be seeking psychiatric treatment. I had never heard of anyone of my ilk that had done it, but then I had only met one other of my kind and she was not exactly someone in whom I would wish to confide. In all honesty, I hoped our paths never crossed again.
Perhaps I was the first vampire to take this particular course of action. Maybe I was the first vampire having so many issues adjusting to this new way of life. The fact remained. I needed someone who could advise me on how to cope with existence as a creature of the night. My dilemma: would she believe my situation or merely write me off as just another of her delusional patients? No matter how I dissected my bold yet desperate move, it seemed to be fraught with dangers.
Thank you Maynard! Now let’s take a closer look at Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West…
Eerie Trails… of the Wild Weird West
In this collection of fourteen strange tales from the wild west, Cowboys and Indians face down supernatural beings of all varieties – from vampires and werewolves; to ghosts and vengeful spirits; to mythological creatures.
Saddle up cowboys and ladies alike, once the journey begins, Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West will take you down a strange and bizarre path though the old west that you’ve never been on before.
About the Author — Maynard Blackoak is a freelance writer living in the backwoods of Pawnee County, Oklahoma. He draws upon the sights of neglect and unusual sounds around him for inspiration. A bit of a recluse, he can often be found strolling through an old, forgotten cemetery or in the woods among the twisted black oaks and native elms under the light of the moon.
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