NED – published by J. Ellington Ashton Press.
“A Heartfelt Horror Story.” On a cold winter’s night, deep in the bowels of New York City. A peaceful homeless man is pushed over the edge of insanity, as he fights for his dignity, and the last meaningful possession left in his life. Feel the actual pain right along with the unfortunate individual, as the broken man swears upon his last breath, to seek revenge upon those who disrupted his tranquil existence. He unleashes an emotional evening of deadly mayhem, which gives you (the reader), an actual reason to root for the villain.
What gave you the idea for NED?
I wanted to come up with something original and also brutal at the same time, so with the help of a horrific childhood memory (watching a homeless man eating French fries out of a garbage pail in front of Nathan’s Hotdogs on Coney Island Beach, New York) set my mind spinning with ideas.
What got you into writing horror?
I’ve been a horror fanatic since I was a kid, so I went with what I know and love.
How long have you been writing?
Honestly, I just started writing, and then accidently found out that I actually could (to a degree, I’m not expecting to get awarded the Pulitzer Prize anytime soon) so with determined discipline, I chipped away at NED one chapter at a time.
Tell us about your past books and stories?
Sorry, but NED is my first book.
What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like?
I haven’t quit my day job yet, so when I get home, I always have my latest project up on my computer screen. I’ve found out that throughout the evening I will work on it and that keeps the writing process constantly moving forward (even at a snail pace). Then I set aside time to go back to edit and correct what I’ve written over the past few days.
What are you doing next?
My first short story “Forgive Me Father” will be out in the upcoming Reject for Content 5: Sanitarium published by J. Ellington Ashton Press. I’m also tens of thousands of words into my second novel which I hope to get out next year.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
I’d like to share what every published author said to me prior to completing NED “Start and finish your book, because most people who say they’re going to write a book … never do.”
I was born in New York, but spent the majority of my life sweltering in Florida. I’ve always been an avid Horror fan so I recently tapped into my dark inner voice, as a writer, and brought forth my debut novel NED. It’s my first attempt at the literary game and I credit my love of the genre for its compelling and terrifying content. Growing up, I was obsessed with every 1960’s monster magazine on the newsstand and every horror movie my eyes could watch. Today, I love going to conventions in order to meet some of the spine-chilling heroes that made my childhood such a horrifying blast.