Interview – Michael Noe – Slime Time

Book Name and Description: Slime Time: Something crashed in Old Man Tate’s field. Something out of this world and it’s oozing through town, destroying everything in its path. Who will survive the onslaught when the slime comes to town?

Interview Questions:

What gave you the idea for Slime Time?

There was a call for a series entitled Creature Feature. As soon as I heard about it I instantly thought of slime because it reminds of all those classic B rate horror films. When I think of Slime, I think of movies like The Blob, and even The Stuff. It’s one of those things that really embody the cheese of horror.

 What got you into writing in this genre?

I started writing horror because at the time that was what I was into. I didn’t think I could write in any other genre because everything I wrote was so dark and abnormal.

How long have you been writing?

A long time. I started in elementary school. We’d have these projects where we’d have to come up with a short story and I found it not only challenging, but fun. Then I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and suddenly I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Tell us about your past books and stories?

Initially I started out in extreme horror, but then evolved into other genres. After Legacy 2 I felt as if I did what I accomplished so it was important to challenge myself. I love splatterpunk, but it’s not as challenging as I thought it would be. There’s no room to improve or grow as a writer so I began to challenge myself a little. When I wrote The Darkness of The Soul I was still in that horror mode, but I wanted to focus less on gore and more on plot and pacing. By the time I got to Out With A Whimper I was officially done with horror. I love the genre, but my ideas were no longer rooted there. I felt it was time to test the waters a bit and see what else I could get into. When I wrote Out Of The Black and Aware I found myself having a lot of fun because these were books that were so different than my previous books, and the stories were weird which is always good.

What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like? What has been the biggest influences on your writing?

It’s a lot of fun because I’m finally able to write without feeling as if I’m letting my readers down. I think if the stories are good, the readers are going to follow no what genre you write in. The biggest influence aside from authors is the fun of taking risks. When I stepped away from horror I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but I found myself exploring areas that were normally sealed off. That made writing a lot more challenging and fun

What is your favorite book (other than your own book, of course) and why? What book disappointed you and why?

I have quite a few favorites. I can’t name just one. I would say You by Caroline Kepnes is one of my favorites.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I would like to think I’ve become a better story teller. When you look at my body of work it’s evolved a little bit. I’ve moved away from horror into weird fiction and back into subtle horror. I think the readers would be able to answer that better than I ever could.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Ideas are important. Without an idea there’s no story. It doesn’t even have to be a good idea as long as you’re writing it down. Stories always evolve so that idea no matter how terrible could grow into something amazing.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Keep writing. Never give up.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I’m still trying to figure that one out. I try and promote as much as I can. I post on Facebook a lot. That gets the word out and it’s free. When you post a link people can click it and they have the option to buy it.

What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
My upcoming novel Redemption. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever attempted and some would even call it a romance. I don’t see it, but if that’s how people want to view it, I’m okay with that.  

For those who haven’t read any of your stories, what story/book of yours do you think best represents your work and why?
I would start with Out With A Whimper because it’s where I really started to move from horror. It’s the easiest book of mine to read without being grossed out.  

What are you doing next?

I’m still working on my short story collection entitled Cracks In The Sidewalk. It’s going to be an interesting book because I just allowed myself to write stories regardless of genre. It was more about the stories and less about where they fit or who’s going to read it.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I would say to just write and have as much fun as possible. When it stops becoming fun there’s no point in writing anymore.

bio: Michael Noe is a writer from Barberton Ohio, he is the author of Legacy, Legacy 2, The Darkness of The Soul, Insecure Delusions, Out with A Whimper, and has short stories in various anthologies. When not writing, he works in a factory, and is an editor for J Ellington Ashton Press. According to his girlfriend he’s also a music snob and collects vinyl records and comics