Interview – Robert Edward Lyons II – Through the Open Door

Book Name: Through the Open Door

On a cold and wintry night, Angela is left waiting for her fiance to return to their engagement party. As the weather worsens so screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-2-04-21-pmdoes her worry until an uninvited guest arrives. Can she survive the night or will the terror finally arrive as she stares through the open door?


What gave you the idea for your book?

It was actually inspired by the Misfits song In the Doorway. I got to thinking about what a story would be about with that name. Of course I changed the title though.

 What got you into writing horror?

I’ve been a longtime fan of horror. My day had watched a lot of horror and b-movies and that wore of on me as well as my older sister, Amanda. I had originally intended to start writing screenplays, but having to deal with so many other people dipping their fingers in your art kind of lost its appeal and I decided being an author was more for me.

How long have you been writing?

Almost ten years I think.

Tell us about your past books and stories?

 Through the Open Door is the only thing I have out currently, but I have a good number of works waiting to be finished.

What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like?

I love working the outline and sketching out a scene, but the actual writing is bit harder for me. It takes a little bit for the words to start flowing. I like to edit as I go along. When I pick back up on a project I like to go over what I had written the day before and flesh it out, maybe do some trimming. It gets me more in the mood.

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

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. There was just something about that book. Maybe it was the bleakness. I just connected with it. If. It hadn’t been for The Road I would have never started writing.

What are you doing next?

I’m trying to work out a short story collection with a central theme dealing with personal demons manifested into reality. It’s very dark and kind of psychological with splashes of splatter punk.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Read and write every day. The only way to succeed is to keep at it. Rejection will happen, but don’t let it ruffle your feathers. Be determined.


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