Guys! I got another interview with another author!
Brief history on Brian Henry: Author of Space Command and the Planet of the Bejeweled Concubines, House of Prension, For I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter, and his most recent book, For I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter 2. He has a PhD in English, and is a really cool guy! You can check out all of his books on Amazon through his author page by clicking here.
Now, let’s get on with the interview!
1. What got you interested in writing?
I’ve been writing stories since I was in 3rd grade or so. The cool part was writing a story in class and then having the teacher read it and the other kids laughing. It was great being able to create something that other people responded to. I was always into just making up complicated stories and writing was the best way for me to get them out there in the world.
2. How much research goes into your books?
My first two novels were a fantasy and a sci-fi novel, and I did very little research, other than reading novels in those genres. For I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter, I wanted the story to feel more rooted in reality, so I based the story in the actual town of Arcata, California, which I’ve visited, and where you can find lots of spooky atmosphere. I also read up on ghost hunters and paranormal equipment and actual tales of supposed hauntings, to hopefully create a feeling that these were real contemporary teenagers jumping into that world of ghost hunters and the supernatural.
3. Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time and work full-time in education.
4. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Ever since I was a young kid I’ve always written humor. I’ve always done a lot of parody and satire. Lately, I’ve been making a concerted effort to write characters with more dimension and who would act more like an actual person could possibly behave. The situations are still outrageous or bizarre but I’m trying to have the personalities be more grounded.
5. Do you get Writer’s Block? If so, what are some tips or tricks you use to get rid of it?
No, not really. I try to outline my stories and so I always have some idea what kind of scene I need to write and it’s just a matter of trying different angles or approaches to it. I also do have some writing routines, like the cliché thing of going to coffee house to write. That gets me in the mindset that it’s writing time and being out of the house means I don’t get distracted by other stuff as much.
6. Were you “good” at English in school?
Yeah, English was always my favorite subject. I took pretty much any English class I could get my hands on at school in junior high and high school and I was an English major at college. I even finally got a PhD. In English, so I took that about as far as I could.
7. If you could have been the original author of any book (or series) what would it be and why?
I think I would go with Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. His use of language and his ability to draw on so many allusions is just incredible. The subject matter is also extremely daring and you have to pretty brave to write something so bold.
8. What’s one word that would describe your writing style? Explain.
I will go with ‘quirky’. My stuff always seems to be a little off-center and unusual. Partly, I think that’s what attracts me in a book and partly it just seem to be what comes naturally to me. My feeling is that I should try to provide something original or different and give the reader hopefully a unique experience.
Thanks so much for reading this amazing interview, and thank you Brian Henry…if you’re reading this…for agreeing to this interview. His links (including Goodreads, Amazon. Twitter, etc.) will be down below. Also, if you want to read the other two interviews I have done (with Moriah Mcstay and Bryan Bliss) those links will also be down below. Thanks again and BYE! ~Blondie