MY INTERVIEW WITH EDDIE GENEROUS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Eddie Generous – Horror
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Radio Run is a dystopian adventure horror, a bit like if Jules Verne rewrote The Running Man, mixed it with something like Congo, and was a big fan of Thelma & Louise.
The idea sprang mostly from a conversation I had with another author a couple days after I’d revisited The Running Man (movie rather than novel). Then I set out some time and nine days later, I’d found the conclusion.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Horror has always been my bag, but I’d tried to write general preachy speculative novels and bleak short fiction that fell all over the map when I first started; I think I was too naïve and trying to take myself too seriously. Then I read some horror stuff (first time since Goosebumps) and it clicked—before that I’d mostly read classics, lots of Dostoyevsky and similar…maybe explains the bleak short fiction—and I fell into what I should’ve been writing all along.What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I used to religiously write a minimum of 2,00o words a day—like King said to do. It was good practice and would be still, but now I don’t worry about it, if I have to, I can pump out 10,000 words in a day, but who has to? And if I kept writing 700,000 words a year, who’s going to read them. Some authors have a wicked fan base, unfortunately, I’m not one of them. So 200,000 to 300,000 a year seems like a good number and I end up with more than I’ll sell anyway.
Onto a workday… When I’m on a writing day, I do it first. I work from home so I can be more flexible and kind of bank hours to give myself wide open hunks of time. When working on a longer piece, I start my day with breakfast, check social media, then turn it all off, and work until my head hurts. If I set a stern timeline for myself, I take short breaks between a handful of long writing shifts, popping Tylenol and chugging coffee as necessary. I see nothing wrong with punishing my body and brain to get a story out quickly. People do that in any other profession, what would make a writer special?
Editing days and days where I’m focused on Unnerving only, I have a day planner like anybody else and I tackle things on the list, usually my personal stuff comes last during those periods.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
No name, but I started thinking about another adventure horror. Northern Alberta or BC, some dinosaurs, lots of blood. Haven’t started writing it. I have a few more things to edit for Unnerving and some feature writing to do for, but hopefully in October I’ll have a good block of time to take that dino-adventure.
Where do your ideas come from?
The ideas come from all places, the ones I focus on are the ideas I think will sell when it comes to long stuff—though I seem to think that’s a wider net than what has proven to be a reality so far. With short stuff, I run with whatever. Really, I get ideas from books, movies, people I see, and then mix all that with memories of people and places from my wayward existence.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Being patient with submissions. It never gets easier, even with dozens of things out, I’m always wishing for immediate gratification or acknowledgement that I have to rework something and try elsewhere.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Probably right around where I am now, but sitting on a couple million more written words. Hopefully 20 or 30 more books out.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read everything. Read 100 books a year. Read more if you can.
Write as often as you can, every day if possible.
Learn as quickly as you can that not everything is a keeper.
Fail often. Keep trying.
Know where you’re submitting your work. Always follow submission guidelines.
Respect that you’re one of many vying for the same thing.
Where did your love of books come from?
I lived alone in a crummy little apartment/boarding house situation while in high school and I grew bored of TV and wanted to better myself for a few bad reasons, and started reading. You have a ton of free time at seventeen with no family to pester you and no money to get up to much.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
The Shinning, Night Shift, and 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Mapping the Interior, Last Final Girl, and Mongrel by Stephen Graham Jones
The Corn Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
Maddaddam series and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hotel New Hampshire, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The Cider House Rules
Wyoming Stories series by Annie Proulx
… I could go on for a very long time.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It puts me in a good mood, which is sort of like energizing, but it’s tiring as any other work. It can even be hard physically—hunched over, mostly unmoving, body slightly tensed.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
What’s the difference?
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Circling the Drain, but Moving Nonetheless
Where can your fans find you and follow?
@GenerousEd – Twitter
@UnnervingMag – Twitter
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️