Today, I welcome author Mick Williams to my blog. After completing several other books (comedies, children’s books and a fantasy), Mick tried his hand at horror with the release of Horrifics 1, a collection of short horror stories, in February of this year.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
There comes a time when reading one’s own writing no longer makes him cringe. At that point, you’ve found your voice. It happens after several false starts before confidence sets in.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
Not much of myself is there, but experiences play a huge part, especially people I know or used to know.
So did you base any of your characters on real people?
Practically all of them. Real people come with instant mannerisms and vocabulary, which makes them stand out from each other. They have to be changed a little, though, since the disclaimer says there’s no similarity to actual people.
Please tell us about your current release.
Horrifics 1 is nine short stories which feature original takes on familiar folklore characters, with unexpected endings. Two of the tales use my own creations in scifi or legend.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I’m doing Horrifics 2, a second collection of horror tales. The first story is a scary yet poignant tale of a high school student who inherits the family vampire.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
For short stories, I start with a memorable scene from fiction, film, or real life, which becomes the anchor point. The story takes shape around it. It may be central to the plot, or characters simply pass through on their way to the story climax.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I always outline, to prevent writing into a dead end. That once happened two-thirds of the way through a book.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I have a broad research library on hand for mythology, folklore, and ancient languages. There’s also a picture reference file for inspiration on backgrounds.
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
My favorite in this outing is the 85-year old succubus, who is zany enough to make such an unlikely thing plausible. I avoid making any of them unlikable, which would mean unreadable.
What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?
The one where an office salesman, who is guilty of sexual harassment, finds an occult way to take advantage of a co-worker. Does he make the right choice? It’s important in drama scenes not to get maudlin. The scene ends with a touch of humor.
If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
I’d be Lord Falco, the wealthy playboy who led a mission into an alternate dimension, commanding a group of fighters and spell casters.
If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I’d definitely want to live in the Outworld, the scene of an epic fantasy, where magic and monsters are the norm.
Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
Coffee and walnut brownie. In winter, the spirit-filled chocolate is available.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
I thought The Warded Man was good, with its nightly struggle to survive when demons arose.
What book are you reading right now?
Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian. It’s about refugees in World War 2.
If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
Joyce Carol Oates, for her poetry, and Terry Brooks for fantasy.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I also do portraits and comic books, landscapes and T shirt designs.
By turns scary, poignant, and amusing, these horror shorts feature both familiar haunts of legend and modern urban fantasy. From the former comes a tech-savvy gorgon and an obscure relation of Dracula, who demands from van Helsing an accounting for killing the vampire lord. From the latter comes a boy’s crush on a most unusual teacher; a ghost who reaches out through a video game to atone for a mistake; and a horror aficionado. When an enigmatic photo falls out of a library book, he becomes embroiled in a battle for survival with a succubus. These 8-12 page entries serve up a sinister snack for those with time to kill.
About the Author
Mick Williams is a self-taught writer and artist since the age of twelve. He recently left the fields of medical lab work and an RN position to focus full time on the craft. His titles include three comedy satires, two illustrated children’s books, and one fantasy. This is his first entry in the horror field.
You can buy Horrifics 1 on Amazon.