Yes, you read correctly, I’m doing a Word-Slingers on Wednesday. Hope you enjoy this visit from author Alexander Grenados!
I have been writing since I was in the fourth grade. We had a contest to see who could write the scariest Halloween story. Mine was about zombies. We all had to get up in front of the class and read them out loud. The class was entranced, and they all quickly agreed that my story was the best. That was when I really started to enjoy writing.
Later, in sixth grade, I wrote a short story for my English class. The teacher was so impressed, she wondered if maybe my parents had written it for me. Once I convinced her that I’d written it myself, she told me that I had a real gift and should keep on writing.
Many, many balls. I have a full-time job as the Managing Editor of a talk show on WUNC Radio in Durham, North Carolina. It’s the local NPR affiliate, and my day’s are pretty packed doing my duties there. I write 2,000 words every day no matter what else I have going on. Plus I’m married, so I have to make sure I’m being the best husband I can be.
I’m a columnist for the local newspaper, “The News & Observer,” as well, so I have to find time to locate column ideas, interview people and write up my weekly assignment. It seems like it would leave little time for anything else, but somehow I also manage to read quite a bit. I don’t know how I manage to do it all. It just seems like if there are things you want to do, you make time for them.
Cemetery Plot is the culmination of many years unsuccessfully trying to write a novel. I always assumed I was going to be a novelist, but every time I sat down to write, I decided that I wasn’t good enough or the story wasn’t good enough. I’m not even sure how many barely started or half finished novels I have out there.
Last year, during November, I decided to do National Novel Writing Month. I decided that no matter what, I was going to write 50,000 words. Even if I thought they were terrible, I wasn’t going to stop. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. I ended up quitting at about 25,000 words and starting over. Then, I quit again at 25,000 words. Together, the two stories made 50,000 words, so I found a way to combine them together to make Cemetery Plot.
The freedom. In the horror genre, anything goes. You can be as weird as you want, or you can play it straight. I tend to go weird, so it’s particularly suited to me.
I already have. My next novel is more of a fantasy, and I have another I’ve written that is straight up sci-fi, more or less. I’m working on one right now that’s kind of a detective story, as well.