Using a sheaf of papers topped with a creepy title as bait, this week’s visitor, Nelson W. Pyles, fell in through the trap door. Luckily, I’d remembered to place the half flat bouncy castle at the bottom of the slide. Sorry about the marbles and thumb tacks…or am I?
Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?
I had always loved to read, even as a little kid. I read THE HOBBIT in third grade in a day, and I was hooked. I thought that next to being in KISS, being a writer was probably the best job ever. I was wrong. Forget KISS. Being an author IS the best job ever.
If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)
How heartbreaking!!! I’d burn last the following:
- DEATHBIRD STORIES by Harlan Ellison
- HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
- THE TALISMAN by Stephen King and Peter Straub
- THE VERY BEST OF JOE R LANSDALE
- CABAL by Clive Barker
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?
Finishing the first draft of my novel…only to find it was about 35k short of being novel length and trying to find a way to double that without making it suck. It took a while but I came up with a second half that made it not only tons better, but added situations that really stretched out the characters. I’m really proud of how it turned out.
What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?
The worst thing in the world to me is asking someone how they’re doing and they answer you by telling you what day of the week it is…”Hey how are you?” “It’s Friday!!!” Hey, way to NOT answer my question. A friend of mine and I refer to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as ‘calendar days.’ It’s infuriating as hell!
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?
The main character in my novel DEMONS DOLLS AND MILKSHAKES, Kat. I found her voice almost immediately and had the best time writing her. She’s so enjoyably flawed and funny. I’d love to meet her in real life. I think I’m going to go back to her in the near future.
Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?
The creepiest place I’ve ever been to was a roller skating rink in New Jersey. A friend of mine worked there, and we’d hang out and skate for free after the place closed. The place got really spooky at night. Sometimes, all the video games would turn on and make this huge racket for a few minutes and then shut down. We thought it was just an electrical issue until it happened after we had unplugged everything. We all ran the hell out of there. It hasn’t shown up anywhere just yet.
What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?
Actually, my favorite rejection got in depth and specific as to why the story hadn’t been accepted. It was the most helpful rejection I’d ever received. I took the notes, didn’t get angry or dejected, and sold it somewhere else. Rejections aren’t always bad things.
How did you get that scar?
I can’t say, but you should see the other guy. Actually, I had a lung biopsy, and it left a kicking scar on my neck. I’ve made up tons of stories of how I got it.
What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?
Promote yourself and/or your writing
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My first novel, DEMONS DOLLS AND MILKSHAKES, will be out in September and published by Post Mortem Press. You can also catch my podcast The Wicked Library every week featuring dramatic reads of today’s best up and coming authors. Look for it on Facebook. Also, My Twitter stuff, @nelsonwpyles and @wickedlibrary as well as www.nelsonwpyles.com!
Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?
Just that if you must kill me, please wait until the book comes out. I’d like to see it before I find my bucket to kick. And I don’t scream, but I will swear a lot as I run away….
Thank you, Mr. Pyles, but did I ever mention ME killing you? Isn’t that what minions are for? You do have a choice to make. Pick one of the doors in front of you. Once you do, walk through another. Close the door behind you and don’t look back. But since you won’t scream, I’ll make sure the tickle monsters haven’t been fed.