Just like many horror lovers and creators, Chucky from Child’s Play (1988) scared Author Steven Wain so bad he was turned off from horror as a young kid. But that red-headed doll has stayed so close, Wain eventually found his way back to the world of ghosts, ghouls, and horrific tales.
Allow me to introduce you to a horror/thriller writer of poetry, short stories, and novels. Follow along to learn more about this young, animal-loving, horror loving, and fearing, author.
With all the creative outlets available to you, why write?
Wain: Writing is a craft which I have always loved. As a child, two authors sparked my love for storytelling. I read Enid Blyton’s The Book of Brownies, and Emily Rodda’s Deltora Quest, and immediately knew what I wanted to be as an adult. My love for horror writing came a little bit later.
Wain: I’ve always been fascinated by the dark and macabre side of storytelling. Serial killers, ghouls, monsters, and ghosts have always had a profound and lasting impact on me which eventually manifests in my own work. I struggle to find the passion for telling a story when there isn’t a horror element.
Tell us about your writing process.
Wain: My process differs, depending on the type of project. When I write poetry or short stories, I usually sit myself down and let my fingers do the talking. I try to avoid criticising and perfecting the work until finished, otherwise the backspace key will be the one getting the most attention on the keyboard.
Longer projects, mainly novels, see me investing more time into planning. I’ll usually start with a skeleton of what I want my story to be, sometimes beginning with a basic idea, theme, or character. Then, I’ll slowly flesh it out until I have quite an in-depth roadmap. And that’s before I even write a sentence of prose!
Which piece are you most proud of, and why?
Wain: I’m particularly proud of my second book, Refused Existence. It’s a collection of short stories where I explore a lot of different scenarios. I sanded off the rough edges from my first book and gained a lot of confidence in my writing.
Specifically, I’ve received a lot of praise for two stories which are featured in the book, Hunt and Echoes. As was every story in the book, they were extremely fun to write! Whilst writing, I found myself in a moment of magic where I couldn’t stop pressing the keys until the story was finished.
How does a story start? An idea, thought, message, scenario, etc.?
Wain: Ideas come from everywhere. Sometimes, a random thought will pop into my head which has to be written down. Other times, I find myself inspired by another piece of work, or even a news story. Some of my stories have even come to me in dreams. I see that as a kind of fate!
I’ve found the easiest way to come up with ideas is to shut off my inner perfectionist and let myself write. Whatever comes to mind, good or bad, has to be written down.
List some of your favorite writers or pieces and tell how your work has been influenced by them.
Wain: It’s so difficult to choose my favourite authors and books! I love authors like Stephen King, Richard Laymon, Gillian Flynn, and John Grisham, to name a few! I love a good page turner where I just can’t put it down.
There were three books which really sparked my love for writing: Misery by Stephen King, Funland by Richard Laymon, and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I love their style and each of those books were read in a day. If you want to see what inflamed my thirst for writing, look no further than those three pieces.
PARZZ1VAL: Misery is on my ‘favorites’ shelf, and I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s work, but I’ll be sure to check out Richard Laymon!
Where can we find your work?
Wain: You can find my books mostly anywhere books are sold! Specifically, they’re available in places like Amazon, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, plus heaps more.
Anything else you’d like the public to know?
Yes! For those who are interested, I also offer freelance proofreading and editing services. Whether it’s blog posts, books, or anything in between, I can do it! Contact me through my website for details.
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