Monday, August 27, 2012

Interview with Edward Lorn




How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

After reading "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" to my daughter, I went out onto my front porch to have a smoke. The initial line of the poem that preludes Dastardly Bastard popped out of the ether and stuck inside my head: "The Dastardly Bastard of Waverly Chasm does gleefully scheme of malevolent things." I knew I was onto something. I put out my cigarette and ran inside to grab a notebook. I jotted down the rest of the poem as it made itself known. The title came from that first line.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I think a title speaks volumes of the work, so I try to go into a story with a title in mind. More often than not, yes, the title comes first, but I have had to change them in the past. My first novel was originally entitled, "The End," after the nickname given to Bay's End by its residents. The title didn't speak to people unless you had already read the book, so I changed it to Bay's End.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Memories have control over us. In the book, it's a literal idea. The members of the tour group have their own most horrific memories used against them to sate the villain's needs. In real life, memories hold sway over our emotions, bending us to their will, creating monsters out of us if we choose to let them fester. We're molded by what we've been through in our pasts. Other than a thrilling ride, I hope people see Dastardly Bastard as a lesson plan of sorts. Let the bad memories go and focus on the good. 

What book are you reading now?

I've become enamored with the stories Kealan Patrick Burke pens. The man is Steinbeck with a hatchet. Burke crafts flesh-and-bone characters, seemingly with ease. I love it when a writer can make you feel for the bad guy. In Burke's novel, Kin, he did just that. I finished that book in roughly three days and then went out and bought everything the man has published. So right now, I'm working through his catalog. I'm on The Hides, book two in the Timmy Quinn series, and loving every minute of it so far.

What books are in your to read pile?

A good friend just introduced me to Paul Cooley by gifting me Closet Treats. Along with Burke's backlist, I think I'll be busy with that in the near future. I'm also anxiously awaiting Adriana Noir's Requiem for the Fallen. I've been following her short fiction for quite some time and am looking forward to reading her first full-length venture.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I'm currently wrapping up a story about two ex-killers who take a final job in Mexico with the hopes of a large payday. The tentative title is Hope for the Wicked, but as I said before, that could change at any minute. In fact, the manuscript was titled something completely different just a week ago.

In the future, I will have more stories set in and around the fictional town of Bay's End. I’ll be doing two to three more books there before moving on to tackle broader horizons, ideas that are too big and scary for me to tackle right now.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I would love to, really, but I think I will pass. Showing unedited work is rather like walking outside without checking yourself in a mirror. If you don't care what people think of the way you present yourself, you're all good. But if you're like me and constantly worry that your fly might be down, I don't suggest it.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Glendon Haddix of Streetlight Graphics. His company does fantastic work. No worries, Indies. They work with independents and publishers alike. I definitely recommend you check them out if you're in need of a cover. 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just write. Shut the up and write. This is what editors and rewrites are for. More than once, I've written a novella-length piece, only to turn around and make a novel out of it. When you have the overall concept complete, it's much easier to go back and chop it up or add to it if you know it's not finished. If a scene is too much for you, omit it for the time being and keep on truckin'. We're writers; it's what we do. So, do it!

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

Adele's "21." I wrote Dastardly Bastard with that album on repeat. If you happen to snag Bay's End, I was listening to my Tom Waits collection the entire time. Both of those artists convey well what I think most good horror is about: Loss.

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Dastardly Bastard
By Edward Lorn

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Date of Publication: May 2012
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781477459867
ISBN-10: 1477459863
ASIN: B007ZXKCXA

Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 60,632

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Book Description:

When war photographer Mark Simmons is sent to do a promo on Waverly Chasm, he assumes it’s a puff piece, a waste of his talents.

Widow Marsha Lake brings her son, Lyle, to help him heal after his father’s death.

Donald Adams, aka H.R. Chatmon, joins the tour to get away from a sticky situation.

Justine McCarthy consents to the hike to placate her boyfriend, Trevor.

For Jaleel Warner, the tour guide, walking the chasm is just part of his job.

Each of these people must face their darkest memories in order to discover and defeat the secret buried in Waverly Chasm.

Author Bio:

Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing somewhere in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.



1 comment:

EdwardLorn said...

Thanks for having me!

E.