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Alan Nayes is an accomplished author with fantastic reviews. Let’s get to know him a little better…
When and why did you begin writing?
After I moved to southern California in the 80’s I decided to take a creative writing class at a local community college. I’d written some music in college but when I realized I couldn’t sing real well—not at all actually—I switched to stories. After several failed attempts at breaking into the screenwriting business I decided I would have a better chance at novels. Not much better, but I am making progress. My mantra—every day write something. Even if it is only some responses to an interview. Lol.
What authors have influenced your work?
I read a lot of authors, Lindsey, and honestly can’t pick one that has influenced me the most. I think all good writing influences me in small ways—if anything, it makes me want to strive to write as well.
Your book, Gargoyles, is about a surrogate mother whose pregnancy turns out to be more than she bargained for. Without spoiling too much of the plot, can you highlight a few interesting things about the story?
Hmm… without spoilers. GARGOYLES was originally a screenplay titled HARVEST, but when I couldn’t generate any interest in the story, I changed the name of the main character and title, adjusted the plot and converted the screenplay to a novel. Part of the story takes place in my hometown, Orange, California, and part takes place in Guatemala. When I wrote the original story I had no idea GARGOYLES would be the first book in a series.
Although most of your titles could be described as “dark fiction” and have been called “chilling” and “suspenseful”, you’ve also written a love story and a book for young adults. What causes you to change genres? Is it simply to keep yourself amused, or to reach a wider range of readers?
When I decide to write a story, my decision is not based on genre but my feelings for the idea. If I’m really attached to an idea, I’ll write the story regardless of genre. I also don’t give much thought to my target audience, though I probably should. I really just want to write a novel that is entertaining regardless of who “in the audience” reads the book.
“Gargoyles” and “Plague” are part of a series you’ve named “The Resurrection Trilogy”. When can we expect book #3, and what motivated you to write a trilogy?
I’ve always been attracted to a series because then you get to stay with the main character longer. Like I mentioned earlier, GARGOYLES was originally a stand alone novel, but then I received some comments from readers “what happens next?” Thus the Resurrection Trilogy. It is fun writing a series and I have plans for RESURRECTION to be released sometime this fall. All that remains is writing the book!
What advice do you have for new or aspiring writers?
Three words—persistence, persistence, and persistence. If you believe in your idea enough it will get written. Just sit down and do it—like the Nike commercial. (Though I doubt Nike would want you to just sit)
Have you encountered any obstacles while writing your books? If so, how did you overcome them?
No real obstacles, Lindsey, other than just making myself try to write something every day. Sometimes this is hard and my discipline deserts me at times, but I always mange to find it again, though some days this takes some real digging—lol.
You mention on your website that although you currently reside in California, you grew up in Texas and like to visit as often as possible. Do you ever visit there in your fiction? Have you set any stories in Texas, or perhaps in your current home, California? Or do you prefer to write about places that you rarely, or never, get to visit?
This all depends on the story. I’m working on a horror story HEMLOCK POND that though it takes place in Wisconsin, the inspiration for the haunted pond is a secluded pond found back in the woods on some land I own in north Texas. GARGOYLES takes place in California and a foreign country—Guatemala. I think my setting is dictated by the story and is less dependent on places I’ve lived or visited. However it is fun when I’m writing a scene that involves a location that I am intimately familiar—less research that way!
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the horror story mentioned above—HEMLOCK POND. HEMLOCK POND is about a woman and her young son who move into a farmhouse with a haunted pond on the property. I’m also working on RESURRECTION, the third book in the Resurrection Trilogy. And thirdly, I’m finishing up a paranormal romance titled THE LEARNER which will be the first book in the Learner Series.
Where can we find you on the web?
My books are:
RETURN TO UNDERLAND
(Find them on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble)
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