Hi, Solomon. Thanks for joining us. What is your writing process? Do you plan ahead, outline each scene? Or do you prefer to let the story unfold on its own? Do you stick to a daily word count, etc?
I have a rough plan when I’m writing, but it’s never set in stone. I enjoy letting the story unfold naturally and do not restrict myself to meeting a word count quota. If I had to write a daily word count for reasons of publication then I am disciplined and adaptable enough to do that but I prefer not to. I usually sit at my computer with my handwritten plan and start my first draft. At this stage, I don’t worry about word-count, grammar, punctuation or spelling. I just write. It’s important to remember that professional authors go through multiple drafts. This is a normal part of the writing process – very few of us get it right first time.
What is your novel The Ebethusa about?
The Ebethusa focuses on the theory of ancient astronauts with a supernatural twist. The concept of ancient aliens or intelligent extraterrestrial beings visiting earth in antiquity or prehistory and making contact with humans is fascinating. Could this contact have influenced the development of human cultures, technologies and religions? A common variant of the idea is that deities from most, if not all, religions are actually extraterrestrials, and their advanced technologies were wrongly understood by primitive men as evidence of their divine status. I have explored this in part in my novel and developed a fictional idea that a tome containing mathematical equations could open up a doorway to something best left alone. In essence, The Ebethusa is a unique blend of sci-fi and supernatural. It is quite literally a contemporary merging of both genres to create a dark psychological thriller with a ghostly twist.
How do you come up with new ideas?
Anything and everything inspires me. Sometimes it’s a song, a movie, a book, a memory, even my dreams bizarrely enough, that’s how I came up with my next novel The Haunting of Gospall.
For me, inspiration comes from absorbing experiences such as an event on the news, or something that happened to me, or the Irish ghost stories my father used to tell me as a child. You need to use everything at your disposal to feed the fire of creativity.
I read all genres: adventure, historic, drama, horror, comedy, anything that will encourage my own creativity, but most importantly, I use my own imagination. If you use that, there is no limit to what you can create.
What are you currently reading?
Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. It really is an exciting read; it’s got me engrossed, so far. James Patterson has such a way with words and this reflects well in his latest novel, the story is unrelentingly exciting and utterly compulsive.
If you could invite any five authors from any time period to dinner, who would they be?
My individual style of writing is the result of reading and appreciating the distinctive works of many authors ranging from Dennis Wheatley to Stephen King. The classics have influenced me greatly, how can one not be impressed by Shelly, Stoker or Poe. So in answer to your question I would invite Stephen King, Dennis Wheatley, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelly and just to mix the pot up a bit the master of weird fiction H.P. Lovecraft.
Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote as a child was a short story, a ghostly tale. Believe it or not I was inspired by Charles Dickens, after reading “A Christmas Carol.” As a kid I didn’t fully appreciate the politics of the story, the veiled morality about being blind to peoples’ suffering when you have money and the ability to make a difference but do nothing. It was obvious that Dickens was appalled by the poverty in London and tried through literature to open the eyes of the middle and upper classes. At that tender age this was lost on me but the ghosts captured my imagination; they conveyed not just terror but wisdom in a way that fascinated me. The idea of supernatural beings intrigued me and allowed my imagination to run riot. Through literature I found that I was able to escape the mundane, the hum drum reality of everyday life, and express my own form of creativity.
I see you’ve got two books coming out soon, The Haunting of Gospall and Golgotha. Can you tell us a little bit about each?
The Haunting of Gospall:
It’s a ghostly tale that quite literally spans generations. The story gradually unfolds through mystical visions of the past which takes the reader into the depths of Haiti; here they will witness the darkest ritualistic practices performed there and encounter The Gospall, an eighteenth century warship, possessed by a presence so evil, so powerful it will force the past and present to meet head on, invoking a terrible revelation which will affect each and every one of us.
Father Amedeo and Suzi Quinn, sister of a murdered monk, are drawn into an intriguing web of mystery, murder and dark secrets as a two thousand year old prophecy is realized and an ancient evil unleashed. A titanic struggle ensues against a demonic being so powerful, so cunning, that they are left reeling at its mercy. Building to a terrifying climax and with each new revelation exposing another twist, another turn, they wonder as the countdown to nuclear oblivion begins if anything can stop it.
The Ebethusa received some fantastic reviews. Does that inspire you to write more?
I have been lucky so far and have received some great reviews. Of course, fantastic reviews inspire me. I write to be read and if people enjoy my work that’s such a bonus. Writing is a two way thing; my fans are everything to me, without them writing would be pointless. I listen closely to what they have to say and take it on board. Genuine constructive criticism is always welcome; it’s a beneficial tool for a writer. How else can we improve, if we don’t listen?
What are you working on at the moment?
At present I’m editing The Haunting of Gospall and am involved in a live action trailer for The Ebethusa. Filming is due to start soon and will employ professional actors, film locations, etc. I have also been invited for a chat at a local radio station to discuss writing and my book.
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on the web at http://solomonstrange.com
The Ebethusa is available as an eBook and paperback through
I am active on social networking sites, and you can connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.
Also, I have an animated trailer for The House of Solomon Strange on youtube: