As I mentioned in my last blog, Roger Lawrence has published what I think is his most brilliant horror story yet.
Libro Agonia (Book of Pain) is available where most e-books are sold for only $2.30.
I asked Roger to answer a few questions, so here is my interview with this extraodinary author:
Did you always want to be a writer?
Not until I was about twenty, by which time I’d read thousands of books and suddenly decided “Hey I’d like to do that and earn millions.” The reality soon set in but the love stayed. My first three novels were absolute trash, filled with passive voices and cliques but I was thrilled that I had actually written something. My next task was to learn how to do it properly. I don’t think that job will ever end.
What inspired you to write the book?
The story has been floating around in the murky depths of my mind for years. The only problem was that it had two potential endings. In fact I did write both and sat on them for months before deciding which was the better – or at least more acceptable.
How long did it take you to write it?
Most first drafts take about three months before I actually being editing them into something readable. This was a long one, for me, at 150k words so that took almost six months. Then with the editing and decision as to which ending I would use, the whole thing took nearly two years.
Of all of his experiences, which is your favorite?
Curiously, and possibly an indication of my utter weirdness, his friendship with the horse was my favourite. The animal’s character was identical of that of a horse I used to ride as a child. He was very much in charge and would always let me know if I ever got above myself – usually with a well placed hoof, and being nearly nineteen hands, he was no lightweight.
Will you write another one similar to this?
Similar perhaps, but not identical. I wrote another series of monster books of which there as only to be one. A number of people asked for more and I managed to eke it into three. Book of Pain can only be a one as I wrapped it all neatly up at the end – probably.
This novel is unique because of the subject matter and is a true horror story, yet it’s much more that. What’s the blurb?
There was a lot to go through so I settled upon this.
After being cursed to live forever, Tom Fletcher thinks that’s as bad as it could get until he discovers that eternity will be spent in unspeakable agony. Unable to sleep or eat, and that madness is denied him, he truly begins to understand the meaning of hopelessness.
Two hundred years of mind numbing pain later he discovers a means to escape the punishment. He must wait another century before that opportunity arrives, but has his mind become so warped by pain and misery that he could ever commit the awful crime required to free himself?
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m writing the third in two other series’ of novels, Old Geezers 3, and Kongomato 3, SF and horror respectively.
Is horror your favorite genre?
I love writing in most genres; SF being a firm favourite but I must admit to a sneaking love of horror. I can do all the things a normal human being could never conceive – without actually breaking the law.
Do you build monsters and horrors stories in your mind, working to develop them around the clock or do they suddenly just appear?
Worryingly, they just appear. My wife of thirty years has long been convinced of my sickness and often suggests that I seek help.
You have a sense of humor written in all your books. If we were to meet you in person, would you still have that sense of humor, or are you essentially a shy person?
At first I would be very quiet but given free rein I always succumb to the need to make silly jokes. With writing I can hone that but not be there when I inevitably gross people out.
Where can you be found on the internet?
My daily blog and all my books can be found on : http://threehoodies.blogspot.co.uk/
Roger is definitely an author worth reading. He is quite talented and his books are so interesting and intriguing that they are hard to set down.
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LHR my friends