Celluloid Diaries: Interview on Midnyte Reader

Monday, May 21, 2012

Interview on Midnyte Reader

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Below is an interview that appeared on Midnyte Reader.

I would like to welcome author Vanessa Morgan today. After checking out her blog I became increasingly intrigued with her stories and her writing process. Vanessa has several spooky projects published which are all available on Amazon.

How did your latest work, A Good Man come about?

In 2010, my short story The Strangers Outside was brought to the screen. The main actor in that film, Pierre Lekeux, is also a producer. He loved what I had done with The Strangers Outside and he asked if I’d agree to write their next feature film. He wanted to jump onto the wagon of the current vampire-craze and he thought I was the ideal person to bring this project to life. The result is A Good Man that I could best describe as American Psycho with a vampire. Some people have also compared it to the TV-series Dexter. It's a fun and moving story, and it turns the vampire myth completely on its head. It's not the kind of vampire story you've seen before and if you think you know how things will turn out, then think again.

What is your writing process like?

Writing is my day job, so I get up around 8 a.m. and after having fed my cat I start to write, usually until 6 p.m. or much later depending on my evening activities. I mainly write from home, but I also like to work in coffee shops, airports, and hotels. As I’m currently visiting my niece who lives on Ibiza, I’m filling in this questionnaire at a sunny terrace near the water with a view of the medieval city.

As for the writing itself… I mainly use freewriting, especially for the first draft. I noticed that outlining blocks my creative process, but when I use the freewriting technique I always manage to surprise myself and be truly original. The rewriting phase is definitely the most difficult because rewriting is all about crossing my own boundaries and leaving my comfort zone as a writer. Every writer has his or her limits and the rewriting process is about overcoming those. Having a clear vision of what you want your story to become is important while doing this. So is listening to the advice of others in your field, as long as you stay true to your own voice.

I saw that you have a quote from Lucky McKee on your blog. I *have* to know how that came about. (May is definitely one of my favorite horror movies.)

Lucky and I met at a film festival in Brussels in 2009. He was there to present his movie Red while I was at the festival to present my first novel Drowned Sorrow. We got along really well and he read Drowned Sorrow on the plane back to the US. When he came back home he emailed me to say how much he loved the book and thought I was "a startling new voice in horror." I jokingly answered if I could use that as a quote and he agreed.

To read the rest of the interview on Midnyte Reader.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for the interview! I've added one of your books to my TBR pile. I love creepy, scary reads!

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  2. L'ENFANT NUCLÉAIRE de Daph Nobody:

    Depuis son plus jeune âge, Jiminy Waterson a un don : un estomac à toute épreuve, capable de dissoudre de ses sucs gastriques particulièrement puissants tout ce qui n’est pas comestible. On veut faire de lui un rat de laboratoire, mais son ami Alex l’encourage à utiliser ce don sous la forme d’un show, et l’entraîne dans une tournée à travers les États-Unis. Ainsi, au détour d’un prêt-à-manger planté au bord d’une route de Virginie, Jiminy devient-il L’Homme au Ventre Magique. Mais quel est donc le rapport avec ce complot politique qui se trame autour d’un détournement de déchets nucléaires ? Ou avec ce prisonnier dans le couloir de la mort, dont on organise secrètement l’évasion ? Ou encore avec ce flic qui n’a plus qu’une seule idée en tête : se débarrasser de sa femme ? Un seul dénominateur commun : la folie humaine…

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  3. Oh your book sounds awesome. I am really interested in "The Strangers Outside". Visiting via FF. New follower. Have a great Memorial Day.
    Michele
    http://lovejoyjunction.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hi There,
    I'm stopping in from the Tuesday Train. I'd love a visit back :)
    http://just10moreminutes.blogspot.com
    Tiffany Taylor

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  5. What a great interview," American Psycho with a vampire"...sounds interesting!
    And I like the unique spin on these characters, such as the arthritic old vampire. I am partial to vampires myself, so I'll have to add this to my wishlist.

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  6. Hi I really enjoyed the interview and will see if i can get the book at it does sound fab. I am a new follower from the blog hop and I hope you can visit me some time at www.jollyjillys.blogspot.com

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  7. Hello, visiting you from Friendship Friday Blogger Hop!

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  8. Excellent interview! I enjoyed reading this post.

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  9. Interesting interview and i love the picture - spooky- we don't know what is lurking around the corner out of sight. I love the sky with its beautiful colour and patterns and shapes. Certainly NOT a boring sky! I also like the texture of the grass - and the way it seems to be endless. Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday.

    You have also inspired me to interview an author friend of mine. I have just finished e-publishing it for him.I hope I can do as good a job as you.

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  10. I love this kind of stories!

    Visiting from Mandarin Orange Monday (Mom). My entry is about our Anniversary Dinner, would be delighted for you to come and see.

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