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.