Here's an interview I recently did for Rachelle's Window. Enjoy!
What drew you to the horror genre?
I’ve always been fascinated with horror movies and the paranormal. As a child, I tortured my Barbie dolls and loved going to video stores to look at the covers of horror movies, hoping that I would be able to see them one day. Writing horror was a natural progression.
A Good Man is about an altruistic vampire - a vegetarian who feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. He's a good man, but if he doesn't feed on the blood of humans, he'll be paralyzed for eternity.
Talk about conflict! Is there a message in A Good Man that you want readers to grasp?
I hope that A Good Man makes the reader wonder about his or her own behavior. We all have good motivations to behave the way we do, but they don't always justify negative results.
I almost never write with paper and pen. I only use it when I’m stuck for ideas because it helps to order my thoughts. A friend of mine, Daph Nobody, does exactly the opposite. He writes his entire novels in a notebook and only uses his computer to transfer his text once the book is finished.
The most productive time to write is the evening. Nighttime stimulates the right hemisphere, while daytime is for tasks that require the activation of the left hemisphere, such as editing and rewriting.
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 that I was the ideal person to bring this project to life. The movie will be shot later this year - starting in September - and will be released as Un homme bien.
The problem is that the filmmaker's view on what the movie should look like doesn’t usually correspond with the author’s view. That doesn't mean the filmmaker is doing a bad job. The film adaptation of The Strangers Outside doesn't resemble my short story either.
That quote shows up in almost every article about my books and screenplays. It intrigues people and it helps to sell books, so I don't complain. Old-school Stephen King stories are still among my favorites.
What were you in a former life?
A cat, naturally. I love cats, I have almost all the characteristics of a cat and most days I wish I were a cat.
I’d like to have all of them: being invisible, reading people’s minds, talking with the dead… But I can only choose one, right? Then it’ll be talking with animals. I have a very special relationship with the animals in my life and I know that there’s so much more to them then what I currently know. Oh, and I’d like to be able to cure people and animals miraculously. Who wouldn’t?
You're cheating and trying for two. But since we're fantasizing, why not have it all? Actually, I don't think I'd want to read minds, then I'd know what people are really thinking about me! Which books are on your bedside table right now?
Kelly Creagh's Nevermore... I really loved the first part of this book, but the ending is dragging a bit...
And some books my boyfriend got me as a present, such as Joe Hill's Horns and 20th Century Ghosts, Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and the first three books from Chi's Sweet Home.