Last night Charon Coin Press hosted a Facebook party to celebrate the release of their latest anthology, Paying the Ferryman. I’m not on Facebook (tried it and didn’t like it) so I figured I’d jot down the questions and answer them here. Feel free to ask any other questions in the comments below.
Margie Colton: Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a hybrid?
I’m a huge plotter. I like to have a solid story structure and outline in place before I turn on my computer. I’m talking things like character bios, major plot points, and settings. Once I get a feel for all of the different aspects of the story, I like to immerse myself in them, meaning they’re always on my mind. For me, it makes writing a lot easier knowing where I’m going. Taking the time to outline in the beginning means less revision work later.
Frank Edler: Do you see death as a dark end or a promising new beginning?
Each person will likely have a different opinion on this. I’m not sure anyone really knows for sure, and that’s what makes this an interesting question. I suppose I’m not sold on either the dark end or the new beginning. Personally, I hope that when I die that’s it. I’d like to finally be at peace.
Hayden McAnally: What is your favorite horror book?
Eric Jude: Do you use a pen name?
No. I don’t believe in using pen names. Even if I write in several genres, I plan on using my real name. I want credit for all the hard work that went into creating those stories, and books, no matter what genre they happen to fall under.
Brian Fatah Steele: Does your story in Paying the Ferryman fall into any particular horror sub-genre?
I don’t think so. Plain old horror.
Hayden McAnally: Did any of you ever get particularly creeped out by your own words?
No. Not much scares me. What I try to do is see through my character’s eyes, what scares them. Fear is such a subjective thing that each person will probably react differently to different situations. The key is presenting the scares in the most universal way possible so a greater number of readers will relate to them.
Tammy Hay Mitchell: Who is your favorite author and why?
Right now my favorite is Tim Lebbon. He does so many things well that I find myself wanting to write better. He usually finds a way to inject horror sensibilities into whatever genre he’s writing at the time. My all-time favorite is Dean Koontz. The way he lets his stories unfold (particularly his earlier works), giving readers enough detail (without over doing it) so they can finish the scares themselves, is masterful.
Frank Edler: What fellow author were you most honored to share the pages of Paying the Ferryman with?
Armand Rosamilia because he’s been in the business for a number of years.
Frank Edler: How did you approach the theme of Paying the Ferryman?
I immediately thought about what death would mean for someone like a car thief. Would they have regrets? Was this person bad or simply making the best of the hand they were dealt? Would they get, or even deserve, a second chance? I believe life is rarely black and white. It’s full of shades of gray, and that’s what I wanted to explore.
Margie Colton: What’s the best part of writing?
Getting to explore ideas and concepts I probably wouldn’t get to in real life. Plus I get to share my stories with readers who may get something more out of them than I ever intended.
Margie Colton: What is your favorite part of your story?
Can I go with the visuals? I bet most readers will remember the bacon scene the most though. 😉
D. S. Ullery: What drew you to submit to this anthology?
The concept. Plus, the people behind Charon Coin seemed passionate about not only the creative side of publishing, but also the business side. Through experience I’ve learned to not submit to any/every press. It was easy for me to see Charon Coin was different in a good way. Working with Margie was a pleasure and I would definitely recommend Charon Coin to other writers.
Jenner Michaud: Did you learn any lesson as a writer writing your story for Paying the Ferryman?
Just about what kind of people Margie and Jerry are. Margie in particular made the entire submission process easy and approachable for everyone–from the first time author to a more seasoned author like me who’s been actively submitting projects for a couple of years. For those of your who don’t really know, Margie went above and beyond keeping everyone updated and on the same page. She was also very approachable and open to new ideas. One of the better experiences I’ve had to date in publishing.
Paying the Ferryman is available now! For more information visit Charon Coin’s official website.