Author Interview With The Zombie: C. M. Harris
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
I'm so excited about this next author interview with Twitter's very own @Ned_the_zombie, (aka the undead, C.M. Harris). C.M. has just published his first book, Inn Spirits: Tales of the Folsom (Marionettes Book 1), earning him the official title of Indie Author. Time to learn a little more about our favorite "writing dead" author. So, let's get started!
Me: First question. Why do you write?
CM: Good question! I write because I have stories to share. That, and it helps me to deal with depression and anxiety. Which these days is a wonderful thing.
Me: Any particular writer’s that have inspired you? (published or indie)
CM: Oh goodness yes! H.P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Brian Keene and Brian Lumley, to name a few.
Me: Did you read a lot of horror as a kid?
CM: You bet I did, it was pretty much the only thing I read as a kid. And I always had my nose stuck in a book.
Me: What was the scariest thing you remember as a child?
CM: I was staying over to a friend’s house when I was about 9 or so. And in that peculiar state between sleeping and awake. I looked over and saw a baby crawling on the floor. No big deal, right? It was 2AM and the baby had glowing red eyes. Not to mention there was no baby in the house. It seemed so real I threw the covers over my head and stayed that way until morning.
Me: Other than the baby with glowing eyes, what are your other personal fears?
CM: Porcelain dolls… And losing those close to me.
Me: What teenage stereotype would you be in a slasher movie?
CM: The loner, the one that always goes off into the woods by himself to find out what the scary noise is.
Me: Stephen King describes three different kinds of horror. 1) The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs. 2) The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around. 3) The Terror: The terror, where you come home to find everything you own replaced by an exact replica. Which type of writer are you?
CM: I would say I am a combo of the gross out and the Horror. I love to give people a good scare, and usually, the best scares are the ones we imagine. However, there is something to be said about describing the monster or spirit ripping someone to shreds.
Me: Is your family supportive of your writing? Where do you find most of your support?
CM: Oh, they are indeed. My wife encourages me, my son inspires me, and the rest of my family is all on board. Of course, I always find loads of support with #WFGC. And the wonderful people of twitter.
Me: What’s your day job? Love it or hate it?
CM: Right now, I am basically between jobs, and I hate it. Makes it hard to keep a roof over your head when money isn’t coming in. But, on the plus side, I get more writing done, and hope that one day, writing books will be my full-time job.
Me: If you had to read one novelist’s work for the rest of your life, who would it be?
CM: That one is easy. Brian Keene.
Me: When you are working on a story and you find that it isn’t working, do you get rid of it, keep working on it, or put it away for a later date?
CM: Tough question, I don’t believe a story is ever not working, just not working right now. So, I will put a story aside until later. And usually, fresh ideas will flow.
Me: Tell us about your new book?
CM: Inn Spirits: Tales of the Folsom. It is a ghost story, based in the Folsom Inn. However, it also includes a bit of a bonus, the Marionettes. Small dolls with big attitudes. Each story is different, though all connected through a wraparound story.
Me: You published on Kindle. Any plans for paperback?
CM: I am happy to report it is now available in paperback on Click Link
Me: Why should we read it? Give me your best elevator pitch.
CM: Inn Spirits is a Supernatural Horror, where the dead play. And their games are deadly. Amanda Brisk is held hostage in the Folsom Inn, to survive, she must tell tales of terror, praying that her friends make it in time. It’s a quiet night at the Folsom Inn, when a stranger burst through the door. With gun in hand, he forces her back into the office, where she proceeds to tell him off the spirits that haunt the Folsom. As she waits for her friends to arrive, she tells him five terrifying tales. In the Folsom, the dead don’t just walk, they kill.
Me: Where can we find it your book?
CM: You can find the E-Book here: Click Link
CM: And the Paperback here: Click Link
Me: What is your goal for this book? (i.e. fame, fortune, etc.)
CM: Mostly, to share the stories, but if I am to be 100% honest, it is also to get my name out there. I look at this book as an introduction of sorts. To let people, experience my writing style, and see if they enjoy it.
Me: You’re very active in the writing community on twitter. What—or who—are the scariest things you’ve seen there?
CM: By far, the scariest thing I have seen is Cockygate. I view the writing community as a family, we may not all get along, we may not all agree, but we all help each other, at least until Cockygate came along. But even that has the advantage of pulling the genres even closer.
Me: Your Twitter handle is “Ned the Zombie.” What inspired that name?
CM: Ned started out as a character in one of the books I’m writing. And so far, one of my favorite creations. At the time I opened my account, he was also acting as my mask. To allow me to speak more openly, not be so shy. And after a while, it stuck. Now if I changed my name, people would probably wonder who the heck I am.
Me: What are you working on now?
CM: I am working on The Boneyard, a comedy/horror about “Intelligent” zombies. And book two of Inn Spirits.
Me: Any future plans to pursue traditional publishing?
CM: Eventually yes, though I will probably wait until I am better known to try.
Me: Last question. What epitaph on your grave? Oh wait. Aren’t you already dead?
CM: I am, and proud of it. My Gravestone says, “Stay off my lawn!” Not terribly creative, but family friendly.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this Interview with the Zombie. I'd like to thank C.M. for being my guest today. Don't forget to check out his new book on amazon. (And don't forget to leave a review!)
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