Hello, my Lovelies! Hope all is well with all of you. Today we are going to look at my interview with Eric Shapiro. So lets check it out!
A bit about Eric Shapiro: Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. Called “the next Philip K. Dick” by author Kealan Patrick Burke, Shapiro is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella “It’s Only Temporary” (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, “Rule of 3” (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, “Living Things” (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which has received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program “Intelligence For Your Life.” Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.
1. Tell us a bit about your books.
The two newest ones are my first novel RED DENNIS and my first nonfiction book ASS PLUS SEAT, both out in 2020. RED DENNIS is a psycho thriller about a guy caught up in a small-town #metoo scenario who comes unglued. ASS PLUS SEAT is tips to inspire book writers and screenwriters to stop procrastinating and get it done.
2. What has been the best part of creating your books world?
For RED DENNIS, it’s a primarily psychological environment, and it was fun and stimulating to walk around half-dreaming I was this whole other person.
a. The worst?
The person happens to be deeply damaged and insane! (laughs)
3. What advice would you give a new fantasy writer like myself?
I always give the same advice to new writers: “Take responsibility for every single sentence.” It starts there. Go in deep. Watch everything. Try to make every sentence rise as high as possible.
4. What piece of literature has had the most influence on you? Why?
Probably Stephen King’s IT. That was the most enveloping reading experience I’ve ever had. The book opened up its clown-mouth and swallowed me whole. I don’t think I’ll ever feel that way again; I’m not innocent enough anymore, and I’ve put in too many hours as a writer.
5. Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Walking, hiking, meditating, sauna, meals and trips (presuming there’s no pandemic) with my wife and kids.
6. How do you balance between writing and spending time with your family?
I’ve gotten used to hearing my kids yelling or laughing in the background while I write! No, in seriousness, it’s all compartmentalized. I usually write through the morning, then free up in the afternoon and switch gears from inner space to the people around me.
7. Tell us about the projects you have in the works?
I’m afraid to jinx them but there’s two feature-length movies I would like to make once COVID finally cools or ends.
8. Can you tell us about your writing process?
I try to get to a place where I’m as open and emotionally available as possible, then draft fast and dirty, then go back (and back and back) and painstakingly refine. The key for me is finding a sweet spot between spontaneity and rigor, so that neither one overtakes the other. You want a fresh human presence on the page, but you don’t want it to seem too loose or ragged.
9. If you couldn’t write books what would you want to do?
I’m never sure if I want to write more books after I’ve finished one. Now that I’ve recently finished two, I’m hoping for a long break. Screenwriting is more fun, and I work full-time running a newspaper and writing journalism.
10. Is there anything else you would like us to know that I haven’t asked about?
Everybody be sure to take plenty of Vitamin D!
If you are interest in checking out more about him here are his social media links. Thank you once more Eric Shapiro for taking time to do this interview with me!.
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/eric.shapiro.3386