Author Interrupted welcomes Dan Waltz

Another of our wonderful participants, Dan Waltz, had this to say about our questions 🙂

What is your favourite Halloween decoration or costume? (bonus points, did you use one in one of your books?)
My most favourite Halloween costume would have to be a Zombie. You never see two a like, you don’t have to go all out if you don’t want to and you can still look pretty good. You don’t have to buy a costume either, just bloody up some clothes, smear some makeup on your face and arms and you’re good to go. Zombies have been characters in several of my books, especially my latest.

What really scares you?
Reality. Day-to-day life. We live in a grim world, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Escaping with a good book now and then, whether, reading or writing is the ticket to my sanity.

Trick or treat? Why?
Definitely treat. You can’t write on an empty stomach. It just doesn’t happen. The refrigerator is too much of a distraction, so having that candy dish right by the computer can save a lot of time. Not only that the sugar sure helps you stay alert during those late writing nights.

What are you working on next?
I have several going at once, but as for the one that I’m working on during the NaNoWriMo this November, I’m really going to step outside of the horror sandbox that I’m so use to play in. It’s not a horror book by no means, and maybe considered a borderline fantasy with a reality feel to it. It’s called “Ash, like a tattoo.”
Synopsis: A little sister, born after her brother’s death, learns to cope with the loss of someone she never knew in a most fascinating way. It’s a story of nature, love, family, strength, bonding, and death. Brought to you with an imagination like no other. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll wonder…

Do you only write horror? If so, why? If not, why?
I love horror, but I also fantasy and other genres as well. I’m not sure I want to be known just as a horror writer, nor do I like to set limits in such an artistic field.

Tell us about your main character?
The main character in my latest book “Viral Bound” is a hero. Not the Superman kind of hero, but rather an average day Joe kind of hero. There are no super powers involved, and, that’s what I like about him. Just a typical person put in difficult situations, making the tough choices. I think that’s what makes the story feel real.

Ebook or print? Why?

My reading preference is ebook. Ever since I started reading on my Kindle I can’t get myself to go back. With that said I concentrate on ebook sales, but I still offer my books in paperback as well for the people who can’t give them up.

Are you a member of any horror writer’s groups or organisations
With the exception of a few groups on Facebook and Google plus, I pretty much keep to myself in my own little worlds that I create.

What is your favourite Halloween snack or drink? (bonus, got a recipe?)
I’m pretty partial to candy corn. It should be illegal, and one day I’m sure it will be.

Which do you prefer? A really intense short story or a longer novel?
Oh man, what I wouldn’t do for a really intense long novel. I’ve tried to read short stories, but they just don’t hold my interest long enough.

Tell us about your scariest Halloween experience?
You know when you have a really traumatic car accident, and even though you were conscious through the whole event you don’t remember a thing. It’s like that.

What’s your absolute favourite horror story? And author?
There are so many to choose from, but the first one that came to mind was The Passage by Justin Cronin, so it must be my favorite for right now.

Tell us about your latest book/horror book. Include a ten second/three sentence elevator pitch.
My latest book is “Viral Bound,” and yes it is a Zombie novel, but it’s much more than that. It’s about cancer, government, military and conspiracies. It’s about relationships, family, romance, struggle and people. It contains enough mystery to make you wonder if it could really happen, and, it all happens right before your very eyes, in real time, with social media. Zombies play a very small role in this big zombie story, yet there’s enough zombie action to quench any zombie lover’s thirst.