Special spotlight on horror and sci-fi author Lee Forman….
Name: Lee Andrew Forman
Latest Release: Zero Perspective (novella)
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
- Has writing always been a passion of yours?
Absolutely. I kept notebooks and journals as a kid, wrote free-form prose for friends in high school, and always wanted to write a book. I’d read novel after novel and dream of one day writing my own. Life always had a way of interrupting that goal, keeping it from being a priority. But I eventually got there. And once I did I never stopped.
- At what age did you begin to write seriously?
It wasn’t until I was about 27 that I began to write with the intent to get published. The desire was always there, but that’s when I acted on it and made the effort to make it a reality.
- Why do you write horror? Is it also your preferred reading genre?
I’ve been a fan of horror film and literature since birth. It runs in the family. My grandfather was in the Boris Karloff fan club in 1935, my mother has always been a horror movie addict; I suppose the love of things macabre passed on to me.
Although horror is among my favored genres, I do love science fiction and classic literature just as much.
- Where does your inspiration to write come from?
I get inspiration from endless sources. It could be something I thought about while watching a movie, a single word from a conversation, something that happened to me, or something I saw. But much of it is a mystery. Sometimes I look back on a story I wrote years earlier and only then do I see what I was inspired by, in which case it’s often based on what was going on in my life at the time. Funny how things work their way into stories without me being aware of it.
- How does the generation you belong to impact your writing style, or does it?
Considering my love for classic literature I’m not sure that it does. I have a few different writing styles I use, which I’m sure are influenced by work from many eras, both modern and past.
6.What does your writing schedule look like in a typical week?
It looks like a wall of sticky notes and lists of endless deadlines. Being an author as well as an editor, I have to divide my time between both worlds. I tend to take on more projects than I should. It’s a challenge, but somehow I always manage to get everything done.
- Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Considering my first novella started out as a short story, I’d have to go with pantser. I rarely know where I’m going with a story until I get there. I do sometimes plan certain scenes or plot points that are important, but aside from that I work around them as I go, and see what happens.
- Can you name an event in your life that has made the biggest impact on where you are today?
That’s a tough one. I suppose I could say it was when I began having problems with my health. I had to leave the career I was in, no longer able to do the work. While I was figuring out what to do, I had free time. That’s when I began submitting stories and trying to get published.
- Do you think writers have better luck going the traditional or the self-publishing route?
I think pursuing both routes is a good option. Self-publish a few books, then submit to publishers or agents. It’s good to get your name out there everywhere you can.
- What are you working on right now?
There’s a long list, but the current projects I’m most excited about are a piece of short fiction for Pen of the Damned and my next book.
- What do you find are the most effective means of promotion?
I’ve found that it’s conversation. Talk to people. Introduce yourself. Leave a lasting impression. Take a book with you everywhere you go. You never know when an opportunity might come up to share it with the right person.
- What advice do you have for someone just beginning his or her journey into writing?
Start small. Think big. Begin with short fiction and get your name out there before trying to write and sell a book. Read as much as you can in the genre you want to write. Connect with other writers in your genre. Join a local writing group to hone your skills. Don’t give up.
- What piece of fiction has made the biggest impact in your writing career and why?
You wouldn’t think In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz would have a monumental impact on anyone. But it’s the first horror book I read as a kid. I still have a copy on my bookshelf. I even read it to my own child for bedtime stories.
SA interrupts: You read horror books to your kid for a bedtime story? Jealous!
What final thoughts would you leave potential readers with?
Explore genres and styles you haven’t yet read. You may discover things you didn’t know you’d love.
- What is your favorite story you’ve written/read? Tell us about it.
One of my favorites is A Slithering Offer. It’s a piece of short fiction about a man with terminal cancer. He’s offered a cure by a stranger in a dark alley. All he has to do is deliver a package…
This is one of my favorite pieces because of how it explores human desperation in fear of death. It was featured in a few places, including an audio version with voice acting on The Wicked Library podcast. It’s also included in my collection of short fiction, Fragments of a Damned Mind.
- What three things must you have on hand to write?
A quiet place, solitude, and a pack of cigarettes.
- What are you working on next?
A full-length horror novel. I’m anxious to see how it will play out.
- Everyone has a dream mate. What’s yours look like? Do you ever expect to find him/her?
That’s a tough one. I think I’ll know the answer only when I find such a person.
- If you could be anything other than what you are, what occupation would you choose?
I wouldn’t choose any other occupation over writing. But if I had to pick, it would definitely be a film writer/director. I’ve always wanted to make a horror movie.
SA interrupts: You and me both, buddy. You and me both.
- Name your greatest fear:
My greatest fear is that I won’t live long enough to have my consciousness transferred to a robotic body.
About the Author:
Lee Forman is a fiction writer and editor from the Hudson Valley, NY. His fascination with the macabre began in childhood, watching old movies and reading everything he could get his hands on. He’s a third generation horror fanatic, starting with his grandfather who was a fan of the classic Hollywood Monsters. His work has been published in numerous horror magazines, anthologies, websites, and podcasts. He’s an editor for Sirens Call Publications and currently writes for the horror fiction website Pen of the Damned. For more information and a list of publications go to his website.
About his books:
John and his crew board the vessel, the Esometa, on a rescue mission. The ship’s been lost for two weeks with no explanation. When they discover its occupants dead and decaying, a mind-bending journey begins.
The Esometa takes them down a path filled with horrid creatures and bizarre events from which there may be no return…
Fragments of a Damned Mind
Serpentine Willow — A giant white worm and a grieving mother meet.
Misapprehension — A worn photograph is all that’s left.
Prey of the Eyeless — A creature with no eyes and a man that hunts it.
An Ensemble of Worms — A musical production of human instruments.
Lament for Master — A town ravaged by a cult.
A Walk with Grace — A deceptively serene walk in a park.
Opening of the fifth — Two people sewn together opens the fifth eye.
Avemwood — A strange forest with even stranger events.
Consigned to Oblivion — A treasure hunter makes an unfortunate discovery.
Unhallowed Mastication — Wedding vows broken. In the most brutal fashion.
The Record of Harold Snyde — A record player with an unusual effect.
Amshu and Nerezza — The balance of life and death is decided.
A Slithering Offer — A man with cancer takes an offer he can’t refuse.
The Thirty Second Burn — Thirty seconds a day in an oven.
Maxwell’s Cellar — A punishment far worse than the crime.
Explore depths of fear untraveled.
Ponder life and death.
Peer into souls of the damned…
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