Please welcome author, A.C. Mason to the blog. She was kind enough to volunteer to do an interview. Feel free to post questions/comments.
What inspired you to begin writing?
I saw a biography of Mary Shelley on the history channel when I was about thirteen. If she could write Frankenstein by the age of eighteen what could I do by then? I didn’t know, but I sure wanted to find out.
For each writer their genre is the one they’re comfortable with. Why did you begin writing within yours?
I’ve had a fascination with American horror, thrillers, and sci-fi films since I was a very small child. In the eighties many interesting movies like The Shinning, Scanners, Angel Heart and The Lost Boys came out which further molded my young mind. Most kids thought I was disturbed but I couldn’t get enough of these dark places. Eventually I wrote my own scary places.
What was your initial reaction when you got that first contract?
Let me provide some context. Technically I don’t write romance but most of the writers I know do.
Do you have to do a lot of research to write the books you do or do you write within the fields you know?
I’m an information junky but with my writing I move away from weighing down my work with facts and details. So much so I have to make sure I’ve put enough in. I surround myself with writers who challenge me.
What would be your one piece of advice for anyone interested in getting a book published?
Learn the craft and don’t settle for good enough.
How did you family/friends react to your decision to become a writer?
Those that spoke up wondered what on earth I was thinking. Don’t you think you are a tad old to master English and become published in your second language? No and those comments just drove me to want the achievement even more.
What sort of goals do you set for yourself with each project?
To go deeper and write stronger each time.
What sort of music do you listen to while you’re writing?
Mostly, I don’t listen to music when creating new material. The only exception is when my mind seems to be racing. I sometimes use music distract the part of me that needs constant stimulation. I do listen to music when editing. Everything from Classical, Blues, Jazz, R&B to hip-hop. I like using trance music to set actions scenes too.
Thanks A.C. Mason, we've been glad to have you. Please come back again.