My guest today is author Peter Mark May who has taken time out to answer a few questions. Please help me make him feel welcome.
Welcome Peter, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am the author of six horror novels, one novella Demon, Kumiho, Inheritance [P. M. May], Dark Waters (novella), Hedge End, AZ: Anno Zombie and Something More Than Night.
I had short stories published in genre Canadian & US magazines and UK & US anthologies of horror such as Creature Feature, Watch, the British Fantasy Society’s 40th Anniversary anthology Full Fathom Forty, Alt-Zombie, Fogbound From 5, Nightfalls, Demons & Devilry, Miseria’s Chorale, The Bestiarum Vocabulum, Phobophobias, Kneeling in the Silver Light, Demonology and Tales From The Lake Volume 5.
I also write historical crime under the name Alexander Arrowsmith, my first of a series of novels Pillars of Blood was published 2016/17.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
They just come to me, having a bath and switching off has solved many a plot point or brought up a new fresh idea. Also, from dreams, a couple of my published novel have started off as dreams. Including a Ancient Greek murder Mystery trilogy, with plots and books titles, already when I woke. The idea for The Followers short story that will appear in Tales From the Lake Volume 5 , I came up with on the train home for Fantasycon 2016. I wrote it as soon as I could, and luckily for me Kenneth W. Cain the editor of the volume at Crystal Lake liked it.
Which writers have influenced you the most?
M R James, J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen King, James Herbert, Peter Straub & F Paul Wilson.
You have told us what you like to write, but what do you like to read?
Mainly horror, but I have been reading some epic fantasy books of late.
What plans do you have in your writing future?
I’m very lucky to have signed a deal with Crossroad Press USA to bring out my next few books which I’m very excited about.
Lastly, if you could live in any genre, what would it be and why?
Tolkien’s Middle Earth, probably as some same happy hobbit that loved his garden and books.
Thank you Peter and I wish you all the best with the anthology and future books.