He is the author of several novels, including the critically acclaimed, The Final Winter, and the deeply disturbing thriller, ASBO.
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Iain for the blog. I have been a huge fan of his since I read The Final Winter last year and was beyond excited when he agreed to be interviewed by me.
First off, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer questions.
1. For those readers who might not know your work, Can you tell them a bit about the books you write? Oh and for fun do it in five sentences or less.
I write horror. It's nerdy, fun horror (like a Joss Whedon movie). It's funny too. I like to kill people.
2. Which of your books would you like to see made into a movie? Why?
A lot of people comment that The Final Winter would make a good film, so I suppose that one. Merely because I know the audience is there for it. But I also think a film based on the virus-infested cruise ship of Sea Sick would be pretty cool too.
3. On your blog you have the A-Z of Surviving A Horror Movie. Any chance you would sell that as a poster(btw its brilliant)?
I wrote that right at the beginning of my career. It's on my website, but I think it's too rough around the edges to do anything else with. I like the idea of a poster, though. That would be really cool!
4. Have you hidden any Easter eggs in your books? Personal stuff or jokes known only to a chosen few? ?
No personal stuff, but I make numerous nerd refernces to films, games, other books. I also leave Easter Eggs that relate to my other books - such as Damien in The Final Winter popping up in ASBO. Sea Sick has some characters that were created by a couple of my fans and were named after some of them.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I base my progression entirely on Amazon reviews. The only people I am willing to take advice from are the people actually paying money from my books. I've been critiscised by another writer who is far less successful than me, which I found funny. I get the odd bad review on Amazon, but I generally try to glean what I can from them and address the issue. Ealry on in my career I kept changing between British slang and Americanisms, so I worked to remedy that in later books. Fortunately I get good reviews almost every day and the novelty has not yet worn off of people enjoying my work. I have genuine affection for anyone that leaves me a good review and love fans contacting me.
6. Do you prefer writing series or stand alones?
Stand alones. I was going to write a sequel to The Final Winter but it stressed me out. I didn't know how to write it without spoiling the first book for anyone that had not yet read it.
7. Look to your left, What is the first thing that you see?
My cocker spaniel, Oscar. He's lying on his back with his legs in the air.
8. In your Novel Animal Kingdom the animals of the world turn on the humans in a reverse sort of Zombie Apocalypse. How Did you come up with that idea?
I really wanted to write a zombie-style novel, but felt there were just too many already available. I wanted to do something different. I love animals so I thought it would be fun to write about all the different species and how they would attack us if they all went insane.
9. What Book or Author has had the greatest influence on you?
Love World War Z by Max Brooks. That book blew my mind. Also love Under The Dome by Stephen King. Anyone that wants to see how to write a character-driven story should read that. The Rising by Brian Keene taught me how to write a fun, easy to read apocolyptic tale.
10. If you had the ability to travel back in time and tell yourself one thing What would it be?
I would go back and tell myself to try and get publshed earlier. For a long long time I just assumed I would fail. Would have been nice to have the confidence I have now back then.
11. Do you prefer reading Horror books or watching Horror movies?
I love a good horror novel, but struggle to find good stuff I have not read. A movie is a lot less hassle to enjoy, but they never affect you the way a good novel does.
12. One last question, Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
I have just written the first 3rd of my next novel which I hope to release early next year. Usually I would speak about projects while I am working on them, but I want this one to be a surprise, so I am not going to say a word about it until the day it is released. I think people will be excited!
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