Please welcome Paul Freeman to this continuing series of rapid interviews with horror authors. Paul is from Dublin, Ireland, where he works, plays and writes. In the past he has lived in Germany and America but is now content to keep his roaming to the worlds he creates and writes about.
Tribesman is his first published novel. Season of the Dead is a zombie apocalypse novel written with three other authors, Sharon Van Orman (lykaia) Lucia Adams (Vein Fire) Gerald Johnston (Dropcloth Angels) He has also published a short story in the steampunk anthology, Strange Tales From the Scriptorium Vaults. Book two in the Tribesman series is due to be published soon.
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Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I am from Dublin, Ireland. I am a fantasy and horror author. My epic fantasy novel, Tribesman is published by Cogwheel Press. I am also co-author of the horror novel, Season Of The Dead, a zombie apocalypse novel written from four perspectives by four authors in three different countries writing about the same event.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
For me each term would conjure something different, therefore I believe all are acceptable and relevant depending on the story it is used to describe.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Stephen King, George RR Martin, Bernard Cornwell, Sebastian Barry, Richard Matheson and of course my co-authors Lucia Adams, Gerald Johnston and Sharon Van Orman.
What are you reading now?
I’ve just started Malice by John Gwynne, an epic fantasy novel, supposedly the best thing since sliced bread, I haven’t got far enough into it to judge it yet. I’ll let you know.
How would you describe your writing style?
Thank you for assuming I have a style. I try not to think about it to be honest. I write from the heart and from the gut, sometimes even from the head.
Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a pretty busy schedule. I generally try and write in the morning when there is some peace and quiet in the house. I tend to get distracted easily and there is nothing more frustrating than being dragged kicking and screaming from the zone.
What’s your favourite food?
Beer… wait that’s not food… liquid bread.
What’s your favourite album?
What only one?! I think Nevermind by Nirvana would just shade it.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
Choose carefully who you listen to and what advice to take.
Fame and fortune, or respect?
I suppose if I find one without the other I’ll probably want the one I don’t have.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
I’m proud of it all to be honest. Tribesman was my first published novel and mixes two of my favourite things, fantasy and Celtic myth. Season Of The Dead is such an unusual project, a novel written by four separate authors all writing about the same apocalypse from their own part of the world, four separate threads that ultimately merge. It was not only a challenge to write in an unfamiliar genre but to collaborate with other authors, getting the continuity right, always bearing in mind what others are writing and how they will fit into your story. It was a great project to be involved in.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
Sure, my last book was the one I’ve just spoken about, Season Of The Dead. It is about a group of survivors during the season of the dead. Lucia from Pittsburgh, USA, is a chemist who escapes from a furry conference wearing a bite-proof squirrel costume – Sharon, a zoologist from Nebraska, knows all about the virus that has infected the entire world turning men, women and children into mindless zombies – Gerry escapes from a prison cell in Ontario Canada when the guard transforms into a zombie before his eyes – And Paul, thinks he’s safe locked away in his apartment in Dublin, Ireland, until the virus crashes into his world forcing him to face reality.
Four separate threads, one apocalypse.
My latest book is the sequel to my fantasy novel, it’s called Warrior and is due for publication later this month. And yes, I’m very excited!
Banished from his homeland, a warrior of the Northern Clans grows weary of life in a harsh alien land. With the dark god Morrigu haunting his dreams, Culainn a warrior and champion sets forth on a journey north in search of a merchant's daughter abducted by clansmen. With a desert princess as a companion he will travel through a land baked by a scorching sun, where bandits roam free and dark beasts stalk the night. An ancient evil is rising from the desert. A Benouin myth of a ghost city inhabited by the souls of their ancestors, a bridge to the Underworld is unleashing demonic creatures on an unsuspecting world. Culainn and Persha, warrior and mage stand alone against a tide of darkness. All the while, Morrigu, the dark war god of the north seeks to use Culainn as her own tool, her own champion.
“It is said that unto everything there is a season…these are the stories of a group of survivors during the season of the dead.” Four individuals fight to survive as the zombie apocalypse crashes over the world in a wave of terror and destruction. Color, creed, and social standing mean nothing as the virus infects millions across the planet. Sharon: a zoologist from Nebraska, USA, has worked with the virus, and has seen the effects on the human mind. She knows more about the virus than nearly anybody alive, and far more than she wants to. Gerry: from Ontario, Canada, he gets his first taste of the virus from inside a prison cell. Locked up after an anti-government riot, his prison guard transforms before his eyes into a flesh craving zombie. Lucia: a chemist from Pittsburgh, USA, flees from a furry convention dressed as a giant squirrel, and escapes from the city in a Fed-Ex van. She’s a girl who knows when to run and when to fight. Paul: thinks he can sit out the apocalypse in his apartment block in Dublin, Ireland, until the virus comes to visit, bursting his bubble and leaving him with no choice but to face reality or perish. All four begin perilous journeys in mind and body as they face daily trials to survive: Four stories, four different parts of the world, one apocalypse!