Today's Five Minutes with is with JG Faherty.A lifelong resident of New York's highly haunted Hudson Valley region, JG Faherty grew up amid Revolutionary War graveyards, haunted roads, and woods filled with ghostly apparitions. His varied professional career includes working as a resume writer, laboratory manager, accident scene photographer, zoo keeper, scientist, and salesman. He began writing fiction in 2001, and his short stories, poetry, and articles- have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.
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Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I'm a lifelong fan of anything creepy, gruesome, dark, haunting, scary, chilling, or just plain old suspenseful. My tastes range from classic horror to campy sci-fi. I started writing in 2000, and I have 4 novels and 50-plus short stories to my credit, with a new novel coming out in 2014. I don't exercise enough and I occasionally treat myself to unhealthy foods like cold Chinese leftovers for breakfast or bacon peanut butter burgers for dinner. I enjoy exploring old buildings and graveyards. I have a wife who tolerates my odd writing habits and a dog who spends as much time in my office as I do.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
I prefer horror, because that's how it was labeled when I was growing up. Horror novels, horror movies, etc. But when it comes to marketing my own works, I think dark fiction is more the apropos term these days, if you're trying to interest a mainstream editor or publisher.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Do you have an hour? Classics – Poe, Shelley, Stoker; New Classics – King, Straub, McCammon, Koontz, Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, Ketchum, Hautala, Grant, Golden; Current – Michael McBride, Shaun Jeffrey, Brian Keene, Amber Benson, Jeff Strand, Greg Lamberson, Joe McKinney, Jon Maberry. In sci-fi, I also read Alan Dean Foster, David Gerrold, Roger Zelazny, and Heinlein. But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more I could name.
What are you reading now?
The last 2 books I read were McKinney's Inheritance and Strand's Bad Day for Voodoo. I'm currently reading Joe Hill's NOS4A2 and Aaron Bennett's Wolf Hunter.
Which book do you wish you had written?
Anything that would put me on the best seller list?? Hmm...Pet Sematary (one of the creepiest books ever). Necroscope (a great twist on nasty vampires). The DaVinci Code (I hated it, but if I wrote it, I'd be living in a mansion right now).
If you could use any other author’s creation in your own work, who or what would you use?
Frankenstein's monster. I say that because I have plans for a novel that might involve that plot line.
Describe typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have a job that allows me to work from home, so typically I get up around 6:30am, check emails, and edit what I wrote the day before. Then I do my regular day job (I own a resume company, www.a-perfect-resume.com). Around 4pm or so, I write for an hour; longer if my wife works late or has errands to run after work. On Saturdays and Sundays, I get up around 7 and write until about 10. My only unusual habit is I like total silence when I write, no music.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
A writer is always proud of everything he or she does! Those books and stories are like our children. That being said, my first novel, Carnival of Fear, is my favorite because it was so fun to write. My most recent novel, The Burning Time, is a departure, for me, from standard horror to something a bit more cerebral. In short stories, "Bones" is still the creepiest and best story I've written, because the idea was so different from anything I've ever read. And I've got a couple of stories coming out this year, "The Fishhook Prophecy" and "Homo Suicidum" that fall into that category as well.
What is the hardest lesson you have learned with regards to your writing?
That no matter how good you think you are, or how much other writers and readers say they love your books, it doesn't mean editors or publishers will want to buy things from you, or that your books/stories will actually be big sellers. I know a dozen writers who can write the pants off anyone on the best seller list, but talent and story don't necessarily equate to what the reading public decides to buy.
What do you like to do to relax?
Well, now that I'm a little older, playing softball or tennis, or going on long hikes, doesn't relax me as much as it hurts. I do play golf. I go on shorter hikes in the summer. I walk the dog every day. I have a garden in the summer. I do my urban exploring when I can. We have friends we get together with on a regular basis. I play the guitar. I do photography. I watch TV and go to movies. Actually, when I think about it, I'm a pretty relaxed kind of guy!
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
The current novel I have out now is The Burning Time, a story about a country mage who is fighting a battle against an ancient evil entity that wants to open the gates to another dimension and let the Elder Gods loose on Earth again. Although it takes place in upstate New York, it has a bit of a Southern Gothic feel to it, blended with Cthulhulian undertones.
My next novel comes out in 2014; Hellrider. It's a dark horror comedy about a biker who gets torched by his gang for ratting on them, and he then comes back from the dead to wreak havoc on the town and get dirty, nasty, violent revenge against his old buddies.
I also have five or six short stories coming out in 2013, in magazines and anthologies, ranging from very dark ("The Fishhook Prophecies") to campy sci-fi ("They Came from the Center of the Earth").
Elder Gods knocking at the gates of reality. Cthulhulian monsters devouring innocent women in the river. Suicides, murders, and mayhem rampant in the streets.
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