Ginger Nuts of Horror
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, I'm married and live in the heartland of the U.S. I work a regular job during the day and consider my daily life to be rather boring. My stories are an escape into worlds I want to explore, and I hope they're as enjoyable for my readers.
Oh, and I’m a Ginger too...
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Honestly, it depends on what I'm writing. I tend to use Horror as the catch-all term, but "The Bloofer Lady" is more accurately Dark Fiction.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Ray Bradbury and G. K. Chesterton stand at the forefront of a very long list that also includes H. P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Charles Williams, and many, many others.
What are you reading now?
Robert R. McCammon's The Wolf's Hour
How would you describe your writing style?
I try to write what I call "haiku fiction" -- fiction that is stripped down, clean, even simple, but one where I hope readers find deeper resonances beneath the surface simplicity. Stories small in scope but big in impact.
Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to write in snatches of time assembling drafts into something better on my days off. I do enjoy writing my first drafts on old-fashioned pen and paper. I feel that the limited technology slows me down in such a way that I can better capture the story.
What’s your favourite food?
My wife's lasagne, followed by pizza.
What’s your favourite album?
Just about anything by The Decemberists, but I especially like their The Hazards of Love.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
Persistence. The only way to get better at writing is to apply butt to chair and write.
Fame and fortune, or respect?
Why not all three? Seriously, not many people get rich writing. I hope that if I write stories that I enjoy, other people will like them too. So, I suppose I'm in it for the respect.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
"The Bloofer Lady" is an excellent example of what I mean by haiku fiction. I'm very happy that it's appearing in Dying to Live. But I'm always striving to get better at this writing thing.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
I'm brainstorming a couple of novel ideas, trying to pick one to work on for NaNoWriMo, and I always have a few short stories in various stages.