Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and eighty-third, is of crime and horror writer John Moralee. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
John Moralee writes crime and horror stories, often mixing the two genres together into dark suspense fiction. He lives in the UK, where his short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, Crimewave, The New Writer, The Asylum Within, Hideous Progeny: A Frankenstein Anthology, Acclaim, the British Fantasy Society’s magazine Peeping Tom, and the Fish Short Story Award book Scrap Magic and Other Stories.
Many collections of his short fiction are available as e-books. They include The Bone Yard and Other Stories, Bloodways, Afterburn and Other Stories, Blue Ice, The Good Soldier and Other Stories, Thirteen: Unlucky For Some, Under Dark Skies and a science fiction collection The Tomorrow Tower.
His début crime novel is a Rhode Island-based mystery thriller called Acting Dead.
And now from the author himself:
I’ve always wanted to write – so I read as much as possible to learn from other authors. I’m a binge reader, easily hooked on reading everything by an author before moving on to another one.
When I hear good things about a writer, I always go to a library and borrow their first book to see if I like their writing. If I like what I read, I’ll buy copies of their other work because I like to support them.
I love libraries. I would never have read some of my favourite crime and horror writers if I had not found them in my local library aged eleven. I remember being scared of the picture on the cover of The Keep by F Paul Wilson. I just had to read it after seeing it. The Fury was another. And all of the books by Stephen King. Stephen King’s story collection Skeleton Crew inspired me to write my own horror stories because his stories always have strong narrative drive. He can turn a simple premise into story that manages to hook his readers because he delivers realistic characters in nightmarish situations.
I also found two of my favourite crime writers by browsing in my local library – Elmore Leonard and James Lee Burke. They wrote in completely different styles – but they always delivered strong stories and great characters. I was heavily influenced by their writing when I wrote my novel Acting Dead.
Thank you, John. It was great to meet you. You can find more about John and his writing via…
- Author website: http://www.mybookspage.wordpress.com
- Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Acting-Dead/796390963735932
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5229263.John_Moralee
Acting Dead is available on Amazon here:
- US Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/John-Moralee/e/B005HV75EG
- UK Amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Moralee/e/B005HV75EG
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