Welcome to the six hundred and thirtieth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with horror and western author catt dahman. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
catt: I am catt dahman (no capitals) because when I am the WRITER (as opposed to mom and wife etc.) I am in the zone. I have a persona for myself since what I write is often very brutal and gory. I pull no punches and I have to have a mind set to be that way. I have lived all over the US but am in Fort Worth, Texas now. I was born a Texan. I began writing because I had to write speeches for competitions in junior high. So, I started as a speech writer.
Morgen: I’ve introduced you as a horror and western author, what genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
catt: I write horror: splatterpunk, psychological, apocalyptic, and general horror. I kind of specialize in writing about people who are lonely or alone. I do write westerns and plan to write some western apocalyptic novels as well. Everyone wants mysteries and I just find them as confusing as reading Greek.
Morgen: I’ve never read Greek but love mysteries (although in my teens I read every Stephen King available) so maybe I should. 🙂 What have you had published to-date?
catt: I have 3 of a zombie series out… not sure how many the series will be now…
- I have 2 short story collections
- 1 horror novel out
- 1 picture book: Limmy the Zombie Killer which is a kitten killing zeds in pictures and some writing… very funny pictures of my kitten dressed in GI Joe equipment.
Morgen: Sweet. Sounds like the sort of thing that goes up online and goes ‘viral’. Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
catt: I am all about e-books. I got my Kindle Fire and was addicted fast since my bookshelves are all overloaded. I like reading in the dark; I can see on a Kindle. I released my books as e-books after being a paper author back in the 1980s. The Time of Grace is much better in sales as an e-book than it was on paper.
Morgen: Most authors are finding that (I’m eBook only so far so I have no comparison), probably because they’re accessible instantly, usually much cheaper – it does make me angry when I see, usually mainstream, books being charged a similar amount to their hard copy equivalents – and they, as you say, don’t take up any extra physical space. Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
catt: I love my “Time of Grace” because of the subject… 1957 in east Texas. And I love my Westerns because the fictional characters hang out with Doc Holiday and all and I had such a great time out in Arizona researching it and hanging out with the actors from the movie “Tombstone”. I also love the zombie series because it’s just so much fun. In every book I write, there is always a role for Ed Harris because he is an actor who is just so big on screen.
I am a big fan of Richard Laymon and from him, I learned to just tell the story without apologies. I like Stephen King and from him, I learned to have strong characters. Thomas Tryon and Ira Levin are also favourites. If I got to pick actors for my books, I would write a book with characters especially for Ed Harris, Gary Sinese and David Morse who I think are the greatest.
Morgen: In my teens I was hooked on Stephen King (even to the point of reading under the covers late at night with a torch) but have ‘mellowed’ since to crime. I’ve not read any Richard Laymon but do see his books around. Did you have any say in the titles / covers of your books? How important do you think they are?