Saturday, March 10, 2018

Interview With Pembroke Sinclair

CHHR: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

PS: I’m probably going to give a very stock answer, but I would have to say always.  When I was in 3rd grade, my teacher “published” my first book for me.  She had a story I wrote laminated.

Throughout my grade school and junior high years, I spent many summer vacations typing out stories on my grandma’s electric typewriter. 

When I was in high school, I would pretend to be taking notes in class, but I was actually writing stories.  In college, I took some writing classes, had my confidence shaken, and then gave up writing for several years.

My friend convinced me to try writing again, and I had a few short stories published, which got me excited, so I wrote novels, and the rest is history.

CHHR: What does your writing schedule look like? 

PS: I would really, really like to say that I have a schedule when it comes to writing, but I don’t.  I squeeze it in when I can and when inspiration hits.  I try to write every day, but with a full-time job and a family, that’s not always possible.  I will set deadlines for myself so I can stay motivated, but for the most part, I just write when the mood strikes me.

CHHR: Do you have any interesting writing rituals? If so, what are they?

PS: I handwrite my first drafts in spiral notebooks before typing them on the computer.  I find the act relaxing and inspiring.

CHHR: Do you like writing short stories or novels?

PS: I prefer novels.  I’ve written short stories, but they make me feel confined (and I’m not very good at them).  I like to have as much space as I need to tell my story and develop my characters.

CHHR: How is the horror scene where you live?

PS: Ummmm, I haven’t really noticed a horror scene where I live.  I’m still pretty new to the area, however, so I don’t know a lot of people.  I continue to watch horror movies and read horror stories in the comfort of my own home, so at least there the horror scene is thriving.

CHHR: Do you use outlines or do you go with the flow?

PS: I go with the flow.  I generally have an idea of where the story is going in my head, but I let the characters take the lead when I write.

CHHR: How did publishing your first book or short story change your writing process?

PS: It drove me to write more.  Getting published is a thrill and addictive, so I wanted it to happy more often.

CHHR: What do you think makes a good horror story? 

PS: A good horror story is one that makes the reader think and scares them, even if it’s just a little.  The amazing thing about horror is that it can tackle social issues that might be taboo or uncomfortable to talk about in a way that doesn’t feel like the issue is being talked about.  Horror is a great medium to examine how scary society and people can be within boundaries.

CHHR: What are you currently working on?

PS: I am currently working on Edge of Humanity, which is the sequel to Humanity’s Hope.  It’s a young adult zombie series.  I’m also finishing up my middle grade zombie novel for my boys, and working on a story that doesn’t have a title yet about demons and heroes.

CHHR: What is in your TBR pile?

PS: So many books in my TBR pile!  I have both fiction and nonfiction, horror, sci fi, and fantasy. 

CHHR: What is the last book that scared you?

PS: Hmmm.  That’s a good question.  It takes a lot to scare me (which is weird because I have anxiety), so I don’t know how to answer this question.

CHHR: What is your favorite horror film?

PS: Aliens.  I remember the first time I watched it, my family had just gotten a TV with surround sound, so I was convinced there was a facehugger in my closet.  It scared the crap out of me, but also intrigued me.

CHHR: What is your spirit animal?

PS: Alien Queen

CHHR: If you could have a beer with one author, who would it be?

PS: Only one?  That’s hard to answer.  Why couldn’t it be a round table discussion?  I’m going to go with Clive Barker because I enjoy his stories and movies.  I would love to pick his brain about how to be as successful.

Author Bio:

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I am an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in my books). Since the first time I watched Night of the Living Dead, I have been obsessed with zombies and I often think of ways to survive the uprising. 

I have written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world, along with adult novels in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. I have also written kids' books under the pen name J.D. Pooker.

I have written nonfiction stories for Serial Killer Magazine and published a book about slasher films called Life Lessons from Slasher Films under my real name.

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