Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Interview With Jeff Dosser

CHHR: Please give a brief introduction here.

Greetings Cedar Hollow folks. My name’s Jeff Dosser and I’m an ex-Tulsa cop and current software developer living in the wilds of central Oklahoma. I’m a cross genre writer churning out horror, sci-fi and paranormal short stories and novels. My latest, Neverland, was the recipient of Oklahoma Writer’s Federation best 2018 horror novel award.

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

After leaving the department, writing became a cathartic method of dealing with some of the crap I saw while on the force. It kind of blossomed from that.

CHHR: What does your writing schedule look like?

I try to sneak in a bit of writing after work, but most of that time gets gobbled up by sending in submissions, working on social media or the other 10,000 things involved in writing but have noting to do with putting words on the page. Most of my actual writing is done on Sunday afternoons. I reserve that time quite jealously.

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

I’ve got to have classical music playing and I’m a fan of scented oils. Particularly frankincense.
Do you like writing short stories or novels?
Both. Novels take so long and sometimes there’s a story in my brain that needs to come out. I’ll take breaks during novel writing and crank out a short story or two to switch things up.

CHHR: How is the horror scene where you live?

Great, although I’ll admit I fail to take advantage. Living in a college town provides tons of opportunities for off the main grid type entertainment. Films, artwork, that kinda stuff. I love it when I can participate.

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

Typically, I draft an outline, which works as a framework to about halfway through the novel. By then, things have changed so much that the work morphs into more of a ‘go with the flow’ environment.

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

It caused me to reexamine my editing technique. I realized that letting a story sit for a while before giving it a final go over really helped improve my edits.

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

That’s the trick isn’t it? LOL. I’m not a big fan of slasher horror. The monster jumping out of the dark and eviscerating their victims just never frightened. Gross, yes. Frightening, no. For me, it’s the slow build of suspense. The uncertainty of the situation which draws out the true terror. The first two Alien movies are a perfect example.

CHHR: What are you currently working on?

I’m just getting started on a steam-punk sci-fi set in on a terraformed Luna.

CHHR: What is the last book that scared you?

I’d have to say IT. I had read it years and years ago, but with the new movie coming out, I thought it deserved a rehash. I wasn’t disappointed.

CHHR: What is your favorite horror book?

I’m gonna go with Salam’s Lot. It’s just so well written and the characters leap off the page. And who can beat the classic vampire. Definitely no sparkles in that one.

CHHR: What is your favorite horror film?

Oh, without a doubt, The Shining. October is horror movie month at our house and it begins with The Shining.

CHHR: What type of music do you listen to? What’s your favorite album?

I’ve grown fond of modern bluegrass type bands such as Steel Drivers, Band of Heathens, and Dead South, to name a few. However nothing beats listening to som Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin IV in my go to album. 

CHHR: What is your spirit animal?

The owl.

CHHR: What is your favorite beer?

Fat Tire although I’m a fan of most local brews.

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

Albert Camus. I LOVE that guy. ‘The Stranger’ rocked my world view.


Twitter: @JeffDosser

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