Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have written three novels: Where Darkness Dwells, The Nightmare Within, and Nothing Lasting. My short fiction has appeared in publications across three continents for the last decade. Dog Horn Publishing (U.K.) will publish my story collection debut in 2011. I am also a staff editor for Morrigan Books. As a freelance editor, I have worked on books by Tim Lebbon and Lawrence Block, among others.
What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have a day job as well?
I work in a warehouse on the weekends. During the week, I’m pretty much Mr. Mom. I might not look like it, but I’m very domestic, lol. Besides reading, I’m an avid runner. I’ve even raced a 50k on trails.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing bad poetry in high school, followed soon after with bad short stories. I attempted several novels through college, but didn’t complete one until The Nightmare Within. I’ve completed two others since then, with two more in the pipeline.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
My writing has always had a dark edge. Horror, dark fantasy, whatever you want to call it, well, it seems like a natural fit.
Where do you get your ideas? Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I never start a story without a general idea of how it begins and ends, with hopefully, some major plot points in between. As I write, I dump notes for the upcoming chapters at the end of the file. It always seems to somehow come together.
I get ideas all the time and keep a little notebook with me to jot down notes. I spend a lot of time in my head–I always have–and it’s a natural environment for ideas to germinate.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Like most authors in my field, Stephen King was and still is a major influence on me. He’s great at scares and conflict, but what makes his work truly sing are his characters. If I emulate him in any way, it’s in how I develop characters–or at least that’s my intention.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I did everything by the book with trying to get The Nightmare Within traditionally published. When I queried agents, I had a lot of requests for full manuscript reads. Even though most of the agents enjoyed the book, they didn’t know how to sell it in the current publishing environment. After trying agents, I went the route of approaching publishers that accept unagented submissions. I pretty much received the same response. Almost three years ago, I had a respected small press tell me they wanted to buy my book. I couldn’t have been happier. We were discussing advances when the emails from him stopped. After a two year wait, the publisher cut ties with the novel, blaming the economy. Instead of facing another multi-year wait, I decided to indie-publish The Nightmare Within.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I don’t think I would have gone the indie route if I didn’t have to go through the struggles inherent to the traditional publishing model. So, no, I wouldn’t change anything.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I do the typical self-promo stuff:
http://glenkrisch.wordpress.com/ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4525598.Glen_Krisch http://twitter.com/#!/glenkrisch http://www.facebook.com/glen.krisch
I’ve always enjoyed talking books and the writing process and I’ve been doing it for years without trying to promote my work. My current efforts are just an extension of that. I get a kick out of talking to my readers, so feel free to contact me. I also participate on Kindleboards and a few other internet boards.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
“Maury has the power to pull dreams into the waking world. From a boy named Kevin, he removes a nightmare dubbed Mr. Freakshow. Mr. Freakshow knows the rules that govern his existence: a dream becomes immortal by killing its dreamer. On the eve of his unveiling to the world, the nightmare escapes, seeking his immortality. Will Kevin survive his nightmare?”
What project are you working on now? Will you have a new book coming out soon?
My second novel, Where Darkness Dwells, will come out as an e-book in late February. It’s a horror novel set in the Great Depression. It has ghosts, the undead living in a subterranean network of tunnels, and even an eccentric psychic living in a tree house.
I’m currently working on a dark thriller called Loss, and a collaborative zombie novel called Attrition. My short story collection, Through the Eyes of Strays, will be available in print and digital in the Spring/Summer of 2011 from Dog Horn Publishing.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Only write if you feel compelled to, otherwise it’s a senseless self-torture. If you are compelled to write, work on something every day.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I will be conducting contests and giveaways for the release of my second novel. Keep an eye on my blog for details:http://glenkrisch.wordpress.com/.
When all is said and done, I hope I provide some entertainment. Happy reading!