Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Author Interview with Troy McCombs



Today I would like to introduce you to Troy McCombs a fellow WCP (World castle Publishing) author., Thank you for joining us today, I’m so excited to have you hear and know my readers will enjoy it as well. 


About You:
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Troy McCombs. I live to write and hopefully one day, I’ll write to live.
What quality do you most value in yourself?
My humbleness.
In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about?
Movies, music, playing guitar.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I don’t know. That’s a tough question!
Why do you write?
I have to write. If I didn’t write, I’d go mad.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
Another tough question. I’d say probably my raw imagination. I’ve always had a very very unique and vivid imagination--even more so than my peers when we were children.
Is there any new or established author whom you feel deserves more attention, and what is it that strikes you about his or her work?

H.P Lovecraft, just because his work wasn’t really sought when he was alive and because he has the most unique style. Then Eric Johnston for his clear, fast-
paced, awesome writing skills. I also read Brett Tallies’’ ’That Which Should Not Be’ which was great.
What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Lovecraft.
About Writing:
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
No regular routine, but I should. Some days my mind says BLAH and tells me NO. Sometimes music helps, sometimes not, though.
What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?
Most important elements and tools... The ability to weave words together smoothly and coherently. The ability to write subplots. Realistic characters. Good vocabulary. If you write a lot and read a lot, you can be a great author.
What motivates you to write?
My spirit. That nagging internal part of myself that has to be heard.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Writer’s block sucks the big one. The only way to get out of it is just to take a break and focus on something else, preferably something else artistic.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Practice reading, practice writing. Watch what other writers do that’s both good and bad. Learn how to construct good sentences. Create bad characters that do good things and good characters that do bad things.
What are your current / future projects?
Tooooo many to list/count.
About your book:
Can you tell us a bit about your book?
The House on Mayberry Road was my own take on the haunted house theme. I wanted to try something that was different than anything I have ever read haunted-house-wise. What if there were houses infested with beings not only scarier than ghosts, but also worse than demons?
Darkworld, which hasn’t been released yet, is about five British boys who unearth a treasure chest in a backyard. Struck by the sudden possibility of wealth, they open the box but get sucked into a time period somewhere between the past in the future, which is overrun by demons with a taste for blood and meat. Only one thing can stop them--fire. And it just so happens that one of the boys is a pyromaniac.
What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?
Message... I don’t know if there’s a specific message. There are, of course, but just little ones throughout. A reoccurring theme in The House on Mayberry Road is about learning how to let go.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I always learn something, but I’m not always sure what it is. lol
What do you think readers will find most notable about this book?
Hopefully they’ll make sure to check their closets and under their bed before going to sleep!
Have you acquired any good anecdotes surrounding this book? If so, could you share one?
I don’t know.
Did researching and writing this book teach you anything or influence your thinking in any way?
In writing Mayberry, I learned the human spirit is capable of some really unimaginable feats.
What would you most like readers to tell others about this book?
That it’s worth reading. That’s it’s creepy as all heck. Or just cool.
Can you suggest one question readers might find interesting to discuss, concerning you, your writing in general, or this book?
Can’t think of any right now, sorry.
How can readers help you promote this book?
Spread the word. I hope you enjoy it! That’s what really matters, isn’t it?
Where can readers find you and more about your book(s)? Where can they purchase your book(s)?
I mostly sell through Amazon, just because I love that company.

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