In this article we have an exclusive interview with Horror author Denise J Bryson, Author of ‘In the Footsteps of a Killer’. Let’s get this interview started.
Jonuel: What is your writing Kryptonite?
Denise: I have to say myself. I can sometimes sabotage my writing by being lazy and unfocused. I can wake up with the full intentions of getting the job done and getting some words on paper/screen and make a cup of coffee sit down and lose focus. I can look out of a window and lose an hour. When I was in college my teachers al said I had potential but lacked discipline. I have gotten better but I can still distracted and say I’ll do it later and when later comes around I change later to tomorrow. It really is a bad habit.
Jonuel: If you could tell your younger writing self anything what would it be?
Denise: Learn you craft. When I was in school I was in everything from choir to drama to learning to play an instrument. I of course was not sure of where I wanted my life to go. Looking back now and having so many stories in me from then I realize that I should have been taking writing classes. I would tell that little girl that she was destined to be a writer and to learn the business. From writing a proper sentence to editing to publishing so that as an adult she would be aware of what she needed to succeed.
Jonuel: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Denise: When the people at Artistic Words Publishing accepted my novel ‘In The Footsteps of a Killer’ I was ecstatic. It is such a rewarding feeling to know that people you have never met have read and liked your work and are willing to work with you, stand behind you and do all they can to make your work come to life. It also means that you are no longer writing for yourself. You are now writing to achieve a common goal. Your publisher wants to see the novel become successful you want to see it become successful. So you are now no longer on your own you are a part of a business. It’s like being pregnant, you’re now eating for two. Or like being a sports athlete your part of a team and the team wants to win.
Jonuel:. What was your hardest scene to write?
Denise: The hardest scene for me to write was the abuse of a kid. I really didn’t do it in detail. I just said enough for your mind to picture the rest. I cannot stand any child abuse but in order to write my book I had to tap into the subject. It set up the point of reference for why my killer became a killer. It shows how the influence of a parent can make or break a child. It shows how we as dolts sometime don’t remember, care or maybe realize that each and every one of our actions with children has an immediate and sometime a permanent affect.
Jonuel: Does your family support your career as a writer?