Interview with Horror Author Donald Firesmith

In this article we have an exclusive interview with Horror Author Donald Firesmith, Author of the Hell Holes series. Let’s get this interview started.
Jonuel: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Donald: My Hell Hole series of modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, horror, action and adventure novels takes place in Alaska in  Fairbanks, along the Dalton Highway that runs up to Deadhorse, and at Eielson Air Force Base. Last summer, I traveled from my home in Pittsburgh to Fairbanks, where I spent one day at Eielson touring all of the relevant locations in the second and third book including “The Vault” where classified planning meeting would take place. I rented a car and drove up the Dalton to the Yukon River and past the location of scene that became the inspiration of book two’s cover, and toured a tunnel in the permafrost, which is central to book 3.
Jonuel: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Donald: As I mentioned in the first question, I heavily research the settings of my books. Although I couldn’t afford the time to drive the entire Dalton Highway in person, I did drive it using Google Map’s street view. I extensively researched the military hardware and have had three experienced military advisors who have answered numerous questions and made story suggestions. The main character in my first book is a petroleum geologist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, so I had an actual geology professor there provide significant input.
Jonuel: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Donald: Right now, I’m concentrating on my Hell Holes series. The first three books follow sequentially, though written from the first person point of view of different characters. Hell Holes 4: A Slave in Hell will be a prequel that intersects at the end with Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back.
Jonuel: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Donald: Without a doubt, paying for two editors for each book. No matter how good you think your manuscript is, there are always defects to delete and things that can be improved.
Jonuel: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Donald: I am in the middle of Hell Holes 3 and only have the basic plot and characters of Hell Holes 4. I also have a young adult fantasy, The Treasure of Hawthorne House, about the family of witches next door that is 90% done.

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