In this article we have an exclusive interview with Horror Author Frank Cavallo, Author of Rites of Azathoth. Let’s get this interview started.
Jonuel: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Frank: For me, everything starts with Homer. A few years ago I happened to be in Istanbul and I made a point of taking some time to hop on a bus over to Canakkale to visit the ruins of Troy. I spent two days there, just soaking it all in, imagining the events of the Iliad playing out on that dusty, rocky hill. It’s one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had.
Jonuel: What did you do with your first advance?
Frank: I bought a laptop. I remember how excited I was too. I was only a few years out of law school, working as a very low paid public defender. I was writing on a clunky old desktop and I was so happy to have the money to go out and buy a nice new laptop. I wrote my next two books on that computer. I still have it, and even though it’s basically useless (I think it runs on Windows XP which isn’t even supported anymore) I’ll never get rid of it.
Jonuel: How do you select the names of your characters?
Frank: My little trick is that I do it alphabetically. Each major character gets a different letter to begin their name. This helps me keep track of everyone when I’m writing and I hope it helps readers keep everyone straight when they’re first getting to know who’s who in a book.
Jonuel: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Frank: Quite a few. Depending upon how you count them, at least a dozen, probably more. I tried writing two entire fantasy trilogies (so roughly 6 books) before I even started writing what became my first published novel. Since then, while publishing four more books, I’ve started and stopped on at least a half-dozen other projects. That’s just the process, sometimes you don’t know if an idea is going to work until you hash it out a bit, and sometimes an idea that doesn’t work at first comes together later after you’ve let it rest for a while.
Jonuel: If you had to do something differently as a child or a teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what you do?
Frank: I would have never touched Cliffs Notes. I would have read everything I was ever “supposed” to read, and more. Just like any kid, I found much of what I was assigned to read in school to be drudgery. Regrettably, I skipped a lot of it or took whatever shortcuts were available. Years later, I found myself going back and re-reading a lot of the stuff that I didn’t appreciate the first time around.
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