I’m hosting an interview with James Drummond, author of YA horror novel “The One You Feed”. My questions are bolded, Mr. Drummond’s responses are regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
This is probably an answer you get a lot, but it’s finding the time to write. I know people who churn out 3-4 books a year and I just don’t know how they do it. Between work, spending time with my girlfriend and two cats, seeing me friends, keeping up with other hobbies, and occasionally reading someone else’s work, I’m lucky to carve out an hour a day. I’ve never been good at sitting down and forcing myself to write. Whenever I’ve tried that, the stuff I write is mostly done away with the next time I sit down and read it over. I’m not the most disciplined writer. It’s something I need to work on.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The One You Feed?
It’s the first book in a horror series I’m writing, in which a cast of human characters tangle with a new type of creature in each novel. In The One You Feed it’s werewolves. After several of his friends are turned into werewolves by an ancient Native American Shaman, a young teen must battle for his and his remaining friends’ survival as the creatures threaten to overtake their town.
Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
It is part of a series. The second book, Something Wiccan, is also available on Amazon. I’m currently working on the third book now.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
When I write, it’s between 1-3 hours. Although I’m not as consistent with that as I’d like to be.
What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
I won’t say it’s the best horror story I’ve ever read, but when I read Stephen King’s The Langoliers I remember absolutely loving it. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed a horror story as much the first time through. It was set in present day (when I read it) and did a great job of creating a very believable setting with very believable characters that I could picture ending up on a flight with. I love stories that set the stage for the horror to come using a very relatable, normal setting. When the eeriness starts, it’s all the more disturbing.
What are you working on now?
The third book in my horror series. I’m finally getting around to vampires, who are basically holding a small, northern Scottish town hostage so that they can stop running from the hunters chasing them. Living in a world that provides such easy access to cameras and other techniques for verifying that things that used to be considered legend might actually be real, the vamps have chosen to settle in this town to live their lives as normally as possible without being concerned about who or what might be watching. The residents of the town aren’t too thrilled with this arrangement.
The One You Feed
Author: James Drummond
Genre: YA Horror
Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are made up to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted.
Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. When even more brutal attacks follow, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables he was told as a child might be true. With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, he begins searching for an explanation for the recent carnage. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that her uncle may be responsible for the emergence of a legendary monster that does in fact exist.
To make matters worse, there’s evidence that Nate was turned by the beast, and that he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against forces he doesn’t fully understand – and his closest friend.
James is the author of The One You Feed and Something Wiccan – the first two books of the Out of the Dark series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his girlfriend Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby. During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company, where he writes activities and scenarios to educate learners on a wide array of topics—from fast food to PTSD therapies. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James’ books.