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Guest Post: Alex Laybourne

Posted in authors, fiction, guest blog, horror, writing with tags , , , , on September 28, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

2013-06-01 Highway to Hell

Going to Hell is No Easy Task

The Highway to Hell series was my first real attempt at writing a novel. I had no idea what was going to happen as I wrote it, and as I have discussed before, I went through many versions before the story finally found its form.

In total I have been working on the series for about five years, and that is only for two novels. Why? Because I was not ready to write it, I had to change and mature a lot as a writer thanks to that series, and had I forced myself to write it any quicker, I would have fallen on my face.

Even sitting here now, I have 15,000 words written on the final installment, but I am almost certain that I am going to scrap the majority of them. Why? Because it needs to be. This series is my heart and my soul.

While it will not be the only thing I write, not is it the only thing I want to be known for, I cannot deny that there it is something special to me.

At times, even now when I sit and look at the series, the scope of it terrifies me. I will be honest. I could probably write several short stories that tie the three novels together and still not scratch the surface of everything that could be done.

I have ideas for the third novel. I know what I want to happen in the majority of the major plot points, but how I am going to get my characters there and which of them will survive to see it, I don’t know. I have three of four potential endings and storylines I could use, and knowing myself, the final version will resemble none of them.

I knew writing this series would be tough. I knew it would be a long haul, and that is why I am not afraid to take my time. To write other projects in between, be they novels or short stories, because I need to nail the ending to this series.

I could not be prouder of Highway to Hell, and love its sequel Trials and Tribulations. Now that I need to stand up, round off everything that I have started, I see myself staring down a great many gun sights, because this is it. The last hoorah on Hell’s highway, and I want to make sure it leaves its mark.

 2013-06-24 Me

Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue

I am married and have four wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. My biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

For people who buy my work, I hope that they enjoy what they read and that I can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For me, the greatest compliment I can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what I produce, that they buy my work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.

Links:

Blog; http://www.alexlaybourne.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183

Amazon:

–          Highway to Hell http://www.amazon.com/Highway-to-Hell-ebook/dp/B00AUD0U20/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1375879820

–          Trials and Tribulations: http://www.amazon.com/Trials-Tribulations-Highway-Hell-ebook/dp/B00EKJI8TM/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

–          Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Laybourne/e/B00580RB18/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vanplank

Pigeonholing Me As An Author

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, dying days, horror, personal, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I  might have touched on this idea but it bears repeating… because I say so. And if I already wrote a blog about it, I’m too lazy to look, and I want to come into this fresh, without reading what I’d written previously. The problem with being serious with this writing gig for the last 18 months is I tend to forget what came before. There’s also the fact I was in a much different place, physically and mentally, a year and a half ago.

I’ve been writing on and off since I was twelve, and releasing stories and novellas here and there since about 2000, but I tend to look at the last year or two as the time I got really serious about doing this as a hopeful career and not just a fun hobby. So far, so good…

And I consider myself a Horror author. There are those who consider me a Zombie author. I really just want to be an Author. But is that too late for me?

Fellow author Tim Baker and I were out and about the other night doing something very important (OK, we were once again drinking banana bread beer at Farley’s Irish Pub), and there was a guy there who pointed at me and said ‘Aren’t you the Zombie Guy?’ 

I get that every now and then, and it is such an ego stroke for me to be recognized not as the guy who seems to eat too much and hang out, but as the Zombie Guy. He didn’t recognize Tim Baker, but that’s another story. 

When I sit and write all morning in Kokomo’s Cafe, customers come in and out and I talk to a few of them. The one day I wasn’t there? Owner Tina posted a shot of my empty seat (below) and I got so much crap from people calling me a slacker I had to get back to work the next day. And it was awesome… I’m getting the reputation around town and it’s pretty cool. And not for when I tear up the Chinese buffet anymore, either. 

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But what if I write a romantic comedy? An epic fantasy? A book with fuzzy lovable polar bears? Do I have to start all over again? Will my Horror and/or Zombie readers be willing to read it, or simply dismiss it? What if you read a funny book I wrote about a turtle family and then a reader loved it and picked up Highway To Hell, with a brutal opening? Would they run away, never to read another story from me?

I’m not interested in finding pen-names and starting again (I did it already with my erotica), but I never started writing Zombie stories to be known as the Zombie Guy. I started writing to be known as a Published Author. Or am I being an idiot? Isn’t it better to be known for something, sell some books, and keep living the dream? 

I bring this up because I have a very non-Horror idea brewing in my head, and it won’t go away. Since I’m currently wading through Dying Days 3 I can push it off for a few weeks, but I know once this zombie book is finished the idea will jump right back at me front and center. 

And, at this point, I think I need to write it. And see what happens… 

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