“Everyone is human even if they have become zombies.” Interview with Linda Lingle.

Interviewed by talented author Linda Lingle. I discuss the origin of “Cape Misfortune” and claim, amongst other things, “everyone is human, even if they have become zombies.”

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.

“Cape Misfortune” is a fantasy adventure about a disgraced Sheriff’s deputy on the foggy Pacific Northwest coast. Her world is turned upside down investigating disappearances that may be supernatural in origin.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?

The book is about people going missing in the fog, so my earliest research was looking for a foggy location. Two of the foggiest places in America are Port Reyes, California and Cape Disappointment in Washington State. I decided to combine them and drew a line between them that ended up on the southern Oregon coast. I invented a fictional piece of headland sitting between Coos Bay and Bandon called “Cape Misfortune.”

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?

Early on, a character in the novel says, “Nobody ever really disappears. Because the missing know where they are, even if no-one else can see them.” I was interested in the idea of how some people might seem to disappear as far as society is concerned but haven’t actually disappeared to themselves.

HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?

Parts of it are based on my experience of people. The characters are usually based on someone, particularly the villain!

WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH WENT INTO WRITING YOUR BOOK?

I researched the southern coast of Oregon and found it very rewarding and useful. The southern coast has a distinct and mild micro-climate where they are able to grow cranberries in the sandy soil there. The coast is foggy, very rocky and the Pacific Ocean is cold and fierce. The fantasy world needed research too, poring over books on mythology and folklore. The main character is a police officer. I have no experience of law enforcement so I spoke to a kind American ex-officer who was generous with his time.

WHAT CRITERIA DID YOU USE WHEN SELECTING THE COVER FOR YOUR BOOK?

I needed two things – a rocky coast and an atmosphere of mystery. I found a stock photo with those elements. I’m pleased with the one I ended up with.

WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY?

My message is always that everyone is human, even if they have become zombies!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK?

Eventually you have to abandon your book, otherwise you might spend the rest of your life doing umpteen drafts. So no, nothing.

IF YOUR BOOK WOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE LEADS?

Interesting question. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence to play Deputy Cassandra Dollar.

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?

I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember. They have always been an escape for me. I finally wrote my first novel after a cancer scare and I realized I had to get on with it.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?

I always have, even when I wasn’t writing! I was a news reporter for a while and that is a type of writing, I suppose.

DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE.

I try to be unpretentious. I learnt as a journalist never to use a long word when a short one will do.

WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?    

The marketing side of writing is as hard, maybe even harder, for me, than the creative side. I have no experience of selling things, so marketing a novel is a learning curve. You have to factor it into the daily writing routine.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A WRITER?

Low self-esteem and fear of criticism have to be crushed.

WHO WAS YOUR FIRST PUBLISHER AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM?

Solstice Publishing have published both my novels. They are great because they have lots of authors you can speak to and learn from.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?

The more you write, the better you get.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?

I like adventure stories, so Robert Louis Stevenson is on the favorite list. Edgar Allan Poe is always fascinating. Also H.P. Lovecraft, Robin Hobb, Ursula LeGuin, Jim Butcher and Philip K. Dick.

WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?

I’m reading a book called “Arctic Dreams” by Barry Lopez about the people, history and landscapes of the Arctic.

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?

People being cruel to each other.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?

Powell and Pressburger films like “A Matter of Life and Death” and “Black Narcissus” are always a joy to watch. I like the films of Tarkovsky, particularly “Stalker.” I tend to binge-watch tv so have enjoyed classics like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.” I like horror, particularly the old classic Universal monsters and Hammer films.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?

Allegri’s Miserere always gets me. Usually the human voice.

WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?

I don’t want one, but you can’t do better than British comedian Spike Milligan’s headstone, which says, “I told you I was ill.”

DO YOU HAVE A BLOG OR WEBSITE READERS CAN VISIT FOR UPDATES, EVENTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS?

I do! Please stop by https://henryandersonbooks.com for free short stories, blogs and the latest news.

A Cape Misfortune Playlist

Playing today on the fictional Cape Misfortune FM – broadcasting from the foggiest spot on the Pacific Northwest coast. Some local tunes and old favourites.

Listen on Spotify. Cape Misfortune Playlist

Doug Barnett – Southern Oregon 6AM

Bernard Herrmann – Kidnapped (From “North by Northwest”)

Yukno – Distanz

Aaron Tippin – You’ve Got to Stand for Something

Pdx – Oregon

Fukkk Offf – Pacific Coast Highway

The Nightflyer – Coos County Jail

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Oregon Girl

The Daydream Club – For the Lost Ones

Henry Interviewed by Lizzy Stevens

Interviewed by fellow author Lizzie Stevens.

https://lizzystevens.blogspot.com/2019/04/guest-blogger-henry-anderson.html

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Please tell us about your latest book.
“Cape Misfortune” is a fantasy adventure about a disgraced Sheriff’s deputy on the foggy Pacific Northwest coast. Her world is turned upside down investigating disappearances that may be supernatural in origin.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m hoping to turn “Cape Misfortune” into a series. I’m also writing some steampunk-inspired short stories I hope to collect in a book.

How do we find out about you and your books?
 The best place is my website https://henryandersonbooks.com You can read my blog, read free short stories and get the latest news on what I’m up to. I’m active on twitter http://www.twitter.com/macandersauthor, Instagram http://www.instagram.com/macanderz and I have a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/henryandersonauthor My Amazon author page is: http://author.to/henryanderson
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Huge amounts, although I try and smuggle experiences in so it’s not too obviously autobiographical. Characters are usually secretly based on real people. It’s quite good fun putting yourself, or people you know, in a fantasy situation.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. I wrote plays at university and worked as a news reporter. I had cancer (I’m now in complete remission) and my prognosis wasn’t initially very good. It convinced me to finish a novel I had been planning for years called “The Mouth.” It’s set in places I grew up in but in an alternate universe where things have gone badly wrong. I submitted it and got lucky when a great outfit called Solstice Publishing picked it up.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
 I love the great outdoors when I can get out there. I enjoy oil painting and a bit of archery in the summer.
Where do your ideas come from?
I daydream quite a lot. At night ideas arrive while I’m dropping off to sleep. I keep a pad by the bed because if I don’t write it down the idea will have disappeared by the morning.

Do you feel humor is important in books and why?

I do. It’s part of the human experience and a way of connecting with characters. There is humor even in the bleakest situations.

What kind of research do you do?

Working as a news reporter on a national newspaper taught me the importance of research. In a story I generally use real places as a starting point, even though they end up fictionalised. The Internet is a real help if you can’t physically get to a location – Google Earth Street View, live cams, police radio, talking to people online. It all adds authenticity. Even building a fantasy world is helped by researching world folklore and mythology.
Tell us about yourself
I studied English at Oxford. I worked on farms in Australia before working in publishing and journalism. I live in a village in Kent.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
Isaac Asimov said “Just write every day of your life…Then see what happens.” I think that is good advice. I generally try to schedule time each day.

What are some of your favorite things to do?

I like looking at art, particularly paintings. I also enjoy world cinema, old horror movies, and binge-watching tv shows.
Who are some of your other favorite authors to read? Thinking about it, they are mainly fantasy writers like Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, Jules Verne, Stephen King, Alan Moore.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully still breathing.

After you’ve written your book and it’s been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?

I buy it, yes. I don’t read it immediately, though. When you’re close to it you still feel the urge to revise! Later it seems more like a done deal. You can appreciate it as a book.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

It gives life meaning. It’s making something, which is always satisfying. 
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?Reading more things written by other people. Possibly slouching in front of the tv eating potato chips.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Keep writing because it is one of those activities where you are always learning.