Author Interview with Trinity Zook

Trinity Zook was raised in deep, dark, East Texas. Like all great American authors, Trinity passionately avoided the outdoors and amused himself with a childhood squandered watching horror, science fiction, cartoons, and Britcoms—living proof that too much television will rot your brain like so much zombie-enticing pâté.

Trinity has crafted over a dozen scary stories including DUST BUNNIES FROM OUTER SPACE, ATTACK OF THE KILLER CARTS, ABSTINENCE ANDY, and THE WRONG WAY MAN. Trinity’s audio play, “THE WIDOW LAKE MONSTER VS KILLCO,” was produced by the Pandemic Collective of Colorado.

When he’s not creating horrifying and bizarre tales of fiction, or assuring people that yes, Trinity is totally a guy’s name (he’s checked), he is the owner and producer of The Super Absurdist horror narration channel on YouTube. He currently thrives in The Lone Star State with his dogs, Jake and Levi, and is still cultivating that oh-so-delightful TV brain rot.

  • Where are you from?

Deep, dark, East Texas.

  • Why do you write?

I have over 40 years’ worth of stories I want to tell, and I fear my head will explode if I don’t.

  • What do you write about?

Characters who find themselves in absurd or outlandish situations.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to toss different elements and genres into a blender and hit puree.

  • How do you work through self-doubts and fear?

I dive right into them. Self-doubt and fear have a way of keeping me motivated.

  • What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

Finding the time to write. Stealing the odd minute or two to jot down an idea to return to later when I’ve secured enough time to actually get some writing done.

  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

It was from my editor on Grandma the Barbarian, that he really loved reading it while he was editing it.

  • How long have you been writing?

All my life. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve been serious about making it a reality.

  • When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

The first time I filled a notebook with crazy story ideas, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?


  • What books did you love growing up?

It was mostly comic books. My mother raised me on a steady diet of Swamp Thing and House of Secrets, reading them to me as bedtime stories.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I do my best writing in my sleep. There have been so many times I’ve woken up in the middle of the night to quickly write out a scene or dialog I was just dreaming about.

  • What writing are you most proud of?

A short horror story I did called Abstinence Andy. It was about a murderous mascot using extreme measures to promote abstinence.

  • How long does it take to write a book?

Between the first and second drafts, beta readers, rewrites, editors, more rewrites, and formatting, it can take about 3 months to complete a book.

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Read, read, and read some more.

  • What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

Creating characters that the reader wants to follow on their journey.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Compelling characters, stimulating situations, and lovely locations.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

They still think I’m just playing around on the computer.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I would love to make writing my full-time career.

  • How much sleep do you need to be your best?

I will let you know if I ever achieve that level of sleep.

  • What other jobs have you had in your life?

I’ve done a little bit of everything from digging ditches to tech support.

  • What else do you do, other than write?

I run The Super Absurdist horror narration channel on YouTube.

  • Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

Buy books. Recommend them. Leave reviews.

  • Tell us about your new book.

Grandma the Barbarian is a hard-boiled bizarro fiction novella. The day a young boy had been dreading all year has finally arrived—the day his 10-foot tall, bikini-clad, battle-axe-wielding badass barbarian grandmother came for a visit. It’s a coming-of-age story with an urban fantasy setting.

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