Thomas Emson has published eight horror thrillers, including Maneater, the Vampire Trilogy (Skarlet, Krimson, and Kardinal) and Zombie Britannica. He’s also self-published The Trees And Other Stories on Amazon, as well as How To Write A Novel In 6 Months, a guide to helps aspiring authors achieve their writing goals. You can contact Thomas on Twitter @thomasemson or on Instagram @thomasemsonhorror.. He’d be more than happy to come and talk to your writing group about his books and can teach you the ins and outs of his writing method in a couple of hours. Check out his website thomasemson.com.
Describe yourself in five words: Thomas. Emson. Writer. Of. Horror
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I speak Welsh.
What scares you the most?
My work is full of my fears, so if anyone wants a list of things that scare me, have a read. My novel Zombie Britannica contains a couple of scenes that convey my worst fear, actually…
What makes you happiest?
Being with my wife and our dogs
Why do you write?
Because I love telling stories
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Always, yes, since I was a boy creating comic books on the living room floor.
What motivates you to write?
What writing are you most proud of? A
All of it, but I am particularly pleased that my non-fiction book HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS has helped so many people get their novels finished.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
What books did you love growing up?
I read Enid Blyton; I remember loving Willard Price’s Gorilla Adventure. As a teenager, I went straight into Stephen King and James Herbert, kings of horror, and then a few years later, Clive Barker.
How did you develop your writing?
For years, it I didn’t really have a method. I wrote some books with outlines. I wrote some books without knowing where I was going. But after I got my eight-book deal and promised the publisher to write two books a year, I had to produce a plan—and that method is outlined in HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS. It’s how I write all my books now.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
What marketing works for you?
I am a newbie to marketing, so I’m trying a few things—like doing this interview.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
When it’s ready, not at all.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
They do indeed
What other jobs have you had in your life?
Pub cleaner, journalists, TV and film runner, and I was a singer-songwriter too.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
How do you write – laptop, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
PC or laptop, at a desk,
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
six to eight hours.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My glorious wife Marnie, a fantastic ghostwriter.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
I don’t know, but I’ve had more than twenty books published in two languages, traditionally published and self-published. And I get to my desk every day.
Do you have a specific writing style?
What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
The critic Scott Pack described my vampire novel SKARLET as “Twilight it ain’t,” which I took as a big compliment, because that’s exactly what I was trying to avoid—that angsty, romance vampire stuff that has emasculated horror.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
When I read Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot as a teenager.
How long does it take to write a book?
Six months, if I follow the guidelines laid down in my book which I mentioned earlier.
Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Read a lot and write a lot.
What do you think makes a good story?
A character with a life-or-death goal facing insurmountable odds.
Do you see writing as a career?
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I published my first novel in 1995
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
It’s a vicious little novella called Ironbones that started life as a screenplay more than 20 years ago, which was almost part of a horror anthology series—but the series got canned and Ironbones sat in my drawer for years. I revisited it over Covid lockdown and changed the screenplay into a short novel. It’s about a rejected author who writes with rage, and in so doing creates a monstrous psychopath who comes alive to slaughter anyone who dares criticize her books.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I want people to enjoy my books and be entertained. But I do write horror, and I think they should fear a little scared and distressed. My books are page-turners—hopefully—which I describe as action-horror, so hopefully readers find them exciting as well as horrifying.
Buy Ironbones: https://mybook.to/kuaorDp