Interview with A.T. King
What genre do you write and why?
I write in the horror/ thriller genre. I write in this genre because I grew up around it. When I was in elementary I would spend my summers watching as many as eight or nine horror movies each night, and I also remember hearing many different urban legends and ghost stories while growing up. Those memories fueled my love for all things creepy and dark and as a product of that my imagination became pretty wicked. When I decided to start writing my head was already filled with these stories waiting to be unleashed into the world.
My latest book is entitled Highway 187 and it is a collection of short ghost stories. One of the stories that I use in the book is based on actual events that happened to me when I was in Jr. High School. The rest of the stories are either completely fabricated or loosely based on ghost stories I heard while growing up.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?
My marketing methods at the moment include posting on social media (mainly Facebook) and doing blogs, interviews, and author takeovers. I am fairly new in the game so I am still learning.
What formats is the book available in?
The book is currently available on Amazon in eBook and paperback.
Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite authors are Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and Agatha Christie.
My advice for writers is don’t let rejection be a deterrent. I have gone through several different publishing companies and magazines trying to get some of my work published and have been rejected by almost all of them. Persistence pays off, and as long as you keep moving forward success will find you. Don’t expect to be an overnight success, it takes work and dedication. It might seem hard and impossible, but in the end it is worth every struggle that you go through.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
There are a few of them.
“You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page”---Jodi Picoult
“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.” –Erica Jong
“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything. Or a broken billboard. Or weeds growing in the cracks of a library’s steps. Of course, none of this means a lot without characters the reader cares about (and sometimes characters—‘bad guys’—the reader is rooting against).”---Stephen King
“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.”---Stephen King
What's the best thing about being a writer?
The best thing about being a writer, besides having the ability to entertain people with stories, is that I can tell any story I want my way. I get to decide what is going to happen and how it will end. When I write my stories I do it knowing that nobody can tell me that it isn’t right or accurate because it is my story.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My wife isn’t the most vocal person, but she does support me in her own quiet manner by allowing me the opportunity to continue to write and encourages me to get a better education to become greater at my craft. It isn’t just her, but my entire family supports me in my writing by allowing me the chance to pursue this dream of mine. They will share my news with their friends and let them know where my books can be purchased. They also show up at any event I have ready to support me and always offer words of encouragement.