I’m a fan of this author’s books, and he’s created characters that stick with me long after reading the last page (the root monsters, Clovis, and Kevin the vampire to name a few). Clever banter and snark get me every time, and his Lizzie and the hat novels get big check marks in those columns. When I saw the cover of his new release, The Midnight Rambler, it immediately became my favorite of the series. Welcome C.S. Boyack!
I’m excited to be here again for Bad Moon Rising, and appreciate the invite, Teri. This is one of my favorite stops of the year. Mad respect to you for putting this together every October. On with the questions:
Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?
Fun question, and I suppose I would choose the cemetery. I like the idea of open air and a slightly better chance to escape. If escape isn’t necessary, chatting under the stars with a ghost might be kind of charming.
Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?
Hands down, the Zodiac killer. This all happened when I was a kid in Northern Nevada. My elders were terrified even though we were hundreds of miles away. Then he performed some of his acts in the Tahoe area and it drove the point home even more. The ciphers, the taunting, and everything that went with his nefarious acts makes it all the more interesting. The fact that it’s real is even better.
If you were stuck as the protagonist in any horror movie, which would you choose?
Kind of liked the Frog brothers from Lost Boys, but I’d have to choose Ash Williams. Come on, Bruce Campbell, a boom-stick, and being groovy would be perfect.
What is your kryptonite as a writer?
There are a few, stress being a big one. However, I need to be free of distractions for a few hours. I used to call it noise, but it’s more than that. Other people, demanding pets, television, etc. kills the process for me. I need to delve into my thoughts without the weight of the world, or the peripheral goings on of others. I bought a pair of noise cancelling headphones and have made good use of them by playing ambient noise. I’m wearing them as I type this with Skyrim ambience in my ears.
Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?
Frankie likes to read over my shoulder, but Otto is more into cuddling.
If you could be mentored by any famous author, who would it be?
Honestly, Teri, I’d take about anyone you could offer. Everyone has something we can learn from. If I got to pick, I think I’d choose Michael Crichton. The guy was so creative and painted such a great picture I’d love to have spent some time with him.
Okay, I’m cheating now, but how could I pass up, “What are you working on now?”
I try to have two manuscripts going at any time, plus notes and storyboards for future stories constantly evolving in my mind. I currently have a revenge story in a post apocalyptic setting I’m calling “Once Upon a Time in the Swamp.” It’s probably at the 3/4 mark and will be a stand alone tale.
I’m also drafting one called “Goodbye Old Paint,” as part of The Hat Series. This is the dark humor series I try to fill with stand-alone volumes. And speaking of The Hat Series, I have a brand new book on the shelves that I’m promoting here today.
Something evil is after the hat. The ageless enemies have battled many times, but this time Lizzie is wearing the hat. She’s also up against a ticking clock, in that if she can’t find the maker of her new friend’s medicine he will die.
The Rambler has kidnapped the only witch capable of making Ray’s medicine in an attempt to make the hat sloppy in his efforts. He’s also flooded the streets with deadly minions to impede any progress our heroes might make.
As if that weren’t enough, Lizzie is facing more of life’s struggles, both financially and mechanically. This all goes down in the middle of a huge flood event that she’s ill equipped to handle.
Join Lizzie and the hat as they battle the elements, the paranormal, and a being of pure evil. Lizzie might be battling some personal demons along the way as she and Ray grow closer.
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