My next victim is the talented Shaun Hupp. Anyone that has read anything by him knows that he is very passionate about what he writes. The stories are amazing and will scare you or bring you to tears. He also is fun and has a wicked sense of humor. Make no mistake in missing his books! His loyal fans are sometimes referred to as Huppsters. If you don’t know him please check him out you won’t be sorry.
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Hmmm….Maybe third grade. We had a blank hardcover book, and we were to fill it with pictures and a story. I think it was called Timmy the Turtle. I know it’s floating around somewhere. It’s about a turtle that runs so fast he reverses the rotation of the Earth and goes back in time. At least, that’s how I remember it. Or maybe that’s the plot of the first Superman movie. I don’t know.
My first horror story was for a school assignment a little later called “Bloody Whiskers.” I did a dramatic reading of it on facebook. I can’t believe I didn’t end up in the counselor’s office over that one….
2. How many books have you written?
I don’t know. They all overlap, and I’ve released them in sets. Some are serials. Some are collections. I think 13. Some link together to form a whole story. I need like a superfan to tell me my own number.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Probably pedophilia related stuff. I might have elements in a story, but I wouldn’t get too descriptive. Even worse than pedophilia would probably be another Valentine Rodgers episode. No one should be forced to read that, and I shouldn’t be forced to write it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 32 going on 33 this year, which is scary. I still feel like I should be like 22 even though I’m married with two kids and a third on the way. I even drive a minivan. I know…terrifying! I sadly have a day job. Hopefully, one day, writing will be my primary job. That’s pretty much the goal of every writer: Go from a shitty job to their dream job.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I’m pretty proud of my novelette Pound. I think it’s got a lot of different things going on, and they all link together well. I’m also happy with the Shaun Hupp Collection Volume 1 that features Pound and a few other stories. People seem to really like how I wove all those stories together to form a novel of sorts. I hope to do another similar collection in the future.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I’m not sure. I think just reading in general. I used to read a lot of Goosebumps, and I wrote scary stories. I kind of stopped reading horror and read some sci-fi, then I wrote a really bad science fiction story that will never see the light of day. Then, I found Richard Laymon and I started writing the Jackal. I stopped writing for a long time and then, I started talking about writing again. I learned all I could about self-publishing and wrote Jon’s Cabin. It won first place in a contest, and I hit that publish button. People seemed to like what I had to say, and it was a rush. The rest is history.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
For fun? When I’m not writing, working, or chasing kids around, I’m usually reading. If I’m watching tv, I’m usually multiple tasking with something else. Bullshitting around on the internet with fans is great too. Some people find me funny. I don’t know why.
8. And traditions you do when you finish a book?
Celebrate and think that I’m a genius. This book is going to be huge, and I’m going to be rich. Two days later when sales are down, I cry.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I wish I could get so quiet with no kids, etc. I do what I can for peace, but I don’t do music or anything.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I wish I could write faster, I think my description could be a little better too.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Yep. Everyone will love me, and if you leave me a one-star review, I can afford to hire a hitman to kill you. A fan club would be awesome too. Also….chicks…Gotta have the chicks.
12. Where do you live?
Michigan, the mitten of the United States.
I have a Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix) named Jack.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I like creating worlds and interactions between my creations. I love thinking a story will end one way, and it’ll take on a life of its own, ending totally differently. And of course, getting those amazing reviews that you’ve scared someone, made someone cry, made them laugh. I want my writing to be an experience for my readers.
Shaun, thank you so much for letting us get to know you better. I really enjoy reading your books. I think you set the scenes wonderfully and the characters are amazing. Shaun just had a story released through Dark Chapter Press in their anthology. The anthology is the alphabet and his book started it off with A. The book is called Anniversary Dinner. It is awesome. You don’t want to miss this!!