Shaun Hutson is another amazing author that I have had the privilege to get to know. His books are absolutely brilliant and will leave you afraid to go out alone in the dark. There is a book that will terrify everyone that he has written. I can’t imagine that anyone that loves horror hasn’t read at least one of his books but if you haven’t please do so you will not regret it for a second. He has had several books made into films and has written over 70 stories. He has a wicked sense of humor and quick wit. This is another author that I can’t recommend enough. So I’m very proud and please to welcome Mr. Shaun Hutson to Roadie Notes…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing things when I was very young. Just scribbling little stories down, usually after films I’d seen. The first time I wrote anything “seriously” was when I was 18. It was a novel called “The Headhunters” and it was terrible…but it taught me a lot. I wrote a novel called Blood and Honour (a war book) when I was 19 and that was published two years later by Robert Hale and was the first of 11 that I did for them.
2. How many books have you written?
In total I’ve written about 70 novels and had 65 published under my own name and various other pseudonyms. I’ve also done stuff over the years for Radio, magazines and TV. I’ve written screenplays too but always concentrated on books so far. That may change, we’ll have to see.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
No. I’ve never considered anything taboo. As long as it’s necessary within the confines of the book. It’s no good just sticking something in for the sake of it that you think is controversial or shocking. It has to fit the story.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Cheeky..ha, ha…I’m older than I’d like to be. I’ve got a 20-year-old daughter who is sensible enough not to read my books. How’s that?
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I’d have to say RENEGADES. Everything just dropped into place with that one. It also introduced the character of Sean Doyle, the counter terrorist who I’ve used again in 3 other books and will hopefully be using again in my next book. I’ve also got a soft spot for DYING WORDS which was also relatively pain-free when it came to the writing. HEATHEN, which is re-published again early next year is also a favorite for different reasons.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
A love of horror films (Hammer at that time). When I was growing up (yes, that long ago..) I used to watch horror films every Friday night on TV and they had a tremendous effect on me. I loved horror when I was a kid and it was a sort of natural progression I’d end up writing it as well as watching it I think. My inspirations ran from Hammer films to John Carpenter to Sam Peckinpah…it depended on the book I was writing. I read lots when I was a teenager but films were always my biggest influence and still are.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Fun? Let me look that up..ha, ha…I spend too much time in the cinema. I read non-fiction and I slump in front of the TV. That’s about it.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I have a cigarette and a glass of champagne..oh, no, sorry that’s not me that’s the guy from Misery…I used to breathe a sigh of relief, now I tend to worry more because I wonder how much I could have done better or differently. Someone once said that writing a book is like sending kids out into the world, you send it out with all the faults and problems that you’ve given it. That’s probably true.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I prefer to write in peace and quiet. Not always possible but given the choice I’d write in silence. Occasionally I have music as an accompaniment to some scenes but not usually. I used to play heavy metal for half an hour every morning before I started writing but I don’t do that anymore. I seem to be angry enough already..ha, ha..
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I do have a tendency to look on the dark side all the time and that’s reflected in my books so maybe I’d change that a bit…maybe….Every writer looks at what they’ve done and thinks they might change it or try to improve it but there comes a time when you just have to let it go. You do your best when you’re writing each book so, when it’s finished just stop thinking about it. That is easier said than done though. Even after 60 odd books I still worry about stuff I could have done differently or better.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
When I was younger I wanted to be rich and famous. I’d settle for just being rich now…ha, ha…One of the beauties of being a successful author is that people might know your name but they rarely know your face.
12. Where do you live?
No. I had tortoises when I was a kid. They’re great pets and one day I might go back to keeping them. I’m not a dog or cat type of person to be honest. Too much like hard work for me.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
You work alone. You create alone. When it’s finished the feedback from the public is worth the effort. It’s great to know that people like what I do. Some readers have been with me since I was first published in 1982 and their loyalty is very humbling.
15. What is coming next for you?
Lunch probably…Well, I’ve got a new book out next year with Caffeine Nights called CHASE. Probably one of the darkest things I’ve ever written. I’ve also finished a couple of things under pseudonyms which I don’t want to mention because nothing is concrete with them and I don’t like discussing “projects” until they’re finalised (or I’ve been paid for them). Three of my earlier books HEATHEN, BREEDING GROUND and EREBUS are also being re-issued by Caffeine Nights.
I think you know enough about me now, Becky…:)
Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better! I wish you all the best and continued success!
Just a few of Shaun Hutson’s books: