Once again i will say this….I AM A LUCKY GIRL! Recently I had the extreme pleasure of getting to do an interview with Brian James Freeman. To say he is talented, well that is putting it mildly! He is absolutely brilliant. In my opinion he is what almost every author I know dreams to write like. The flow of his stories will draw you right in then the action will keep you engrossed whether it is a short story or a novel it doesn’t matter. Then throw in the twist and wham right between the eyes. I have heard several times before that his writing was amazing and they aren’t wrong. Mr. Freeman is also the co-owner of Cemetery Dance Publications. If you haven’t read anything he has written please, please hurry up and do so you will not be disappointed and will kick yourself for not having read his work sooner. Please welcome Brian James Freeman to Roadie Notes…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
The first story I really remember writing was in the second grade. We had a class each week in the school’s library, and one of our projects was to write a little “book” of our own. Each student was given a college Blue Book — the kind used for exams — and we wrote whatever story we could come up in them.
2. How many books have you written?
A couple of novels, a handful of novellas, and several small collections of short stories with my first full-length collection of short stories coming from PS Publishing in the UK later this year. The title is WALKING WITH GHOSTS and Vincent Chong has provided beautiful cover artwork for the volume.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Nothing I’ve run into yet. I tend to follow my muse.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m thirty-seven, married with two kids, two German short-haired Pointers, and four cats. My day job, which occupies most of my time, is being the general manager of Cemetery Dance Publications. What does the general manager do? Pretty much a little bit of everything and a lot of some things.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I’m really proud of WALKING WITH GHOSTS and I cannot wait to see what readers think of this collection.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
It’s always been part of my life, so I don’t think there’s a specific who or what. There were several teachers along the way who were very encouraging, though.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Hike with my wife, kids, and dogs. When there’s time, which lately has gotten harder and harder to find!
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Does fretting over whether to give it one more pass count as a tradition?
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
Quiet and isolated. I have a home office, and I usually cannot write until everyone else has gone to bed. When I was a teenager, I could write with the music turned up or even the TV on, but no longer.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I wish I could make it happen more often. My yearly output is never what I’d want it to be.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
More time to write, that’s all.
12. Where do you live?
Pennsylvania, pretty much all my life except for a few years in Maryland. These days I can see what passes for mountains around here from front door, and I like that very much.
Too many. So many. I’m not sure how we ended up with all of these four-legged friends in this house, but they’re certainly happy to be here.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The moment when everything comes together and I know the story is actually going to work.
15. What is coming next for you?
I’d love to write a few more short stories this year, and I’ve started on a new novel. In terms of 2017 publications, I actually have a pretty full slate:
* As Author:
Walking With Ghosts
Lost and Lonely
Darkness Whispers (with Richard Chizmar)
The Halloween Children (with Norman Prentiss) — new eBook and trade editions
* As Editor:
Reading Stephen King
Halloween Carnival: Volume One
Halloween Carnival: Volume Two
Halloween Carnival: Volume Three
Halloween Carnival: Volume Four
Halloween Carnival: Volume Five
* As Co-Editor with Richard Chizmar:
Dark Screams: Omnibus #1 (V1-5)
Dark Screams: Volume Six
Dark Screams: Volume Seven
Dark Screams: Volume Eight
Dark Screams: Volume Nine
Dark Screams: Volume Ten
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As always, thank you for letting us get to know you better! It has been an honor and pleasure. I wish you continued success and lots of happiness!
Some of Brian James Freeman’s books: