Getting personal with Russell Coy

Russell Coy is a super nice guy and one I’m very glad to have met. He has a great personality and is a joy to be around. He loves his family very much and is the super proud father to a beautiful little girl. He loves what he does and has quite a passion for writing. Please make sure you check out his book and get to know him. You can pick up his book by following the link below. Please welcome Russell Coy to Roadie Notes…..

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

The first I can remember was for a second-grade assignment. I recall it was about a couple of friends meeting an alien, and nothing else about it. Makes sense, my tastes at the time ran toward UFOs and science fiction-type stuff, books like Top Secret and Aliens for Breakfast, before I discovered Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and The Phantom of the Opera in my elementary school library. Then, of course, came Goosebumps.

2. How many books have you written?

So far, I’ve had one published, The One Who Lies Next to You, and beyond that I have three unfinished novels—one of which will hopefully see the light of day in late 2017 or in 2018–and a bunch of short stories to my name.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

I like to think that nothing’s off the table for me, though I’m evolving in regards to portraying sexual violence in my work–not that there are limits to how graphic I’ll get, but I now have very specific conditions under which I’ll write a scene of rape or molestation, to avoid being exploitative or gratuitous. It’s something I think a lot of horror writers have to learn when they come in to the game.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

Don’t mind at all–thirty-two and married with a beautiful, rambunctious daughter. Factory grunt three days a week.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

Gotta go with The One Who Lies Next to You, and not just because it’s my first published work. I really love the main character and it’s a quick, entertaining story. Really proud to have my name on it.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve never been very good at talking, and I wall up pretty quickly in social situations, so from a very young age I looked for ways to express myself and be paid attention to without actually having to be in the room. Naturally, that led to art. I tried out various mediums—music, painting, film—and they were all fun to hang out with, but the written word is the only one I formed a lasting bond with, which comes from being a lifelong reader. If you’re a passionate consumer of something, then trying your own hand at it is just a natural progression.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Reading and writing take up most of the free time I have on my days off. When the wife and kid get home and the noise level rises, I put those aside and play with my daughter, watch whatever show I’m binging or movie I’ve heard good things about. Occasionally, I fit the odd game of Magic the Gathering in. And then, of course, there’s Scares That Care Charity Weekend, which I attended for the first time this year and will likely become an annual pilgrimage for me.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Take a week or so off to decompress, then start on the next project.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?

I need total quiet in the whole house to write. It’s a very small house, with no room for an office or work desk—I do dream, though—so mostly, I write in the living room, lying on the couch or sitting in my recliner as the mood strikes me.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Two of my genre heroes are Jack Ketchum and Robert Ford, and my dream is to get good enough to write something that unsettles the reader on as deep an emotional level as their work has done for me.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

I’m a little suspicious of fame as a concept, though if a lot of money came with it, I wouldn’t turn it down, ha. Really, my dream is to just get as good as I can at the craft of story fiction, develop a voice that’s entirely my own, and just maybe be respected as a peer by the folks I read and admire.

12. Where do you live?

Northern Indiana aka Jonathan Janz Country.

13. Pets?

None, though a dog may be forthcoming at some point.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The chance to create my own world and live inside it when I sit down at the laptop.

15. What is coming next for you?

I have a few short stories in various stages of development and submission, and a novel I hope to have finished by summer.

You can connect with Russell Coy here:

THE ONE WHO LIES NEXT TO YOU is available now from Grinning Skull Press:

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