Thomas Gunther is a new friend and writer to me so I haven’t had the chance yet to get to know him really well. I can tell you he has a great sense of humor and is very smart. Please take a few minutes to get to know him and read his stories on Smashwords. he would love to hear your opinion of his stories and become your friend. So please welcome Thomas Gunther to Roadie Notes……
1. How old were you when you wrote your first story?
I was in elementary school. We made up stories, and the teacher helped us turn them into “books.” My book was about Martians invading Earth and killing everybody. I wasn’t much of an artist, and my story went from the beginning right to the good part, where the aliens are shooting people with rayguns. I had probably just seen War of the Worlds. My Martians were green blobs with stick-figure arms, legs, and antennae.
2. How many books have you written?
No books, yet, and certainly nothing in print, though I am working on a collection I hope to see in print. I’ve tried to write novels and even novellas, but for some reason I prefer short stories. I doubt I’ve ever written anything over 10,000 words. Most of my short stories are less than 7,000. I’ve published four short stories on Smashwords, all of them horror.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I don’t know. I keep pushing the envelope, and I think it freaks out friends who’ve read my work. I’m working on a story right now that is proving rather gruesome.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job, etc…
I’m pushing 50, I married my best friend ten years ago. I have one son who is in his early twenties. He is much smarter than his father. I’m scratching out a living doing copy-write and some odd job gigs while I drudge my way through college. I’m still working on my associate degree, and I’m sick to death of school.
5. What’s your favorite book you’ve ever written?
My favorite story is Finding Mariequita an Exorcist. I got the name, Mariequita, from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. She was a minor character in the story, and rather whorish. My character is somewhat of a tribute to Chopin, who was fairly daring for her time. But, I think the name turns people off. They don’t really know what to think of it, and I’ve never gotten a lot of feedback, either. It’s on it’s third cover, now, which is an awesome illustration by Lindsey J. Rantz, who did the cover for my first published story, Icarus Ascending. She really nailed the mood of both tales, and she might be my biggest fan.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I learned to read at an early age. My mom read to me quite a bit–it was always stuff like Jack London, and school readers from the 40s and 50s. She may have inadvertently sparked my love of horror by reading me the poem, The Cremation of Sam McGee, by Robert W. Service. Macabre, Ambrose Bierce kind of stuff. Otherwise, my inspiration comes from everywhere. I watched a lot of “B” movies from the 50s as a kid, all horror and sci-fi. I read quite a bit, too. Pretty much everything. I love Clive Barker’s work. But I also loved t.v. shows, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the X Files, of course. Growing up, my hero was Darren McGaven as Kolchak.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Smoke cigarettes and drink. No, seriously, my wife and I love to go to the movies. She doesn’t really care for the stuff I write, but she’s fun to watch a good horror movie with! I think part of the reason I fell in love with her is because she likes a good story as much as I do, regardless of genre. She likes Charmed, and Xena, Warrior Princess. We have all the Tolkien movies on DVD. We have a lot of movies. A lot of fantasy stuff. My wife says I can’t smoke anymore.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Not really. I just feel really high for a while.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
My wife let me turn one of the upstairs bedrooms into my office. Before that I was relegated to the basement. Sometimes I listen to music, but I prefer the quiet. Most of the time I can tune out noise, and sometimes I use headphones.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I need to slow down. Sometimes I rush the story, or the ending.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Of course. I want to be the next Stephen King. But, I’d be just as happy if I won the lottery. That would be nice.
12. Where do you live?
I’m usually living in my own little world. I want out, but they won’t let me.
I like cats, but Kalamazoo has claimed both my cats. Now we’re stuck with a puppy from hell we didn’t want. She wants to chew everything–shoes, books, little kids.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
It’s like reading, it’s another form of escapism. I think I like writing horror because it allows me to experiment with dark fantasy without going to prison.
15. What’s coming next for you?
Probably prison, or maybe the funny farm. I’m trying to finish a short story right now that delves into a ghoulish subject. I don’t want to give anything away, though. But, because it’s such a taboo subject I’m forcing myself to slow down. I really want to get into my character’s head.
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