David Owain Hughes has been a friend of mine for a long time. He has written many amazing stories that I totally love. He also has a wonderful sense of humor and with his creative mind can sometimes get himself in trouble with his woman. They recently had a beautiful little girl named Ruby. I have tried to get him to send her to me but he refuses. Can’t blame a girl for trying. He is a kind man and always had the time to help another author and I admire that about him. His stories range from horror to deep dark and twisted horror. My favorite book he has written is Rack and Cue with Wind Up Toy Series a very close second. Now that I have the complete series I will be posting a review covering all those books. Don’t miss it! David is a very talented author and has an amazing gift for writing. If you haven’t read any of his books make sure you check him out you won’t regret it at all. Please help me welcome back David Owain Hughes to Roadie Notes……….
Artwork on David’s picture above was created by: Megan (good job I love it )
1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?
Latest releases include the paper version of Man-Eating Fucks and the release of All-Wound Up and Escapees and Fevered Minds. There’s also been a few anthologies published that I appear in: Deprived Desires, The Big Book of Bootleg Horror, How to Cook a Baby and Shopping List.
2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?
Richard Laymon. After I’d discovered his books, all I wanted to do was write horror stories. I’d love the opportunity to pick his brain, even if it was only for an hour or three.
3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
They sent me a bra and pair of knickers.
4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?
Edit/draft: I hate that process. It takes up so much time – time I could spend writing. But there we go – it’s a must.
5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them
Sadly, I didn’t. I was too wrapped up in imaginary worlds with my toys.
6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?
I’ve attended a couple over the years, but never as a seller. I would love to, but at the moment it’s not right for me – there’s a couple of things stopping me from doing so, the biggest being lack of funds.
7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
Oh, man! I spent years writing and submitting before my first story got accepted way back in 2009 – I think I was blessed that year, as it was the year my son was born. I like to think his birth brought me the luck and skill I needed to press on.
8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?
All the damn time! Well, maybe not all the time, but it does cross my mind from time to time. This way of thinking usually comes over me when I get down, causing self-doubt and loathing to kick in – all hope gets lost. I think a lot of writers and creative types would tell you this. I believe it comes with the territory!
9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?
Yes, and I have done so. Last year I wrote a crime/thriller/noir novel that I’d been itching to write for a few years. It’s currently awaiting an edit, which I hope to get to later this year.
10. Any new additions to the family?
Yes, little Ruby Storm Leigh Hughes, who’s ten-months-old this month.
11. What is coming up next for you?
I have a collection of short stories entitled Psychological Breakdown being released by HellBound Books in the Autumn. I also hope to get Man-Eating Fucks 2 out at some point this year. Also, there are two anthologies I’m excited about being published later this year.
12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?
I’ve done a couple of release parties in the past, yes. They’re a lot of fun! And yes, I think they work well, especially if you can draw a crowd.
13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?
I’d class the woman or man who sent me the bra and knickers as a crazy stalker; whoever it was sent me two lots of mail with ladies underwear in. Spooky. I’ve also had people send me weird messages from time-to-time, but nothing that horrible that I wished they would go away.
14. Do you still have a “day job”? If so what do you do?
I work as a part-time cleaner in a restaurant close to where I live. It’s nothing special, but it helps pay the bills and ensures I can keep writing.
15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?
I have many voices in my head, and they all tell me different things – they’re naughty like that. However, none of them tell me to write, or what to write. Bastards! My process is to sit and write as many words as I can, day in, day out. I usually like to get between 1-2,000 words down if I can. But I’ll take anything.
Now that I look after Ruby full-time, my routine has changed. Whereby I could sit at my desk all day and write undisturbed, I now have to fit it in around her, which is cool.
16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?
I plan to write a third instalment to White Walls and Straitjackets later this year. Also, I have notes for a prequel to Walled In stashed away. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.
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