Getting personal with Billy Chizmar

Billy Chizmar, much like his father, excels in everything he does. He works hard and plays hard and it shows! This up-and-coming writer/screenwriter is clearly one to watch. I have had the honor of reading his stories and reviewing the book he wrote with his dad. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was completely thrilled reading Widow’s Point. To say it’s good is putting it mildly. It’s brilliant. His writing and Richards mesh perfectly and it was impossible to tell where one stopped and the other began. If you missed reading works by Billy Chizmar I highly suggest you change that immediately. You will love it! Billy is also a very skilled lacrosse player and played in high school and now in college. He is smart and funny and adores his little brother Noah. I’m very proud to know him and to have him write for my first anthology and now the Ketchum anthology. Thank you Billy. You inspire me and give me faith in the next generation of horror writers! Good luck in all you do!

 

Please welcome Billy Chizmar to Roadie Notes…………… 

 

 

 

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

I’ve been writing stories ever since I could hold a crayon. We regularly find old stories from my toddler years hidden around the house.

 

2. How many stories have you written?

 

I’ve had several stories published in various anthologies and have co-written a novella with my dad.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

 

I’ll never write about a bad dog, because there’s no such thing.

 

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

 

I’m 19 and will start my second year at Colby College this fall, where I play lacrosse and am majoring in psychology.

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

 

Probably “Widow’s Point” because it was so much fun to trade ideas and drafts back and forth with my dad.

 

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

 

My father, for sure. He surrounded me with books from an young age and really instilled my love for the craft. I grew up with heroes like King and Poe, as opposed to athletes or actors.

 

7. What do you like to do for fun?

 

Fishing and crabbing are my go to past times.

 

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

I immediately send an email to my dad with the subject line “can you read this?” every time.

 

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

 

I write wherever, preferably outside. Music is a must.

 

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

 

I’d like to be a more patient writer. I get ahead of myself pretty frequently which causes me to jump forward in the plot without allowing it to develop properly. I’m working on it!

 

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

 

If I could end up anywhere in the writing or film industry, I’d be a happy man.

 

12. Where do you live?

 

Bel Air, Maryland – born and raised.

 

13. Pets?

 

I’ve got three dogs! Boo and Zoeyy are Shepard/Poodle mixes. We’re not sure what our little, fluffy white dog’s breed is, but we’ve ironically named her Cujo.

 

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

 

The process of creating a story, a world, is like nothing else. It’s gratifying and terrifying all at once.

15. What is coming next for you? 

I’m currently working on expanding a short story I recently finished into a novella or novel. I’ll also be on set of the Widow’s Point film adaptation for most of August!

 

16. Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere I can. Sitting on a bench on the boardwalk of Ocean City, MD often results in witnessing some pretty inspiring (yet strange) interactions!

 

 

You can connect with Billy Chizmar here: 

Twitter: @BillyChizmar

Facebook: Billy Chizmar

 

 

Some of Billy Chizmar’s books:

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