Author Interview: William Tchatchou

William Tchatchou,

1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

Currently trying to work on The Boy King, Book 2 and figuring out what to do with a short story I wrote years ago set in the same universe.

2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

I’m a new author so the only thing I’ve published was Hotel of Madness so far. Now Hotel started out as a “what if” story where I explored what would happen if zombies invaded a anime convention but then I decided to do a little more with the premise and give the zombie outbreak a supernatural bend. And from there I figure why not throw in a supernatural detective type to save the world from zombies and the many angle ones.

3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

Well I don’t really plan things so my writing process is a bit chaotic. It’s really chapter by chapter and sometimes premises change drastically if I don’t have a good “feeling” about what I’m writing. When in doubt I always try to think to myself “What is the most interesting part of this story?” and just right that instead of worrying over “well I got to go from point A to 1.a before I can go to point B”.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

That moment when you finish a chapter and you’re not sure if it’s a good place to drop off the reader but at the same time you feel “done” and you feel proud of yourself.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

Charlie Huston ability to write an asshole, the effortless ability to delve into nerdy topics like Charles Stross, and the Stephan Kings ability to write the mundane.

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

I hope he understands that every second he buys for life on earth there is someone somewhere that is grateful even if they don’t know it. And maybe that is a small constellation prize but if we had to switch places I’d take that.

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

Well I’m bad at poker so, it’ll be between my main character Arthur Curry and Will Wight, Cradle Series main guy Lindon. The stakes is the Arthur’s copy of the Necronomicon and Lindon’s crafting talent. They’d both cheat but Arthur has a slight advantage due being able manipulate probability.

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

I’d say don’t be bogged down in all the details. We are all tempted to throw the kitchen sink at our world building and characters and sometimes that’s necessary and sometimes it really isn’t.

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

I need the Gorillaz to have an album as good as Demon Days so I can write another book.