Zacharias Bartholomew Adams, but please just call me Zach.
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.
When not plotting my inevitable rise to power as a supervillain, I’m working on recording an original soundtrack for Dead Man Walking with my creative accomplice, Jon Valentine.
2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
Dead Man Walking is a contemporary fantasy/horror story about Isaac Falcone, a wannabe writer and library assistant. When the universe around him gets bent in all the wrong directions, strange monsters appear and immediately add him to their menu. He must panic his way through all the craziness and hope that he can walk away alive.
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!).
This is tough, as there are so many moments during any project where I question all of my life choices leading up to that point. The worst is probably when I get multiple pages done in a short time only to run face-first into a metaphorical brick wall as I try to make one character walk across the room.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
When the character I mentioned above runs into the brick wall instead of me.
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.)
I would absorb them all like Kirby and evolve into my final form as the ultimate frankenauthor.
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?
“Unfortunately, for this sort of story to be entertaining, characters have to suffer. Now get back behind the fourth wall and do your job.”
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?
I don’t actually know how to play poker, so I assume that Isaac doesn’t either. The last book I read was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I suspect Arthur Dent would win by default. If he didn’t know how to play before, he could easily have learned some cosmic variant while hitchhiking across the galaxy.
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.)
My worst habit is self-editing so harshly that nothing makes it to the page. It can be difficult to ignore that critical voice and let the first attempt for anything be as terrible as it has to be, so that there’s something to polish up later.
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.
If I gave away details about my plots to take over the world, then someone would be able to stop me. To stay updated for when those plans are finally ready to announce, Jon and I have a free emailing list at www.adamsvalentine.com, and a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VadamsAlentine.