Author Interview: Paul Hoon

Paul Hoon

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.*

The third book of The Dark Days Series, Survival.

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

Two books of my Dark Days Series, Outbreak and Sanctuary, can be found in Amazon and Barnes & Noble website. The story centers on a boy named Sonny as he fights zombies and bandits to protect his childhood friends, Ashley and Carrie in a dystopian America. Rising Together is a book I co-wrote with a fellow author McKenzie Stark is about a boy named Tim and girl Haze as they run away from Portland to Los Angeles to keep their friendship from a reality that’s trying to tear them apart.

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!)*

Trying to get the word out and making the book available as possible to readers. It’s a constant struggle to promote and market the books.

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

Usually it’s when I get a good idea for a scene or a chapter or even some dialogue. The best part is when I’m able to get out writer’s block, because I write outlines for all the major events that I know I want to happen in my stories, but the hard part is transiting from major event to another. Keeping the flow steady can be a challenge.

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.)*

The ability to keep a good flow of words and knowing all the synonyms. I write very crisp and straight forward. I don’t like to dwell too much on details. I write enough to give the readers a picture, but sometimes I have to add extra detail and use synonyms so I’m not using the same word too many times. However, synonyms don’t automatically pop in my head so I wish it could so I don’t have keep doing too many re-edits.

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?

That’s a difficult one. I’d try to explain that all the dystopian and horrors happening are what inspires and where humanity matters the most when it’s threatened. I’d try to explain to my main character that I’m hoping to make him a symbol of hope and inspiration for humanity and strength to never give up on those you care about or on the things that matter the most.

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?

No idea what the stakes are and no idea who would win. I haven’t mentioned anything on poker in my books so I don’t know yet on how they would do. I wouldn’t win because I don’t know anything on how to play poker, blackjack, canasta, or any gambling games except for liar’s dice. If it were liar’s dice we were playing then I’d have a better chance of winning.

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 write outlines of all the major events that I know I want to happen in the story. That way I can transition from one major event to another and so I don’t forget. Also, I’d say try to get into the habit of ‘show don’t tell,’ and an easy to do that is to describe it. Here’s telling: “Bobby was mad.” Here’s showing: “Bobby gritted his teeth and clenched his fists. He huffed several breaths while giving glaring daggers in his eyes. You could the big vein in his forehead and the one in his neck.” The same goes for world building, describe it. It doesn’t have to be down to the last detail but give enough where the readers can get a picture in their heads as they’re reading it. As for genre, it’s easier to write a story that’s the kind of story you’re into. If you’re into adventure stories, it’s better to write an adventure. If you’re not into romance, then it’s gonna be more difficult to write a story that you’re not into.

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.

Links of how to find me.