About Christopher Alan Broadstone:
Christopher Alan Broadstone is the author of the horror novel PUZZLEMAN. A re-release of the novel and serialization of the book (with updates) is now available for Kindle and in Trade Paperback as of October 2014. Broadstone’s newest short story, NOTE-TO-SELF, is included in the anthology JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION (edited by Terry M. West), which was released on Halloween 2014. Currently, C.A. Broadstone is completing his first short story collection as well as his second horror novel, HEATHER’S TREEHOUSE.
Serving as writer and director, he has produced three award-winning short films to date, SCREAM FOR ME (Best Short Film: NYC Horror Film Festival, Best Underground Short: B-Independent.com), MY SKIN! (Best Horror Short: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.], Best Film/Director: Cinema Edge Awards), and HUMAN NO MORE (Best Horror Short: The Indie Gathering Film Festival [OH]). Also, he has completed two feature length screenplays, COLOR OF FLAME, an erotic ghost story, and, with actor/writer John Franklin (Isaac from “Children of the Corn”), RETARD (Best Horror Feature Screenplay: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.]). In toto, C.A. Broadstone’s films have been showcased on several horror compilation DVDs, have screened at 30 international film festivals, and have won 15 “Best Of” awards. All three films are currently available on Amazon as the anthology DVD, 3 DEAD GIRLS!
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write when I feel a very strong need to escape into a world of imagination, and throw off this mundane and insane world that tends to drag me down.
Tell us about your writing process.
I sometimes have to just dive in and start writing by the seat of my pants. But usually I try to get my act together first. I’ll use Microsoft Word to outline and write character sketches. I’ll also begin to make a lexicon of words I want to use that I think fit the story or individual character. I may also write specific dialect notes for characters. I also collect research physically or nowadays do a lot of online culling of information that I’ll compile in Word docs.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do sometimes talk to my characters out loud, but usually tend to follow the process that an actor does and become the characters as I write.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t write unless you really feel the need to, because getting rich writing anything is a rare thing. Also, don’t feel the need to write thousands of words a day. I believe in quality, not quantity. Too many young writers these days get a great thrill out of just cranking out a lot of words. It’s better to write only a few great words that really say something each day, than meet a grand quota.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I became fed up with the difficulty of getting an agent, which many publishers require. Those publishers that don’t require that you have an agent, will simply throw your submitted manuscript into a giant slush pile, and good luck if anyone ever takes a look at it. Thus, I decided to self-publish. Which also allows complete control of my projects.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is a great thing, but also a terrifying thing. Self-publishing has become very easy to do, which is wonderful. But the ease of it has also caused the book market to be flooded with endless books not worth reading. Every dilettante can now be a published author. It over saturates the market and more often than not obscures the great writers with real talent and ambition, by burying them in a avalanche of mediocrity and worse.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Horror, dark fantasy, and the macabre.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print