About Glenn Rolfe:
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
He is the author of the novellas ABRAM’S BRIDGE and BOOM TOWN, the short story collection, SLUSH, and the werewolf novel, BLOOD AND RAIN.
What inspires you to write?
Usually, I get these crazy ideas when I’m by myself. I walked by a hotel pool one night and imagined something coming out and following me down the hall…If it makes my flesh crawl, i write it down. Sometimes inspiration hits me after reading a really good book, something that makes me want to create.
I woke up in the middle of the night last week and had two scenes play out in my head as I was trying to go back to sleep. That was really cool. I got out of bed and started a new piece.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get an idea and I just go. I’m never sure if it will be a short story, a novella, or a novel. I let the story and the characters dictate where they want to take me. With the longer pieces, I eventually start making loose plans of where I think it should go, but even those get trumped by the story itself. I’ve had people die that I was certain would reach the end. I just do what feels right. No fear, just go.
I also work on multiple projects at a time. I like to be able to switch from piece to piece if I’m feeling it more for one over the other.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to them. I will use toys and other objects to act out scenes if I can’t see it properly in my head. That gives me a better perspective on something. I heard about this at a panel I attended at a horror convention. It came in really handy for the big finale of my novella, Abram’s Bridge.
What advice would you give other writers?
Trust your story and write without fear. Stephen King calls it “writing with the door closed”. Its the idea that nobody is going to see this until you show it to them So just write. Don’t hold back, don’t be afraid to try something that might be a little different if it feels right to you.
When I hit a point in a story where I’m not sure what to do next, I’ll just start typing…even if its the most obvious mundane couple of lines or paragraphs…I feel like as long as I’m writing, the story will grab me and pull me where I’m supposed to go. Trust in the story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I would always advise going the traditional route. Seek out a publisher that puts out the kind of stories and authors that you like to read and submit your best work to them.
I did choose to self-publish a short short story collection. I made sure to bring on a professional editor and get a fantastic cover from a pro, as well. That said, I still advise you get published from a publisher first. It lends a bit of quality assurance to your name/your brand when you have someone choosing your work and deeming it “publishable” first.
I aimed for a certain editor, Don D’Auria. He was responsible for selecting all of those great titles for Leisure Books/Dorchester Publishing. I felt that if he green lit one of my stories, that was it, I made it. I was lucky to have him offer me contracts for five separate pieces of work, two of which will be published in 2016 from Samhain Publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will be fine. It will always go up and down, especially in the dark fiction genres. There’s always a flood of one trope or another and great authors who spill out of that. The cream always rises to the top.
What genres do you write?: Horror, dark sci-fi, thriller
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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