K. Patrick Malone is the author of four multi-award winning small press horror novels; supernatural tales with a distinctive male perspective voice driven by finely detailed characters that tug at your heart or grab you by the throat. Critics describe his work as, “Riveting.” Foreword Magazine said Inside A Haunted Mind was, ” Riveting from the start. . . Malone’s powerful descriptions keep the reader thoroughly engaged.” Midwest Reviews said, “An Unfinished House. . . is a riveting read that will prove difficult to put down.” And independent publishing awards committees overwhelmingly agree-The House at Miller’s Court, (Gold Medal–National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2011, Silver Medal-Arizona Author’s Association Awards 2011, Bronze Medal-Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards [Horror] 2010); An Unfinished House (Gold Medal-National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2010 [Horror], Silver Medal-Arizona Author’s Association Awards 2010, Bronze Medal-Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards [Horror] 2009); The Digger’s Rest ( Honorable Mention-New York Book Festival 2008, Gold Medal-Halloween Book Festival [Unconventional Romance} 2011 ) and Inside A Haunted Mind (Gold Medal-USA Book News Best Books Awards [Horror} 2008, Gold Medal-New England Book Festival 2008 ).
What inspires you to write?
The lack of character driven, adult, what I call “literary horror” being done in the English language, so I feel the need to take up the sword, put my pen to paper and defend my genre.to the bitter end.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write late at night, from 10pm til 4 am, in the dark shadowy work room I created, surrounded by talismen for whatever book I happen to be writing; a Mah Jong tile bracelet for Inside A Haunted Mind, figures of ships for The Digger’s Rest, images of ducks for An Unfinished House, art glass for The House at Miller’s Court, and Cowboy, Indian and old West memorabilia for Beyond The Pale ( my collection of short stories), so that my work room looks like a flea market table. I never use an outline or any notes what so ever. Everything is always completed in my head before I ever sit down to write, then it flows like a burst dam for 6 to 12 weeks. When I’m done I collapse in a big heap on the floor surrounded by an enormous pile of used Kleenex and all sorts of empty pizza boxes and taco wrappers.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, for me it’s even scarier than that. I don’t talk to them , nor they to me. I become them, and they become me. When I was writing Simon Holly from The Digger’s Rest, I got up from my chair after hours of writing to get something to eat and realised that I was walking with my foot turned in and limping, just like i had written Simon. It was realllllly Weird.
What advice would you give other writers?
Love your characters, even the the mean, nasty, evil ones. If you don’t love your characters , no one else will and its over before it starts.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with a small press, independent publisher because, I simply could not grow old waiting for the big ones to notice me. They were all too busy waiting for Margaret Mitchell to reach her hand down from heaven and deliver the true sequel to Gone With The Wind into each of their laps to notice any one else. As if!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
When I first set down pen to paper, Kindle or Nook were not even whispers. Now, they have taken over the future of publishing. It that a good thing? It is if you’re with a small, independent publisher willing to take risks with new writers. Not such a good thing for the major leaguers when everyon stops buying physical hard covers, and eventually even paperbacks. So far, 10,000 people have downloaded my books. I could be long in the grave before that might happen if I were only in hardcover or paperback. I say long live the Kindle and Nook! I may not ever get rich, but I am sure getting read!
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
horror, scary, spooky, haunted
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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