I can contribute my decision to self-publish my books to author David Moody. I read his novel, AUTUMN: THE CITY after randomly picking up a copy at Barnes & Noble one day. It was shortly after the first season of The Walking Dead ended and I needed a zombie fix! Well, I certainly got my fix after reading AUTUMN – I absolutely LOVED it and he earned a fan out of me for life! I looked up his web site to check out other stuff written by him and was shocked to learn that he self-published and needless to say that confused me because I bought his book in an actual bookstore. One thing led to another and David gave me tons of great advice on self-publishing and how he did it so successfully.
So, in the spirit of Halloween, there is no better person, in my opinion, to feature for my 10 Weird Things segment than horror author David Moody! His work pretty much speaks for itself!
1. It sounds really corny, but I dream the endings to most of my books. I then spend a year or so trying to work my way back from the end to the beginning of the story so I can start writing.
2. I’m a (not very fast) long-distance runner. Running is the only time I don’t get interrupted, so it’s actually when I do some of my best work. Some of my best plot twists have been conjured up ‘on the hoof’ like that, so to speak. My second most productive place to work (in terms of coming up with new ideas) is in the bath.
3. Glen Mazzara (the guy in charge of the Walking Dead TV show) wrote an un-filmed screenplay from my book HATER for Guillermo del Toro.
4. I have a ridiculously good memory for trivia, dates, and other pointless details, so much so that I’m paranoid I keep forgetting important things because the amount of fluff and useless crap I remember is pushing the stuff that matters out!
5. I used to kill people who annoyed me at work. My last job involved managing large teams of people. When anyone wound me up, I’d go home and write them a particularly unpleasant death scene in whichever book I was working on at the time. I’d change the names, of course, because I didn’t want to get sued, but it was still very therapeutic!
6. Before I was published I was featured on Watchdog – a BBC consumer TV programme. I managed a call team in a credit control department of a bank, and thousands of people used to get letters from me telling them to sort out their accounts or repay their debts. One lady got a little upset when she received about ten letters in one week, but couldn’t get through to me on the phone… It caused a panic at head office!
7. I can only listen to instrumental music while I’m writing. No singing please…
8. …and on the subject of singing – I hated singing so much as a kid at school, it became a kind of phobia. Even today I can’t sing out loud in public under any circumstances.
9. I drink tea continually when I’m working. I literally finish one cup then get up and make another.
10. I love the smell of wet plaster and I hate frogs.
David Moody was born in 1970 and grew up in Birmingham, UK, on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction books and movies. He worked as a bank manager and as operations manager for a number of financial institutions before giving up the day job to write about the end of the world for a living. He has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN, which has been downloaded more than half a million times since publication in 2001 and has spawned a series of sequels and a movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. Film rights to HATER were snapped up by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Mark Johnson (producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films). Moody lives with his wife and a houseful of daughters and stepdaughters, which may explain his pre-occupation with Armageddon.
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