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I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Maliga, author of Hollywood After Dark: 3 Tales of Terror (click here).  I’ve always been a fan of a good horror story and love reading Stephen King and Lovecraft, so I can’t wait to check out Lisa’s new compilation of stories.  Her talents are not limited to horror as she also has titles available under romance and candle making among others if that’s your thing.  I have to thank Lisa for being a good sport as we discussed everything from roundabouts vs four-way stops to why she should only listen to Led Zeppelin.  You can find links to her contact information at the bottom of the interview, here’s how it went:

Will:  Tell me about yourself.  Where are you from?  Family?  Kids?

Lisa:  I’m originally from a place I call Nadir. Then I moved away.

Will:  What makes you write horror?  Were you always drawn to it?  Who is your favorite author or inspiration?

Lisa:  I don’t always write horror, just when a story compels me to use that genre. I grew up reading a lot of biographies and novels, but when I was a teenager, I began to read even more genres ranging from the classics to mystery to science fiction. Only after reading the Stephen King short story “Graveyard Shift” in the book Night Shift did I get caught up in how great of a story teller he was. I had a nightmare about those giant rats he wrote about. It’s rare that after reading a book I have nightmares!

Will:  What’s your process like when you write a story?  Do you hammer out a draft?  Plot everything out in an outline?

Lisa:  I always know where my stories will go. For short stories and novellas, I make extensive notes. For novels, I have an outline. And sometimes I just forget the outline and let the characters tell me where they’re going and what they’re doing.

Will:  What’s the most frightening story you’ve ever read?  The one that kept you constantly looking over your shoulder when you got up in the middle of the night?

Lisa:  Again, I can thank Mr. King. The Stand and The Shining are two that stand out most keenly. In The Stand, the hospital escape and the Lincoln Tunnel scenes were chilling. Very chilling. Those parts about walking through a dark tunnel or a dark, abandoned hospital. And now we have AMC’s The Walking Dead and guess what—in season 4 there was a tunnel scene and in season 1 Rick Grimes escapes from a hospital. Yes, I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead and I’ve read the books. Not the graphic comics, the novels.

When I first read The Shining, I was working as a desk clerk at a motel. I remember hearing about how one of the maids wouldn’t go into a room on the second floor near the back, claiming it was haunted. I just found reading the book after my 3 – 11 PM shift really scary.

Will:  What’s your take on four-way stops vs roundabouts?  I mean, I don’t think humanity is equipped to handle either, but which is the lesser of two evils?

Lisa:  Thank you for bringing up this important topic! Roundabouts are more English/European, aren’t they? As for those annoying four-way stop signs, just stop, don’t do the California Roll.

Will:  What do you think about Amazon’s KDP select?  Are the borrows worth the exclusivity?  Or do you publish to all retailers?

I like to have my eBooks available at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, Draft 2 Digital, iTunes, Scribd, etc.

Will:  Last question:  What is your favorite band in the world besides Led Zeppelin?  It’s ok to say that they’re the only band you listen to.

I used to listen to them but I really don’t listen to much music lately. Well, except when I revised my novel, Out of the Blue, which was set in the 70s and 80s. Then I was listening to reggae and rock from that time period.

Will:  Thanks for taking the time to talk to my readers and introduce yourself to us.  I wish you all the best!

Lisa:  Thank you very much, Will. I wish you loads of success with your books.

I want to thank Lisa for taking the time to talk to me about her books and answer my silly questions.  Please check out her bio and you can be in contact at the links listed below.  Be sure and share this interview and help get the word out about her kick ass horror stories and other creative works.  Thanks for reading.

Bio:  Lisa Maliga has been writing ever since she learned how to put crayon to paper back in kindergarten. Since then, she has learned to type and uses a laptop, citing it as way more convenient. She still makes and uses her own soapy creations, and she sometimes bakes brownies, cupcakes, and cookies.

Visit Lisa’s Amazon author page to pick up one of her many books ranging through various topics (click here)

Contact Lisa:

author website: click here

facebook: click here

pinterest:  click here

twitter:  click here

goodreads:  click here

 

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