Arthur M Wyatt is an ex US Navy Seabee, writer, painter and musician. He is the author of the two book Demon Dead Series, “The Demon Dead: Tres Zombies” and “The Demon Dead: Troubled Waters” as well as the Novella “Soul Survivor”. He lives in upstate South Carolina and owns six Guitars featuring an American Fender Stratocaster, is a voracious reader and has a one thousand book personal library and a vast collection of heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, prog metal, jazz, blues, big band and zydeco music. He is also a whiskey enthusiast with an affection for good Bourbon and Scotch.
What inspires you to write?
I'm inspired by my love of a good story. Be it a movie, book or listening to someone tell a story by mouth. I'm also inspired by great science fiction and horror.
My first three novels are a mix of horror, science fiction and the paranormal. The novel I am currently working on, "The Many Lives of Caroline", is a dark alternate reality/universe tale about a young woman's struggle to cope with deep depression and the realization tha had she made different choices in life not only would her life have turned out different but so would the lives of those around her.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to write down ideas and let them simmer for a while before I start writing. I'm more of a seat of the pants writer. I usually have the first the beginning and the ending figured out before I start writing. Then I fill in the middle. That's because I like to start and end stories with what I consider cool ideas and, as an avid reader myself, ones I know I would enjoy reading. I have the main characters sketched out and add more as the writing progresses. It's really fun to watch the story, between the beginning and the end, unfold before my eyes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I most definitely listen to my characters and many times have re-written certain parts because I would think, nah… Amy would never say that, or, that's not something a certain character would do.
I try to give each character a distinctive personality.
One of the reasons I started writing was to write a story whose characters didn't make stupid irrational decisions. For instance my characters don't go down into a dark basement alone to investigate a sound when they know there is a amass murderer on the loose…
Who are your favorite authors?
Arthur C. Clarke
Early Stephen King
H. P. Lovecraft
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self Published. Very quick and easy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's a little sad to think that physical books you can hold in your hand, which I still very much prefer, will be just a novelty in the future…
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Horror and Paranormal.
What formats are your books in?
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