Chad lives in Michigan with his wife and children. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene, offering articles, reviews, and artwork. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance, and Scream magazine. He’s had a few dozen stories published, and some of his books include: OF FOSTER HOMES & FLIES, WALLFLOWER, STIRRING THE SHEETS, SKULLFACE BOY, and OUT BEHIND THE BARN co-written with John Boden. Lutzke’s work has been praised by authors Jack Ketchum, James Newman, Stephen Graham Jones, and his own mother.
What inspires you to write?
Life experiences, memories, and "what-ifs".
Tell us about your writing process.
I pants everything. For me outlining takes the fun out of it. With short stories, often times I'll just sit down and start writing with no idea where I'm headed. Eventually pieces start fitting together and before long I know exactly where I'm headed. For novellas/novels, I have an initial premise and usually an end in mind, then I start creating it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I guess a little of both. If I "listen" to them and feel what they have to say isn't working with the story then I put them in line, show them who's boss.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joe Lansdale, Robert McCammon, Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Matheson, Jack Ketchum, Stephen King, and Raymond Carver.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Initially I self published my longer fiction as an experiment, while submitting stories to magazines and anthologies. Now I do a hybrid. Some of my books are self-published, some are published by small presses.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Having been paying attention for only the last 4-1/2 years, I'm not sure I could make a very accurate assumption, but I do worry about a complete change in the ability to self publish. I can see things being completely different in the next 10 years, but I'm just not sure how. In a perfect world, those indie authors who write stories actually worthy of reading would be easier to find without digging through a bunch of garbage.
What genres do you write?
Horror, coming of age, dark fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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