Author Spotlight Interview With Author George Wilhite
Author George Wilhite Resides In Santa Rosa, California, USA.
Tell us what makes you proud to be a writer from Santa Rosa, California?
I am proud to be a part of a rich history of American Gothic literature. I definitely trace my
roots back to the masters—Hawthorne, Poe, Lovecraft. The area of Northern California
that was been my home for most of my life is very supportive of local artists.
What or who inspired you to become a writer
I have been a fan of horror and fantasy my entire life, working through “Lord of the Rings” and The “Dune” trilogy at an early
age. I have always been an avid reader and also very creative. Often, I would enjoy a book, but think to myself—“I would have done this or that differently if I wrote it myself.” Then, eventually, I began writing my own material.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published?
As I worked towards completing my B.A., it became obvious to me and my professors that I was
capable of writing publishable work. That was when I turned the corner.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why?
Absolutely. First of all, my dad is a big time monster movie and sci-fi fan and our shared
experiences with all the old horror movies of the fifties, sixties and seventies are both
fond memories and a big contributor to my writing.
Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)?
Yes and yes. Sometimes, the title is part of the idea and other times it comes from some
aspect of the finished product.
Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write?
I have already partially answered this earlier, but another reason I stick with the speculative fiction genres is that I love my palette to be wide open with possibilities. Writers of horror, fantasy and sci-fi can
literally make anything happen, so long as you write it in a way that allows for suspension of disbelief. It is very cool also that death is often not the end of a character. It is fun to play around with that aspect of horror as well.
Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process?
The most wonderful experiences are the stories that nearly write themselves. Every once in a while, my muse provides an idea for a story—from start to finish—and then I sit down and write it out in one sitting. “Checks and Balances,” a story collected in “On the Verge of
Madness” was one of those stories. Ironically, it was also my first professional sale.
Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process?
Writer’s Block!—I try to combat it by having several stories in various stages of development at all times. Almost always, if I get stuck on one, I can get flowing on another instead.
Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?
Self publishing “On the Verge of Madness”
Tell us your most negative experience in your publishing journey?
Finding out how difficult it is to market your book
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors?
If you are serious and passionate about writing, just keep writing. If you don’t love writing, don’t bother. I have yet to make any serious money from writing—I still have a day job—but I do it because I love it
Who Is Your Favorite Author?
Wow—I read way too much to pick one, so I will cheat (but not go overboard) and pick three and stick with horror. Edgar Allan Poe for sheer technique—H. P. Lovecraft if I am in the mood for WEIRD—and if I am in the mood to be TERRIFIED—actually one book—Stephen King’s “The Shining” does it for me
What special projects are you working on now and what books do we have to look forward to in the future?
I am currenty writing the follow-up to "On the Verge of Madness"--“Silhouette of Darkness," which will include the next two installments of The Tales of the Fractured Realms story arcs begun in “On the Verge of Madness,” and at least seven more stories. Most of the stories will also be longer than those in my first collection.
The third book, though still Untitled, will be all Tales of the Fractured Realms tales, including the conclusion of the two story arcs begun in “On the Verge of Madness.”
I have ideas for novels and screenplays as well, some developed, others not so much, but my main enemy is Time, since I work full-time.
Interview done by Theodocia McLean
Owner of Books In Sync