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Interview with Barrymore Tebbs

Barrymore Tebbs is the author of “The Haunting at Blackwood Hall“. Below is a little information about our guest author.

Barrymore Tebbs is a photographer and writer living in Cincinnati, Ohio. His writing combines the brooding atmosphere of the Gothic novel with the unexpected twists and turns of the Psychological Thriller… often served with a liberal dose of black humor. Very black.

He is as much inspired by Hammer Films and Dark Shadows as he is by 20th Century writers such as Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, and Thomas Tryon.

He is also the owner of the weblog, The Midnight Room, where he writes commentary about Gothic art, fiction, and film.

What are you currently working on writing?
I’ve just begun the first draft of a psychological thriller set during my high school years of 1975. It is loosely inspired by a true account of a classmate who was abducted and murdered.

What steps do you take in starting a new book?
i usually start with a lengthy development stage which takes several weeks to a month. I bounce back and forth between character profiles and the actual outline which I write in summary form. I can’t begin writing a draft until I have a complete road map to work with. Things constantly change and evolve during writing, but being prepared eliminates this thing called writer’s block.

What advice would you give a new writer?
Take your time and do it right. Learn your craft. Use beta readers and professional editors to help develop the story to its fullest potential.

Self-publishing is highly competitive and readers/reviewers are not kind to flawed manuscripts. As a self-published writer you must be prepared to take responsibility for professional level writing, editing, proof reading, and cover design.

Do you use a critique group or just trust your instincts?
I use beta readers. I am very lucky to have a number of highly discriminating readers, some of whom work in various aspects of publishing and are able to find elements in my stories to develop which I initially cannot recognize myself.

How many books, and in which genre, have you written?
I have two full length novels and three novellas. They all share a common bond in that they are Gothic in tone. Two are outright horror stories, two are purely psychological thrillers, and one is a classic Victorian ghost story.

When it comes time for formatting, do you do it yourself or hire it out?
I format my eBooks myself. Over the course of five publications, I have learned different techniques including embedding jpegs for a more dynamic look to the book. I have also done formatting work for other authors. It helps that I have a background in hand-coding HTML.

What inspired you to become a writer?
Honestly, I was having trouble finding new works which were Gothic in the old school sense. The mid-twentieth century had a number of geniuses working in the genre, Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, and Thomas Tryon…these writers published before Stephen King came along and redefined horror as something much more visceral. I try to write in the older style known as “quiet horror” where the horror comes from within rather than without.

When do you find it best to write?
I write in the evenings and usually pace myself at 1,500 words a day. I seem to get a charge around the time of sunset and just after, so I try to fit my writing in at that time. I have a frisky, three year old Boston Terrier who doesn’t always agree with my schedule.

How many drafts do you usually have before deciding it’s done?
I usually write about four drafts. The Haunting at Blackwood Hall was revised several times over a one year period, with a final edit cutting 13,000 words just prior to publication.

Tell us three random things about yourself.
1. I collect and read Tarot cards
2. I can quote most of the dialogue from “Rosemary’s Baby:” by heart
3. I haven’t watched television since 2001

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