So, please help me welcome Evan Bollinger promoting his book The Followers to my blog.
He's a very interesting author and person and very kind. He's been great so please check out his interview:
Tell me a bit about yourself:
I’m easy going but hard to get to know. When not writing, I enjoy running, reading, and making up words. I’m a huge fan of dry comedy/satire, and I love a good Lager. I prefer dogs over cats, tea over coffee, and have been known to wear pajama pants in most public places. Oh, and I like the smell of gasoline…
What type of genre do you write?
I try to dabble, but I think my strength might be horror and suspense. I like to immerse myself in the senses of a world before moving along with the plot.
What genre to you personally read?
Personally, I’ve read everything from metaphysics to erotica. I want to experience all the genres, but I typically gravitate toward fantasy, horror and suspense. I read what I read, write what I read. Usually some kind of fiction (with shock value) is my go-to.
Tell me about your latest?
The Followers is a horror/mystery/suspense hybrid. It’s a novella that traces the psychological boundaries of everyday life, and introduces some especially eerie beings…
Where is your book available?
My book is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007OYPOL0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1YVWJGDAF71N5VXSJ7RW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
Where you live and one thing you love about it
I live in Maryland. Firstly, I love the crabs and Old Bay seasoning—nothing like it! I also love the rural nature of my home. There are plenty of rolling hills and trees and quiet streams—it’s a great place to go running, playing, or simply to clear your mind.
What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?
Books are about turning a blind eye to your issues and letting your mind’s eye roam free. They’re about escape, and alteration—books bring us into our own minds and sometimes into those of others. I think that a good story is like looking through a window into another realm. Because I’ve always been a space cadet, reading and writing books seemed like a natural progression. A good story is hard to touch—and even harder to define. But somehow, somewhere, you know what it is.
Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?
50 Shades of Grey. Just kidding… I would have to say the Hobbit. I read it when I was young, and the vastness and complexity of Tolkien’s world just blew my mind. Honestly, I can remember looking at farmland around me and thinking I was in The Shire, and wishing that little people with hairy feet would just pop up out of the ground. Tolkien was genius.
What was the seed of inspiration for your latest book?
The Followers is the nexus of many ideas. There's nostalgia for the freedom of youth, anguish, fantasy, and the dark underbelly of even life's smallest moments. I wanted to incorporate thoughts of life's meaning and structure--of the Multiverse. I wanted elements of horror, and the intrigue of beings that we have never seen, that we may not comprehend when we do.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
The Followers is a lot of different things for a lot of different reasons. I don't think it has the same meaning for any one person. And it shouldn't. If anything, I guess people should just realize that everything goes so much deeper than we think. That our world, our reality, could instantly change.
What challenges have you faced in your writing career?
The challenge of self-promotion and marketing is a big one. Finding your audience, having the confidence to really sell yourself and beef yourself up and act like you’ve got the big bad books that everybody wants. Alright, alright... that’s a slight exaggeration—but you get the idea.
What has been your best moment as a writer?
My stories are always seen first in a snapshot. I typically have a dream, and then that dream becomes the first scene of the book. It’s awesome. That moment is that dream. I used to do nothing with my dreams. Now I try to channel them.
Who is your author idol?
I honestly can’t pick one. I idolize authors like Camus and Salinger. I like existentialism and I also love Stephen King and Bradbury and Puzo. I idolize big-time authors who can sell out their eyeballs. But then again, I like the smaller guys who have ‘niche’ markets. So not really sure if I answered the question…
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
There’s a little bit of me in all my characters. There’s also a little bit of everybody I’ve ever met and remembered. Whether consciously or unconsciously.
Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
Oh no, I’m still chasing the dream. Maybe one day I’ll catch it.
What is your personal cure for procrastination?
Running. I go out, I sweat, I get tired, I come back, and I try to get done what I have to get done. Sometimes, a nice long shower can help. Or a bowl of ice cream.
What does your workspace look like?
Extremely disorganized. I was actually recognized as having the messiest binder in high school. For some reason I’m proud of this.
Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?
Sure… and these days can lead to a pattern of negative thoughts. You just gotta break the pattern before it becomes engrained. We’re all human so why shouldn’t we feel like poop every now and again? The thing is giving yourself a break, giving yourself that time, and coming back recharged. Sometimes, you just need a cold beer.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I watch people from afar and judge them. Well not really, but I do like to people-watch. I like to watch Family Guy, South Park, shows about nothing, and I also enjoy a quality banana split sundae. I occasionally do odd jobs when not working in the school system.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
I guess a lot of writers are a little insane, but to keep themselves productive, it’s good for them to have short term goals. I think it helps to expect something reasonable, then work from there. We all want to be best-selling, but it’s one thing to sit around dreaming about it and it’s another thing to take the million small steady steps to maybe one day get there.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
I went to Middle School in a very rural area—big on agriculture. In order to pass the required Agriscience class, we had to take a tractor-driving test. The day I was scheduled to weave in and out of these three little cones, it snowed. It snowed hard.
My run was cancelled and I never got rescheduled. It was then that I learned, without a doubt, that snow and I would have a long lasting relationship.
Did you have a moment when you realised you were meant to be a writer
There was never a single moment. I was always pretty good at writing papers in school—and was a huge procrastinator about it. My family and friends and teachers have always told me I have talent. I’ve done my best to take that to heart, while staying grounded. I believe I still have a lot of work to go. Which is exciting.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Stay the grind. Expose yourself on all the blogs, networks, websites—just keep putting your name out there. It’s important to view everything as part of a process. Never isolate any one success or failure—allow everything to inform your creative process.
After this book, what is next?
I’m currently seeking a publisher for my first full-length scifi/horror novel. It’s a pretty cool story called Marin’s Dale, and part of it can be found at Wattpad.com.
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Please thank Evan for joining us today and check out his new book The Followers!