I’m interviewing author James Drummond today. Welcome to my blog, James, and thanks for answering my questions!
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and now live in the city with my girlfriend and two pet sphinx cats. My mom still lives in the house where I grew up. I’ve written two books, both part of the same series. During the day I work as a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for my books.
2) Tell us about your book.
It’s the first book in a horror series I’m writing, in which a cast of human characters tangle with a new type of creature in each novel. In The One You Feed it’s werewolves. After several of his friends are turned into werewolves by an ancient Native American Shaman, a young teen must battle for his and his remaining friends’ survival as the creatures threaten to overtake their town.
3) What inspired you to write The One You Feed?
I have always been a fan of horror stories and scary movies. Watching or reading these stories as often as I do, I can’t help but imagine different ways they could play out. What if the monster had appeared at a different moment? What would the hero have done? What if the action taken had been taken in Act II instead of Act III? So many people have taken popular creatures and attempted to tell their own tales involving vampires, werewolves, witches, and demons. Some I’ve rushed to read or see and greatly enjoyed, others not so much. I decided I wanted to try writing a series of books using these creatures and see what I could come up with.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
When I stay disciplined, it’s between 6-16 hours per week. Although I’m not as consistent with that as I’d like to be.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Nick Hornby: Funny, astute and brilliant at hiding some fairly deep assessments within his straightforward, hilarious narratives. Seems like he’d be a riot to hang out with and I’m sure I’d learn quite a bit.
William Gibson: So good at creating environments and characters that bring me into his stories. I’ve read a 1/3 of the book before I realize how lost I’ve gotten in the tale he’s telling. I’m sure he’d be just as fun to talk to.
Richard Price: Writes such authentic characters and dialogue. I’d love to find out more about how he goes about researching the stories he decides to write.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
The third book in my horror series. I’m finally getting around to vampires, who are basically holding a small, northern Scottish town hostage so that they can stop running from the hunters chasing them. With such easy access to cameras and other techniques for verifying that things that used to be considered legend might actually be real, the vamps have chosen this town to live their lives as normally as possible without being concerned about who or what might be watching. The residents of the town aren’t too thrilled with this arrangement.
The One You Feed
Author: James Drummond
Genre: YA Horror
Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are made up to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted.
Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. When even more brutal attacks follow, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables he was told as a child might be true. With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, he begins searching for an explanation for the recent carnage. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that her uncle may be responsible for the emergence of a legendary monster that does in fact exist.
To make matters worse, there’s evidence that Nate was turned by the beast, and that he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against forces he doesn’t fully understand – and his closest friend.
James is the author of The One You Feed and Something Wiccan – the first two books of the Out of the Dark series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his girlfriend Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby. During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company, where he writes activities and scenarios to educate learners on a wide array of topics—from fast food to PTSD therapies. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James’ books.