William Massa is a screenwriter, script consultant and book reviewer (http://horrornovelreviews.
com/). He has lived in New York, Florida, Europe and now resides in Venice Beach surrounded by skaters and surfers.
William writes horror, thrillers, science fiction and dark fantasy.
More books are on the way.
More books are on the way.
Ravenous Reads: Welcome to RR William. We’re happy to have you here today. We’ve got some questions for ya.
William: Thanks so much for having me, Nikki. I really enjoy your site, both the webpage and the facebook page.
RR: What should us readers know about you?
William: Even though I’m new to novels, I’ve been a professional screenwriter for many years. I did a few drafts of Anaconda 2 that weren’t used and wrote ‘Return to House on Haunted Hill’ but also sold various screenplays and movie pitches to the studios over the years.
RR: Do you have a writing process?
William: I try to be disciplined and write 5-6 days out of the week. Writing doesn’t necessarily mean I’m putting together pages. A lot of writing involves research, outlining, cracking the story (and consuming copious amounts of caffeine and sometimes alcohol, maybe not in that order 😉 With indie publishing, there is also a ton of marketing involved.
RR: What did it feel like when you realized all your hard work had finally paid off and you were going to be a published author?
William: Finishing a piece of writing is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. It’s like climbing a mountain, the journey can be difficult and sometimes it may feel endless but when you reach the top, there is nothing in the world that comes close to it.
RR: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
William: Read and write. Understand your genre. Watch a ton of movies. Keep up with the news. And try to find a new approach or unique angle to the story yet retain a relatable narrative populated by identifiable characters. Overall, try to tell a great story and don’t get bogged down by the details.
RR: What’s on your TBR?
William: I have a giant stack and it seems to be growing every day. I’m currently reading a lot of Vince Flynn and Brad Taylor on the thriller front. I’m also reading Doctor Sleep, The Remaining series and have Joe Hill’s latest cued up. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
RR: What’s your favorite creature/monster to read about?
William: I used to love vampires (could explain why I wrote a novel in the genre) but I tackle gargoyles in my next novel ‘Gargoyle Knight’ out December 16. I love all kinds of monsters but ghosts stories are probably my favorite if they are well done. I also feel like we haven’t seen enough science fiction horror and I’m trying to rectify that in my upcoming work.
RR: I’m a movie nut so I have to throw at least one question in about films. What horror remake/seguel/prequel was better or came close to the original?
William: Having worked on a sequel and written a sequel to a remake, I’ve been asked that question often. I terms of remakes, I feel that ‘The Ring’ is amazing and one of my favorite horror films of all time. On the sequel front, I would have to go with ‘Aliens.’
RR: In Fear the Light: Who Murdered Dracula? you had a cast of interestingly nefarious characters. Will any of them get their own story? (Hint-hint)
William: Perhaps. Fear the Light was always meant to be a one-shot, a riff on the classic Agatha Christie story “And Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians’ but played with vampires. But if the book keeps selling, I might revisit Vincent’s world. He was a fun character to write and I think it would make for a killer story if he somehow would get a chance to go up against Dracula himself (even though he is dead but we might find a way around that). Keep buying the book, write reviews and tell your friends about the book and ‘FEAR THE DARK’ may become a reality.
RR: Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
William: I guess there is a part of me in most of them. But I won’t tell who I’m closest to.
RR: What inspired you to write about vampires?
William: The success of Twilight. Just kidding. I like monsters and vampires are cool whether they sparkle or not.
RR: If you were locked up in a nuthouse, and only allowed 2 paperback books, which books would you have in your cell?
William: Not any written by myself! Because that could prove detrimental to my recovery 😉
RR: Quick! Don’t think. What’s a scene in a book that you think of occasionally and can’t seem to drain from your brain?
William: Anything in the first Book of Blood by Barker. I read those stories years ago and the imagery still lingers.
RR: Are you working on any new projects?
William: A ton. As I already hinted, I have ‘Gargoyle Knight’ coming up in two weeks. After that I will be most likely switching gears and tackling action-scifi.
RR: Can you tell us about your upcoming release, Gargoyle Knight?
William: This is dark urban fantasy, more of a propulsive action-story about a warrior who sacrificed his humanity and became gargoyle to save his people. It’s a story about sacrifice and revenge and ultimately redemption. The story opens in the middle ages but for the most part takes place in New York City of today. The blurb:
When his kingdom is threatened by an ancient evil, a knight is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. If he is to defeat an army of monsters, he must become one himself! His victory carries a terrible price… An eternity frozen in stone.
Fifteen centuries later, the warrior is awakened when the world needs him most. A stranger in a strange land with his only guide a beautiful archeology student, he must face his old adversary once again while struggling with his own darkness. For he is by day a man, by night cursed to become… The GARGOYLE!
Ravenous Reads: Thanks you for answering our questions, William. We wish you nothing but the best.
William: Thank you so much for having me, Nikki. I had a blast doing this interview and once again, I love what you’re doing with your site. I need to make sure to check it out on a daily basis as I realized I missed a few great deals in the last few weeks (the promotion for ‘River Runs Red’ comes to mind).
~Where can we find you?
My website won’t be ready until 2014. But for now, all the action is on my Facebook author page!
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