Getting personal with Josh Schlossberg
Josh Schlossberg Is a new friend for me so we are learning about him together. He plays guitar, has a great sense of humor and is very friendly. He is also an investigative journalist. If you go to his Facebook page you will see some the art that inspires him to write the dark horror stories and poems that you will love. If you don’t know him or haven’t read his stories then please make sure you change this quickly. Please help me welcome Josh Schlossberg to Roadie Notes………….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
In my teenage years, I wrote a lot of depressing poetry, mostly about pining after sexy elves and smothering to death under snow banks.
I only got semi-serious about writing fiction in college, where I can remember one story about dogs eating psychedelic mushrooms in the dead of a Vermont winter and somehow turning into wolves.
2. How many books have you written?
I have four horror short stories that are published or forthcoming in Bards and Sages Quarterly (Bards and Sages Publishing), Campfire Tales 2 (Deadman’s Tome), Demons, Devils and Denizens of Hell 2 (Hellbound Books) and Disturbed Digest (Alban Lake Publishing). I recently finished another one I’m currently shopping around. I wrote a novel that I’ve been pitching to agents for a bit and am currently working on the second draft of my second novel.
Also, in the past, a bunch of other stuff of varying quality including some children’s stories and some crap that I remind myself was just practice.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Is this a trick question?
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m older than young but younger than old, unmarried, unchilded, which isn’t as bad—or great—as it sounds. I work as an investigative journalist focusing on environmental and social issues. I have a few other things I do for money that I’m not allowed to talk about.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
My favorite short story is the one that I’m currently pitching, called “The Hand You’re Dealt.” It’s about an angry man who has some backwards views about women and ends up with a vagina growing out of his palm.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I learned in my teenage years that writing about something distressing—be it the death of a pet, confusion about girls, the pointlessness of existence on a planet spinning madly in the void of space—got it out of my system and made me feel better after I was done. I’ve been purging my psyche ever since.
The day I stop writing is the day I’ve made sense of everything. I don’t expect it to happen any time soon.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Respond to interview questions.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I cry alone in the dark. That’s also what happens when I start a book. And all through the entire writing process.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I write first drafts of everything in a spiral bound notebook sitting at my kitchen table. I do the following drafts at my computer in my home office. No music and a large fan as white noise.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Imbue it with the ability to turn fiction into reality.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Published obscurity is good enough for me.
12. Where do you live?
Mostly in my head.
I love all animals but don’t feel the need to keep one cooped in my house. Also, the vet killed my childhood dog (by accident) and never really got over that. I told myself that as soon as I get some land, I’ll find a dog to join me. And keep him away from the vet.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
15. What is coming next for you?
It’s Monday today, so Tuesday. Hopefully.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
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