Getting personal with Lucas Pederson
Lucas Pederson is the author of short stories and novels. His debut military horror novel, OBSIDIOUS, is out now through Severed Press. His most recent short story will appear in the Horror Library Vol. 6 anthology in April 2017 and his novel FALL TO RISE is available through Dark Recesses Press and Amazon. He lives in a small town in Iowa, and let’s not ask him what he keeps in his basement…
Please help me welcome Lucas Pederson to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I want to say around thirteen or fourteen. I started drawing at an early age first, then gradually began writing stories to go along with the drawings when I came into my teens. I was having fun, and still do.
2. How many books have you written?
I’ve written six books altogether, and have published three.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Nope. I write whatever the story wants to be. I tend to let the story lead me into that abyss, and yet, I do have a love for the unquiet darkness.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 34, soon to be 35 in October. Divorced, and I have four amazing kiddos whom I adore. I work as a CNC machinist for dreaded day job. And when I’m not writing I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, fishing, enjoying nature, and camping.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Yeesh, that’s a tough one because they’re all my babies. But if I had to choose it’d be my newest (as yet unpublished) YA, PLUTO ALIGNS. It was a fun ride.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Like most writers swimming around in the horror genre, Stephen King was my first inspiration. I read his novel, CUJO, when I was about 11 or 12, and was blown away by that book. I knew King as the scary horror author, but after I read CUJO I realized there’s more to it than scary things happening. He weaved in a moody atmosphere, a story within a story and I dug it. From that point on I was like: I wonder if I can do that? I drew a lot and began writing stories to accompany those drawings, as stated above. I kept writing. I never stopped. And when I joined a group of writers at the old Zoetrope, I learned how to craft stories better. I found my voice eventually. And most importantly, I had fun. And I still have fun. That’s the key, I think. Having fun.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Besides writing, I like to fish and camp. I like to take the kids to the park and be goofy, a big kid. Simply enjoying life is fun.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Not really. Maybe I have a beer or some rum. But usually I save and move onto the next idea brewing in my melon.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
Anywhere, as long as there’s a table and a chair. I write on my phone too, if I’m somewhere without my laptop. And it depends on the book or story I’m writing for music. One book, FALL TO RISE, which is out now through Dark Recesses Press, I wrote to a lot of heavy metal music. Other books, I just have the TV on as background noise. And sometimes I let it all be silent around me. It broods, that silence.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I’m always continuously striving to be a better writer and story teller. I think if one stops trying to learn more, then they’ll never truly spread their wings and soar.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Heh, you know, there was a time I wanted to be a famous writer. I wanted to be the next Stephen King. As I grew older, though, I knew that wasn’t in the cards for me. No one can be the next Stephen King. All you can do is be you, and stay true to you. No, I don’t want to be a famous writer. I want to write good books people connect with. I want resonance.
13. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
That moment when you totally bliss out. When you get caught in a groove and the story takes you. That moment when you blink and realize it’s been two hours and you didn’t even know time was a thing.
14. What is coming next for you?
My next book, LEVIATHAN: GHOST RIG, will be out in a couple weeks through Severed Press.
I’m also working a new YA novel.
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