Malice' and 'Dark Passage'. Since the publication of his first novel, 'Malice', in September 2011, Griffin Hayes has exploded on to the indie publishing scene, offering us a wealth of gripping and terrifying tales. In six months, his work has taken us from lonely, uninhabited planets, to the battered landscape of a post-apocalyptic world, and beyond.
Welcome to KitFosterFiction, Griffin!
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
Most of my inspiration comes from crazy dreams I've had. Malice is one example. I also tend to ask a lot of 'what if' questions. My latest novel Dark Passage was born when I asked a simple question: What if your nightmares followed you back from the dreamworld?
What made you decide to become a writer?
I spend so much time imagining crazy situations and people watching that the whole writing thing just seemed like a natural choice. I'm also insanely passionate about writing and I love every step in the process.
What are the benefits of self-publishing?
Overall there are a number of benefits. Freedom and complete control are two major ones. Ultimately, I'm responsible for how successful I am. I have the final say with edits, book cover, blurb, formatting. If the book bombs, it's on my shoulders. A rather scary situation in a way. The real problem comes when, for example, a book isn't selling.You might not know why. People buying books on Amazon don't exactly fill out questionnaires on why they decided to skip your book. But so far, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.
Which authors influence your work most?
Arthur C. Clark, Stephen King, Raymond Chandler, Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury. Those are the big boys I admire the most and I've learned something from each one of them.
In the last six months you've published six works - an incredible amount by anybody's standards. Which of these do you hold most dear, and why?
That's a touch like asking which of your children do you like the most. Each of them is unique. Hive was loads of fun to write. It had action and zombies and I pretty much could do whatever I wanted. I'm about to start writing Hive II and can't wait to get started. But truth be told, after going over a story dozens of times, scrutinizing every detail, I'm usually a little sick of them and eager to start something new.
Any tips for aspiring self-publishing authors?
People who are thinking of going the self-publishing route often have visions of overnight success. That does happen, but I think people's expectations have to be in line with reality. It's a ton of work and it never stops. Between writing, promoting and everything in the middle, there just aren't enough hours in the day. That's the reality check. As far as tips, I guess I'd recommend that self-published authors not try and rush their work to market. Put it out when it's ready and please have it edited by a professional. You can get this done for 2-3 hundred dollars and it makes all the difference. Sure, even legacy books have typos, but we need to change the public perception that we're a bunch of lazy hacks. Having a great story you intend to fix on the fly isn't good enough. If you think of it as a business that requires a certain level of initial investment then good things should follow.
So, what's next for Griffin Hayes?
Lots. I have writing projects lined up well into 2013. Most of it is top secret though. What I can tell you is that Hive II is next on my plate and after that a horror novel involving Nazis. But I may have already said too much…
Just wanted to give a big thank you to Kit Foster for having me and doing such amazing work on all my book covers. You're the best!
So head along to Amazon, and grab your copy of Griffin's latest novel 'Dark Passage' now! His earlier works, Hive and Malice are also available from Amazon. Remember to let everyone know what you thought by leaving a review, and if you're feeling really adventurous, let us know what you thought in the comments here!
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