Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Rami Ungar and I’m 26 years old.
A little about yourself.
I’m a horror novelist from Columbus, Ohio. I work a day job while writing in the evenings, and there’s a good chance I’m not human or only partly human, though the jury is still out on that.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My fantasy-horror novel, “Rose,” was recently published by Castrum Press. The novel follows a young woman who starts turning into a plant creature (and that’s just the start of her problems). And so far, I’m happy to say it’s doing well.
Fiona: What inspired you to write this book?
I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. About six years ago, in my science-fiction and fantasy literature course (yes, my college taught that class, and I hope they still are), this idea for a story resembling Misery but with a heavy supernatural element came to me. I brainstormed on it a while, and eventually the story just formed. When I decided to do a senior thesis a year later, I decided to make this idea the focus of my project. And five years later, the novel is out and people are reading it.
Which means I’m either the luckiest guy alive or hard work and never giving up will eventually yield results. I prefer the latter explanation, obviously.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the recent writing of your book?
Recent? The whole thing was a learning process! I edited and rewrote this book seven or eight times, with a total of about seven drafts in total. This novel went through so many changes, it was like performing what alchemists were purported to do: turning worthless metals into valuable metals. Only in my case, I had to get through several metals to get to gold, and each time I saw another problem with my crafting technique.
Hopefully the next time I try to make gold out of words and imagination, it’s a less torturous process.
Fiona: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to play the lead?
I have barely thought of that, truth be told. My goals have been limited to getting the book out and making sure a lot of people read it. However, I do have one actor in mind for a certain character: the antagonist’s father. I think if we could get Willem Dafoe to play him, it would be awesome.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write what you would like to read, and then keep at it. After a lot of disappointments and false starts, you do start to see some successes.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What are you doing?
I’m probably dead. Either that, or the apocalypse has occurred, and it’s a struggle just to stay alive, let alone write. If it’s the former though, I hope I’m a ghost and I’m able to travel around and see all the things I was unable to see in life.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Probably something like, “Are you sure I’m still in here?”
Fiona: Do you have a blog where readers can get updates and learn about events?