Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m David L Tamarin and I am 46 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from Massachusetts. I currently live on the North Shore area of Massachusetts.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have been married for close to 20 years and we have a 4 year old son and 5 cats. I graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and my day job is as a lawyer.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have about 7 short stories and two articles coming out in various anthologies and magazines this year. I have stories in two great anthologies that recently came out, Junk Merchants 2: A Literary Tribute to William S Burroughs, and Dig Two Graves Volume 2. I will have an article in the new issues of Phantasmagoria magazine and Serial Killer magazine.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written for as long as I remember because I love it and it’s a compulsion.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I had a story accepted into an anthology called Chimeraworld 2 and got paid $10.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was HURTING MY TOYS and was an extension of a short novella I wrote that got a lot of attention. I talked to a publisher and they said if I could turn it into a novel they would publish it so I turned it into a novel. At about the same time a small press publisher published a collection of my short stories called THIS BOOK HATES YOU which is now out of print.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The narrator of the story is a sadistic psychopath who sees others as toys for him to torture for his amusement. I called it Hurting My Toys: Spiritual Suicide because I felt that reading the story would be so brutal reading it would be like committing spiritual suicide.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I like to write from the first person, and I occasionally like to write very extreme stories of graphic brutality and abuse. I try to get into the minds of deviant murderers.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s all based on research on serial killers and mass murderers in particular the actual writing of serial killers like Gerard Schaefer’s notorious Killer Fiction. None of it is based on personal experiences. I’m not a killer! But hopefully I wrote a convincing story from the point of view of a truly evil and disturbed person.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No. My stories basically take place where I live or have lived.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I was very fortunate in that area. I am friends with the Russian horror director Andrey Iskanov who directed Philosophy of A Knife. He is also an amazing artist and let me use his work for the cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Anyone can be a victim so be careful.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Probably my favorite writer is Stephen King. He was my introduction to adult horror fiction. Other writers I like include Bentley Little, Richard Laymon, Thomas Ligotti, James ELLROY, JG Ballard, Philip K Dick, Don DeLillo, Peter Straub,HP Lovecraft, the Marquis de Sade, Wrath James White, Patricia Cornwall, Jim Thompson, Rex Miller, Ray Garton, Ann Rule, Harold Schecter, Joseph Heller, Bret Easton Ellis, Monica J O’Rourke, John Skipp, Doestoevesky, James M Cain, Arthur Machen
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The people at Comet Press, which is now called Red Room Press.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No it is something I do on the side unless I can sell a screenplay!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Found a better publisher.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
How to better organize something very long.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Some maniac like Tom Sizemore. He was incredible in Natural Born Killers.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write to please yourself. Write and re-write then re-write some more. Read a lot.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
That I also write screenplays and will be starting a new one soon.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Damned by Chuck Palahniuk and DIS MEM BER by Joyce Carol Oates.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Christine by Stephen King.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Cruelty to animals makes me cry. Weird morbid dark stuff makes me laugh.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Marquis de Sade because he is a fascinating freak and brilliant writer and pervert.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Volunteering with cats at a local animal shelter.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorite show ever was HBO’s OZ. I like comedies like The Office, Wilfred, Big Bang Theory.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love red and green and anything spicy. Music- Ministry, Slayer, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Misfits, Melvin’s, Rob Zombie, Primus, Triple Six Mafia, Funkadelic, LED Zeppelin, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Dead Kennedy’s, Eazy E, Alice In Chains, The Clash, Helmet, Unsane, Celtic Frost, Dayglo Abortion’s, GG Allin, the Murder Junkies, Mentors, Butthole Surfers, Revolting Cocks, Chemical Brothers, Iggy POP, Lou Reed, Bauhaus, Black Flag, Electric Wizard, Samhain, Danzig, Throbbing Gristle, Geto Boys, Motörhead, Ramones, Cypress Hill, Parliament, Run DMC, Peaches, Mickey Avalon
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read a lot and spend time with family.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I would take some medication and play with my son and wife and cats.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I want to be cremated. I don’t want a tombstone. If I had to pick it would say I AM COMING BACK FOR YOU!!!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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