Please welcome our most wonderful guest, Tom Schafer. So glad you could join us today!
Carla: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Carla: What is your genre? Tell us about your book?
Tom: Horror, for the most part. Not so much blood and guts, but psychological. Shadow of the Ripper is a book about the ghost of Jack the Ripper haunting a small town in Ohio. It was inspired by an Arby’s commercial, believe it or not. It gave me a thought about what if Jack the Ripper had become obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and, voila.
Tom: My book, Away from the Hourglass is pretty much a ghost story based on the loss of a girlfriend, that I went all crazy with. Curse of the Pharaoh is more of a drama than Horror. It deals with the death of King Tut. It’s more of a political conspiracy theory type story. Thoughts of The Damned was my first book; It was written when I was still pretty young. It’s one of those…not quite there books, but it has it’s moments.
Carla: Who is your favorite character and why?
Tom: Jared Drake. He was the first character that I ever wrote. Most of my friends think that he’s really my “dark side.” Maybe he is. Now, I try to give him “cameos” in my newer books. He’s pretty much the negative side of the world.
Carla: What do you think makes your book unique from other horror / vampire books?
I read a lot of books or stories where the plot and story development are the same. Or similar. I try to avoid that. I also try to avoid being too descriptive. I’m a firm believer in that vague is clearer. Sort of like a forced-perspective thing. I may say that a character is tall, has long, messy hair, and that’s usually about it. I like the reader to make a connection to someone that they already know.
I also don’t mess around with “fluff.” Some of my chapters are only a page or two. I’d rather have a 200 page book that is all story and dialogue, than a 500 page book that is overly descriptive. That usually bores me as a reader.
Carla: Your all-time favorite author?
Tom: I’m going to have to go with Poe. He wrote short stories. He really had a grasp on how to scare you.
Tom: A straight up, Comedy. Every comedy I write seems to end up taking horrifically, terrible turns. Or it delves off into weird, Sci-fi.
Carla: What did you have for dinner tonight?
Carla: If you were a color, what would it be?
Tom: Purple…dark, but there’s a little light in there.
Carla: Thanks for stopping by, Tom!
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