Canadian born, zombie fan and horror poetry inclined. First published story sold in 2009, and from there, more followed; since then, published a collection of poetry, “Separate and Succinct, Disparate and Distinct” and several short stories in a handful of anthologies. Also, Host of the radio show, After Rot (Wednesday nights at 9PM EST, at TMVCafe.com.)
Heroes in Hell Stories:
Rogues In Hell – > story titled: “Scent of a Weapon”
Dreamers In Hell – > story titled: “Head Games”
Poets In Hell – > story titled: “Tapestry of Sorrows and Sighs”
Doctors In Hell – > story titled: “Pavlovian Slip”
Videos created for the Heroes in Hell series:
POETS in HELL:
ROGUES in HELL:
LAWYERS in HELL:
HEROES in HELL:
Okay, I know what I’ll be doing tonight! Watching these amazing youtube videos, of course! Bill Snider has agreed to share some of his secrets with us today. Bill, or should I say ZombieZak, I hope you’re ready!
From the vast wellspring of life, the pit of excruciating doom, the aether, the fickle design module of perniciousness … everywhere I set my eyes. Basically from everything and everywhere. I keep a file open at all times on my phone where I constantly add new things, thoughts and bits of brain matter.
Yeah, I know what you mean. I do that too! Why did you choose to write in this genre?
Completely random life direction. It just happened. The fantastical opened a door to something I was not expecting, and I jumped right in and mixed it up with gusto. There was a little bit of splatter, but it was merely a quick matter, to clean up the mess, and get back to the rest of us, and therein lay the goal, building a fire up from the coal.
Do you believe in destiny?
Sure; everyone has one, most just never understand or know what it is or what to do with it.
If you were a supernatural creature what would you be and what would your super power be?
I would be the Krampus, with the super power of undetectability!
Do you do a lot of researching before starting to write or do you go with the flow and check the details (if doing so) later?
It depends on the project. I already have an encyclopedia of useless/useful information lodged within my cranium. In most instances, I throw down ideas purely from left field, and begin writing as is. Later, as it becomes necessary to flesh out the corners of what is being written, I will research ad nauseous until understanding of what needs to be written is achieved.
Some projects, however, can’t even be begun until a whole load of research has been combined and catalogued and put in clever little boxes waiting to be opened when the time is right.
Besides, who doesn’t like researching, learning new things? It’s fun!
I so agree! What was the hardest part of writing your books?
It’s truly a difficult task to get the right balance of apocrypha and lachrymal components together. There hast to be balance, without balance, there is naught by chaos and squirrels running all over everything. The other difficult part is weaving together enough time in blocks to make thinks cohesive and complete; shorter projects are easier, because when done in shorter blocks of time, it’s easier to complete. Longer projects are harder, as having all of those blocks of time in one set of sequences becomes harder to stage when competing with other priorities all at the same time. As I said, it’s all about the balance.
Have you ever had a writer’s block and if yes, how did you make it go away?
Absolutely have had it; simply worked on something else, or took a nap. Both work wonderfully well to clear thought blockages.
Do you have any weird writing habits? Perhaps something you always have to do before starting to write or a secret vice?
Music must be playing at medium to low volume; nothing specific, just on complete random. Other than that, no real ritual based things need be present to write (unless, of course you also include sacrificing small creatures to the great one, Ctuhamauahamalalaha – I know, not everyone includes that, but I usually do.).
What do you do in your spare time?
Host a radio show (called After Rot); work; write more; plan for world domination. You know, the normal stuff.
Cool! Your favorite recipe?
Chocolate chip cookies, soft and chewy. Very nomable. (I couldn’t give you the recipe, as that would invoke the expectation that I might personally cook something, and that’s not very likely …)
Your favorite person?
Changes from day to day; mostly, it’s the person who brings me the tastiest cookie.
Lol! And we’re back to cookies…no seriously, If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger version?
Invest in these specific tech stocks when they startup …
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Too much use of punctuation, too mellifluous with the words … gosh darn it, I like my commas (Oxford or otherwise), semi-colons and absurd amounts of additive adjectives, adverbs ad infinitem!
What has been the best compliment?
I have been told that my poetry is approachable, and isn’t too rarefied that it becomes a chore to try and read; I have also been told, that my prose uses words that expands a persons vocabulary (I was once informed by a friend, that whenever he goes to read my blog, he makes sure to have a dictionary nearby; ’cause, I do like the big words …)
What is ‘the thing’ that separates you from others writing in the same genre?
My brain. Truly, all the other zombies want to eat it, but I won’t let them. If we’re talking something more ephemeral, then it would be my spirit: I love to get involved with things, I love to take things apart and put them back together again. That includes words, stories, video, stuff. All things are building blocks towards communication or subversiveness. And I find immense humour in experimenting with the message and the medium that contains it; the world burns, and I want to roast marshmallows, as it were. Plus, no matter how desperate things get, I can always find the cookies.
And there we are again! Why should people buy your books? And, please, don’t say you’ll be gifting every buyer with cookies 🙂
So that one day I can become rich and famous and properly take over the world.
Haha! Sounds scary…you and the zombies…world domination… Okay, can you give us a one sentence synopsis of your story…
My story is titled, “Pavlovian Slip” and In Hell, I wondered what it would be like to bring together Ivan Pavlov and Sigmund Freud to ponder the basic meanings of existence, in an environment that is anything but simple; plus, there are Grumbles (or rather, a Grumble.)
If you could meet one ‘celebrity’ author who would it be and why?
(If we are talking “living or dead”): That would be Edgar Allen Poe, mostly because that dude was whacked, but I’ve always liked where his mind would wander in his written works.
(If we are talking “only from amongst the living”): That would be Janet and Chris Morris, as I’ve had a hoot writing in their anthology series, “Heroes in Hell”, and I’ve always been rather fond of that series from the ’80’s, when I picked it up as a wee lad and thought, “cool; this is some fun reading.”
Oh, I can see Janet and Chris blushing whilst reading this interview! That is a great compliment. Do you have any words of wisdom for the other writers?
Yes. Don’t be afraid to experiment; you will fail at it, probably repeatedly. However, unless you keep trying, you will never succeed at it.
“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud
The quick ones:
Favorite person? The Baker.
Favorite creature? Zombies
Night or day? Yes.
Cat or dog? Yes.
I believe…in the inherent Brightness of all souls!
Thank you very much, Bill! We’ll leave you now with your cookies…err…stories, and wish all the success for you and your writing career!