1) What’s your earliest memory about storytelling?
One morning, my mother was walking me to school. The route we took passed a construction site. Just beyond the chain link fence was a mound of dirt about twenty feet high, and another one around five feet. I pointed to the larger mound and said, “There’re bodies under there.”
Mom gave me an odd look. “How do you know that?”
“Because I can see them. In my brain.”
“Well, what’s under the smaller pile?”
I smiled. “The heads.”
Undeterred, my mother asked, “Do you think I should call the cops?”
I nodded. “I think that would be best.”
That was my first day of kindergarten. I was five years old.
2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?
I could say Oz, because I love the idea of talking scarecrows and flying monkeys, but witches scare the shit out of me. Good or bad. Wonderland might be a better choice, but I have a love/hate relationship with food. I love eating, and hate there’s no more of it. Living in Wonderland would mean existing in a constant state of flux. Big. Small. Gargantuan. Tiny. Don’t think I could handle that. So… let’s go with Mid-World, the land where Stephen King’s Dark Tower series occurs. I want a damn billybumbler, yo. Thankee, sai.
3) Do you write every day? Would you still write if you didn’t need to make money?
I write anywhere from eight to ten hours a day, every day. This isn’t all one sitting, though, as I’m usually bouncing around social media sites whenever I hit a lull in creativity.
To answer the second part of your question, I’ve been putting words down on paper since I was six, and nothing’s going to change that. To this day, I don’t write for the money, anyway, simply because I hate thinking of writing as a job. It’s a hobby I love that just so happens to pay the bills. I intend to keep it that way.
4) How much research do you do?
Research is the bane of my existence, but it’s also a necessary evil. While writing a new piece, I do zero fact checking. I do work, put the words down, and only once I’m done do I hit the books.
5) What’s your comfort food?
Chipotle, the restaurant, as in everything on their menu. Burritos, tacos, salads… hell, just dump their pans directly in my waiting maw, for all I care. I am down for a good twelve hours after eating there, though, so I try to abstain as much as possible. But if I had a method of unending currency and no social obligations, I’d eat there every meal. Except breakfast, of course, ‘cause, you know, they’re closed and whatnot. Selfish bastards.
6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?
Probably one of my kids. I’d give anything to be a kid again, even if it was only for twenty-four hours. Plus, my kids are rad. It would be nice to be cool for once in my life.
7) Where is the last place you went on vacation?
Took the fam to Disney Land and Universal Orlando back in October of 2011, and we had a blast. Wouldn’t mind doing that again real soon. Wow… I just realized I haven’t been on vacation in three years. That’s kinda depressing. Let’s wrap this interview up so I can do something about that. ‘Kay? Thanks.
8) Who would you like to co-author a book with?
Hands down, James Newman. Dude can write some serious dark fiction, and I’d love to bounce some ideas off him. His novel, Animosity, is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and working with him would be a true honor.
I would like to add that, if he were still alive, my first choice would have been Richard Laymon. Sadly, he’s been dead since Valentine’s day, 2001, and I miss him and his work greatly.
9) What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)
Richard Laymon would be a given, and then I’d add Stephen King, James Newman, Joe Hill, and Kealan Patrick Burke to the guest list. I’d throw Marisha Pessl in there, but I think she’s a little too classy for the likes of us.
10) How do you want the world to remember you?
I’d like to be remembered as a friend. A good friend can make you laugh and cry, they can scare the pants off you or spike your punch with ghost pepper extract and Kraken rum and everyone involved can still laugh about it the following day. Someone you can sit and listen to, and who, given the chance, would listen back. Yeah, I like the idea of being remembered as a tried and true friend. Maybe we didn’t get along all the time, but those times when it worked, damn, weren’t those times the best?
Thanks for having me, Mommacat. It’s been a pleasure.
Thank you for visiting Cat After Dark, Ed. The pleasure was all mine. I hope that you’ll come back to visit again soon!
Ed Lorn can be found ruminating on his own blog at edwardlorn.wordpress.com
He also hangs out at booklikes.com