A native of the Chicago suburbs, Glen Krisch hopes to add to his list of ghosts he’s witnessed (two), as well as develop his rather pedestrian telekinetic and precognitive skills. His novels include Amazon Bestseller WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS, THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN, NOTHING LASTING, ARKADIUM RISING, ECHOES OF VIOLENCE, and LITTLE WHISPERS (forthcoming).
Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked a lot of unfulfilling jobs that only reinforced his ambition to chase his dreams. Besides writing and reading, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his three boys, simple living, and ultra-running.
KR: Could you tell me a little about yourself please?
I’m currently a full-time writer and stay-at-home dad. Before that, I worked in warehouses, built tractors on an assembly line, worked in retail management, among many other jobs. I married my high school sweetheart. I love to run, and I try to eat a vegan diet, but I don’t force it on anyone.
KR: What do you like to do when not writing?
Reading, hiking, running, being in nature, hanging out with my family.
KR: What is your favourite childhood book?
The Belgariad series by David Eddings
KR: What is your favourite album, and does music play any role in your writing?
Music plays no role in my writing. I need silence. My favorite album is probably Faith No More’s Angel Dust
KR: Do you have a favourite horror movie/director?
Hmm… Not really.
KR: What are you reading now?
Ken Follett’s Paper Money
KR: What was the last great book you read?
YOU by Caroline Kepnes
KR: E-Book, Paperback or Hardback?
All of the above. For me, if it has words, I’m reading it.
KR: Who were the authors that inspired you to write?
King, Barker, Simmons, McCammon.
KR: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I usually have a general idea where I’m going. I might have a few major plot points sketched out, but I don’t really use a full-blown outline.
KR: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Some books require little to no research. Others need a lot. For instance, I have two whole bookshelves dedicated to research for a project I’ve been working on for about a decade.
KR: How would you describe your writing style?
I suppose my style varies quite a bit. Sometimes, like with ECHOES OF VIOLENCE, the concept was pretty “out there” so I wanted to ground it in a more accessible style. I’ve also written other dark pieces, like my upcoming novellas Husks and The Painter from Piotrków, that are more literary. Regardless of style, I always try to create characters that feel like real people.
KR: Describe your usual writing day?
I’m lucky in that I’m now a stay-at-home dad. Once the kids are off to school, I can write all day, but I’m usually happy with getting in a couple of hours around my other domestic duties around the house.
KR: Do you have a favourite story/short that you’ve written (published or not)?
Not really. I usually favor my most recently completed work since it’s fresh in my mind. By far, Where Darkness Dwells is my most popular novel, so if I’m going to be remembered for anything, it might be for that story.
KR: Do you read your book reviews?
Yes. Writing is such a solitary profession that I like to get feedback on what I’m spending all those endless hours on. Plus, if I constantly do something wrong, I want to know.
KR: How do you think you’ve developed as an author?
Hard to say. I’d like to think I write consistently solid tales, that I’m improving over time, and that readers enjoy my work.
KR: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received regarding your writing?
Read it out loud. Or, as I currently do, have an e-reader or other device read it out loud to you. Clunky phrasing and typos stand out when you hear the story.
KR: What scares you?
Harm coming to my family and the fear of losing my mental faculties.
KR: Can you tell me about your latest release please?
Echoes of Violence came out on April 30th. It’s like a combination of The Walking Dead and Happy Death Day.
Little Whispers comes out on June 4th. It’s a ghost story set at a family lake house.
KR: What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novella collaboration that’s still unannounced. Also, I’m nudging along a sequel to my novel, Arkadium Rising, titled Gleaners, as well as a short story for an anthology invite, and a TV series spec script.
KR: Thank you very much Glen.
Thanks for hosting me, Gavin!
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Echoes Of Violence
From the best-selling author of WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS and NOTHING LASTING.
In a secret lab in the southern Illinois woodlands, scientists break through the barriers between universes. While trying to decode the mysteries of the multiverse, they unwittingly bring a deadly flu virus into their own world. At first, people die in great numbers. Then, the newly dead rise, preying upon the living like a plague of locusts. Not only have the scientists unleashed a deadly plague, but they’ve changed the very fabric of time, causing those who remain to continue to re-live the same day. The Upton family has lived and died through thousands of todays. A married couple with three kids, they run the Cherryhill Campground next to the lab. In a day of unending chaos and violence, the only thing they know for certain is they must fight to stay together no matter what. An apocalyptic thriller with nonstop action.
It’s THE WALKING DEAD meets HAPPY DEATH DAY