Me: What, in your opinion, is the scariest monster?
Conor: Looks down, sees a mirror
"I was the scariest monster after all!!!!"
The hotel from the Shining. I believe the less you know of the monster the more frightening it becomes. In the Shining it is this sort of invasive predator, that is never seen.
Having just re-read that book, I would have to agree that the Overlook is one hell of a monster. It's almost like a Hindu god with many faces.
Me: What do you think is the most difficult thing about writing Urban Fantasy?
Conor: Avoiding all of the tropes. It is a trope based genre, so knowing the ones to embrace and the ones to shun is important.
Also, creating a diverse world. Something I didn't do a good enough job on Mad God.
I thought you did a pretty good job. :)
Me: Do you have any specific rituals you perform before you write or while writing? I.E. writing in a special room, etc.
Conor: Big fan walking around listing to music. But when I gotta get words on paper I listen to the Hamilton soundtrack with coffee and sparkling water next to me. I only listen to the Hamilton soundtrack when I need to write so it has created a Pavlovian response.
Me: What is something you are uncomfortable writing about?
Conor: Creating characters out of my own cis-hetro-white experience. Like I said, you cant have an all white/cis cast in a story that takes place in the city.
At the same time it's too easy to rely on on implicit bias. So a lot of research and criticism is required and it kinda sucks when your forced to confront your own bias. I never feel like I do a good enough job, but hopefully each thing is a little bit better. Again if I'm honest Mad God Walking's cast looks straight out of an episode of Friends.
I fret about that too. I recently finished a book based on street gangs in NYC ala The Warriors. It was very difficult to make it realistic and I am sure I still didn't get some things right.
Me: If you could have a personal writing critique by any author, who would it be?
Warren Ellis.. I always liked how he wrote the psychological aspect of horror with his vertigo comic titles like Hellblazer. He managed to balance fantasy horror with relevant social commentary.
Connor Drexler is a graduate of the University of Iowa, a fine wine salesman, avid adventurer and a fiction writer by way of Brooklyn.
Often found table top gaming, singing late night karaoke and on one occasion calling up cthulhuist curses on his computer for not writing his novel for him.
Connor is currently working on the sequel to his debut novel Mad God Walking and generally believes people should drink more Champagne.
A stranger on earth and a refugee from a twisted Sideways world, Damon slowly builds a life in Brooklyn with his only friends, Thom and Sarah. Learning how to live as a human does not come easy to the being from the Sideways. Memories of the Night Hotel where he grew up, and his guardians—Aunt and Uncle, still haunt him. Despite his bitter childhood, Damon is determined to forget and become worthy of Sarah's love and Thom's friendship.
When his new life is threatened by an Inquisition of human wizards convinced Damon is the same Mad God once responsible for the Dark Ages, he is forced to use the sorcery of the Sideways to protect it and his friends. But each time he uses the addictive magic of his home, he loses a little more of his hard won humanity. Can he save them all before he turns into the Mad God the Inquisition believes him to be
1 signed copy of Mad Dog Walking. Conor might even draw you a doodle if you like. In fact, here is how that conversation went down.
Me: You mentioned a giveaway-- what would you like to give away?
Conor: A book, signed even! I might even draw a cat in it. Definitely not a penis. Well it depends if I've been drinking.
So, to enter is simple. Just comment on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly on 12/12/16 using Random Thing Picker (http://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/random/pickone.html)