Published: June 2015
Publisher: Highwater Publishing
11:34 is a horror compilation featuring 1 novel, 1 novella, 3 novelettes, and 4 short stories that will lead you through dark passageways of fear, horror, and suspense into a world where not every question is answered and not every answer is what you want it to be. If you discover what happens at 11:34, you might wish you hadn't.
11:34 is so much more than just short stories! 11:34 contains 1 novel, 1 novella, 3 novelettes, and 4 short stories. In total, it’s around 125,000 words, or about 416 pages at 300 words per page. These stories vary in style and tone; some dark and morbid, some are mysterious, some are saturated in dread, and some are relentlessly horrific. More than that, these stories are unique. If they’re not a new take on a familiar subject, they probably have a twist you won’t see coming.
RH: Why put all the stories together in one book?
To trick people into actually reading it! My hope was to give the reader a hell of a bang for their bucks, so I’m betting on the possibility that the sheer volume of 11:34 will pique readers’ interest. Once they start reading, I think they’ll be hooked. It was also a bit of an experiment for me, to write in different ways and take on different genres. I think 11:34 has something for everyone, whether they like horror, sci fi, mystery, or psychological thrillers.
RH: Do you have a favorite line from the book?
From the short story, Toe: “Just tell me what this means.”
RH: What is your favorite thing to write?
I love to write anything new. I hate sticking to old stories or concepts. I love to start from scratch with something new and interesting, or build on top of an already established idea and tweak it into something different. It also depends heavily on my mood.
RH: What advice could you give fellow aspiring writers?
The most important attribute you can have is persistence. Persistence to try, to get better, to succeed, and to never let your dream die. Talent and skill are important, but persistence trumps all.
RH: Where can we find you on the web?
I’m currently in the process of getting my own website in order, but you can find me on Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter!
RH: Do you have any tricks when it comes to getting into the writing-mode?
I typically do my best work when I am able to start the day in silence; no lengthy conversations, no jarring audio or distractions, just me and my brain. Add coffee or tea and it usually makes for a productive day! Getting started earlier in the day helps a lot, which is unfortunate because I am anything but an early riser.
RH: Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?
I once tried writing with a tablet that had a keyboard attachment; it was terrible. I sometimes use a pen if I’m stymied and need a more free-form way to express myself, or if I’m on the go and need to quickly jot down an idea. Any other time, I use my laptop.
RH: Do you prefer paperback or e-books?
I love the smell of paperbacks but I’m completely sold on e-books. Mostly, I love the convenience of being able to carry hundreds of books around at once, plus the fact that once I buy a book, I never have to worry about it getting damaged or lost. The device might break or disappear, but the books are mine forever!
RH: What is your favorite drink?
That’s a hard one. It definitely depends on my mood and the situation. For a picnic? Cheap wine. For a party? Yuengling. Whiskey on the rocks or rum and coke are also two of my favorites. Oh, I almost forgot: coffee and tea are my lifeblood!
RH: Do you have a favorite quote?
“You must not come lightly to the blank page.” – Stephen King
I want to thank L. James Marshall for taking the time to answer some of our questions! I totally agree with the smell of paperbacks and love his favorite quote.
Thank you for dropping by and checking us out. I wish LJM all the best with 11:34!
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