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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Author Interview – Lee Tidball

Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?  My new book is called MALLED; A Tale of Revenge.  It’s about a young genius who becomes diabolically vengeful when his adopted father is killed and his friends murdered, and so he transforms a new supermall into a house of horrors filled with traps and tunnels through which he can carry out his murderous plans.  But in the midst of his secret rampage, he’s forced to rethink everything when he reconnects with a young woman whose life he saved years before and they now fall in love.  It’s a horror/thriller filled with lots of  action, violence and terrifying scenes and images, but also about the power of ferocious, undying love and poses interesting questions about guilt and forgiveness.  Rather than a mindless slasher movie where teenagers are running away from some crazed killer with a machete, it’s much more a gothic-style horror story, in the vein of Frankenstein, Dracula, or Phantom of the Opera.  It’s actually a novelized screenplay that both my publisher Karen and my manager Jo-Ann really love, but no one in Hollywood is going for it yet, so Karen asked me to novelize it for her publishing company, Short On Time Books.

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Julius Caesar and Queen Cleopatra.  I want to know if they were really in love or just using each other to gain their own ends.  George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to see if they’d read any of my screenplays or pass them on to some of their contacts.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? Interestingly, because writing is such an indoor/sedentary work, I find a lot of relaxation in vigorous exercise, and if that can be outside, all the better.  I go to the gym several times a week and also ride my road bike about 50 miles a week on roads and bike trails where I live.  But the MOST relaxing part of that is the dip in the cold pool that I take immediately after my workouts or rides and sitting out relaxing as I cool off afterwards.  I also unwind watching TV or going out to movies, or even just running errands and chatting with my friend or something.

How often do you write? And when do you write? I try to write (or do writing related work) for several hours each day for 5-6 days a week.  Depending on what’s going on with the family each day, that could be just an hour or so one day, and maybe as much as six or seven hours some other day.  It just depends.  I try to do most all my writing during the daytime hours so that the evenings I can devote to my personal life.

Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule? Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it ­ What keeps you going?  I keep myself going because I love and believe in my stories and my ability to tell them, and it motivates me to want to put them into a form that others can share.  My partner Cyndie also is a great source of encouragement.  Right now, it’s summer vacation in the home of a teacher on vacation, so a schedule is hard to maintain, but I try to write every day and accomplish something to further my work.

Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you? Definitely.  You don’t get very far in the writing world without connections and friends in places where you want to be.  My friend (and publisher) Karen, my publisher Robert, my manager Jo-Ann, and my friend Sam have all been instrumental in moving my career along both in publishing and screenwriting.  Also my mentors Hal Croasmun and Marc and Elaine Zicree have given me invaluable training and advice at various times that have helped me immensely.


Amazon bestseller - Teen/YA Literature and Fiction

“Imagine the unimaginable.”

That was the mantra of young prodigy Hector Chevas’s mentor in architectural design, Gellini. But even Gellini couldn’t imagine the horrors that his prize student and adopted son would fill Suburbia’s new Heartland Mall with to wreak revenge on those who killed Gellini and murdered Hector’s only friends. “Black Friday” was never blacker.

But Hector couldn’t imagine that, in the middle of his deathly rampage, an “angel” from his past would re-appear into his life; wild-child Janey, whose life he’d saved years before, and who’d never forgotten her promise to “always love him…for reals.” But was that love strong enough now to learn the unimaginable truth; to call Hector’s “dead” soul back to life and resurrect him from his mad plunge into oblivion?

MALLED is a story filled with tragedy, terror, raw emotion, unspeakable horrors, and, above all, the awesome power of ferocious, undying love. Go for it. Get into it. Dare to “imagine the unimaginable.”

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Genre –  NeoGothic Horror / Thriller

Rating – R for violence & language

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