Author interview: Stuart Bray

Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

If I had to give one name it would be Edward Lee. After reading the “header” series I knew was destined to be an extreme horror author. 

Do you like to create books for adults?

All of my novels are without question “adult themed” and yes I love writing books for adults because I never feel limited or restricted in anyway. 

What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?

Personally I believe in less filler and more story. Also, a very eye catching first sentence helps.

What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

There is one part in particular in my newest novel that I am currently in the process of writing, that was so disturbing that I actually felt guilty after writing it. It’s to graphic to even describe here. 

What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

The characters, good characters can make a dull plot seem interesting.

Which of the characters do you relate to the most and why?

I would say that I relate with Gavin White from my book “Cotton Candy” the most. He overcomes Immense obstacles and is still able to crack a joke afterwards.

Name an underappreciated novel that you love.

Hatchet 

By. Gary Paulsen

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

As bizarre as this is going to sound, I visited a lot of sites that featured very graphic videos of real murders and executions. It may explain how I am able to describe certain situations in such believable detail. 

What risks have you taken with your writing that have paid off?

The biggest risk that I have taken with writing is the subject matter in which I write about. I was worried at first that I may have gone too far in certain books, but people keep buying them.

When you’re writing an emotional or difficult scene, how do you set the mood?

All five of my books were written while listening to classic music through my headphones. Something about classical music makes writing horror so damn easy. 

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