Another in my occasional series of short interviews with other writers. Today, it’s the turn of Oli Jacobs, author of the forthcoming Deep Down There. Here we go…
1. Who are you and what’s your book about?
It’s a question I often ask myself... as far as I’m aware, I’m Oli Jacobs and my book – Deep Down There – is about a strange hole that suddenly appears in a small cul-de-sac.
2. Why should folk read your book?
Because it’s the best gosh-darn horror book you’ll ever read. Plus, it combines elements of surburban tension, and creeping dread. And, of course, a massive hole.
3. What’s the appeal of your book?
Finding out what’s down the hole. There’s a lot of build up with how the residents react to it, and efforts to “solve” the problem of it, but when things get weird that’s when the true horror kicks in. Not to mention when one eager resident wants to abseil 0down...
4. Sounds great! Where/when can I get hold of a copy?
Deep Down There is currently available for pre-orders at https://unbound.com/books/deep-down-there/ Not only will you get the book, but you’ll get your name inside too!
5. Describe a typical writing day, or at least a typical day with some writing in it:
A fair few hours of procrastination, before a flurry of words in an hour or two period. It’s all in my head, it’s just getting to the fingers to tap out...
6. Pick one book about writing. What it is and why have you chosen it?
I don’t actually like reading books about writing, but I’ve heard Stephen King’s On Writing is quite the tome.
7. Pick three books that have influenced or inspired you as a writer:
The Stand – Stephen King, At The Mountains of Madness – HP Lovecraft, House of Leaves – Mark Z Danielewski
8. Pick three desert island books - works you couldn’t live without:
Apart from the aforementioned three above... probably Leviathan – Ian Edginton, Songs of a Dead Dreamer – Thomas Ligotti, The Last Days of Jack Sparks – Jason Arnopp.
9. Any words of writing wisdom?
Always have a plan, and a good soundtrack to write to.
10. Let’s make a movie of your book. Give me the high-concept pitch:
A hole suddenly appears in a small community, unleashing not just their own inner demons, but something lurking in the very core of the Earth. Shady agencies, maddened neighbours, and whatever it is lurking... Deep Down There.
Social media contacts: Facebook - @OJBooks, Twitter - @Olijacobsauthor, Instagram - @olijba
Book URL: https://unbound.com/books/deep-down-there/
Previous publications: Kirk Sandblaster, Filmic Cuts, Bad Sandwich, The Children of Little Thwopping, Wrapped Up In Nothing, Strange Days in High Wycombe, Station 17... all can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B0086XR1JG
Huge thanks to Oli for playing along. Deep Down There is a project that I’ve supported on Unbound, so here’s hoping that you’ll do precisely the same and that the book’ll get into print soon!
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