Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Baylea Hart, an upcoming horror author. She is currently Crowdfunding her book through Unbound, and has shared a little about that and how the process works. To check out her Crowdfunding page click here! Read the interview below!
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing since I was really young. I can remember making my first horror book when I was about seven years old – I folded the paper and did all the illustrations myself. The “novel” was called The Birthday Man and was about a monster that killed children on their birthdays. I put it on the class bookshelf but I don’t think anyone read it. I can’t imagine why!
Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?
A: People are my inspiration. I spend a lot of time on public transport and I love to people watch. It’s fun to imagine stories to go with the people I see. Why is that man running? Why is that woman hesitating to post a letter? I’m also a fan of the “What If”method. The most basic of scenarios can become a story if you add a “What If”! What if that letter, the one the lady doesn’t want to post, contains a curse? Everything can be an inspiration if you work it the right way!
Q: Tell me about the book you are working on. What was the original idea behind it?
A: I’m currently working on The Log House, a dystopian horror set in a deadly forest. It originally started life as a fantasy novel. I thought it would be interesting to follow a group of people surviving in an old house, closed off from the world. What would happen if a person was exiled from that house and left to fend for themselves? That gradually became darker as my weird personality became involved, and eventually I was left with a morally ambiguous women, surviving in a forest filled with monsters and desperate for revenge. It’s been fun to write a character you know you shouldn’t be rooting for, but you kind of do anyway.
Q: You are crowdfunding your book through Unbound. Tell me about that process. What are the benefits?
A: Unbound is a fantastic way of publishing your book because it puts the readers in control. Though Unbound read through and select the manuscripts, only the books people actually want to read will end up funded. As an author, it’s also a great way of connecting with and building up your readership. Each author is allocated a “shed”, a place to post updates and speak with the people supporting your novel. It’s a scary process, but it’s exciting. And, it’s a fantastic way of publishing novels that may have struggled via the normal publishing process!
Q: If you could drop any character from a chick flick movie in the deadly forest of your book, who would you chose and why?
A: There are plenty of boring characters that I could drop into the forest, but I’d love to see someone tough have a go. It would be fun to see Thelma and Louise take charge and battle through the evil things that lurk in the woods. Though maybe if Romeo and Juliet got caught by a monster, I wouldn’t feel too bad.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: I want the world to know that there are so many great books out there that need support. Many people might not give an author a chance if they haven’t heard of them, but they are missing out on so much. Take a chance on someone and you may just stumble upon something great!