Interview with Joel Spriggs


1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

The contest asked for a short based on something related to zombies. I just happened to have incorporated a character, Jake, that was teaching himself beginners necromancy in my first novel, Over a God’s Dead Body. Jake was learning by raising some ducks from a local poultry farm from the dead. When his great grandfather Loki and sister Esmy learned of his hobby, they encouraged him to weaponize a small squadron of them for a coming battle. I don’t really want to spoil anything else, but I thought it would be a funny little twist if Jake accidentally brought some of his pet projects to the beach on accident.

2) What made you decide to enter this contest?

I saw some info on the contest on GoodReads and it sounded like a fun prompt and set of parameters to craft a story. I had some good ideas for where it could go. Since I’m from Indiana though, and we’re pretty land-locked, I picked one of the places we love for the summer: the beach and Dunes at Lake Michigan

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

I like horror from Poe and Lovecraft, they’re both great at scaring and psychological frights. I’ve also always liked the wit and humor of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Among other authors I enjoy are Christopher Moore also for his humor, any novel by Neil Gaiman always feels inventive and interesting. The latest I’m reading now is Part Time Gods by Rachel Aaron, her sequel to Minimum Wage Magic.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

Noir by Christopher Moore. It starts out funny, keeps a jackhammer pace of jokes. Just like his other novels, it starts in a point that works from plausibility and takes a hilarious journey to the incredulous.

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

Write for yourself. I spent years thinking about what I could write that would be impressive or award winning. What I finally started writing and finishing were stories I had fun with. It’s a great way to find your voice.