LW: You write horror that’s more than the standard tropes and your characters are occasionally flawed and damaged. Are both those issues deliberate choices?
LW: Are there particular books of yours you’d advise people new to you to read first or should they just get stuck in?
GM: Just get stuck in. I think I have enough books out there that people interested enough in the genre will find something to interest them. If not, then my work probably isn’t for them. I do think my novels get better with each one, though, so maybe pick up the newest one first.
LW: What’s your average writing session like? Do you have set times for it?
GM: I used to sit down and write every night, after work and family commitments, from 8pm until about 1am, or 2am in the morning, but that intense schedule put me in hospital twice. These days I don’t feel guilty about not writing for a day, a week, even a month. Because when I’m not sitting down at the computer, I’m writing in my head. It’s all part of the process. It took me a long time to realise that. Too long, in fact.
LW: Spinning off that, do you have an average day/weekend off writing where you do real life stuff?
GM: As a rule, I don’t tend to write much at weekends. I save that time for family, for doing stuff, for having a life. At one time I let the writing push everything else out of the way. That didn’t really get me anywhere, so now I don’t let it happen. Writing is important to me, but so is a lot of other stuff. There’s room for it all.
LW: I read a blog post of yours in which you mentioned not enjoying writing itself, but having written is more your thing. Has that always been the case?
LW: Writing is obviously a solitary activity. How important do you think it is for a writer to have a life and support outside of making stuff up?
GM: I couldn’t write without the life experiences I’ve had to give me creative fuel. I believe that a writer should live, make mistakes, get into stupid situations…and then write about it all. That’s what I’ve always done. I mine my own life for stories.
LW: Can you sum your fiction up in one sentence?
GM: My stories are usually about broken people and I like to explore the area where the quotidian meets the weird.
Thanks to Gary for taking the time to answer my questions. You can read more about him on his site and check out his books here..