James Orr is the author of “Croyden”, which appears in Dark Moon Digest 16.
1. Where do you generally find inspiration and what prompted the story you wrote for Dark Moon Digest?
For me, inspiration comes when I’m daydreaming, like when I’m driving back from work on ‘zombie mode’ with the radio as background chatter. I’ll suddenly picture a scene or a situation and that will develop into the first glimpse of a story. My story ‘Croyden’, featured in Dark Moon Digest, came about when I started to imagine what would happen if someone with a violent temper had a mental breakdown. I have a love of the macabre, getting to grips with the sinister side of life and I love writing in that genre.
2. Who is your favorite modern author? And classical?
My favourite modern author is Stephen King. Favourite classical is George Orwell (How stereotypical).
3. Are you ever afraid of your own creations?
The frightening aspect about my work is that I don’t really know where it comes from. When I start to write, it’s like the words flow through my fingers, characters forming themselves and becoming real in my mind. I’m like a passenger along for the ride or someone sitting in a cinema watching the story develop. I don’t seem to have any input to the process . . . until the dreaded editing begins!
4. Tell us something non-writing related about you.
I have a Husky German Shepherd cross that likes to tear up any cushions my girlfriend tries to put on the sofa, a fat ginger cat that has taken to sleeping in the plant pot and thirty ‘female’ tropical fish that insist on reproducing on a weekly basis.