Chris Dezarn

Me with blue tieChris Dezarn is the author of “The Better Half” in Dark Moon Digest 19.

1. Do you ever have dreams that give you ideas for a story?

Yes and no. I don’t often remember my dreams, and when I do manage to bring something back from the void, it’s usually not a complete idea, but some fragment that gets me thinking, “Hey! That would be a great scene for this story . . . ” I tend to get most of my ideas when I’m awake, doing mundane things, and my mind is bouncing from one idea to another like a pinball; sometimes the chaos makes a series of connections worth exploring.

2. Do you read works similar to your writing or do you enjoy an entirely different genre when you read for fun?

I read everything. Right now I’m reading a book by Ray Garton. Before that, I reread The Divine Comedy. Before that, Martin Amis. Shakespeare, Stephen King, T.S. Eliot . . . I’m really all over the place. I think that writers should do that. Read the good. Read the bad. The classics. The contemporary. I never know where I’ll find inspiration, and I think that being familiar with different styles allows me to strengthen the weaker areas of my writing.

3. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I am never bored. I like to read, of course, and I’ll never run out of books that interest me. I watch a fair amount of Netflix (more than I should, if I’m being honest). Every now and then I get sucked into one video game or another (usually sword and sorcery kind of stuff). Board games and puzzles with my fiancée and family. I recently discovered that I love gardening. And if all else fails, my dog never lets me forget that I am obligated to be his playmate when I find a free minute.

4. Where do you do your best writing?

I really do my best writing on my desktop. I have to start out with a quiet, organized space where I can focus. But once I start going with a story, I could probably write through the cacophony of a stampede of hyperactive circus clowns on a meth binge tearing through the house behind me.

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Make sure to check out Chris’s fabulous story in Dark Moon Digest 19 today!