Featured Interview With Joe Addison
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a fiction writer, poet and freelance reporter. I live in Lagos, Nigeria with my family. I’ve been writing for years, and currently have a number of published fiction for young children. Unfortunately, those books have not been popular and I’m hoping to break the jinx with this book. It’s my first full length novel. Ilove fantasy works, and that includes books and movies. No, no pets, for now!
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Round about the time when I was a high school teenager. I’ve not stopped writing since then. I did take a break in between those years to pursue other concerns, but now I’m back. I began by reading fiction books wherever, whenever. I read across all genre, still do. If it’s a good book, I’m likely to read it, it’s genre regardless. Afterwards, as I read, I discovered that I also wanted to tell my stories. So I began writing. I got better over time. My first books were actually wack. I don’t know what readers will think about this one, and I’m hoping it makes a great impression, but I know it’s definitely a better than the quality of my writing from 10 or 15 years ago.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like contemporary works in the fantasy and horror genre. I like sci-fi as well, but not military or space sci-fi. I find books in those genre generally tedious. I’ve been inspired by a number of incredible writers. Earliest influence was James Hadley Chase. Now I like Stephen King, John. Grisham and Dean Koontz. And then, I actually cant get enough of James Patterson.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Okay, my new book is called Shadow. It’s a horror thriller novel, and it’s my first full-length novel.
It’s about a psychotic teenage boy from a troubled background. He eventually succumbs to depression and ends his life by jumping off a bridge…except that, by some inexplicable act of fate, he regains life. His spirit returns to his body to unleash unimaginable horror on those around whom he holds responsible for the complications in his life.
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