An Interview with Brayden Hirsch

1. So, tell us about your book!
Well, basically it’s a collection of four paranormal thriller novellas—I’ve taken the paranormal genre and cleaned it up a bit. Even in today’s society, I don’t believe that swearing and sex have to be part of everything that sells.
2. Have you always been a writer?
Always? No. I thought I was a professional artist when I was five—those hopes were dashed immediately—and in my six-year-old dreamland I was an astronaut. After a few dozen more changes I ended up being a writer.
4. What’s your favorite genre?

Mysteries. Today’s suspense writers are decent, but I love the old hardboiled mysteries and
pulp fiction written by authors like Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and John D. Macdonald. When I’m not reading mysteries, it’s either the classics or, once in a while, a good YA novel. Recently I’ve been enjoying The Hunger Games trilogy.

5. How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?
Hanging out with friends and family, watching movies—I particularly love a good classic movie, say Frank Capra or Alfred Hitchcock—or football. Then there’s school, I suppose, and work.
6. Tell us a little about your writing process.

If you mean “tell me about your writing habits,” well, I’d have to write a whole book just to explain it. I never write a story the same way—sometimes I outline, although rarely, sometimes not. Sometimes I research before I write, sometimes I don’t research at all. I always try to be open to new writing ideas—locking myself into formula writing is something I refuse to do.

7. What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a writer?

The biggest challenge is, and this is going to sound funny, writing. I mean, actually sitting down at the keyboard and pounding out the words. Once and a while it’s enjoyable, once in a while I end up stumbling into a clever sentence or a beautifully written passage, but most of the time I have to force myself to write. Pearl S. Buck said, “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”

8. Finish this sentence from your character’s perspective: Life would be a lot easier if…

…the serial killer hadn’t shown up to threaten me in my nightmare.

9. Now finish the sentence from YOUR perspective.
Life would be a lot easier if I wasn’t a writer.
10. Have you ever considered stopping writing? Why? What made you continue?
I think about it every day. It’s not the most rewarding obsession in the world, but despite the hardships now and then it is, after all, an obsession. There’s no other way to describe it. For some reason, I am constantly plagued—or blessed, depending on how you think about it—with new story ideas. It’s not that I don’t want to stop, it’s that I simply cannot. That’s why I write.

Thanks so much for doing this, Brayden! I can’t wait for your book to come out!

~ Mirriam


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