Broken Window (Author Interview)

Broken Windows looks like a great collection of scary stories. Can you tell us a little about it?

Sure! Broken Windows contains 9 short stories that all take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s my version or take on vampires, werewolves, ghosts, slashers, demons and more.

How did you come up with the title to your book?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is far from glamorous. I have a backyard neighbor who is strung out on drugs. On one of his inevitable binges, he goes into a manic state and breaks out all of his own windows(!) and sad to say, his next-door neighbor’s as well. I just found it so impossibly strange (among other things) and thought Broken Windows would be a perfect title for a book.

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

One of my favorite stories from the book is called the Cemetery. I enjoy writing multiple characters and personalities and how they interact. There’s a lot that goes on and a lot to unpack in just a few pages. I enjoyed the characters and the story so much, that I’ll be continuing the story with the survivors in Broken Windows 2.

How did you come up with the story and ideas in Broken Windows?

My first two books were novels and very time consuming. My last book, Misled, although a labor of love required a lot of time and energy that, for various reasons, I just don’t have now. But I realized that I missed writing and it occurred to me that I should give short stories a shot. I love horror movies and books, so, once I had that epiphany, it was a no-brainer. One of the stories within Broken Windows, Black Cherry, is another one of my favorites. Many years ago, I wrote a treatment for a book with this title that I was thinking of writing, and I somehow lost it. The title, however, stuck with me so this was my way of reclaiming it.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Broken Windows?

Yes. My initial plan was to write 10 stories for the book, but some unexpected things came my way on a personal level that, frankly, stumped my creativity and ability to continue writing. So, I had a choice to make, shelve the book until things calmed down or send my baby out into the world as is. Obviously, I chose to release the book.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I love, love, love horror movies! But I also enjoy the company of my spouse and friends, rather it’s happy hour, game night or bowling.

Where can readers find out more about your work?