Growing up in the 80’s I read a lot of Tom Clancy books. I read Red Storm Rising in 6th grade and that was my first of his books. It wasn’t my choice to read these. I had to read the genre my father read. I was never given a reason for this but I read other books on my own.
When I started writing in my late twenties I avoided writing stories similar to the Jack Ryan books. I did this because of childhood trauma and bad memories.
That ended during lockdown when I wrote a 100k novel in 32 days.
I’ve avoided doing rewrites on this book because although I loved writing it, I’ve always felt like horror was more me and spy/thriller was more him.
My father and I are not close. I’ve seen him twice in the last 10 years
Now I feel that writing this book is a way to exorcise some childhood demons and maybe find my way a bit better.
I read a tweet the other day that said write what ever you want and while I love writing horror, I think the 13 year old me would like this one.
So I’m off to rewrite this 100k novel. I have short stories going out in the next 3 months for submissions and they’re all horror but this book is for me. I’m not sure where it will go, but it’s the 11th book I’ve written.
While I’ve only published a collection of short stories this one needs me to write it more than the others.
Have a good Tuesday.