Congratulations on the popularity of your recent book, Unhinged, it has been a long journey from beginning to end and here we are seeing the benefit of your hard work. How has it been from your perspective, being the author, in the process of getting this out there?
It’s been a lot of learning, some down days, some up, but all and all meeting tons of great people along the way. I’ve been called a sponge recently by a good author friend of mine, meaning I seem to glean off of everyone else, become inspired by it, and if I am not careful it can show back up in my work almost glaringly obvious! lol.
When Unhinged hit the #39 spot yesterday I almost fell over. Some of my all-time favorites are on the same page as my book! Edgar Allan Poe, Lovecraft, Palahniuk, and I’m only a page behind King and Koontz, the very people who got me into this gig… I mean pinch me!
Yes, I understand the feeling of seeing your name and work among great works, it is amazing! I like the idea of learning from others. It is good to be a sponge when we are educating ourselves and then applying that understanding in real life work, so whether they know it or not, these people are complimenting you!
So with the story of unhinged, you have taken a horror theme to work with, which part of the mind or thinking system do you attempt to connect with when establishing the sensation of fear?
That is all very technical and anyone could tell you I am the least technical writer there ever was. LOL I do write emotive works that rely on emotion heavily, and the source of them all is tension.
I have a tendency to go with the flow and lots of times that means it's not very good but then others I feel it comes out quite lovely. I go with my gut, I write with my gut so I'd say it's not a part of the mind at all but the body or instinct :D
That's how I write too, and it seems to work out well. If someone doesn't enjoy it, or get it then its because they're not resonating with my gut and that's fine!
Would you be able to tell us a little bit of a teaser as to what the story is about? Perhaps introduce a character briefly and how they experience the life you have given them? Give us a clue about what we will find when reading..
Jess definitely is one of my favorites in the first story Snowed. She is quite frank about who she is, a drug addict, and what she wants, which in this story of two people stuck in a cabin during a blizzard is to survive!
I love her attitude, and she flaunts a sort of sarcasm as one reviewer claims. She seems to always say what you are thinking as a more cynical reader and it's hard not to chuckle at her narrative in even the most tense moments.
Personally, I enjoy her style of coping. She is strong, sure, but unsure and completely practical...even to a fault.
I won't say that I'd do exactly as she does, but I see her reasoning behind...well I'll let you read for yourself ;)
Indeed, I am looking forward to discovering Jess for myself!
When writing characters such as Jess and other strongly themed people, major characters maybe, do you enjoy acting out their thinking in your mind before writing them down or maybe even allow them to do things or say things that personally you never could but enjoy having someone else do it, for you?
Definitely. I live vicariously through some of the situations, or allow my more sarcastic or caustic comments out behind the veil of "authorship". It's a nice release at times to response and mold the story to go with how I'd love it to go, but a lot of times, as I'm sure you know, it won't just GO where you say LOL.
I like to think my characters are certainly figures of my making, while at the same time they start to take on a life of their own, but all and all we know who the final say is...sort of.
Yes, if a character becomes too self generative in the story, we ultimately have the sword and can bring any anomalies into the script to put someone back in their place. Sometimes its nice to wait, play with them a while and see where they want to go, and as you say, if they don't go where you need, we have to try to bring things into line somehow.
Has writing your characters and their lives helped you to learn about the way you live your own, perhaps using the eyes of another, have you seen things about yourself in a new light? Have they changed you, or taught you anything?
Maybe not the characters exactly, but writing in general has helped me see a lot of things, yes. I am a bit Manic about my efforts, and overwhelm myself a lot with different projects for no reason whatsoever.
I want to do it all, and I think this has been a good warning to me that I'm not a person with endless energy! I have to control what I try to keep under control or it all turns into half-inspired work.
My novels are like this, getting the last leg I have, which I hate and hope to stop doing. But even so, that's why they take so long!
But don't worry, I go back and correct the lackluster portions ;)
I think we all go back and fill out the sections once we've decided what actually happens later on, put in the signs and ironies etc. It's good that you have found yourself in your work as well.
So now you have tied the loose ends and are basking in your finished work, what's next for Logan Keys?
I have a novel in edits "Stockholm Sexy" that is scheduled for the editor to get her hands on in June :D It's a Crime/Thriller with romantic edges about a woman who was abducted as a child to be raised with the hit man elite.
After that is my Horror/YA Novel which is a work in progress of about 30k words already.
I hope by end of year to have a novel published, and the next year two!
That's all very positive Logan, great forward action and drive. That's how we get results and you've got it!
To finish off, can you tell us where to go to see your work, any sites, blogs Facebook pages etc? How can we find you?
My website: http://logankeys.wordpress.com/
My book: http://www.amazon.com/Unhinged-Logan-Keys-ebook/dp/B00IU8HFZ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394461186&sr=8-1&keywords=unhinged+logan
Rowan : Thank You Logan!!
Unhinged By Logan Keys
"An assemblage of pure madness, Unhinged is a miasmic quick fix for the horror junkie. Visceral and vicious, each morsel more disturbing than the last. Guaranteed to hijack your mind, these lost souls will stay with you long after the last page has been turned."