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Interview: Vincent Hobbes, Author of The Endlands

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Vincent Hobbes was born in Dallas, Texas in 1975. He has been actively writing since he was 15 years old. His roots lay in horror, but he has recently branched out into other genres. In 2007, he was published. The Contrived Senator was the first book in a fantasy series. In 2008, he released Exiles, the second book in the series. Short stories have always been a favorite of Vincent’s, and in 2010 he teamed up with 11 incredible authors, and created The Endlands. This horror anthology is an ode to the kooky and bizarre. The Endlands was released January 17th, 2011. Vincent is currently working on more novels, including a dystopian book. He lives north of the DFW metroplex with his wife, two dogs, two cats, chickens and ducks.

1.  Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I live north of the DFW Metroplex with my wife and two dogs. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I enjoy being outdoors: hunting, fishing, gardening, playing with my dogs.

2.  What types of books do you enjoy writing the most?

Personally I enjoy horror most; gory, suspenseful, spooky. The kind of things that get into the reader’s head, make them scared to open the closet door. Dystopian is a close second, probably because it is one of my favorite genres to read.

3.  Please tell us about your recent book?

The Endlands is a collection of 17 short stories by 12 different authors. I wrote five books myself, and handpicked the others. The book is dedicated to Rod Serling, so all the stories are a little twisted and a little bizarre, but all are considered horror. I tried to stray away from gory horror and concentrate on the psychological aspects of the genre — back to the roots of what made horror successful.

4.  How long did it take to write your book?

The submission process was only a few months, but it took me quite a while to choose the stories to include in the collection. The process took about a year. One of my stories that is included, “The Hour of the Time,” was written in about two hours the day before the book was sent to print. I like to keep my publisher on his toes.

5.  What was your inspiration for writing this book?

The Twilight Zone. 

6.  What is the message of your book?

Don’t look under the bed at night… don’t look in the rear-view mirror… don’t open the closet door… you never know what it lurking in the corner of your imagination.

7.  Do you plan to write any other books in the future?  If yes, please describe it to us.

I am currently putting together the second volume of The Endlands – we have received some great submissions, so it should be fun to work on. I am also working on two other novels, yet to be titled. One is a dystopian thriller, the other is a horror novel.

8.  Are you a full time writer?  If not, what do you do?

Thankfully I have a great publisher who affords me the time to write full time.

9.  Could you share some writing tips with us for beginning writers.

 Write. Then read. Then edit. Then rewrite. Repeat as necessary. Also, at one point, you have to let it go. It’ll never be as perfect as it is in your mind. Most of all, READ. You can’t be a writer without being a reader.

10.  Do you have a website or blog?  Please share the URL with us if you do.

My personal website, with the occasional blog, is: www.VincentHobbes.com

Website for my book is: www.TheEndlands.com.  

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