Author Interview: Christopher Allan Poe

Dirtly Little Booker witches are happy to learn that Christopher is cool enough as it is. We can stop obsessing that he’s ACTUALLY RELATED TO EDGAR ALLAN POE, and get down to the nitty gritty.

Or, kind of. We’re still pretty obsessed.


DLB: How long have you been writing?

CAP: First, let me thank you for taking the time to do this interview. We authors appreciate all you do at Dirty Little Bookers.

 I’ve been writing seriously for a little over a decade now. I always knew that I wanted to write, even as a young fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice, but I wasn’t really ready until I decided to quit playing music.

DLB: Now that you’ve quit playing music, what’s your day job?

CAP: Writing is my day job primarily. Most authors these days supplement their income with other work. When sales lag a bit or I need extra cash, I pick up video editing and graphic design jobs. Sometimes, I edit manuscripts for other authors.

DLB: Editing and graphic design–good skills to have when marketing your books. How many books have you completed?

 CAP: I’ve finished two novels, Dark Sight and The Portal. I also wrote one nonfiction project with NY Times bestselling author, Bonnie Hearn Hill, titled Digital Ink. It’s basically a how-to guide for writing fiction in the digital age.

DLB: Speaking of ‘how to’, what is your writing process? Do you begin with an outline? How well do you know your characters?

CAP: I never outline because I want to be surprised too, but I always start with the character kicking around in my head. Usually, I float along until I find that one great thought or sentence from the character’s perspective, and then I have them. After that, I try to put that character in scenes with conflict to make the reader turn pages.

DLB: And DARK SIGHT scenes are as unique as they come. What was your inspiration for the book? 

CAP: Since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of people who drain your energy. Our mythology is filled with these types of beings, and I wanted to explore that idea. Did people exist who couldn’t live from their own life force alone?

DLB: What sort of research did you do to find out?

CAP: I read several demonology books, and it’s interesting. These myths cross continents and spans of time. That’s when I knew that there was probably something to idea of feeding off of another person’s life force.

DLB: Any advice for other indie pubs?

CAP: Do it because you love it. Some days, you’ll hate the writing, and the editing, and the promotion, and the…. Authors who are concerned about a paycheck probably should find an easier dragon to slay. The money comes after many decades of earning $.10/hour.

For those who must write, I say I’ve composed music, produced videos, and sold different forms of art everywhere, and no art form compares to the written word when it comes to moving people or growing as a human being. Keep at it. Never give up or give in.

DLB: That makes us smile. What is your dream writing space?

CAP: My wife and I just took a trip to New York. My dream writing space is in Manhattan, with a view of Central Park. Of course, we’ll be working a long damn time to come up with the money to pull that dream off.

DLB: Any upcoming news or promo spots?

CAP: Among other events, I’ll be speaking at Men of Mystery this year, which will be inside of Bouchercon on Saturday, November 15th. If you are in the Long Beach area, we’d love to see you there.


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