Today I am delighted to be joined by author of The Damaged, Simon Law. I recently reviewed The Damaged which you can see my review by clicking here.
Simon Law, born October 1983, resides in West Sussex, England, where he sets the majority of his stories. Law first became published in 2009 with the release of his début novel ‘Bringing Forth the End of Days’, a dystopian thriller about the end of the world. Law’s latest novel ‘The Damaged’ is set to be the author’s first independently published
work, and hit online stores in October 2015.
Welcome Simon and many thanks for joining me today on my blog. Your latest Book, The Damaged was recently published. How long did your latest book take you to write from coming up with the storyline to it being ready for publication?
The entire process was just shy of three years; two years of writing and researching, and then about 9 months worth of edits, rewrites and proofing. I know that most authors would have probably written a few novels in this time, but I’m a little bit of an obsessive perfectionist! It’s hard to let go of something that has dominated your life for so long, but I am very pleased with what I have created here, and all the blood, sweat, and tears all seem worth it.
I found The Damaged to be very dark and disturbing, how easy/hard do you find it to write such dark material?
To be honest, I didn’t set out with a deliberate aim to create something so dark and disturbing. The main thing that I wanted to do with this novel was to try and be as honest as possible, to not shy away from the darkness that lurks inside all of us, and to not sugar-coat the truth. The end result is very disturbing indeed, but I think that if I hadn’t dug down to dark and gritty gravel at the bottom of our souls, then the story would have been missing that element of honesty.
It is quite obvious that Matthew is very unstable mentally, did you do any research for his character?
Yes. I did research into many psychological conditions and Freudian concepts when writing Matthew’s Character, as well as the effects of post traumatic stress and other factors too. In the end, I was deliberately vague when it came to Matthew’s specific condition as I didn’t want to demonize the many people that suffer with mental illness and live completely normal lives.
The ending of the novel I thought left things quite open. Will it be left to readers to imagine what happens after the ending or will we be seeing more of Tammy and Matthew in the future?
The original plan was to kill off both the characters by the end, but in writing the story I completely fell in love with them both and felt that their story wasn’t quite over yet. They live on, maybe only in the imagination of the readers for now, but a sequel is definitely a possibility.
Has your choice of books or genres changed at all over the years?
Not really. I have always read very dark literature, even from a young age.
Are there any authors in particular that have inspired you to become a writer or is it something that you have always wanted to do?
Writing is something that only started to appeal to me later in life, although I have always enjoyed reading a good horror. The Damaged is heavily inspired by ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe; the dark foreboding atmosphere of the poem really spoke to me, and I’ve been meaning to formulate those feelings into a book for a while now.
Do you have any tips for other aspiring writers?
Be honest, to yourself and to the subject matter. Make sure your characters are fully realised human beings, and most of all, have fun and let your mind run free.
Would you ever co write a novel with another author and if so who out of any living or dead author would you choose to write one with?
I love the works of Richard Laymon. Like myself, he explored dark and taboo subjects with brutal, unrepentant honesty. I think we would have come up with something amazing!
Lastly, are you able to tell us what you are currently working on at the moment and can you give us a little snippet of what us readers can look forward to?
It’s too early to divulge I’m afraid! My mind is constantly ablaze with various different demons trying to escape, so just watch this space…