Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer, who dwells in a beauteous and serenading Garden of England. His short stories appeared in various magazines and anthologies around the world such as The Literary Hatchet (PearTree Press) Psychopomp (Artifice Comics) and Sanitarium Magazine. He is also the author of the acclaimed Moribund Tales & The Pariahs (Creativia Publishing.)
Are there any writing resources, such as books or websites, you’d like to recommend?
I recently read Horror 101: The Way Forward published by Crystal Lake and it’s packed with myriad of interesting articles by various legends in the field – if you’re thinking about writing dark fiction/horror, this should be your bible.
What tips do you have for finding time to write?
Well, it’s a bit of a trade secret but I’ll tell you because I’m nice like that. Here it goes – write a bestseller, make millions, buy a cabin overlooking Norwegian fjords and then simply write full-time! But if you’re an ordinary slave like me, then just write whenever opportunity permits. Majority of my writing happens over weekends.
Do you prefer to outline a story in advance or write on the fly? Why?
That depends on what I’m writing. I’m an old fashioned guy and enjoy plenty of twists in my stories so if I’m writing a longer piece, like a novella, then it will involve arduous planning. If it’s only a flash story then I might write it on the fly.
How do you deal with rejections?
First I cry in my porridge and then I numb myself with a bottle of mead.
What are your writing goals for the next twelve months?
I’m hoping to finish my second novella, Rare Breeds, in the next few weeks as well as continue writing other short/flash stories.
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