Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is especially happy to shine the Friday Spotlight on Tony Tremblay, long-time friend and supporter of the bookstore and the New England horror community. For seven years, Tony reviewed horror fiction for Horrorworld and Cemetery Dance Magazine under the pen name T.T. Zuma. After all that time, he thought he’d give writing his own fiction a thought. Heartened by the response to his first few stories, he continued onward and now has a collection of short stories, The Seeds of Nightmares, and a novella, “Steel.” He’s also in several anthologies, and he’ll have a novel, The Moore House releasing soon.
Tony, along with several other horror and thriller authors of Haverhill House Publishing, will be at the store for Small Business Saturday, on Saturday, November 25, from 12:00 – 6:00 PM. Join us at 65 James Street for a day full of readings, signings, Q&A, and more!
Thank you so much for joining us, Tony! For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from your work?
I am primarily a writer of horror fiction, but I do have a number of stories that would include dark fantasy. My novella, “Steel,” is a post-apocalyptic tale of young people attempting to survive in a world full of monsters, and a “hole” would be a good example of my dark fantasy roots. The upcoming novel, The Moore House is straight out horror, dealing with ex-nuns, a hypersexualized priest, and demons.
What was the inspiration for The Moore House? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?
I attended the River City Writers course on Writing Better Fiction. I had dinner with one of the organizers, James A Moore, and I confessed I had not thought about writing a novel and did not have any ideas. He asked me what have I always wanted to write. I answered with, “a haunted house.” He then told me that was what my new novel was going to be about, a haunted house.
What draws you to the particular genre or style that you write? What do you think draws readers to these kinds of books?
I’ve been reading horror since I was around ten years old. It started with the Bible and progressed to Poe, Grant, King, and the indie writers of this generation. Like myself, I think readers want to escape into another world, to get away from the mundane, and maybe even the horrors of everyday life. We want to be entertained, and for some of us, that means going places we, hopefully, would never go to on our own.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Of the whole writing and publishing process? What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?
Affirmation is the best part. Nothing better than someone telling you one of your stories resonated with them on some level. The second best part is hanging around with other writers, doesn’t matter the genre. The greatest lesson? Let a professional edit your work.
What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?
Two things. First, heed what I learned, let someone who knows what they are doing edit your work. Second, be as original as you can.
How important has the New England setting been to your writing?
I think every story I have written takes place in New England. I live here, and I am comfortable with describing it. It’s home for me, and nothing is more frightening than a home invasion.
What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?
Read as much as you can. Read outside your genre also. Absorb what you read.
What question do you wish interviewers would ask you, and what would the answer be?
Are the rumors of a love relationship with you and Uma Thurman true? I would answer with a “no comment.”
What else can we expect from you in the near future?
I am working on a short novella called, “What Does It Mean To Be A Woman?” If it’s accepted, it should be published late in 2018.
What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?
I really enjoy woodworking in the colder months. I love taking distressed wood from old pallets and turning them into holiday ornaments. In the summer months, I enjoy gardening.
What are some of your writing-related hobbies, crafts, addictions?
If I have any writing related addiction, it’s attending the Necon writers conference in July. Talking with so many other writers and fans of the genre is like Christmas for me.
What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?
I have a den. It holds my books, my music, and my computer. The only other thing I require when I’m writing is absolute silence.
What is one thing that most people don’t realize about you?
I have lived a very interesting life. I don’t share those details with many people.
What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?
I’ll go back to Necon. Meeting Rick Hautala at my first Necon and then connecting with him over the years has been a highlight. The same with meeting Tom Piccrilli and Gerard Houaner at Mocon. Those two gentlemen changed my life for the better.
While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!
I need silence. The door to my den is closed. No interruptions at all.
Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work. Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?
No. I find everything outside my head to be a distraction. I get angry when I have to go to the bathroom.
Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that must be in the vicinity (or must be avoided) while you’re writing or editing a piece of work?
No. I don’t eat at all while writing. I might have a drink of water or a scotch, but that seldom happens.
What do you consider the most challenging part of the writing process? And how do you overcome that?
The editing. I constantly edit while I’m writing. It slows me down, but I can’t stop doing it.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned, thus far, in your writing career?
Be original. Stay true to your voice.
Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?
I tell everyone that asks to join a writers group. Check with your local library or on line to find one. If there isn’t one, start one. Go to your local library and ask if they will host a writers group.
Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)
My collection of short stories, The Seeds of Nightmares, is available on Amazon. “Steel,” my novella, is also available on Amazon in the collection, Triplicity. I will have a novel entitled, The Moore House, out soon.
How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a very non-creepy way?
Friends, fans, or those that are curious can always find me on Facebook via Tony Tremblay. I also have a television show I host along with Sydney Leigh, and Phil Perron called The Taco Society Presents that covers the horror genre and you can watch episodes on You Tube.
Thank you so much for joining us for our Friday Spotlight, Tony! We look forward to having you and the Haverhill House Publishing family at our store for Small Business Saturday, on November 25, from 12:00 – 6:00 PM!