Stopping by to answer questions (below) for today’s #AJOW Blog Tour is author M. R. Ward. This writer of horror first came to my attention during the selection process for A Journey of Words, an anthology with a travel theme by Scout Media. Mr. Ward’s A Journey of Words story, “The Open Road,” is so frightening, it’s scared the pants off most of us who’ve read it. But this doesn’t matter as it turns out, because anyone who’s read “The Open Road” will be reluctant to go out jogging alone, or at night. Yikes, I just had to shake off residual shudders.
M. R. Ward’s story can be found along with mine, “Loose Ends”, in A Journey of Words, already out in e-book format,and scheduled to drop in paperback September 1.
Read it, but make sure to get your jog in first!
Author Name: M.R. Ward
Title of your AJOW story: The Open Road
Post a brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A weekend trip turns into a nightmare as four friends find themselves on a collision course with the supernatural.
What inspired you to write this story? I wanted to tell a scary story, one that would stick with the reader long after the last line.
How long have you been writing? A year, or twenty-five, depending on your view. At thirteen, I spent a year writing stories, but lacked life experience and technical knowledge. Twenty years later I began writing a novel, but quit after a few months due to self-doubt. I never stopped creating stories in my head, though, so in 2015 I decided it was “now or never” and have remained consistent.
What genre do you usually write in and why? Horror. I find it entertaining.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I’m working on a short story that’s more along the lines of a paranormal love story. I’m also continuing the novel I started five years ago.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? You have to take a chance and really give your best effort, but that means putting in the time and doing the work. No one can write your story for you.
How can people discover more about you and your work?