I’m mostly known as a science fiction writer, and with good reason. Of the seven books I’ve published, no less than five are SF (the remainder are a comic fantasy and a thriller), so creature horror is not necessarily something readers would associate me with.
Yes, it’s a creature book in the classic mold but updated to today’s world, a far cry from something like Outside or Siege. It’s called Ice Station: Death, and you can buy the ebook here (will let everyone know when the paperback comes out).
So what was this experience like? To put it simply, I had a blast. Writing monsters isn’t as easy as it looks from the outside. You need to research (your creatures need to be biologically viable and behave in believable ways), create a credible backstory for where they came from and how come no one noticed them before and also create characters that your readers will care about. If your protagonists are wooden cutouts, it won’t make a difference to anyone if they’re in mortal peril.
In that sense, it’s a lot like writing SF, and very different from writing a mainstream book. When you’re writing about things that aren’t real, or aren’t real yet, you actually have to be more careful of being exact than when you’re writing about real life–at least that’s been my experience.
It’s also nice to write a book where the tension has to come to a boil relatively early in the process and then not let off. So the action is utterly relentless, and you never know who’s going to be left standing at the end of it…
Readers and reviewers will decide whether I succeeded in creating a good book or not but, as an author, I love this one, and hope everyone here will, too.
If you do read it, drop us a line here and let us know what you thought!