Sunday, October 17, 2010

Author Spotlight: J.M Barlog

Author J.M Barlog stopped by The Crazy Bookworm to talk about his book 'A Connecticut Nightmare' and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!

The seeds for ‘A Connecticut Nightmare’ were planted when my wife and I traveled to Connecticut for the birth of our third grandson. I’d had been searching for another supernatural story at the time and realized I probably wouldn’t be getting much writing time while on ‘vacation.’ Having recently gotten a ghost story under my belt, I was on the hunt for a situtaion where I could transform an innocent, even joyous occasion into an inescapable hellish nigthmare--one that held the promise of keeping readers on the edge of their seats. I wanted the heart-poundng suspense of watchining in your mind’s eye, the hero climbing the stairs, knowing he had to go through that bedroom door. There was no option but to face the terror head on. It wasn’t until after returning to Chicago that I began the process of reshaping the experience into something that could be spellbinding and create the ultimate experience in fear and terror.

Much of A Connecticut Nightmare is based on fact. My son-in-law was indeed deployed during the baby’s birth. And I did care for my grandson while my wife and daughter went to the hospital to deliver. The rest is the result of the writer’s mind drawing the terror out of every corner of the story.

Whether we admit to it or not, a piece of our soul always comes out in everything we create. We mold stories from things most often kept buried deep inside ourselves. There are parts of me in A Connecticut Nightmare, but they were twisted and reformed into the context of fiction. Nonetheless, a small part of my soul emerged in this story of a grandfather’s desperate fight to save his grandson from a demon few believe even exists.

Ending the story immediately opened me to the threads of an even more dramatic sequel. I am feverishly at work on ‘A Connecticut Nightmare II,’ which promises to exceed the boundaries of its predecessor. I came to realize there is still so much to explore in the world of the devil and demonic possession. A new struggle emerges between Kyle and Jack’s new wife. But in this thriller, the devil is about to come up against the most vicious adversary in the world of the living: a mother protecting her children.

I will leave you with this departing thought: How far would you be willing to go to protect your child?

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