DEREK CLENDENING INTERVIEW
GNOH – Hi Derek, how are you doing?
GNOH – First things first, your not the Derek Clendening who went to MadrasCollege St Andrews, if you are hey it’s Jimbo, if not then errr just ignore me?
Nah, I went to Brock University inCanada.
GNOH – Who are your top three favourite authors of all time?
GNOH – You said that horror chose you. Are you glad it did?
GNOH – How do think horror has held up since you first fell in love with it?
GNOH – What is that you love the most about the genre, and what is it that youhate the most?
I love the fact that horror can bewhatever you want it to be. It can be quiet and spooky or it can be gory andin-your-face. Most of all, it helps us to understand fear, and to betteruntangle the fear that binds us every day.
I don’t care for the perception that’s often held by those outside of thefield. Confusing horror with science fiction, fantasy and even spy fictionreally bugs me. Other misconceptions are ones that we sometimes createourselves, but it still kind of bothers me
GNOH – I love horror fiction, oddly I’m not a big fan of horror movies, but Ihave never had the urge to write. What was the catalyst that made youjump from fan to author?
Really, it was knowing that I havestories to tell, even if they weren’t so great in the beginning. Everyone hasto start somewhere, so I just took the liberty of beginning.
GNOH – How easy does writing come to you? Is it something you have towork at?
It comes more easily than it used to, likely thanks to experience, but I stillhit speed bumps once in a while.
GNOH – Do you think writing is a talent or is it something that can be taught?
GNOH – How would you describe your writing style?
GNOH – Your novel The Vampire Way had a long genesis from initial idea toprint, can you tell us about it?
Early versions of that book reallylacked because I was young but also very inexperienced as a writer. When itcomes to writing novels, I think you have to successfully complete the processat least once to understand how it’s done, and future attempts become mucheasier. As for my youth, I just needed more life experience – and I gained agreat deal of it while writing the first draft. I used all of that in the bookand I hope readers can relate to it.
GNOH – How would you describe the vampires in the book?
Scary, but sympathetic just the same.Readers will likely feel sorry for Damien, at least in the beginning, becausehe’s struggling with issues like all the other central characters.
GNOH – It’s a young adult book, how hard was it for you to self censoryourself? Were you ever concerned about being too graphic?
Actually, I did have to censor myself abit. I would have cheerfully left tons of stuff in, but I know what kind offlack I would’ve gotten.
GNOH – Can you tell us about Between The Years?
The novel was inspired by my nephew’sillness and the dread caused by the fact that we almost lost him. The story Iwrote tackled the scenario of what might have happened had we actually losthim. This is a story for anyone who’s ever lost a child or who has been hauntedby the tenderness caused by a close call.
GNOH – It’s a very emotional subject matter; did you ever feel that it was bittoo emotional?
Not really. Douglas Winter once said that horror is an emotion. Peter Straubonce told me that, among other things, horror deals with a sense of loss.
GNOH – How much research did you do for the novel? It must have beenpretty harrowing?
GNOH – Are there any messages in your work?
GNOH – Can you tell us about any future projects?