Q & A with the author John Watson
In your own words, how would you describe your book?
Karaoke Night is the story of a travel blogger who goes missing for 3 days. When he is found, he has no memory of his lost time, but what he does have is a digital recorder featuring a series of interviews held at a small-town karaoke bar. Each story is told in the form of a transcript from said interviews.
What inspired you to come up with the idea for a karaoke-themed book?
I was out drinking with a couple of buddies, one of whom is a musician, and we got talking about how boring it must get to play the same songs every night. That led to talking about people singing the same karaoke songs over and over. I started thinking about the reasons why they might choose a specific song and found that there might be some cool little stories there.
What is your go-to Karaoke song?
I try to avoid singing at all costs given that I am terrible. If I was forced to get up there, I’d probably choose “Everybody’s Changing” by Keane. That one always sounds acceptable when I sing it out loud in the shower.
I can remember an epic Karaoke fail on my part. Have you experienced that? Come on, spill it! 😉
It’s always an epic fail when I get up to sing. Busted pianos are more in tune than I am.
Your main character, Brian, is a travel blogger. What’s your favorite travel destination?
That’s an easy one. I could go to Las Vegas every single weekend and never grow tired of the experience. I loved San Francisco and would like to get back to my native Scotland at some point.
Your book is listed as horror. What are some horror inspirations for you? Books? Films? Authors?
I grew up watching all the old black and white horror movies with my Mum. They had Friday night double features when I was a wee boy. I would beg to stay up to watch, but my mum would send me to bed only to come and wake me when they started. After she passed, I got several large horror tattoo pieces that includes a “thanks for the late nights, mum” inscription underneath. As far as books go, it would be Clive Barker that serves as my main inspiration. He has a way of making the grotesque sound poetic and beautiful.
If you could place yourself in your book, which character would you be? What would you be doing?
I’d probably be the main character. He is a naturally inquisitive writer, which is probably the best way to describe myself.
What are writing must haves for you? Coffee, background music, bourbon?
I need coffee to get the ball rolling. I love having music playing in the background, although it’s usually always instrumental. I am on a bit of a dark ambient, witch house kick at the moment. I love a beer, but don’t drink until I am done writing for the day.
What are you reading now?
I usually have 2 or 3 books on the go at any given time. I just finished “Eternal Darkness” by Tom Deady and am about to jump into one called “A Heart in the Right Place” by Heidy Goody and Iain Grant. That one is set in Scotland, so I’m very much looking forward to it. I as also working my way through novels written by the Crazy Ink Exclusive Authors.
And because I’m a movie person, I have to ask, name a movie you could watch over and over and over again and still find merit in?
Oh, I have a bunch that fit into this category, including The Shining, The Exorcist, Blade Runner, and Pulp Fiction. I can stumble onto these titles on TV and get caught up in them, even when they are halfway done.
*About the author*
Robots, clowns, and living statues are among the extensive list of things that terrify author John Watson. He is of the belief that writing about these horrors will make him immune to their evils, but the cure is still a work in progress. Watson spends most of his time hiding out in the closet space beneath the stairs, where he is currently working on a series of scary short stories. He has published Karaoke Night and a short story in Crazy Ink Publishing’s anthology Infamy, but has others in the works for 2019 and 2020 with Crazy Ink Publishing.
He resides in Atlanta with his chef wife Penny and a pair of equally skittish fur babies.
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