[This is a backup of the interview here, from Raven Reviews.]

Recently here, I told of my love for horror.  When done right, horror is fantastic. Scary stories? Yes, please! Since good horror stories can be hard to find, I tend to share good ones I come across.When I read the description for this new horror novel, it reminded me of the old days of Friday the 13th with villains like Jason and Freddie Krueger.  You know the kind.  A pish-posh group on the run, with no where to go, no help to be had, hiding out from the murderer(s) on the loose.
Who’s the writer behind that terror-inducing tale to tell around the campfire?  Let me introduce you:

Why horror?

I actually write in two genres, because no-one likes the same thing all the time (with the exception of chocolate cake). I write deep-character literary fiction when I want to push myself, to take on difficult projects that will stretch me as a writer. Whereas horror is escapism from me – rather than describing life it is a riveting escape from it, something that grips your mind in its teeth and won’t let go until it’s done.

One thing you learned along the way?

If you write in more than one genre, without using pseudonyms, you have extra problems with managing audience expectations. I just try to make it as clear as possible what kind of book you’ve picked up based on the cover and blurb and hope no-one makes a mistake.

Something you’d like to say to readers?

If you write a good review for your favourite authors, spread news of it far and wide! Many of us are struggling and the recognition can be a lifesaver if it leads to some sales.

This or That…?

1. Coffee or Tea?
Tea at home in the afternoon; coffee when out at a café.

2. Laptop, desktop, or pen & paper?
Pen and paper for writing on the move; desktop for typing it up, some writing, some editing; printouts and a pen for other editing.

3. Early bird or night owl?
Probably more night owl but my habits are changing over the years.

4. White wine or red?
I prefer sparkling and sweet, so mostly white.

5. Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate. :)

6. Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I love their waggy enthusiasm over cold aloofness. However, a cat called Dolly adopted us, so she’s our current resident. Depends how I’m feline (groan).

7. Pen or pencil?
Pen. I’m always worried I’ll miss an edit mark if I do them in pencil.

8. Ebooks, paperbacks or hardbacks?
Paperbacks, but I’m gradually being won over to e-books as well. There are pros and cons for both, I’d like them to co-exist as friends.

9. Shopping: online or in-person?
In person preferably, at local, independent shops. Support them so they don’t disappear! A world just made up of chain stores and supermarkets is too depressing for me to think about. Online is great for things I can’t get locally.

10. Death by cancer or car accident?
Ooh, what a nasty question, the kind of thing a horror author would write about! Erm, whichever ended up being the least overall pain… Like many horror writers, I’m a bit of a wimp.
Hi, I’m Karl Drinkwater. I currently work part-time as a writer and part-time as a professionally qualified university librarian. In the latter role my areas of specialism include information literacy, electronic resources, resource discovery systems, e-learning technologies,and social media. As an undergraduate I studied English Literature and Classics (BA First Class Honours) and I also did an MSc in Information Studies.

My writing sometimes spends time in the sunlit patches of literary fiction, where it likes to picnic beneath an old oak tree, accompanied by a bottle of wine, some cake, and a good book. At other times my words slope off into the dark shadows of horror fiction, and if you follow them you might hear chains rattling behind locked doors and the paranoid screams of the lost echoing in the distance. There is no obligation to enjoy both of those avenues. My aim is to tell a good story, regardless of genre. I have written two novels: one is a tense horror set on a remote Welsh island; the other is a maturation novel about a physics-obsessed man-boy trying to forget the past.

Writing is like cycling or running. You do it even if you’re not going to win any prizes or get on TV. You do it because you need to. It makes you feel good, a positive force: you can’t imagine being happy without it.

I also love exercise, computer games, the natural environment, animals, social justice and zombies. I have been a vegan for around 20 years.