- Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer! For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Gladly! My name is Leod Fitz, and I’m a writer focusing my work in Urban Fantasy. When I’m not writing I’m generally either sleeping, or spending far, far too much time online.
- Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
Most of my writing tends towards the humorous. Whether I mean for it to, or not. I’ve actually had times when I was collaborating with a friend who wanted things to remain much more serious, and I’ve had to go back and rewrite multiple times to take the tongue out of my cheek. As for writing habits… I would say that my best writing comes when I challenge myself to do something against my nature. For example, in Awfully Appetizing, I was specifically trying to write a story from the perspective of someone who doesn’t predominantly examine the world through sight. While I wouldn’t say that I succeeded in every scene, I did make a point of trying to examine the world through other senses.
- Whom would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
My favorite authors at the moment are probably Jim Butcher, Ted Conover, and Jason Richter. I have tried to steal certain aspects of each of their writing with varying success.
- What books are currently on your bookshelf?
I just finished reading “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline… a really fun read, especially for those of us who actually lived through the eighties and the nineties. Next up is “The Aeronaut’s Windlass” by Jim Butcher, his first foray into steampunk, which I’m very excited to read. After that I’ve got a couple books on my too-read pile including “The Wretched Walls” and “The Never Prayer”.
- Your novel is Awfully Appetizing, has a very interesting premise. Can you tell us how you came up with the idea?
While I have read and enjoyed a number of Paranormal Romance books, I was starting to get annoyed with what I consider the ‘fluffification’ of monsters. Vampires, which used to be terrifying creatures of the night, are now typically portrayed as moody, sexy recluses, while werewolves have been turned into giant teddy bears. Not that there’s anything intrinsically wrong with that, but I kind of wanted a return to the world of predators and prey, where the night was dark and filled with monsters that wanted to devour you. But in a funny way. I decided that, in order to pull that off, I needed a leading man who was in no way cute and cuddly. I wanted somebody that people wouldn’t picture as a dashing figure or romantic, somebody who would have to fight, on every page, to show himself to be a good guy. So I settled a ghoul. A monster who eats decaying corpses and prefers a life of solitude. Well, most of the time.
- What was your favorite scene or chapter to write?
There were a couple of scenes that I’m really proud of, but I think that the moment that I get the biggest kick out of is when Walter, the ghoul at the center of the story, meets the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ styled character who has been sent to kill him. I think that their exchange is one of my favorite moments in the book
- Were there any ideas or character you had to leave out that you would like to revisit or work into another novel?
Oh, oodles. Probably one of my favorite characters is the man who ends up being Walter’s best friend. I’m currently working on the scene that introduces him to the series, which will appear in book three, and I don’t want to give anything away.
- Is there a message, or underlying theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think that one of the most important ideas in here is that social structure is not a natural and necessary thing, though we often treat it as such. The protagonist of the book gets mistreated throughout the novel because he is at the bottom of the supernatural status structure. It’s not anything he does or says, it’s not who he is. He suffers because of the way people perceive him. There are, I imagine, plenty of books out there which attempt to remind us not to judge a book by its cover, but it’s still an important message, and one I’m glad to contribute towards.
- What can readers expect to see from you next?
Book 2 in The Corpse-Eater Saga, “Bloody Banquet,” should be out early next year.
- Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring authors, or authors looking to publish their novels for the first time?
I think that one of the smartest things I did, as a writer, was when I found a peer review group. There’s a limit to how much your writing can grow without feedback. If you can find a collection of people who are willing to read your work and honestly tell you how it could be better, you’ll be amazed at how much your writing can improve.