About the Author

Who are you?

My name is J. D. Carter and I am a writer of horror fiction.

What made you decide that this was the path for you?

I don’t know if it was a conscious decision or one that was bred into my psyche from birth. I have always been around the written word and storytelling. When I was younger, my aunt used to tell these fantastic stories about kids playing in ant mounds and then getting bitten and turning into ants themselves or eating too many chocolate chip cookies and then turning into those (and people wonder why I am so screwed up…). It was just her way of getting her life lessons across to us kids in a way that we would actually listen.” J. D. looks down at his stomach then adds, “I guess not all of those lessons sunk in.

Why horror?

“They say that the best way to fight your demons is to face them head on. That’s what I try to do in my writing. We all have demons. we have all made bad choices, had our hearts broken, and been through traumatic events. Some people play music, keep private journals, or talk to therapists. Me? I write my demons down and deal with them through my words. It’s how I deal with things.

Who inspired you to choose horror as your main genre?

Well, like I mentioned before, my aunt really planted the seed in my head. I swear she reads about 7 books a week. Well, now that she has a television in her living room, that number has dropped. That damned thing is addictive. I have come into contact with MANY people during my travels on this giant rock that have helped to cultivate that seed into what I hope is a blossoming little flower, or at least a Venus Flytrap.

I have a good friend, we will just call her “M”, that actually came into my life a few years ago and REALLY lit a fire under my ass to stop screwing around and that my stuff, with a  little bit of tweaking of course, was good enough to get out of my notebook and out to the rest of the world. She taught me a lot about sentence structure, info dumping, and many other things that I am forever in debt to her for.

There have been so many others: friends, girlfriends, etc. but if I went through all of them, we would be here all day, I would forget some (I have a horrible memory), and I would most likely get some angry looks at the next family reunion.

Who is your favorite writer and why?

I guess, if I had to choose, I would say Stephen King has been the most influential writer in my library. I remember the first time I watched Pet Sematary on the USA network about fifteen years ago. When that scene with the tractor trailer happened, I was so affected that I literally couldn’t sleep that night. Years later, when I finally got to read the novel, it was like I was hearing about it for the first time. The way he writes and describes thoughts, feelings, emotions is unbelievable. He’s an incredible writer.

How much of your writing is realistic?

A lot of it. Of course there are things that are greatly exaggerated but everything I write about is personal. My writing consists of my inner struggles and how I have learned to deal with them. The death of a loved one, making mistakes that cost me than I was ever willing to pay, addiction, etc. These are all things I have personally dealt with.

What book are you reading right now?

HA! Book? There are a few, actually. I am catching up on all the King that I haven’t read and right now I am on Salem’s Lot. I also love to read indie fiction. You know, writers that aren’t picked up by a publishing house yet but damn well should be. I read just about anything that grabs my attention. If you can pull me in with the blurb, then you got me.

Who designs your covers?

Right now? I do. So I am the one to blame if they look like shit. I plan to get a cover artist so if you know anyone, please send them my way.

How many stories have you written?

This is just an estimate. Maybe 50 short stories and 1 book that falls into the “erotica” category which I never really did anything with. This new book is my first venture into writing a horror novel. Also, I have hundreds of lines of stuff that could potentially be stories but aren’t finished, don’t make a lick of sense, or, for some other reason, just haven’t made it out of my notebooks.

Where can everyone read your work?

I have a special page dedicated to all of my work that’s available. There are links, pictures, and even small blurbs there. Feel freeto peruse them.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” – Stephen King

*If you guys have any questions for me, please feel free to email them to me at horroticawriter@gmail.com. I love answering questions and talking about my writing. This is just all I could think of at the moment.*

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