Today’s special author guest is dark fiction author Chad Nicholas – we’re chatting about Nightmare.
Chad Nicholas is an author who enjoys writing mysteries and thrillers. He also has a love for writing horror novels, despite the fact that he has to watch horror movies in the daytime, like a coward, or else he gets nightmares.
Speaking of Nightmares…
Please tell us about your current release.
Nightmare is a horror story about a man who is trying to protect his family from a monster that he thought he buried in the past. It has elements of both supernatural and psychological horror, as well as a mystery that slowly unravels as the story moves forward.
What inspired you to write this book?
I can’t say too much without going into spoilers, but there were a few specific concepts that I’ve always thought were really cool, and I wanted to combine them together to create something new.
Synopsis of Nightmare:
Had it come back? No, it couldn’t have. He had buried it for good. Or at least that’s what Scott told himself. But what if it had? Was that why the scarecrow now watched him?
But the more Scott tries to ignore it, the more the evidence begins to pile up. So do the bodies. Because sometimes, the dead don’t stay buried. Sometimes the monster survives.
As the bodies mount, and the secrets of his past grow more haunting, Scott must do whatever it takes to save his family. But what if by doing so, they find out what happened all those years ago? What if they realize what he did?
Scott learns that there is no escape from his own past, or the crows that have crawled out of it. He can only watch, as his life is turned into a living nightmare.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I am currently working on writing a crime thriller, which will explore the horrors of being a detective investigating a particularly disturbing case. There are some other aspects to it as well, but I’m not quite ready to talk about them yet.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but I don’t think I actually considered myself a writer until after I finished the first draft of Nightmare.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do not write full time at the moment, but I definitely hope to one day. As far as finding time, I just try to write on weekends, or whenever else I can find the time. Although when I write, I do always like to do it for at least several hours at a time.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Every time I start a new chapter, the first thing I do is write the word The, even though I usually have to immediately delete it to actually start the chapter. I think I started doing it because I was testing the font, but now if I start without writing it first it feels wrong.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t think I ever gave it much thought when I was younger, but looking back, I have always enjoyed creating stories and playing with different ideas, even before I started writing them down.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Thanks for being here today!