7 Questions With author S.D. Reed | Esther Rabbit
S. D. Reed is the author of ” Kerwall Town”, a horror novel set in the 70’s. He divides his time between his day job and his dream job as full time novelist. Along with spending time with his friends, family and fur babies, Mitzy Moo and Little Boe. He’s been writing for as long as he can remember, and previously, he wrote for stage and screen on the independent circuit in varying genres.
This is one of the places his love for writing all genres came from. S.D. Reed also used to act on stage too, in musicals, pantomimes and comedies. He lives to entertain, as truly believes that’s why he’s here. One of his proudest moments so far, is adapting Stephen King’s “The Boogeyman” short story into a feature length film. He is driven by the desire of making people happy.
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Tell us how you’d spend your time if you went on a date/adventure/meeting with your favorite fictional character.
Well, my favorite fictional character is “Batman”, and we’d obviously fight crime together. Once I’ve proved myself over many grueling years, of course! I just think he embodies all of the greatest human traits, as well as the greatest human flaws, which is what makes him such a compelling character that has stood the test of time.
I can see it now, him teaching me all the secrets of the Batcave, how to sue all the gadgets etc., and in exchange he would have to put up with my many puns though! Hrrrmmm… On second thoughts, perhaps teaming up with “The Riddler”, would be better! Or perhaps Alfred’s assistant? I’ll take anything to be in the DC Universe!
What’s the best advice/feedback on writing you’ve ever received?
For “Kerwall Town”, I received this very long and detailed letter explaining, how this wonderful human had loved my novel and called it a “masterpiece”. If I could frame that letter, I would, as I think about it often when I’m feeling a little discouraged. The BETA Reader went out of their way to say these things, and they prefaced it by saying they are always brutally honest. I think that’s a vital point too. Always surround yourself with honest people, as they have your best interests at heart.
I also have to mention my English teacher at college, she was the first person who truly believed in my writing and encouraged me to pursue it, so Karen, if you’re reading this, thank you! You have not only inspired me, but many students over the years. This is why, the teachers are an invaluable asset to the world and should be treated like the superhero they are!
There are a lot of experts behind the novel, editors, developmental editors, proofreaders, beta readers, etc. How did you find your perfect crew?
There sure are, and I’m privileged to have Footnotes Management behind me. They have elevated my work to the level I only dreamed of before. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to my BETA Readers too! Their invaluable work on my novel “Kerwall Town”, has made the novel what it is. And their comments about it, were some of the nicest things anyone has ever said about something I have created. Again, I wouldn’t have found them without Footnotes Management, so it all goes back to that great company!
I would also like to single out my fiancé, for always encouraging me, believing in me and telling me what works, and how things can improve. They are always the first people to read my work too and their input is always one of great value. I have a very loving and supportive network of friends and family, who always have my best interests at heart and I think that is something we all need, especially when our minds try to tell us we’re not so great.
How long do you self-edit your manuscript before sending it to a proofreader/ beta reader / editor?
I edit as I go, but once the novel is complete, I’ll put it away for a few weeks and then self edit it before sending it to my editor. It’s a system that I have found works best for both me and my editor and I’m happy with the results. From there, the editor will send it along to the BETA’s and then back to me for checks, then back to the editor and proofreader.
What’s your favorite genre as a reader?
Oooh, good question! I’ve always been brought up on graphic novels and horror so that is always my go. I love to be scared and grossed out, I mean, not all the time of course, nor at the dead of night, but in the moment. I think it’s a testament to all authors that can evoke feelings from their readers.
We are after all, entertainers. but I’m also a big romantic, softy at heart and can’t resist a romantic comedy from time to time either. I think it’s important to have a balance. It could also be why I love to write certain scenes in great detail. Sorry again to one of my BETA readers, whom I accidentally traumatized!
Does the genre you normally read have a direct influence on your writing?
I guess so, yes, as I read all types of genres and that’s translated to me writing all types of genres too. I don’t want to pigeon hole myself or stick myself in a box. One day, you’ll read a story of mine, where I’ll take you to dark and scary places, and the next, I’ll have you laughing or thinking in a comedy/YA novel. It is why I like to call myself the purveyor of literary Ice-cream.
Just how much research is there behind a novel? Tell us how it looks behind the scenes.
I’m currently wandering around a YouTube rabbit hole, and I’m nice and cozy in it. It’s taken both me, and my current novel, in a wonderful direction, one that I had no intention of, when I first embarked on this journey.
My subconscious research is another thing entirely, it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time and I’m delighted that I’m now doing it myself too. And that is long term storytelling and a shared universe. All of my favorite things are that of a shared universe and a knowing wink to over works. That is something my readers will come to expect from me too.
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