Many years ago after watching a Stephen King movie, I was so scared I couldn’t sleep for weeks. I refused to read any of Stephen King’s books because I didn’t want to have recurring nightmares. Years later I was house-sitting a friends place and ran out of my own reading material. The only book in the house was a Stephen King novel. I read it. I liked it and read many more after that.
I laughed when I read about Daniel Fox’s horror movie nightmares. Brought back a few memories. I was curious about how he turned his love of movies and stories into a passion for writing and into his first published novel!
Melanie Rockett: Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Daniel Fox: I’m from Apopka. It’s a relatively small town in Central Florida, and I still live here. I discovered horror movies at an age well before I should have. I loved them, but I had vivid nightmares for years. I was still sleepwalking at around age 14.
As an adult, I’ve worked in computers and information technology for over 20 years, and I’m a nerd for tech, but my true passion is reading and writing (and watching) stories. Although I still like horror, it’s not the bulk of what I read anymore, and it’s not what I write. My favorite author is easily Chuck Palahniuk, but I do still enjoy a good Stephen King story.
Honestly, I worked on my first book on and off for about 9 years, then I completely scrapped it and wrote In The Dark instead.
I’m a bit of a book addict, and I’ve always wanted to write. So, one day last year, I just sat down and went for it.
Melanie Rockett: In The Dark is your first novel. Can you tell us how you came to write it? I know you’ve been a horror and suspense-thriller fan for eons, but how did you come up with an idea that was important enough to write a book about?
Daniel Fox: I’ve been making mental (and digital) notes of what I consider good story ideas for a while now. An idea will come to me, and I’ll write it down. In The Dark started as a basic “wouldn’t it be crazy if..?” kind of thing, and as I thought about it and discussed it, it morphed into something even better. I have about five stories like this, and dozens of scattered ideas that will likely one day morph into a whole story.
To me, stories that have twists that are very hard (but not impossible) to see coming, and yet have an ending that makes the pieces actually fit, are the best.
Melanie Rockett: One of your reviewers wrote, “Getting chills down my spine.” What is the book about?
Daniel Fox: Well, the challenge with this book is that we wanted to market it enough to appeal to those that would like this type of story, while not telling them much about. The idea being, to leave the audience a little “in the dark”. But not many people want to read a book when they don’t know what it is about, so I’ll just say that the story is mostly about a man that has an accident, and wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how he got there. He can’t remember much of anything since college, and he cannot remember his wife and son. Later, he starts to remember things that do not make sense, and to see things that aren’t possible.
Melanie Rockett: On your blog you have a post titled Write. Every. Single. Day. What are the benefits to YOU as a writer to undertaking this daily discipline? Do you have a word count you aim for or a timer, or something else that measures your success?
Daniel Fox: To be honest, I struggle with that rule myself sometimes. Kids, family, and life can make timing tricky. But, I have found that taking the time to write every single day actually makes me want to write more, and it also makes me a better writer. I don’t set a timer or a word count, and some days I write pages. Other days, I write paragraphs. I can feel when the story is at a good stopping point (or when it’s time to go to bed).
Melanie Rockett: You are currently working on a new book, The Lies That Bind. Is it too early to share a tidbit about the book? When can we expect to see it?
Daniel Fox: It’s not too early to share, but this book is the early stages of writing, so things may change a little. I map out the plots of my stories from beginning to end before I start writing them (another habit I’ve learned that works best for a good story). “Lies That Bind” (as I’m thinking of dropping “The”) is about a family pursued by a madman over the course of many years. It’s about this family’s bond, their secrets, and the lengths they’ll go to save each other.
Melanie Rockett: If you love spine tingling chills, and the thrill of a well crafted plot filled with unexpected twists and a great ending be sure to read Daniel Fox’s book!
Be sure to follow Daniel Fox:
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and on twitter @danielfoxbooks
Get your copy of In the Dark from Amazon
OR on Daniel Fox’s website.