Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
John R. Cobb
My latest book, Tales of the Cemetery Trees, is an eclectic anthology, including short stories about crime, fantasy, mystery, and the supernatural. I actually wrote many while toiling away on my first book, Judith: A Quoddy Tale. You see…I get kinda bored when working on a long project, so I took frequent breaks from my debut novel and wrote short stories. Many of my reading preferences were influenced by my favorite author, Ray Bradbury. I love writing short fiction as much as reading. 500 or 5,000 words, you can bang out an entire storyline in a fraction of time as compared to a full-length manuscript. If the reader market was robust enough, I’d probably write nothing but short stories.
Many of my story inspirations come about from my own personal experiences—excluding, of course, the boogiemen and psychopaths. At least, for most stories… Many story settings are actual places that readers would recognize if they ever visited, and characters are usually composites of people I have known throughout my life. And, sometimes, I have no clue where certain story ideas come from. Nor, do I probably wanna know… ;-)