Hey all, today author Beck Sherman was kind enough to stop and chat with us!!
1. I have to ask, where on earth did the idea for Revamp come from?
Revamp was born of a combination of ideas. I started writing it just after the 9/11 terrorist
attacks, so terrorism and patriotism both play big roles in this book. Vampires had been an
obsession of mine since seeing The Lost Boys in 1987, one of my favorite movies. Another one
of my top movies is Aliens and I wanted to make a character that lived up to Ripley. Emma’s
probably a bit quirkier than Ripley, but she kicks ass and chews bubblegum. I guess I draw a lot
of inspiration from film.
2. What do you read when you have the time?
I read mostly horror, but I do stray at times. I enjoyed Love in the Time of Cholera, which I read
recently. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby is one of my favorite non-horror books. Right now, I’m
re-reading It by Stephen King. I read so many of his books when I was younger and it’s really
great when you re-read one of your favorites from childhood and it still holds up. I tend not to
read books that are hot at the moment. I don’t know why. I think I have a tiny rebel living inside
me who spits in the face of conformity, which in turn gives me horrible indigestion, which in turn
has me avoiding what the masses call “a great read.” But I will check them out years later. The
passage of time seems to satisfy my tiny rebel.
3. Tell us something people would find shocking about you.
I use my baby to steal things from the supermarket. Okay, well, I give her something to occupy
herself, like a can of cat food, and I always end up walking out without paying for it. (ok, that's hilarious btw)
4. Do you have a writing routine you follow?
I used to only write at night. I think, on some level, I believed that as a horror writer I had to write
at night or my books wouldn’t be scary. Now I write only during the day. Daytime can be scary
too, right? Lots of scary things happening in daylight. I’m in awe of writers who can bang out ten
or more pages a sitting. I manage a couple, on a good day. I don’t believe in outlines. I let the
story go where it wants, without forcing it in any one direction. A lot of times, I’m even surprised
where it goes. I need total quiet when I write. Like holed-up-in-a-sensory-deprivation-tank quiet.
They actually sell those on the internet! I had no idea.
5. What’s next for you?
I have so many ideas. Books are inside me and they want out and they’ve got big fucking claws
so it’s only a matter of time. It seems it’s very crowded inside me. But in all seriousness, I think
I was meant to be a writer and what’s next is writing and writing and more writing! I do have
another book completed, which will be released some time next year. I don’t want to give too
much away, because what’s the fun in that? This one, however, is not a vampire book. It’s about
a nice guy who’s having a really bad fucking day and it only gets worse. You’ll feel sorry for him,
even when he turns into a monster.
Beck Sherman was born and raised in Massachusetts. Beck attended Syracuse University undergrad, has a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London, and when not writing, enjoys exploring abandoned insane asylums and photo-documenting the things that go bump in the night, when they’re kind enough to pose.
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