Here is an interview with Anthony Hains, Author of the Horror Novel The Disembodied. The Disembodied was selected by Kindle Scout and published in August 2016 through Kindle Press.
Question: What was the original inspiring moment for this book (if there was one!)?
[Anthony] I was teaching a course on psychotherapy interventions for the doctoral students in our counseling psychology PhD program. We discussed techniques in light of “clients” we could find on YouTube. People routinely video blog their struggles, many in thoughtful ways. We were watching a video posted by a young man who was describing his symptoms of depersonalization disorder. I thought at the time what an interesting plot device for a horror novel. Within 30 seconds of this thought (and my internal exploration of a storyline involving this character’s haunting visions while experiencing depersonalization), one of my students blurts out, “hey, this guy would be a great character in a novel of yours.” I guess I’m a bit predictable.
Question: What was your favorite scene to write?
[Anthony] I love the entire book so it’s hard to decide. However, that said, I have a scene in a cemetery that actually exists in Kitty Hawk, NC. In the The Disembodied, my character, Griffin, visits the cemetery and has a physical altercation with his evil uncle. Then, he spies a (ghost) boy who plays a sinister role in his grandfather’s ghost stories. What made this special was that I scouted out the setting. I visited the cemetery on a visit to the Outer Banks and it is genuinely spooky and beautiful at the same time. I am attaching a picture.
Question: What was the most challenging scene to write?
[Anthony] I find action scenes especially difficult in general. The exorcism scene towards the end, while not as in-depth of other fictional exorcisms, was especially difficult to pace.
Question: How has your psychology background informed your writing?
[Anthony] My specialization is pediatric psychology and, as a result, many of major characters are teenagers. I try to tie in a strong psychological component to each story. And, more importantly, make a theoretically and scientifically accurate portrayal of psychology.
Question: What are three books your recommend to others?
[Anthony] Horror stories: The Exorcist, The Shining, A Good and Happy Child. Non-Horror: Anything by Kent Haruf, Skippy Dies, Bone Clocks.
Question: If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice before you started writing this book, what would it be?
[Anthony] Relax. Control what you can and let go what you can’t.