Author Interview with Erik Lynd

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Author Interviews | 0 comments

I’ve got an interview today with an author by the name of Erik Lynd. He’s got a book out right now called Asylum. Here’s the description:

“I am going to tell you the story of how and why I killed my brother.  You can think what you want about me afterward, but I want to tell you the whole thing.  Even the things I didn’t tell the police, the things I didn’t tell my own family.  I am going to tell you what really happened, the truth.  But then maybe it is a fiction . . . perhaps a truth existing merely in my head.  Truth or fiction, I don’t know, but I do know it’s a horror story, and I will only tell it this once.”

Forced into a psychiatric hospital by uncaring parents, a teenage boy must master the strange power within himself to overcome the horror gathering in the shadows.

Andrew Harland has been a loner since being diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is shuffled around from juvenile detention centers to outpatient clinics with expensive doctors. Nothing seems to help. His parents, desperate to have him out of the house, decide to send him off to a revolutionary new psychiatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest.

Andrew is different, and he knows it. He always has. So he doesn’t hesitate when the voices in his head tell him to climb out on a window ledge . . .

Haunted by his own son’s suicide, Dr. David Styles rescues Andrew from the ledge and takes a personal interest in his case. After getting to know him, Dr. Styles becomes suspicious of the boy’s diagnosis. What he uncovers sends him on a desperate journey to rescue Andrew.

Because something is terribly wrong at the hospital.

Treatments are conducted at odd hours. Patients disappear into the bowels of the massive, aged building, sometimes never to be seen again, and Andrew is plagued by visions stranger than any he’s ever known.

And the voices in Andrew’s head are getting louder.

Here’s where you can find Asylum:

Barnes & Noble


Now for the interview:

1)What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)
“Daddy” (a child is crying out)

2)Tell me something about your book that I can’t find in the blurb.
The main character is befriended by a group of kids when he arrives at the Asylum. Each one is a unique character with their own quirks and interests. It was a lot of fun to write.

3)In one word, describe your main character. (You can expand afterwards, but limit your initial response to one word.)
Ever since being diagnosed with schizophrenia his parents did not want him and as a result of moving from school to school and hospital to hospital he never had a chance to develop long term relationships with friends.

4)Where does your book take place? Tell me about why you picked that location.
It takes place in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle area) and New York City. The majority of the novel takes place in a hospital in the Cascade Mountains 45 minutes out of Seattle. The actual look and feel of the Asylum hospital was inspired by Stadium High School in Tacoma Wa (it is worth a Google).

There were two main reasons I set it in the Northwest. We are known for our overcast skies and gloomy weather (although it is not nearly as bad as everybody thinks) so that helped my provide atmosphere for the generally dark nature of the novel. Also, I live here so I am very familiar with the setting.

5)Tell me about your favorite character that you’ve written.
While I do like the main character in Asylum, Andrew, it is the character Dr. David Styles, who attempts to help Andrew, that I think I most enjoyed.

He has a deep backstory that came as a surprise to me as he evolved. He sees helping Andrew as a sort of redemption for his mistakes in dealing with his own son. In some ways he is the only “normal” character in the book, but at the same time one of the most important.

6)What’s your favorite verb?
The one that gets the job done and the point across.

OK that was a little too obvious, but I am not sure how to answer this one. I think I use “walked” a little too much such as “He walked over to the window” or “He waked over to Sally” Which just sounds horrible. Hopefully though you don’t see it in my novels after editing.

7)What’s the last book you read?
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And I highly recommend it.

8)Who was your favorite fictional character as a child?
Luke Skywalker of course. But I also enjoyed Superman and Conan the Barbarian.

9)Tell me about an event that contributed to your decision to become a writer.
Early in grade school I never was a big fan of reading. I read for school, but never for fun. Then one day in the fifth grade I picked up a Choose Your Own Adventure book and I was hooked (although is still took me almost a year to read anything besides a Choose Your Own Adventure book, I mean why would anybody read a boring linear regular book).

By sixth grade I was reading every fantasy novel I could get my hands on. It was around that time that I realized that I wanted to be a writer and to create these amazing worlds on paper.

So I think it was the Choose Your Own Adventure books that acted as a gateway drug for my addiction to reading and eventually writing.

10)What would you tell past you, if you could send a letter back in time?
Don’t wait, start writing right now. I did not start seriously writing until after college and that was a big mistake. I believe that is one of the keys to successful writing. Start writing as soon as possible, keep writing no matter what is happening as much as you can. And no matter how old you think you are or how tired you might be, never stop.

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