Short, Sharp Interview: Dan Weatherer
PDB: Can you pitch The Soul That Screamed in 25 words or less?
A collection of horror shorts to suit all (dis)tastes
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
I really enjoyed ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ is kind of a guilty pleasure. ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ are my top television picks, though to be honest I watch relatively little TV!
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
That’s a tough one. Personally, not if you have a real desire to write and to write well.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
I see myself at the very beginning of my writing career, and so would not rule out trying my hand at either. In fact I have already written and produced a short film (‘The Legend of the Chained Oak’) which we will be screening at various festivals next year. That project may lead into me writing a feature length script. I also intend to make some of my short stories into films with a local film maker sometime in 2014.
Whenever I am looking to add authenticity or obscurity into a story, I’ll hit the books/internet.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
As I am just starting to make a name for myself, Social Media has become invaluable! I also like the fact I can reach readers directly, either for feedback or just to build a rapport. The personal touch goes a long way, and I have been taken aback by the sheer amount of support I have received from people I have never met!
PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?
2014 will see the release of ‘The Legend of the Chained Oak’; we have high hopes of success for the project. There will also be more collaboration with film makers and artists. Now I have secured the talents of Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard as my agent, I’ll be working hard to push my debut collection ‘The Soul that Screamed’ to a wider audience. Oh, and if I find the time…possibly a new book! Agnes Ferry has quite the fan club or so I hear…
BIO: Dan Weatherer began writing horror after losing his job at the start of 2013, a cruel twist of fate that turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
Discovered and published by Scathe meic Beorh, his first ever tale “The Legend of the Chained Oak” was an immediate success and was made into a movie, due Autumn 2014.
His next major project was a solo collection of short stories titled “The Soul That Screamed” (released Oct 23rd 2013.) He will also collaborate with film-maker John Williams in the near future.
“Gilbert’s Well” is his first attempt at writing for a younger audience.
He lives in Staffordshire, where is married to his beautiful wife Jenni and is a (proud) full time dad to his daughter Bethany.