IndieView with William Schlichter, author of No Room in Hell

His full-length feature script, Incinta, was an officially selected finalist in the 2014 New Orleans Horror Film Festival. Making notes for what would go in a wiki if I ever made one. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? William Schlichter – 25 December 2017
The Back Flap
When the dead walk the earth, everyone has an agenda…
St. My problem lies in the final edits.   After earning my Master’s Degree and placing in script contests I encountered an author who introduced me to her small-press publisher and went from there. His next life goal would be to see his film transferred from the pages to the screen. My THE WALKING DEAD: What Money Can’t Buy script made it into the quarterfinals in the 2013 Scriptapalooza TV script competition. After studying not only The Walking Dead and other zombie works I wanted to put my own characters through an apocalypse and explore aspects other undead stories tend to avoid. I pick up a book that interests me. Do you have a target reader? When I work on a book I read in that genre. After studying not only The Walking Dead and other zombie works I wanted to put my own characters through an apocalypse and explore aspects other undead stories tend to avoid. I took 3rd Place in the 2013 Broadcast Education Association National Festival of Media Arts for writing a TV Spec Script episode of THE WALKING DEAD: What Money Can’t Buy. About You
Where did you grow up? I think every writer uses bits of people they know. Incinta has advanced in several other script contests, including most recently being an Official Selected finalist in the 2016 Irvine Film Festival. How long did it take you to write it? I work on character backstory and sometimes write short pieces that will never end up in the novel but info I need to know about the character. I love Stephen King. Depends on what I am writing but #1 choice is film scores. Three months for the first draft. I like the control I have over my book and stories as well as the fact I am a person and part of a team with them
What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I am also working off Time Magazine’s top 100 books. What are you working on now? You have to talk to people. And I make another editing pass. Incinta received recognition again by being selected as a finalist at the 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival for a full-length feature. Finished. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do you listen to music while you write? While he specializes in the phantasmagorical world of the undead and science fiction fantasy stories, William continues to teach acting, composition and creative writing. I like to know where the characters are going to end up. I read classic authors and current. Story ideas just flow into me. Anyone who enjoys horror or a different zombie story. See above but a hard core 50% outline of a book and the rest changes as the story develops. If so can you, please describe it? Where did you get the idea from? This novel just wanted to be written. I attend many comicons and book shows to promote myself. The publisher did it for me. Springfield MO
What would you like readers to know about you? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? With seventeen years of teaching English/Speech/Theater, he has returned to making writing his priority. I just completed the third installment of my Silver Dragon Chronicles Scifi series and am writing the third No Room in Hell book. Recent successes with scriptwriting earned him third place in the 2013 Broadcast Education Association National Festival of Media Arts for writing a TV Spec Script episode of The Walking Dead. Farmington, MO
Where do you live now? Lot of John Williams. Sometimes faster than I can write down. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? My final draft never appears as my notes because the story never follows the path I lay out, but having sign posts helps. For No Room in Hell George Romero influenced me. I will then write and not always in order. Writing has always been his passion even through traveling, raising twin children and educating teenagers. Louis Detective Marcus Danziger seeks clues to his daughter’s pre-apocalyptic murder by a serial killer. I don’t see my own grammar mistakes
What came easily? Some 20 years ago I send my first manuscript out to publishers and collected rejection letters. I have written stories and a Scifi series for years so the writing portion not so much. I try and read something every day or when I travel I listen to audiobooks. In a world where the rules no longer apply, Danziger won’t allow the living or the dead to stop him. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Sometimes future ideas come to me and I make sure and write them. I will jump around covering events I want to occur in the book and then I will go back and connect them.   I have done so over the years and to even some agents. Then it goes to a proofreader before the publisher. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Excused from the case, Danziger returns to his precinct after the zombie outbreak with only one goal on his mind: to retrieve the evidence to destroy the killer before the entire city falls to the undead and the murderer escapes to the safety of Fort Leonard Wood. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? When I have an idea I write it down and even a chapter or enough so I will be able to develop the idea further. I will do this for most of the main players in the book. Then I wait six weeks minimum before I touch it and go through it again. I will send it to an editor and then go through it again. We all know how important it is for writers to read. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   No Room in Hell from Amazon US and Amazon UK. William Schlichter has a Bachelor of Science in Education emphasizing English from Southeast Missouri State and a Masters of Arts in Theater from Missouri State University. See above
Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I teach public speaking at the college level. About the book
When did you start writing the book?’
In 2013 I was teaching a creative writing class and would write with my students. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Many time once I decide this is the story I am writing next I write the ending. Do you outline? I then make an outline on a giant three-foot by three-foot board using colored index cards to lay out character notes. And when I go to book shows and witness so many authors never speak to anyone. I have plan and as my publisher grows so do marketing opportunities
Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors?