Friday, December 13, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with D. Melhof

Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?

My name is D. Melhoff, and I’m a horror/thriller writer with a new novel called Come Little Children.

In terms of inspiration, I’m not really sure why I like horror... I don’t think I had any more nightmares than the average kid, and my suburban upbringing was pretty normal. Maybe it had something to do with the livestock slaughterings I used to witness at our family farm. Probably not, though.

Please tell us about your latest release.

I could, but I think it’s easier if people watch the video trailer:

Perfect. Wasn’t that faster and more enjoyable?

What inspired you to write this book?

Drugs. Sort of.

A few years ago I had jaw surgery, and I was flat on my back for almost three weeks solid. On one of those afternoons, I remember watching a TV special about the funeral business (or at least I thought I was watching a TV special, maybe it was a hallucination from all the painkillers) and it hit me that a morgue would make the perfect setting for a story I’d been kicking around for a while. Plus, I’ve always wanted to write about morticians, so morphine gave me the extra push I needed.

What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?

Vampires are fun, but alas, they don’t make an appearance in this particular book.
I will say this, though: What I respect about the vampire movement (can I call it that? A movement?) is that authors have demolished our preconceptions of what vampires should look and behave like.

In Come Little Children, there are situations that could definitely be considered “zombie-like”, however it was important to me that I never actually used the word ‘zombie’. It carries too many preconceived notions; instead, I wanted to give readers a different look at the undead, one that could be both heartwarming and blood chilling.

Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?

Of course. I had to do a lot of research because, sadly, I don’t hang around morgues very often. You’d be amazed at how interesting that industry can be; for example, did you know that some funeral homes heat themselves with the energy that’s produced from their own crematoriums? Or that the weight of an adult’s ashes is around six to eight pounds—roughly the same weight they were when they were born?

Do any of your characters have similar characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

I think Camilla’s imagination is a bit like mine. When most people are thinking about regular things, like work and school and TV, I’m wondering how long it takes dead bodies to float in the ocean.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Not often. Knock on wood.

Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?

The only quirk I can think of is when I’m having a particularly productive day, there will inevitably come a point when I NEED something salty. Crackers, chips—whatever. And before I know it, the whole bag will be gone.

Either it’s sheer luck that I don’t have a heart problem, or a sign that I’m not on a roll very often... not sure which is worse.

What can readers expect next from you?

Well, after this interview I’ll probably go for a nice long bath. Oh, writing-wise, you mean? Right. I’m working on a summer camp horror story next, so keep an eye out for that. If you’re interested, please sign up for the newsletter on my website. No spam, I promise.

Where can readers find you on the web?


Come Little Children
D. Melhoff

Genre: Horror, thriller, supernatural thriller

Publisher: Bellwoods Publishing

Cover Artist: Carl Graves

Book Description:

The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home.

When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.

About the Author:

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town located an inch above the Canadian-American border. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Raimi, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.


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