Nearly two hundred years after the planet was ravaged by millions of undead Zees, the human race is still struggling to rebuild. The Zees may be long gone, but so too are centuries of scientific advancement.
A group calling themselves The Keepers of Knowledge have set out to retrieve and protect what little technology survived the fall. When four of their Prospectors go missing, the Keepers turn to a no-nonsense mercenary named Azina and her eclectic crew of hardened veterans to find them.
The search leads the group to a crumbling underground city. But what looks like just another ruin from a bygone era isn’t nearly as deserted as it appears. Soon, a simple rescue mission becomes a slippery descent into hell as Azina and her men unwittingly awaken a savage, bloodthirsty world. Who will stand and fight, and who will be lucky enough to stay dead?
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My girlfriend is very supportive. She often refers to herself as my editor/agent/publicist. The rest of my family is also very supportive, thank god. Making a living as a novelist is a tough enough gig already. Even my father, who never quite understood my need to be a writer, was always encouraging.
Tell us about the first novel you wrote.
The novel is called Malice. It's my first and if I had to slide it onto a bookstore shelf somewhere, I'd probably put it in the paranormal thriller section (assuming that even exists). If Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock and Koji Suzuki (author of The Ring), collaborated, the result might look something like Malice. Part mystery, part horror thriller, Malice follows a 17-year-old named Lysander Shore as he begins to unravel a series of grisly murders made to look like suicides. Something is getting inside people and making them do unspeakable things. Lysander meets a girl named Samantha Crow, maybe the one person who believes he may be onto something. Together they peel away the layers to a mystery that leads all the way back to a Witch's harrowing execution in the 17th century.
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When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
That's hard to say. Most writer's I know talk about writing their first novel by age 3 and landing an agent by 5. I was a late bloomer. I do remember starting a novel when I was fifteen. I had an old typewriter that belonged to my parents and I'd taken it down off a dusty shelf and decided to see what I could do. Seemed easy enough. I got about a page in before I gave up and turned on my Sega Genesis.
When you write, how much planning do you do?
Not nearly enough. I'd love to plan, I just
don't have the patience. This whole business about writing pages of diary notes about the flavor ice cream your main character likes to eat. That never worked for me. I just need to know roughly where I'm headed and I climb on board. Now the 'climb on board' approach can be a pain when it comes time to editing. I often have to go back and set things up properly, but I love every part of creating stories, so in the end it's not a deal breaker for me.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The first time I fell in love. Love can be a scary thing, but for me it was the first time I was afraid to die. I’d think about it all the time, what I would be leaving behind. I started obsessing. I feel much better now.
What is the hardest part of being a writer?
The world most writers live in is an incredibly lonely one and as a very social person who loves to share, I find that very difficult. If I nail a scene and I'm floating on cloud nine, there aren't a lot of people close to me I can share that with. I’ll usually get a, "oh, great honey." And it makes sense. I mean, I've been playing make-believe in my head all day. How can I expect anyone else to get excited about that.
Do you prefer eBooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Griffin Hayes spent most of his adolescence either watching grainy reruns of The Twilight Zone or rereading worn-out copies of Raymond Chandler novels. His taste for the unsettling and the inexplicable eventually found outlet in his short stories; four of which have been published to date: The Grip, The Second Coming, Bird Of Prey and Last Call. His first novel, Malice along with his other work is currently available on Amazon. When not talking about himself in the third person, Hayes can usually be found in front of a keyboard, working furiously to finish his next novel.
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