Updated: Nov 4
Nikki: Tell us about your novel No Escape and the Inspiration for it.
Lunsford: No Escape is an extreme horror novel five years in the making. The biggest inspiration for it was Richard Laymon. My hope for No Escape was to create a world that would suck my readers in same as Laymon's work had done to me. I wanted to take them for a ride that started out simple, then weaved in twists and turns, building to gripping anticipation of what would happen next. Some scenes were difficult to write, and I even disgusted myself with one particular scene. (*SPOILER: it involved maggots.) It was easily the darkest story I’ve ever written.
Nikki: You dedicated No Escape in part to Richard Laymon. How has Richard impacted your work and what does he mean to the genre of horror?
Lunsford: Richard Laymon was the first author I ever read who dared to go “there.” He went where other authors wouldn’t and quickly became one of my favorites. He had a way of pulling me into the story, forcing me to stay up late to finish one more chapter. I couldn’t put it down. His characters were so engrossing. Some of the scenes were terrifying and had me on the edge of my seat. He pushed the boundaries like no one else. I also learned how nice he was as a person, author, friend, and mentor. He was a family man and a real inspiration to many people. I wanted to be like him. I still do. His death was a tragic loss to the horror genre. As they say “no one wrote like Laymon,” and I don’t think anyone ever will.
Nikki: What's your next project and where can we stalk you?
Lunsford: My next project is a post-apocalyptic series that I have been working on for ten years. If all goes according to plan, the first book of the series will be published before Halloween. It will be followed up by three more books in the next two years. And yes, it involves zombies. I know that everyone says they have been overdone, but you haven't seen my series yet. Not only do I read every zombie book I can get my hands on, I’ve watched almost every zombie movie ever made. Its the characters that make a good zombie story and I think I've crafted some interesting ones. You can find out more on my website. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.
Nikki: What real world environment scares you most?
Lunsford: Moving vehicles. There’s something about doing 75 miles per hour on the interstate stuck between an eighteen-wheeler and a concrete barrier that really sets my teeth on edge. And when that eighteen-wheeler swerves into your lane? You better hit the brakes and pray, because your life is now in the hands of an exhausted trucker driver. Cars are terrifying. I have lost a great deal of friends to car accidents.
Nikki: Of all the characters you've created, do you have a favorite and why?
Lunsford: I think my favorite character was actually the antagonist of No Escape. He was more scary and more real than any other character I had ever created. Don’t get me wrong. I liked the protagonist, too. Nicole even reminded me of a younger version of myself, but I already knew her story. Tom’s was the story I had to work hard to discover. He really seemed to come alive on the page while I was writing the novel.
Nikki: What's something you want readers to know about you?
Lunsford: First, I would like to let them know that I am a multi-genre author. I know some readers don’t like writers who write multiple genres, and I would prefer to let them know upfront. I have eight more novels planned for the next three years. They are all in various states of completion, and many of them I have been working on for some time. They all have undercurrents of horror even though they vary in genre. I have been through a lot in my life. I have endured loss and trauma. I try to use my own experiences to enhance my writing. I would like to add that in the spirit of Halloween, No Escape is on sale for the full month of October for .99 cents. You can find it on Multiple platforms here
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No Escape: https://books2read.com/u/bzjnMn