Author Spotlight: Evan Bollinger

Evan Bollinger

Evan Bollinger

Bio

Evan is…

A seasoned writer and practitioner of telepathy. A student of human psychology. A supporter of all causes humanitarian. A people-watcher. Extremely motivated… in extremely narrow areas of interest.
And speaking of interest…

He likes a mild Autumn day. And a good Lager.

He currently has degrees in English and Psychology.

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Interview:

MF: You have three books listed on Goodreads (please let me know if this in incorrect): The Followers, Words Kill Me and A Parade of Clowns. Tell us a little about them.
EB: Two actually. I intend to re-upload Words Kill Me with amended formatting. In terms of the stories, they’re all on the darker side. I believe there’s a certain human truth to be uncovered, right beneath the flesh–and this human truth is exposed in these stories. “The Followers” essentially tracks a single day in the suburbs of summer . It’s the surreal recollection of a young boy’s journey; it’s the first time he met these entities and how that single day has changed his life, and that of his family, forever.

Words Kill Me is a glimpse into the circuitry of a demented mind. The focus is a small, enshrouded town in Alaska, where a tormented mute boy will one day commit the largest high school bloodbath in state history. Kinda dark, huh? Oh, and A Parade of Clowns is a slightly twisted dystopian yarn. Essentially, four young men live in an economically ravaged town in the middle of nowhere. The town population is self-medicated thanks largely to a central alcohol distributor. Tired of going nowhere, the four young men decide to rob this liquor store–while intoxicated–in order to satisfy their existential plight. Unfortunately, as with many things, they get more than they bargained for.

MF: What inspired you to write your first book?
EB: The inspiration to write my first book is simple: life. We all need to express ourselves, to share ideas, have arguments, manage our stressors, make connections, etc. For whatever reason, I was never the biggest talker and so never expressed through that outlet. So writing became my way of doing it. At first, you’re kind of nervous. It ain’t easy creating a world (or trying to) and then letting another person inside. However, once you do, it’s a pretty awesome feeling. It’s even cooler if that person likes it!

MF: Are there any messages in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
EB: I try to touch on the tangible details of living as well the sometimes hazy overall picture. The forest for the trees, the trees for the forest. I want to offer honesty, as that honesty is constructed, from countless perspectives of countless minds and mindsets. I want to show the dark underbelly and the luminous light that can sometimes intertwine. The world is so vastly complex, so interconnected. But my goal is simple. I just want to write.

MF: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
EB: It’s tough to say that I’m completely satisfied with any story or work that I produce. I’m a perfectionist by nature, but only in some areas. Other things I neglect, but when something turns me on, I’m all eyes and ears. Creating literary worlds turns me on. It gets the synapses firing. There are always minor details of a story that I’ll stumble upon and later and wish could be better. However, I liked to view it all as a progressive approach. With each successive work, the work gets better. Forget the end or the beginning. I just want the journey.

MF: Who designs the covers for your books?
EB: I do my covers. I’m slowly learning what makes a good cover. Adobe Photoshop is great if you’ve got it.

MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
EB: I read fiction. Stephen King, Bradbury, some Goodkind–I’ve read the Harry Potter books. I also like to read theoretical things. I like podcasts about metaphysics and stuff. I like submerging, totally in over my head, and then trying to make sense of it all. I’ll revisit a lot of things I read. Coming back later with a fresh perspective provides a fresh experience. I mean, we all develop as we grow older–sometimes I like to compare my initial experiences with a book to how I perceive it now. I always find that interesting.

MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
EB: “Good writing is like a windowpane.” I like this–it makes sense. If you can paint a clear picture and allow the reader to see what you do–the reader can get lost in your words, your worlds. Releasing creative energy is one thing. But sharing it effectively with others… isn’t that the ultimate goal?

MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
EB: I’ve been preparing a manuscript of a story, Marin’s Dale, to send to publishers. It’s my first longer fiction novel. Pretty much, it focuses on a valley haven in Colorado. Something has infiltrated the quiet airs of Marin’s Dale. Something that has never been seen. Something that mere human minds could never fathom…

It’s a psychological horror with definite sci-fi elements. It focuses on a slew of characters as they battle this encroaching evil. You’ve got a high school junkie, a sewer worker, a cop, a teacher, and an Asperger’s genius. The power that invades affects them all differently. They all believe themselves to have different ‘roles’ in the coming process. It’s got a pretty crazy ending, when the surviving main characters discover what has controlled their town.

MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
EB: Advice for other writers? Keep writing, and keep searching for opinions and ways to promote. Take in your surroundings, the people you see everyday, the words you hear–never discount your varying emotional states. Those states might very well form the fabric of your next great story.

MF: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
EB: I just want to thank anybody who takes the time to read. I’m always appreciative of that. Always.


The Followers by Evan BollingerFor many of us, the days of youth are remembered with warmth and nostalgia. Memories of old hang in the light, crisp and spared, never to be lost. But for some of us, there is darkness. And we find ourselves trapped, haunted, followed… by the demons of past.

Literally, the demons of past…