Glenn Rolfe is an author from the haunted woods of New England. He is a Splatterpunk Award nominee, and has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King, Ronald Malfi, Jack Ketchum, and many others. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
GR: It really happened when I stopped playing in bands. I needed a creative outlet and I was reading horror books, stuff like Brian Keene, Richard Laymon, King, and all the Leisure Books horror stuff. I felt the urge to create something and wrote a chapter that I thought was just a short story. That story kept growing and turned into the first novel I ever wrote, a werewolf book called, Blood and Rain. That was in 2011.
2. How long does it take to write your book(s)?
GR: It varies, mostly due to the fact that I’m usually working multiple books or projects at a time. If I buckle down, two to three months tops. I don’t like to spend too much time on any one thing. If you’re trying to perfect something, you’re just going to kill yourself trying to get there.
3. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?
GR: It used to be, and mostly still is, anytime I could find a couple of quiet hours in the early morning or late at night. Now that my kids are all in school, I have a couple days a week to work. It’s been fantastic, but I still have to force myself to sit and work. Lot of distractions at home. I’ve even started going to diners to write just so I can focus.
4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?
GR: I’m comfortable writing in the traditional tropes (werewolves, vampires, psycho killers), so I just imagine a scene with a monster taking scaring the shit out of someone. If it thrills me, I keep it and see how far the story takes me. As far as research goes, we’re really very spoiled in this day and age with the internet. I mostly stick to things I have a clue about, but if I do venture out of my comfort zone, I put in the time to study.
5. When did you write your first book?
GR: The first draft of a novel I completed was Blood and Rain back in 2011. It took me from May until August of that year to write it. As far as first published book? That would be The Haunted Halls. I started it as a serial novel for a website called, Juke Pop Serials and wrote it slowly over the course of a year. James Ward Kirk put out the original combined version back in the summer of 2014. Funny thing is, I started writing my latest book, The Window, shortly after finishing Blood and Rain. I believe it was November of 2011 when I wrote the first chapter of that one, I didn’t end up finishing it until summer of 2018.
6. What do you do when you’re not writing?
GR: My family is first and foremost. So, I ‘m usually tied up playing cars or Legos with my son, Axl, dancing around the kitchen with my daughter Ramona, or teasing my 12 year old (Ruby) in a fun way, of course. Other than that, I read a ton, listen to all kinds of music or watch TV or movies with my wife.
7. What does your family think of your writing?
GR: My wife read one of my stories, Abram’s Bridge. She really liked it, but she stays away from the nastier stories. She doesn’t want to read me ripping peoples guts out. My kids get a kick out of it. They’re well aware that daddy writes scary stories. We call ourselves WereRolfes and howl at every full moon.
8. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?
GR: That I could fall into my own worlds and come out at the end with a fully realized story. That was pretty crazy.
9. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
GR: I’ve written 4 novels, 4 novellas, and 2 short story collections, plus various other shorter pieces. My favorite? I’d probably say Blood and Rain. It’s not my most technically sound book, but it was my first and I just loved going through the process that first time with no expectations, and I love the characters and how it all turned out. What’s really cool is that Blood and Rain is coming back in a new eBook and print edition this month, so if you dig werewolves, check it out!
10. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?
GR: Just take it one word, one line, one chapter at a time. That’s how I did it. No one is reading what you write that first time out. Just write fearlessly. Let the story get as soft or hard as it wants to. And remember you can always delete and start over at any time. The important part is to enjoy yourself and keep typing.
11. What do you think makes a good story?
GR: Characters. You have to have good characters. Either ones that people will gravitate toward or ones that people will completely despise. The best stories of course have both. And they have to be believable, even the fantastic ones.
12. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
GR: I think I wanted to be a singer or a comedian. I loved music and Saturday Night Live as a kid. But I remember always being fascinated with things that were scary. I remember being drawn to things like Nuclear War, alien abductions, and Freddy and Jason movies. So, ending up where I am, it doesn’t really surprise me.
Find him at twitter @grolfehorror
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