I read and reviewed author B.L. Clark’s novel, The Man in the Hall in the summer of of 2018. I loved the story and his writing. That is why he is one of my favorite authors and has earned a position on my Author Spotlight page! Please see his interview and upcoming work below.
1. What inspired you to write a book?
2. What does your typical writing day look like?
I work on everything except what I am supposed to be working on. I suppose I’m a fairly typical writer; write little bits on one thing, move on to the next, and so on. Every now and then I come across an idea that’s too enticing, and I’ll work on it day and night for days\weeks straight. I do some freelance work on the side as well, and that keeps the cogs in my brain well oiled. I also engage in debates with friends online and through texts fairly often that will last for days (sometimes over a week.) In one way or another I am always writing and thinking about writing. I have a tendency to describe things to myself as if I were writing them in my head, and I constantly engage thoughts I have in debate with myself. How does geometric space operate? Can drinking a soda be considered as evil? Would I rather fight a giant cat or a giant chicken? What do I do if I’m trapped between two giant slices of bologna? Can an objective description of ethics be constructed without relying on human preference or cultural influences? and so on.
3. Do you have a favorite book you have written?
Definitely! The Man in the Hall. It’s my baby.
4. What advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?
DO. NOT. STOP. OH MY GOD. Being consistent with your writing is absolutely critical to getting anything done at all. Even little bits every day can do wonders.
5. Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
6. How do you handle literary criticism?
Pretty well, I suppose. I keep anything I’m told in mind, enjoy the good things when they come, and I try to absorb advice from other authors to the best of my ability while paying attention to others when their points aren’t nonsense. I’m not fond of meanness, and I also try to appreciate things I don’t personally enjoy for the work put in them. When others are harsh or mean about my work, I try to remember the important things, and let the useless bits fall to the side.
7. Please describe your writing space?
8. Who is your own favorite author? Dead or alive.
I find it difficult to pick just one. In no particular order: Irvin D. Yalom, Aquinas, Stephen King, Sartre, Lovecraft, Heidegger, Thomas Hardy, Tolkien, Nathaniel Hawthorne…
George R. R. Martin also fits in here somewhere.
9. What is the most helpful thing to you in this industry?
10. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words…what would they be?
I am working on 5 things at the moment.
The Lamp is a The Man in the Hall canon short story. It’ll likely be published in sections sometime soon.
The big one, MITH2, is on it’s way. Slowly.
Right now I’m calling it The Mirror of Wonders, The Man in the City, or Enemy of God. I haven’t made up my mind.
The other 3 are still under wraps. I haven’t made up my mind what will be done with them. I’m still working on getting this ball rolling properly. I suppose I should reveal something fun.
I guess I’ll throw a few small spoilers. These may change as MITH2 moves along, but for now…
Tellurus makes a new friend. We get to see more about what Transcended Mercury is like. One of my favorite characters gets a new beginning. A villain (?) is revealed. There will be more twists in this book, the beginning will be just as wild as the first MITH, and there will be plenty more brain benders for you to ponder over.
B.L. Clark is a lover of all things related to philosophy. Writer, weirdo, husband, friend, student, wanderer, Linkin Park fanatic. Author of The Man in the Hall, Traverse, and other bizarre tales.
Award Finalist in the New Age category of the 2018 American Fiction Awards.