Jul 14, 2015

Interview with Christopher Slayton

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
 I found myself wanting to write ever since I was in middle school. But didn’t write my first full story until I was 16, which was the rough draft for Chaos Company. I had to take a step back from writing when I was college and picked it up again since graduating.

Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
 No I didn’t, but it didn’t just happen either. Like anyone I enjoy a good story with and thought it would be really fun to create my own. The best thing about writing and being an author is when someone tells me that they really like. I absolutely love reading the feedback people have been putting up on amazon about my ebook Chaos Company. The worst thing about being an author is trying to gain exposure and find a traditional company. It can be very a very frustrating process. I’m pretty sure I’ve submitted to about every agency and author for representation and received more rejections than I’d like to admit.

What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote was a short story in middle school about farmer seeking revenge for the murder of his fiancĂ©. I think revenge is interesting because it’s something that we all think about, no matter the magnitude of how someone wronged us.

What made you create (your book)?  How did it come to you?
I grew up reading a lot of comics and being into superheroes. The primary reason I got into writing was so I could create my own heroes, people who fought hard to overcome impossible odds and dangerous adversaries.

Who is your literary hero?
It would definitely be Anthony Horowitz, the Author of the Alex Rider Series. He has been a major influence in my writing.

How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I would say a good portion of the Chaos Company team has traits based on myself and others. The character Vincent Lockhart has a personality similar to mine when I would party on the weekends in college. The character Anna Young is based on the type of girls I usually fall for; strong tomboyish.

Describe your main character in six words.
A force one should not oppose.

Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Realistic heroes in a realistic setting.

What scene was your favorite to write?
Chaos Company is compiled of 20 chapters. Chapters 17 and 18 are definitely my favourite. These two chapters are what lead to the final showdown with the protagonists and their opposition. Each team member in Chaos Company plays a critical role in these chapters; whether it’s protecting civilians against armed gunmen, chasing down the main antagonists throughout the city, or providing support and intelligence from a helicopter, everyone is at their best to insure that their actions aren’t in vein

What scene was the hardest for you to write?
The hardest scene for me to write was the scene where the Chaos Company team goes on the offensive against a private military company. It was difficult because in that scene a lot is going on and while writing it I first found myself stuck on how the scene would end.

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on two stories at the same time. The first story is a follow up to Chaos Company while the other is a completely different kind action/thriller.

Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements?
My goal right now is to get as much exposure for Chaos Company as possible while still writing. I do that by submitting my work to as many reviewers and agents and publishers as possible. My most recent accomplishment is receiving my two first perfect reviews for Chaos Company a few days ago. Finally, there is always room for improvement. Right now I’m looking to improve on my writing process, trying to not make as many mistakes in my first draft and also finish my first draft a lot faster than I did when I was writing Chaos Company.

What is on your nightstand?
A lamp, a glass of water, my class ring, and my hair comb.

Are there any authors or books you recommend?
Can I recommend myself and my book Chaos Company? Lol. I would recommend The Walking Dead book series by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman. It’s a great read for fans of the comic books or the tv show. I really like how the books dive deeper into the origins of the infamous character known as the Governor.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing I love exercising, especially lifting weights and practicing martial arts. My experience in martial arts such as my sparring practices and participating in tournaments have helped me create fight scenes in my ebook Chaos Company