Q. What is your name?
A. Raymond Faustin Wakeman.
Q. When is your birthday?
A. I was born on the 15th of September, 1990.
Q. Are you married or dating someone?
A. I ride solo. Personal anecdote for your interest: I figured out not too long ago that I am incapable of sustaining a relationship. I get caught up too quickly, lose my head and fall too hard. Eventually, we both get hurt when things go back to normal and they discover I’m not the Prince Charming I first appeared to be. So, for the time being, my only romantic pursuits are those involving my creations.
Q. What religion are you?
A. I am an atheist.
Q. What political party do you affiliate with?
A. I’m sort of on the line here between Democracy and Communism. Can’t really decide.
Q. What is your email address?
A. Due to a number of reasons, I cannot provide this. It is my private email address, which I do not intend on giving out to the whole world. If you would like to contact me, make use of the Contact page.
Q. Where do you live?
A. At home. No, seriously, this isn’t even a remotely funny question.
Q. Why do you write?
A. Because it’s what I was meant to do. There’s nothing else I can picture myself doing, and I can’t picture not doing what I do. When I first wrote fiction, I felt free. I have since discovered that the freedom writing gives me cannot be found anywhere else.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
A. Every writer alive has been asked this question, and every writer gives the same answer. For some reason, that’s never good enough for anybody. So… Let me reveal the secret to all you aspiring writers like myself. In the east, near a small town called Bullshit (Latin for “Good Luck”), there’s a well. We all go in there and take some water out, and we throw it on the page and call it a day. Really, writing is incredibly easy. However, we still have to make up lame excuses as to where we find ideas and how we write, so really it’s not all such a fairy-tale.
Q. Are you a published writer?
A. No, I’m not. I have been writing for many years, but have only recently decided to start writing professionally with my aim being publication. Watch this space for a change.
Q. Where do you find time to write?
A. That’s one of those things I can’t really answer. The best answer I can give is that I don’t actually have time to write, but I make time as I go along because it’s what I enjoy. Basically, the same way anybody with a hobby makes time for it, obviously.
Q. Long-hand or typed?
A. Good question! I can’t write longhand because I don’t like my handwriting and those first few pages, where the blank page seems terribly intimidating, end up in a trashed manuscript. Also, I’d have to retype everything, so I only type. I never write longhand unless they’re notes.
Q. How much time a day do you spend writing?
A. Another good question! My word quota per day is 2,000 words; it’s a pretty manageable amount of words to write per day. However, reaching it can take me anywhere from an hour to up to eleven hours. I don’t stop until I’ve completed my word quota for the day and know where to pick up tomorrow, however.
Q. Who are your writing influences?
A. Obviously, a shitload of horror authors. Stephen King, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Joe Hill, Richard Mattheson, Ray Bradbury, Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft, and Mira Grant.
Q. Any recommendations?
A. Read. Read as much as you possibly can. And write. Write like your life depends upon it. To make it in this game, you have to write and read as much as humanly possible. You have to make words a permanent aspect of your life and integrate them so deeply into your psyche and being that they become a part of your soul.
Q. Now… Why do you paint?
A. Unlike writing, which is pretty much my hoped-for career, painting is my true hobby. It’s something I did on A3 sheets of blank paper with oil paints when I was younger, and something I recently thought I might as well pick back up. There are days when an image gets stuck in my head, an image that I can’t seem to put on paper in the form of words; in those rare cases, a painting is the only avenue of creative expression left for me to venture down.
Q. Where do you find the time to paint?
A. It goes rather quickly for me. I have a very visual mind, so all I have to do is visualize an image for a week or so before I put it down on canvas. It sort of comes naturally, so there isn’t much time spent on painting at all.
Q. Have you sold any paintings?
A. Not yet. For the meantime, I have no desire to do it for money. It’s simply an outlet.
Q. Do your paintings have any connection to your writing?
A. Obviously, yes! My writing and my painting are both creative outlets, spilling forth different images and stories from the same mind. Often, there will be some overlapping.
A. Once. Never again.