We offer our first and exclusive Q&A Interview with P.C. Darkcliff, a writer whose literary works have been featured on our Spillwords pages as well as being Author of the Month of September 2020.
What does it mean to be selected as Author of The Month?
I had already been nominated once, but then someone else got the award, so I’m thrilled I’ve finally made it. It’s an important recognition.
How have your friends and/or family influenced your writing?
The people who influenced my writing the most are my fellow authors, whom I’ve mostly met through Facebook groups, and who have been incredibly supportive. Their advice and criticism have made me grow as a writer, and their kind words and encouragement have helped me keep going.
What inspires you to write?
It’s hard to pick just one thing. It’s probably a mix of my experiences from living in foreign countries, stories I heard and read in my childhood, and my love for wilderness, history, and the occult.
What was your writing catalyst?
I don’t remember, as I wrote my first story when I was around six. It was about a talking dog, and I might have got that idea from a TV cartoon.
Tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I write the first draft and send it to a few friends to see what they think of the storyline. Then I print it out, make comments on the margins, and write the second draft, which goes to my editor. Once she gets back to me with her comments and suggestions, I spend long months rewriting and polishing.
What would you say is most fulfilling about writing?
To hear people say they enjoyed your stories or novels. If I can make someone happy, I’m happy as well.
Does the addition of imagery help to tell your story?
Definitely! I try to make the reader experience the story with all their senses. It’s not only more fun to read but also to write.
What is your favorite reading genre?
Although I write fantasy, I would read anything but romance and erotica. I love nineteenth and early twentieth-century classics as well as some contemporary authors, from horror to comedy. I also read a lot of non-fiction while doing research for my novels.
What human being has inspired you the most?
Besides the aforementioned writer friends, it might have been Stephen King and his book On Writing. Before I read the book, I had been scribbling for years but never finished a project, but he helped me focus and take my writing more seriously. Saying that, he’s not a writer I particularly admire: some of his novels are pretty good; others are dreadful.
What message would you have for the Spillwords Press community that voted for you?
I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to give me their vote. You’ve made me very happy, and I hope that one day I’ll be able to return the favor. Thank you!
What would you like your legacy as a writer to be?
I would like people to read and enjoy my books even long after my death. Since I’m irreligious, I see this as the only way to immortality. Of course, I’d like to stick around in this world as long as possible!
12. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you very much for the interview and all the support you’ve given me and my fellow writers. Spillwords has been one of the first publications to post my stories, and I’ll never forget that! I look forward to our continuous cooperation.
SEPTEMBER 2020 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords Press
When he was in kindergarten, P.C. managed to convince his classmates that his grandma was a tribal shamaness. Then he learned his letters, and kidding his friends no longer seemed adequate—so he started to write. P.C. has published two standalone novels, Deception of the Damned and The Priest of Orpagus, and his stories have been featured in various publications. His latest novel, Celts and the Mad Goddess, is the first installment of The Deathless Chronicle. He has lived in six countries and on three continents. While it burned a hole in his bank account, the seminomadic lifestyle has inspired most of his stories and novels. P.C. has settled with his wife in southern Spain, where he goes swimming and cycling whenever he isn’t too busy writing stories and teaching English.