Curtis A. Deeter is a writer of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror, who typically weaves comedy into his stories. He works a mundane government job in Ohio, so storytelling has always been integral to maintaining his sanity. When he is not writing or reading, he can be found at the local brewery enjoying the tunes and sampling the brew.
A small press is working with him to publish his debut novel, Morning Blood in Mio. It's a comedic, supernatural murder mystery. The date of release is still tentative.
You have a wistful writing voice (I'm thinking about "Itsuki’s Snowflake"). What do you like about the genres you write in?
I find myself bouncing back and forth between genres, and I love it because there are so many different stories to tell in so many different ways. Each new project is a learning experience. As far as being wistful goes, I think we all tend to look at our pasts at the things we've let slip away and ask "what if?" Great material is born from those places.
Can you tell us a little about your writing process?
For the most part, I try to write short stories in one feverish sitting. That way, the original essence and voice of the piece stays consistent. Novels, I'm still figuring that process out. It generally starts with a handwritten draft and gets shelfed until I'm ready to finish it.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Most of my characters are named randomly. I essentially use a name as a placeholder to get the story out. More often than not, those names stick.
Tell us more about Humbert and Miriam, the heroes of "In a Silent World."
Humbert and Miriam were inspired by my now wife's old neighbors. They were a team of paranormal investigators who were quite ... over the hill. I don't know why, but I found it hilarious and couldn't stop thinking of the possibilities. I have a whole list of standalone shorts and half a novel written about them.
What's your next project?
My next project is a local literature and arts community centered around the focal point of a monthly e-zine called Of Rust and Glass. While my novel is with the editor, I'll be focused on that.
Mystery and Horror, LLC, is an indie press interested in what the name suggests.
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