Author Interview – Terence Waeland

His Other Work
Coming later this year!

Books & Stories
His books coming soon!

Flash Fiction submitted to
Sensorially Challenged Volume 3

Story Art Sneak Peek

Amazing Artwork By Daniela Rivera

"Dr Marcus"

Anthology: Paramnesia
Release Date: April 7th, 2023
Preorders: Kindle | Paperback
About the Author: By trade Terence is a graphic designer and photographer, living in Kent. Although we have the pleasure of being his first short story publisher, his previous submissions have reached the top thirty of the London Short Story Prize and the semi-finals of the Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Competition. He has also written two full-length thrillers.
Q & A

How does it feel to have this story published for the first time?

Amazing, especially after multiple attempts to get my writing published. It's very crowded out there! And relief, really, to know that someone has valued something I have written as worthy of publishing. So, a sense of gratitude, too.

What inspired the idea for your story?

I have long been fascinated by what truly constitutes reality, or at least our perception of it. Several of my stories deal with twisted versions of the world around us, be they dreams or altered visions induced by drugs or technology.

We know that writing can be a tumultuous journey with a lot of obstacles, what is your kryptonite as a writer?

Daily life, in the form of minor tasks that need to be cleared before I can start concentrating on writing. A particular bugbear is waiting on the phone for ages, listening to messages stating how valuable my call is while not getting a reply, or, at best, speaking to some kind of robot.

Clearly, you’ve succeeded at writing a captivating story for GrendelPress, but we all start somewhere. What advice would you give yourself as a young writer?

Start early – we all improve with experience. Give yourself more time, therefore, to grow as a writer. The longer the better. Although it's never too late to start... And believe in yourself: even your weaker work contributes to your growth.

We’d like to argue that every good story makes both the author and the readers feel something. What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with your story?

Be wary of reality – it may not be all it seems. Like I said earlier, this is a theme I explore in many of my stories. And science, despite the wonderful benefits it has brought to mankind, can still carry grave dangers if you allow too much tampering with Nature.

Tell us about your favorite author. What about their book(s) call to you and how do they inspire your own writing?

I enjoy a wide range of authors, from Hardy and Tolkien to modern writers, but I must admit I take guilty pleasure from reading Ben Elton's books. I'm not a big fan of his stand-up comedy, but I really like his writing, especially the detective stories which mix comedy with gruesome crimes. I've always enjoyed SF, too. So I suppose elements of mystery and other-worldliness, mingled with "ordinary" life, are what filter through to my own writing.

What do you love most about your story’s genre?

The freedom to explore ideas and experiment with different forms of writing. Fantasy and science fiction obviously lend themselves to this, but short stories in general offer a degree of freedom which you rarely find in full-length novels.

What are some other genres you’d like to break into and why?

Having written two psychological thrillers, I am about to start a third novel which is more of a police procedural story, written from multiple viewpoints. This will be quite a departure from my usual style, but I do enjoy a challenge!

If you had to pick another story of yours to share with your readers, what would it be?

"Firewall" concerns a detective examining the case of a man who committed suicide by self-immolation in the reception area of a bank. During his investigations, he is drawn towards the copious notes written by the man who initially comes across as a religious crank. Slowly but surely, however, the detective's own thoughts become entwined with the victim's, profoundly affecting his view of the modern world, particularly its callous restrictions on our freedoms.
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