We here at GLAHW have met so many amazing and talented people out in the big wide world (you know, OFF the internets) and thought it was high-time we introduced them to you. Who knows? You may end up discovering a favorite new artist, photographer, writer, or all-around awesome human. This time around, we will be talking to (Richard Tabaka).

GLAHW: How long have you been writing? 

RT: When did you get started?  On and off for 40 years.  More seriously, the last ten years

GLAHW: Why did you choose the horror genre?

RT: I have been a fan of Horror since age 7.  I used to look through and buy comics like CREEPY and EERIE as a kid and the local TV Station ran a Friday Night Horror show called 7 Cemetery Road.  Late I would discover Edgar Allan Poe and then in modern times, Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, Robert McCammon and Dean R. Koontz.

GLAHW: Were you inspired by a person or event to begin your writing career?

RT:  As a kid, my mother read a lot of books and inspired me to read.  From there I just thought it would be cool to write my own imagination to life.

GLAHW: Are you a Plotter or Pantser?

RT:  I started as a pantser, but after struggling for years to complete a novel I began using a crude outline and found that I could write from an outline in a fraction of the time.  Later, when taking the James Patterson MasterClass, I found that he too uses a detailed outline.  I would later learn that many writers do and I clearly see the value. 

GLAHW: Have you ever had an encounter with the supernatural?

RT:  Yes, several.  One that involved ghost children in a park just a few weeks ago.

GLAHW: Are you superstitious? Why or why not?

RT:  Not particularly.

GLAHW:  What do you do for a living, outside of writing?

RT:  I worked in the Mining industry for nearly twenty years but recently retired to different job for my last few working years.  I now works as a 2nd shift Custodian at a local high school.  The mining job was often 60 hour work weeks and often no weekends either.  It was very hard to find the time to write.  I hope to write a lot more now.

GLAHW: Do you keep a journal every day?

RT:  No. 

GLAHW: What do you prefer to write – short stories, poetry, novels, scripts, etc.?

RT:  Novels.  I have written and self-published 5 so far.

GLAHW: What truly scares you?

RT:  Being alone.  As in losing my spouse.

GLAHW: What sort of hobbies are you into?

RT:  I used to hunt and fish for over 40 years, but recent heart issues and a bad knee ended that.  I found a love of photography and own several cameras.  I love to photograph birds and other wildlife as well as sunrises and sunsets.

GLAHW: Do you read outside of the horror genre? If so, what else have you read?

RT:  I read thrillers, true crime, Military biographies and occasionally mysteries.

GLAHW: What’s your favorite genre to write?

RT:  Horror.

GLAHW: Do you use a pseudonym?

RT: No.

GLAHW: What do you think makes a good story?

RT:  Good characters.  If you care for the characters, you’ll care for the rest.

GLAHW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

RT:  At a very early age I saw the guy that delivered milk and eggs and the nifty white uniform and I was certain I would do that for a living.  I also thought about being a Cop.

GLAHW: Are you spiritual?

RT:  Very much so.

GLAHW: What are your influences?

RT:  Spiritually, aboriginal cultures and beliefs.  Read Black Elk Speaks and you’ll know what I mean.

GLAHW: What are you reading right now?

RT:  Unafraid by Eddie Penney and, believe it or not, a Goose Bumps book.  I used to buy my kids the R.L. Stine Goose Bumps books but never read one.  So I picked up Welcome to the Dead House and gave it a read.  I am also eagerly awaiting the new Darcy Coates Grave Keeper book 3, The Twisted Dead that comes out February 7th

GLAHW: What else do you want your readers to know? Consider here your likes and dislikes, your interests, your favorite ways to unwind — whatever comes to mind.

RT:   Life is short.  Enjoy the ride.  If you have a book in you, write it.

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