Eric A Shelman is a mixed bag . . . his very first book, released in 1999, was a collaboration with physician Stephen Lazoritz, and told the story of a little abused child who was rescued by the ASPCA (yeah, the animal protection people) in 1874. It was a sidestep to what he really wanted to be writing.
What Eric really wanted to write was the stuff of horror . . . serial killers, witches, zombies. He didn’t know that shit then. He just didn’t know how to go about it. Not quite. Eric used to write tons of short stories, but he realized that they were too short for him to really develop his characters – plus, the short story market then seemed to be thinning. Books were the way to go if you wanted to write. And Eric did.
But something stupid happened. In 2000, Eric finished, but never did anything with a serial killer novel called A Reason To Kill. Then he had a cool idea for a witch novel, which he got 57,000 words into, got too confused, and quit writing on completely.
In 2005, after moving to Florida, Eric compiled a follow-up to the Mary Ellen book. But he hadn’t written a word of fiction since 2000. What happened? Eric was struggling to earn a living in Real Estate and just put it all away. Yeah, we know. Dumbass.
So on Facebook in 2011, Eric stumbled across a bunch of zombie-heads. They were enough to get him writing again. He read one zombie book and thought …. “Hey. I can write a better zombie book than that!” The characters were thin to flat, the action scenes were rushed, and the editing was horrific. And not in a good way.
So he did. He wrote Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle in four months. Then he was so damned excited about writing again that he picked up that damned serial killer novel, A Reason To Kill, and gave Frank Swanson a voice. Then, if that weren’t enough, he picked up that witch novel he started way back when – Generation Evil, and he finished THAT.
After that was all said and done, he decided to start on book two of what was to be the Dead Hunger trilogy. He wrote Dead Hunger II: The Gem Cardoza Chronicle. It took two months! Over the following four months, he wrote Dead Hunger III: The Chatsworth Chronicles.
So there we are. It’s how Eric got started. If you’d like, head over to his author page on Facebook and “Like” it. He’ll keep you updated on his newest releases, and if you wanna friend him, then go right ahead. Be sure to check out his website. You can buy all of his books on Amazon.