Recently Matthew Rettino, one of my former Odyssey classmates, interviewed me for his Archaeologies of the Weird blog. He asked some very interesting questions, and it was great to talk to him and dig a bit deeper into my process, inspirations and beliefs about my story in “E is for Evil.” Check out the interview here: Playing a Cruel God: An Interview with Joseph Halden

Recently I was struggling with a story where there was a deep mystery for the protagonist to uncover as the story went on. As I got feedback from readers, I realized the problem was that the mystery was so opaque that readers didn’t have enough information to have any hope of anticipating what was to come. I wanted the story to be both mysterious and suspenseful, but without any insight into the future, suspense was out of the question. While the question of how to balance the right…