Interview with Nicholas Tillemans – Author of Acetone Enema

What made you want to be an
author?

Writing leads to books like sex leads to children. I was a writer first,
long before I ever thought about my words appearing in print before an
audience. While I wasn't always aware of it , I have always wanted to
communicate my dreams, visions and imaginings to an audience and to
entertain an audience. It wasn't a decision I made whether or not to be an
author. The only question was how I would become an author. The
catalyst
has been finding that there is an audience for what I write and a way for
me to put my writing into print.

Do you have a favorite author?

I don't think I can narrow it down. Here are some names that come to mind:
Fiction Writers: Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Hubert Selby Jr, George
Orwell, Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemmingway, J.D. Salinger, Oscar Wilde,
Edgar Allen Poe, Shel Silverstein, Dr Seuss, Bret Easton Ellis, Fyodor
Dostoyevsky, Anthony Burgess, Mark Z Danielewski, "David Wong",
Shakespeare, Iceberg Slim, Ray Bradbury, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and Mark
Twain; Philosphers:  W.V.O. Quine, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rene
Descartes,
George Berkeley, Immanuel Kant, Moritz Schlick, David K Lewis, A. J. Ayer,
and Arthur Schopenhauer.

What inspired you to write the material you write?

If you are talking about the stories in Acetone Enema, my inspiration
comes from a lifelong fascination with taboo subjects and their varied
manifestations.

You've been referred to as a possible woman hater due to your books, how
do you feel about that?

I find it funny that it is men and not women who level the accusation
against me. Who among us has never been frustrated with their interactions
with the opposite sex? Men, by nature, are bound to be frustrated with
women at some point or other, even hate them. We express hatred toward
each other for good reasons.  We don't solve problems by pretending they
don't exist. People will make the assumptions they make and feel the way
they feel about me. I can't help that. My wife is my best friend; and we
treat each other as equal partners.

Has your wife read your books?

She has read them. She reads everything I write for public consumption.
It's easy and unavoidable for her. She reads like most people breathe; and
she's very insightful. She usually reads historical romance and fantasy
novels. So, my narratives are a bit of a departure for her.

How would you feel about your son reading this material when he's
older?

I think there's a time in every young man's life where he suddenly
realizes that his parents were once his age and that they did and thought
all the same things he spent his young life trying to hide from them.

Do you feel your feet are firmly planted in Horror or would you like to
explore other genres?

I enjoy writing horror. Since I was a child in grade school, I always
have.  Yet as much as I enjoy writing horror, I can't predict what I'll be
writing years from now.  The novel that I am working on now, The Torture
of Girth, is cut from the same cloth as the short stories in Acetone
Enema, though the narrative point of view is different. Of course, the
novel format gives me more room to set the scene and to delve as deeply as
I like into the grotesque and absurd within the richer context the novel
allows.

Do you have any words for aspiring authors?

I am an aspiring author myself. I may be farther along than some; but I am
an aspiring author just the same. I've yet to land that illusive "big
book deal". I do not expect to do so with a title like Acetone Enema. If I
were to give advice to myself ten or fifteen years ago, I would tell myself to
be patient and to develop a thick skin. As much as writing a book is
rewarding in itself, the rewards of a book without an audience are few and
short-lived. Write whatever you enjoy writing; but know that there is real
joy to be had in connecting with an audience, however vast or small. Be
thankful for any recognition it brings you.

You can find out more about Nick at his website http://www.muscularfiction.com/
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