About Lay Dee –

Author of Population 3000.
Born and Raised (and still residing) in the Netherlands.
Lay Dee is a pen name, obviously, for the sole reason of the content of my work.
I have small children and want them to still go on play dates without the parents looking at them funny due to my writing.

I love reading and writing, mostly horror, thriller and mystery. 
A good fantasy novel is appreciated as well, but is not in the top of my list. 

Despite the horrible deaths in my writing I’m a kind sole in reality. I literally wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Questions –

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
As a little kid I always enjoyed escaping in books and wrote my own little stories (still cute at that time). 

I never pursued it as a career and I still regret that, I just never realized that was an option.
I always wanted to write books, but never had the “balls” to actually go ahead and do so, until last June.
Last June after we returned from our holiday I decided I wanted to write a book in my genre.
I have read and seen quite some crap lately in the Horror genre and a lot of copying story lines.
They change the monster and the scenery but the plot is still 5 teenagers, one monster in any way shape or form, they all get killed off in the same order and only one survives.
Knowing the full plot after reading the first chapter makes it a lot less fun to read the entire book.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still some gems being written in the genre, but there’s far too much of what I described above, so much so that even the movie “Cabin in the woods” had to make fun of it.

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
Tough question. I only have written one book so far and it took me from the end of June till the end of July to write.
So that’s a good month and some days, but after the writing the real work starts. 
Spell checking, grammar checking, editing, fix plot holes, add things, delete things, get a cover etc.
I Finally published it in the last week of February this year. 
So in conclusion, from the first word written till finished product was 8 months and some odd days.|
I’m contemplating starting on the next one in April during Camp NaNoWriMo.

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
I have to balance my write schedule, my work schedule Is set to the same 40 hours every week.
Balancing the kids during the off hours, there lies the challenge.
Luckily I have a very loving, caring man by my side that believes in my writing and keeps them out of my hair if I’m writing.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Don’t know if this is really a quirk, but I get lost in my writing.
If I’m writing, I’m actually there in the scene that I’m writing, I’m no longer sitting at my desk with my hands on my keyboard, I’m in the scene as a spectator writing down what’s happening.
If you tend to bother me when I’m writing, you might end up in one of the chapters as one of the victims.

5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
To be honest? I have no idea. I just start writing with a few key elements in mind and the story unravels itself as I’m writing it.
I think of the things I would like to see or read in a good horror story and try to write that down.
Other than that I found writing horror to be very therapeutic as well.
Perhaps this belongs under quirks but I use the names of people that I feel wronged me in my life in some way or another and make sure they end up dying a horrible painful bloody death.
I describe these persons perfectly, if they were to ever pick up a copy of my book, they would surely recognize themselves in the character with their name.

6. When did you write your first book?
This is my first book, started writing it end of June 2018 and published it end of February 2019.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
I have a full time (40 hrs a week) job.
I have 3 kids in the age 5, 7 and 19 on top of that I own 2 cats a Great Dane and a canary.
I have no room for any other hobbies, I love to read and write that’s it.

8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?
My 19 year old is traumatized and now has a phobia for lawn tractors. Other than that she loved my book, except chapter 9, that one is giving her nightmares as well.
My partner likes the book, except for the part where I introduced him with a spot on description and had him die horribly a few chapters later (He was warned, don’t annoy me or I’ll put you in there)

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
That I can pen down a short story, I can pen down fan fiction, I can pen down a novel, but I can’t pen down a good blurb if my life depended on it.

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I have only written this one, Population 3000 so that automatically is my favorite book, it also makes it my least favorite book.
Gonna start working on the second book in April.

11. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story line, one that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Keep your readers guessing and then surprise them with something they totally didn’t see coming, and make it all come together in the end so they have this “aha, now it all makes sense” feeling. Don’t leave any questions one might have unanswered, make sure you end this book and this story in the last chapter. Having an open end that could lead to a sequel is nice, but don’t make it a cliffhanger, it’s not a tv show.

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?

Preferably at home, at my own desk, in my pajamas’s or anything else that is comfortable surrounded by my kids and pets.
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