Interview with DiVitto Kelly
Author of Globster
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How would you describe Globster to a new reader?
- Globster is a throwback horror story with just the right combination of contemporary humor, smarts, and monster gore. If you like films like Tremors, Jaws, or Grabbers, you'll like my novel.
What was the inspiration behind Globster?
- First off, I love old monster movies, especially the B-horror movies of the 1950s. That was definitely an influence in writing the book. I wanted to write something I would like to see on the big screen. Great monster movies are a rarity today so I'm hoping Globster will be made into a film. The good news is that the publisher really likes it and has contacted a couple of film studios. Cross my fingers.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
- Stephen King comes to mind. So does Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). Being a husband and parent of two children also inspired me. I like to combine horror and humor which is something I've always had. It's just a matter of fine-tuning it.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
- The story takes place in the fictional town of Seal Cove, Nova Scotia. I used a town called Canso as a model then incorporated other places I've been such as Stonington, CT. I did a lot of research abut NS, a place I wholeheartedly want to visit.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- Join a writers group, write short stories to develop your voice and start working on that idea. Break it down into chapter ideas - a sentence or two will do. Expand on that, and keep writing.
What's your writing process?
- Because I work full time (I'm a librarian), I try to fit it in here and there. After dinner is a good time to write and the early morning.
Which character in Globster has had the greatest impact on readers?
- Definitely Emil Moreno. A fellow librarian let me use his name. It just fit. He's a goth-type from NYC, early 40, kind of creepy but smart with an arid dry sense of humor. He provides much of the humor in the story.
If Globster were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
- I'm not sure, but someone tall, slender with black hair. Maybe John Cusack?
How have readers responded to Globster?
- The responses has been very positive. I've had quite a few readers ask it I'll write a sequel. I've had a few ideas percolating in my head but nothing yet definitive.
Where next? What are you working on now?
- I'm halfway done on my fourth novel, Sol. It's a vampire tale set in late 1970s Miami Beach and eastern Europe. I'm also shopping around my TV comedy show idea, Your Local Library. It's based on my experiences working in public libraries. I've written the pilot episode and I'm contacting potential managers and agents. Always a long shot but I'm going to try.
Definition: Globster: A large unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water.
After a fierce storm, a mysterious creature has washed up, apparently dead, on the shores of Seal Cove, an isolated coastal town in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The unknown species is later transferred to a large empty pool for further study. At night, the creature emerges from its slumber, transforming into something monstrous. Residents must fend for their lives against the flesh-eating predator that has made Seal Cove its hunting ground.
Filled with quirky characters, including a marine biologist with a penchant for Pop Tarts and a lanky, goth bookstore owner, formally of New York City, Globster, is a throwback horror story with just the right combination of contemporary humor, smarts, and monster gore.