Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Erik Lynd - Asylum

Erik Lynd lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children.

Asylum: Andrew Harland has been a loner since being diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is shuffled around from juvenile detention centers to outpatient clinics with expensive doctors. Nothing seems to help. His parents, desperate to have him out of the house, decide to send him off to a revolutionary new psychiatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest.

Andrew is different, and he knows it. He always has. So he doesn't hesitate when the voices in his head tell him to climb out on a window ledge . . .

Haunted by his own son's suicide, Dr. David Styles rescues Andrew from the ledge and takes a personal interest in his case. After getting to know him, Dr. Styles becomes suspicious of the boy's diagnosis. What he uncovers sends him on a desperate journey to rescue Andrew.

Because something is terribly wrong at the hospital.

Treatments are conducted at odd hours. Patients disappear into the bowels of the massive, aged building, sometimes never to be seen again, and the voices in Andrew's head are getting louder. 
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Well I hope all readers like that while it has a strong story line it is very much a character driven story.  It is a horror novel and as such has a scary and thrilling plot, but I spent equal amounts of time developing the relationship between the group of teenagers and the bond that forms between the two main characters.  For e-reader specifically I hope they enjoy the same thing at a lower price.
Q: Why did you go indie?
Well, Asylum was actually under contract with a print publisher for almost two years.  Just before it was going to hit the printers the publisher made a major change in the direction the company was going.  I didn't agree with their decision so I asked for and received all the rights back for the novel.  I sent the book out to agents and editors and kept getting the same response "great writing, but horror doesn't sell.  Send me anything else."  So while I am writing other novels I am experimenting to see if the Indie route is a viable alternative for "non sellable" books.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Stephen King, Joe Hill, Clive Barker, Peter Straub

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