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Into the Mind of an Author: Wade Joseph Le Fevre

Covenant by Wade Joseph Le Fevre Available Now
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Meet Wade Joseph Le Fevre:

Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I am a huge genre fan. I love science fiction and horror movies, but I also like foreign and independent films. I am an avid reader and finish about a book a week depending on how much time I have during the week. Aside from that I’m pretty boring and spend the rest of my time writing.

What made you do decide to become an author?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since I was about twelve or thirteen I wanted to write, but I wanted to write movies. It wasn’t until about a few years ago while working at a video store that I decided to become an author. I became very disheartened while working there because I would see what people were renting and what they weren’t, hear what they said about the really good movies versus the really bad ones, and it kind of soured me to wanting to make movies. But I found that I still had a desire to tell my stories. The only other way I could do that is to write them as books, and I figured at least that way what I write is what people would see as opposed what went through fifty revisions by several other writers, the director’s vision, the actor’s changing lines… At the end of the day a book is mine, all mine!

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
My absolute favorite writer is Richard Matheson. I can read his books over and over again and they have been a complete inspiration to me! All of his books, especially I Am Legend and The Shrinking Man are these outlandish horror and sci-fi stories, but with a very believable, human protagonist. When I was younger I liked his stories for the style of his writing and the visuals he created, the situations he created, but the older I get the more I appreciate the main character’s peril. By giving us a solid, grounded, real life human being and putting him at the center of the story, it makes the rest of the story feel more real and thus scary. He has vampires and giant spiders running around, but we’re invested because we feel for the main character. He makes mistakes, he indulges in self-loathing, he could be me. I could almost picture myself as Matheson’s main characters. It’s an example I strive to duplicate in my own work. The more real I can make the characters and the environment they inhabit, the scarier the story is and I learned that from Matheson.

Where can we find you online?
You can find me on Facebook through the following link:

Tell us about your book!
My newest book, Covenant, is a modern version of the classic haunted house tale. It’s about the family that moves into the house that’s too good to be true only to find out that it’s too good to be true. The main character is the wife, Claire. She starts sleepwalking and noticing odd things very soon after they move in and her husband thinks she’s crazy. She might be. But what if she’s not? Her neighbors are odd, her stepdaughter is odd, her grandmother’s rocking chair keeps moving around by itself, which is odd. There’s just a bunch of odd things that happen, which we would normally write off as nothing, and she takes meaning from all of it and puts her marriage at risk to save her family from what could just be perceived terrors.

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
I’m not sure to be honest, because I don’t find them to be idiosyncrasies. I suppose my writing process is a bit peculiar. I take frequent naps, sometimes daily. Almost always daily actually. I watch mostly foreign and independent movies, which I guess is weird and quirky because when I try to talk about them with other people they tend to look at me funny, like I’m from another planet. Probably the most idiosyncratic thing I do is turn off my phone when Doctor Who is on. Not even my mother is allowed to call and bother me during Doctor Who. That’s pretty weird. Even I think so.

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
That’s a tough question. There are some really, really good movies based on books, but more often than not, if I’ve seen the movie I haven’t read the book and vice versa. I almost never see the movie based off a book I like because I’m too busy picking apart the movie, comparing it, mad that they left something out or added something else. That being said, I really enjoyed both the Swedish and American versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I read all three of the books before I saw any of the Swedish movies, and those, while they left things out, were very well done. I was more than a little opposed to the American remake at first, but when I saw it… Wow! I wouldn’t say if it was better than the Swedish version, but it was definitely a kick ass movie. They both succeeded in different areas and missed opportunities in others, so neither is really as good as the book, but they are definitely the best adaptations I’ve ever seen.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
I read mostly horror, but I also really like suspense thrillers, such as anything by Gillian Flynn and science fiction. Those are my big three. Anything that seems like I’m going to need to grip the book and hold my breath for the whole thing I want to read!

Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
Honestly I think I read more. Why I can’t honestly say. It’s not intentional. Writing I find to be more successful in short controlled bursts. Like I’ll sit down on Monday with a new chapter to start and say, I’m going to get to this point, then I’ll go read. But reading helps me write. A bad book makes me feel better and a good book inspires me to aim a little higher.

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
I have a very weird process. I write a book, we’ll call it Book A. Then I’ll write Book B. When Book B has a full first draft I’ll edit and rework Book A, then while we’re publishing A I’ll be writing Book C. When Book A is published and Book C has a completed first draft I’ll start reworking Book B. It seems confusing and each book has to kind of sit on my computer and gather a little dust while I work on the next book, but I feel like each first draft teaches me something, makes me a better writer, so the previous book gets to benefit from that a little bit. Also, this way the books live a little bit on paper, instead of just in my mind. When they’re on paper I can see the flaws better and it’s always better to catch flaws with fresh eyes, which you don’t have two days after you just finished the draft. But my favorite part of the process would have to be the hammering out of the first draft. There’s nothing like having all these dots in your head and connecting them the first time. Sometimes it’s an uphill battle to get from one point to the next, but other times it’s like skating downhill. The other steps of the process have their own pluses and minuses, but there is nothing I love more in this world than sitting down and putting a new idea down on a blank page. It’s the most wonderful, free feeling in the world. I think.

About Wade:
WADE JOSEPH LE FEVRE is a life-long movie lover and an avid reader. He first fell in love with movies as a child during what he refers to as the heyday of genre filmmaking, the 1980’s. A periodic reader at best, he discovered a similar love for the printed word in high school after reading the post-apocalyptic nuclear holocaust novel Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien. He holds both mediums in high esteem, listing filmmaker John Carpenter and author Richard Matheson equally as artistic inspirations. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, where he can usually be found with his nose in a book, waiting for the next showing of a film to start.

You can find Wade’s books on Amazon through the following links and don’t forget to find him on Facebook through his link up above:
Terrorizing Jude (4.7 out of 5 stars/ 29 Reviews) $.99:
Snipe Hunt (4.7 out of 5 stars/ 21 Reviews) $.99:
Covenant (4.7 out of 5 stars/ 9 Reviews) $.99:

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