Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Chad Stambaugh is a Fiction and Non-Fiction author. A Business Owner during the day. Chad is also a Paranormal Investigator and full-time writer. He’s spent the last decade reading all kinds of books and writing blogs about the paranormal. His latest novel, The Devil Within is his first fiction novel after writing predominately non-fiction.
Chad Stambaugh is a 4-time Paranormal Award Winner. Non-Fiction Book: Paranormal Investigations, 2013; Non-Fiction Book: The Paranormal Dictionary, 2014; Paranormal Radio Show of the Year; 2015, Non-Fiction Book: Beyond the Veil, 2015, The IPPA Award: International Paranormal Acknowledgement Award. (Only the second American to ever win the Award.) He’s also had one of his short stories; “Everyone Hates the Grays.” Published in Portable Magic; The Authors First Anthology book.
Chad started his writing career in 2012 by chance. He lives in Fresno, Ca and has three children and 3 grandchildren. You can read Chad’s blogs at the link below. Enjoy!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Contagion is the title of my newest book. I love conspiracy books, so as this is my second fiction book that I’ve written, I wanted to try one of my own conspiracy book. This is actually book one of a trilogy. So I hope everyone enjoys it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I actually use dragon to get the words on the page, because I have real bad arthritis and it’s hard for me to type.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Tom Clancy is my favorite author. He greatly influenced me with his Jack Ryan series. I’ve taken online classes from James Patterson, Judy Blume, Malcolm Gladwell, R.L. Stine and David Mamet. They’ve all inspired me and given me the education to become a great writer.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on book two of the Contagion series; Detainment.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have two places that people can go to find my other works. My author site on Amazon and my personal website; www.chadstambaugh.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write! I talk to so many would be authors online and in person and the biggest thing I hear from them is I don’t know what to write about. I say just write. Don’t worry about what it is that you’re writing. Just write. Eventually, you’ll come along something that really inspires you and you’ll be able to turn it into your first novel.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Pretty much what I just said earlier. And that’s to just write. Find time. Don’t make excuses. Get away from the T.V. and Write.
What are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading a Fantasy novel called Helm. It’s a different version of mankind, Elves and Dwarf’s. It’s pretty awesome.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Right now, I’m just working on finishing up my Contagion trilogy. After that, I’ve got some ideas on another trilogy that I’m thinking of writing.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Man, that’s a hard choice. War and Peace, Gulliver’s Travels, The adventures of Huckleberry Finn.