I read Skull Session by Daniel Hecht WAY back in nineteen-ninety-something, and to this day I’m convinced that I am the only person who has done so.
I had not heard of Hecht before I read the book, and I have never encountered any reference to him since. For a while I thought the man simply didn’t exist. At the time, it was the beautifully gothic cover that got my attention, and the promise of a supernatural thriller that made me buy. It is a really good book, and may very possibly be among the most special books in my collection simply because it feels special.
I found his website (which looks like an antique now. Seriously, check it out) and after digging around I found the following, an answer to the question “How do you write? What techniques or practices do you recommend?”
My best advice to writers: Live a good life. Observe. Engage the world. Ask questions. Read good writing. Be patient with yourself. Seek your own passions and trust them. Take risks. Remember that the best stories are found where forces converge, where multiple interests or concerns or topics collide and create conflict, synergy, spark.