Actually, the 14 novels were written over a period of just over 6 years.
In the first year, 1988, I wrote and sold 3 novels.
I'm a fan of short horror fiction... in fact, the most memorable horror I've read is of the short variety... but I have a hard time pulling it off myself.
Fiction Horror In Fact
The rage for railroads is so great that many will be laid in parts where they will not pay.
Laid Will Many
I am glad to learn that the Parliament Bill has been passed for the Darlington Railway.
I am much obliged by the favourable sentiments you express towards me, and shall be happy if I can be of service in carrying into execution your plans.
Me Am Obliged
So, in effect, my first sale was actually two books.
So, I outlined a horror novel and started writing.
I Novel Writing
When I decided to take writing seriously, I did a lot of reading and analyzing of the books I liked, and came up with what I thought were pretty sound plotting and structure basics.
Liked Thought Did
A couple of weeks after that, Zebra Books phoned with an offer, and I accepted.
After Offer Weeks
During that first year, I felt guilty that my wife was out working bringing in all our income, while I was at home playing on the computer, so I made myself treat writing like a job.
Wife Home I
Even the contemporary horror authors who have seriously influenced me are a disparate bunch.
Bunch Influenced Who