Ginger Nuts of Horror is currently carrying an interview with Iain Mckinnon, helping to promote his first novel, Domain of The Dead, about a devastating infection taking hold, an infection that turns people into flesh eating zombies. Mckinnon wants to make it clear it’s not a horror novel and he is not a horror writer. It’s a science fiction novel.
Asked about the impact his dyslexia has had on his writing, Mckinnon says, “A tremendous impact. I’m told reading my books are like watching a film. I give the reader a very vivid scene in a minimum amount of description. I think that has a lot to do with my dyslexic brain, getting from A-B as efficiently as possible. I also think my dyslexia is an advantage when planning a novel. Dyslexics have better spatial acuity than most people, we visualise things better and can plan in three dimensions so I think it all helps.
“So I do think my unique writing style is a direct result of my dyslexia.
“The problem comes when an editor tries to polish up my writing. Although I consciously understand the difference between things like there and their I don’t communicate in that level of detail. I write the word as I would say it, some times it’s there sometimes it’s their. In my mind they sound the same, they are same and I use both seemingly at random. The same’s true with all homophones. My proof readers and editors have a very hard time of it and there are a few that have slipped through into print. But I’m not too fussed about that as long as it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the read.”
You can catch the interview in its entirety here: Iain Mckinnon