Author Spotlight #4 – Chad Stambaugh



“When a disease cannot be defeated, it must be contained. A father learns his daughter has caught the deadly contagion virus. It’s only a matter of time before the CDC finds out and erases the family from society forever.
Vincent Gallo and his family watch in horror as their neighbors are “contained” by the CDC after their child is discovered to be infected with The Contagion.
Reeling from the trauma and horror of what happened to their neighbors, Vincent’s oldest daughter, Alegra, now shows the marks of the virus. Now the Gallo’s must decide whether they can keep their daughter’s infection hidden from the watchful eyes of the CDC and a fearful population, or take their chances and run.
Contagion is the first book of the 3-part Contagion Series. If you like chilling, thrilling, suspense-filled action, and stories of government conspiracy, you’ll love Contagion.”

Buy Contagion Here

about the author

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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 was looking for a way to teach others how to do Paranormal Investigations. Which led him to writing his first Non-Fiction novel, Paranormal Investigations. He lives in Fresno, Ca and has three children and 3 grandchildren.


What inspired you to be an author?
I first got inspired to be a writer while I was doing research on the paranormal. As that was my favorite past-time at the time. I was researching for books on how to do it. Although I’d already been doing it for seven years, I was looking for other ways that I might not have none of. However; the selection that was out there was small and what was out there was dismal. So, this inspired me to write my first book, Paranormal Investigations. I loved writing it so much, I actually went back to school to become “good” at it.
What genre do you write?
I now write Suspense, Thrillers. My first six books were all non-fiction based on the paranormal. My first book; The Devil Within was my first try at Fiction. While it was great writing it, I feel that it was an overall bomb. So, I started taking classes from other professional writers such as King, Patterson, Mamet, Blume and a host of others on a site called Master Class. through these classes I learned better skills with my narration. Thus, my second Fiction novel; Contagion was born.
What is your current project?
I’m currently working on Book two of the Contagion Series; Detainment. It’ll be out in early September. The third and final book of the trilogy will be out late January or early February.
What were you like as a child? Did you like to write then?
I grew up in a very physically abusive household until I was twelve. During that time, I would hide anywhere I could to go invisible. During these times, I would create worlds in my head that took me away from the real world, I was a big dreamer, always ending up being the hero in these realities helping people who were being picked on. I had no idea, that 40 yrs later, that I would finally put some of these dreams on paper.
What is your favorite book? Why?
I don’t really have a favorite book per se. While I was in the military, I fell in love with the Tom Clancy series; Jack Ryan. I also read another series that I cannot remember but it was about 17th century British Navy officer who started out as a scribe for the captain, all the way to becoming the Commadore of the British Navy.
Do you ever use a pseudonym? Why or why not?
I don’t use any pseudonym. I don’t see any reason to hide who I am.
Do you have a writing routine?
My writing routine is always to write on the weekends. and sometimes in the evenings if my wife doesn’t have any “to do” lists. LOL.
How do you decide on character names and plots?
This question is a good one. Insider secret here. For my Contagion Series, all the character names are of family or friends. (First name only). My family especially gets a kick out of it. Especially my grandchildren. They brag about it at school.
Are you a full time author or do you have a day job?
I’m working on becoming a full-time author. But it takes a fan base to build up enough that I can make enough money to support my family. So, for now, I do have a day job that is paying the bills.
What is your latest book and what was the inspiration for it?
Again, my current project is the Contagion Series. I got inspired to write it by watching the Divergent and The Maze Runner and of course The Hunger Games. I read all the books before they became movies. One evening I was talking with friends and the conversation came up that I should write a trilogy myself on some kind of government conspiracy. Then, a couple of days later, I was watching the dreaded news and they were talking about some kind of disease in Africa somewhere and the idea hit me, thus, Contagion was born.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice to other authors who might just be starting out? Don’t get frustrated. Just get it on paper and don’t edit it to death. I run a small publishing press now also, and one of my authors is 73 yrs old. He started writing his trilogy 40 yrs ago. All he did for the last 30 yrs was to re-write and edit over and over again. With my help, he finally stopped and finally published. Don’t be like him. Get it on paper and get it out to someone, anyone to read it and then go from there. Just don’t ever stop writing.



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