Mary Borsellino has some questions for me.
1) What am I working on?
I am currently working on a novel about a young widow who flees the turmoil of NY’s food riots during the Great Depression to find shelter with her husband’s family in the swamplands of Louisianna. She finds herself and her young son in a frightening world where the only explanations for the strange goings on is shapeshifting and black magic.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While I’m not the only one who can make this claim, I feel it is very important that every character be well rounded. To a fault, perhaps, I try to make each character unlike any other I’ve read or seen in movies. I can’t stand a stock character even though I know many readers find them comforting. My stories tend to be unsettling. In part this is because the characters do not always act according to expectation.
Candy House my Bram Stoker nominated novel is a good example of this.
3) Why do I write what I do?
It’s selfish, I suppose. I want people to listen to me. I want them to see things my way. I want them to agree that my views of beauty and horror are compelling.
4) How does my writing process work?
I write a sentence, then check my email. I write another, then check what’s happening on Twitter. When get disgusted with myself for behaving like this I disable the internet and begin the slow and arduous process of stringing words together.
Thank you to Mary for inviting me to participate in this blog hop. Mary Borsellino is an indie punk writer from Australia. She has a bunch of tattoos and a tendency to get passionately involved with things she believes in and loves. Her latest book, Ruby Coral Carnelian, is a rich, engrossing fairy tale following three students on the run from cruel sorcerers. You can find her blog here.