Sinister Reads – New release questionnaire
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your latest story?
I’m a freelance editor with a focus on speculative fiction. I’ve had short horror stories published in Australia and internationally and I have a soft spot for b-grade action movies.
‘The Pontianak’s Doll’ is a short horror story based on a Malaysian vampiric ghost legend. It features in the Gothic Fantasy anthology, Lost Souls, brought out by Flame Tree Publishing in September.
What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to explore horror from an Asian perspective. Most of the horror I’d read up until that point had been based on western mythology and ideas. I wanted to see if I could write something based on an Asian myth and scare myself.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
Protect your confidence. This is advice from my AHWA mentor from last year, Deborah Sheldon. The most important thing for an author to have is confidence – confidence in their story and confidence in their ability to begin and ultimately finish their work. Without confidence, you’ll run into all sorts of problems.
What does the horror genre mean to you?
I went from reading Trixie Belden mysteries and the Sweet Valley High books straight to Stephen King’s It. I remember always being dissatisfied with the children’s fiction that was around at the time and when I cracked open the pages of King’s horror opus, I immediately felt at home. Horror will always be the key to growing up for me – seeing and facing the terrors of the adult world and having a way to get my head around them. Horror is about honesty.
Who is your favourite author and why?
This changes depending on what I’m reading. As an editor, I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction books for professional development and I recently read, Violence: A Writer’s Guide by Rory Miller. It was an eye-opening read and I actually laughed out loud at a couple of things in the book. I’m currently reading Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club and it’s such a lot of fun.
Where can people read/purchase your story/novel?
The Lost Souls anthology is available through Flame Tree Publishing’s website: https://www.flametreepublishing.com/Lost-Souls-Short-Stories.html
Flame Tree Publishing have also brought out several other fabulous anthologies in their collection, such as Lovecraft Short Stories, Pirates and Ghosts Short Stories and Murder Mayhem Short Stories.
The anthology is also available on Amazon:
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