Sunday, September 29, 2013

Interview: Rebecca Snow

My second Wicked Women Writers interview (of two) is with Rebecca Snow. Ms Snow has an impressive list of publication credits on her blog, and she is very kind, to boot. Check her out.

1. Tell us about yourself:

I always draw a blank at this question. Even in job interviews. It’s horrible. I have a superpower no one can see (which isn’t answering this question). I share my home with several inherited geriatricats. My car can legally drink. I’ve been writing since I can remember and have some of the original stories about cats and haunted houses to prove it. I can ramble on, but most of it wouldn’t make any sense.

2. You have an impressive list of publication credits listed on your blog, which three stories are you most proud of and why?

Thank you. I keep trying to make the list longer. The three I’m most proud of are “Pieces” in Hell Hath No Fury which presented me with a best friend and added more to my life than one might imagine, “Best Intentions” in Read the End First because I was stalked in a nice way and learned a lot about a country I’ll probably never see…and I’m not sure about the last. If a story makes a friend, I consider it a success. In that way, those two were the most successful. The third is a toss up between the first acceptance (“He’s Not Heavy”) and…ok, let’s just go with that one. I feel like I have to pick a favorite child.

3. What is one piece of writing advice you would give a new writer?

Even when you don’t feel like it, write. Some of the best passages come when you least expect them.

4. What is it about horror that appeals to you?

I’ve loved scaring people since I was very young. My mother could tell you stories…but I got this trait honestly. Writing horror appeals to me due to its cathartic nature. There’s nothing like releasing frustrations on a character that just happens to look and act JUST LIKE so and so (or at least a distant enough rendition of them not to have any backlash). Although the names are changed to protect the not so innocent.

5. What are your top three favorite horror stories?

I think that depends on your perception of horror. Some of the most horrific stories I’ve read were labeled Romance.

6. If you win the coveted Most Wicked spot for the Wicked Women Writers challenge, what themes are you considering for next year’s challenge?

Hahahahaha! I can’t tell you, but I do have a theme. I’ve actually had it picked out since before I ever learned of the Wicked Women Writers. This would just give me a chance to use it. And it’s something I’ve done on my own since I was a kid.

7. Favorite adult beverage? (Mocktails are also acceptable answers.)

I don’t think I’ve ever had a mocktail, and since I don’t drink, I’ll have to give my favorite not so adult beverage. Hot dark chocolate almond milk. (That’s just in winter. Otherwise, I drink it cold out of the carton.)

8. Tell us about a favorite protagonist you’ve created. What sorts of challenges did you throw at her/him?

I don’t really create my characters. They show up fully formed with back stories of their own making. They surprise me all the time. One I found that’s in my unpublished novel was a complete surprise to me. He was one of those characters that could have been a stereotypical bad boy, but he proved me wrong when he…well…he proved me wrong.

9. Why should I pick you for my zombie survival team?

I’m not allowed to say, but I’d be a great choice. Granted since that’s the only thing I can say when anyone asks me a question like this, I wouldn’t get picked. But I think I’d survive without a team…at least until I didn’t.

10. What are you most afraid of and why?

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you what I was most afraid of, so I’ll just give you my second choice. I’m afraid of myself. It might be why I’m so fond of scaring others…I’m so adept at frightening me, so I try and spread the wealth.

You can find out more about Rebecca on her blog: You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

To listen to the audio podcasts of the 2013 Wicked Women Writers Challenge, head to Text versions of the stories can be found at the horror addicts blog. Vote for your favorite story by sending an email to: Deadline for voting is October 7th.

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