I want to thank my good friend and fellow writer, Adam Ickes for inviting me on this “Writing Process Blog Tour.” If you haven’t already, check out Adam’s great horror shorts Zombie Tree and 101 Tales of Terror.
I read my first horror novel in 7th grade- Pet Sematary by Stephen King and never looked back.
The dark and macabre, the strange and unknown has always captivated me. Why? Well, I believe there is very little separating us all from shadow and light, sanity and lunacy. And since those malevolent little thoughts constantly haunt my mind, I decided to explore them, because they won’t allow me to subdue them. And although my stories may be a little disturbing, I assure you, I am not. (My husband disagrees).
My debut horror anthology “This Way Darkness” will be available May 2014.
What am I working on?
I am in the editing process of my short story anthology This Way Darkness and I am currently working on my second anthology. Yes, it is horror.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t how to answer that question. There are many people out there when they hear Horror they automatically think blood and guts. I don’t necessarily go for gory but I try to write stories that will cause the reader to say, “Hey that’s definitely possible”, and because it is, the reader becomes afraid.
Why do I write what I do?
I don’t know, because I’m strange? That’s what my husband said after reading one of my stories. I remember as a child hearing the Twilight Zone theme music and being entranced by it. I knew something scary and cool was about to happen. Then I read Stephen King’s Pet Semetary and I loved the fear I felt. I wanted more. Horror makes you feel trapped. It causes anxiety. And yet the reader/viewer does not want out. They hang on, sometimes forgetting to exhale, waiting to see where they will end up.
How does your writing process work?
When I get a story idea I create a vision in my head, a movie so to speak, and ask myself “Would I pay to see this?” If the answer is yes, I write down a sentence. Sometimes I can write an entire synopsis but that’s rare. Then I plug headphones in my ears and listen to music that gets my imagination flowing. John Murphy, God is an Astronaut, Emarosa to name a few. I can write some days for hours. Other days I can only write for an hour. It’s a slow process, sometimes painful. But I love every minute.
Next week, the Writing Process Blog Tour continues with
Wendy Potocki lives and writes in NYC. If that isn’t scary enough, she writes in the genre of horror. She feels creating good horror is an art form. She religiously devotes herself to pursuing it over hill and dale — and in the crevices of her keyboard.
Named one of the Top Ten “New” Horror Authors by Horror Novel Reviews, she has seven self-published novels. Book trailers for many of her works may be found on her official website http://www.wendypotocki.com/. Her newest frightmare is THRILL. It’s a non-stop chillfest and has been attracting a lot of attention. Her next planned projects are The Witch’s Stone, The Virgin, One Night in the Woods, and ZaSo, a Gothic tale of horror. Please subscribe to her mailing list for updates and giveaway information.
In her spare time, she loves to go for long walks, drink Starbucks Apple Chai Lattes, make devotional offerings to her cat named Persephone and be stilled by the grace, beauty and magic of ballet.