G'day Sea and welcome to the Couch of Chaos. Yes, that is where you are meant to sit. You would rather stand ? C'mon, think of it as getting into character... well, yes, a tortured character, but isn't that how you do them best? Yes, that is bourbon, of a sort. Of course you can have a shot, just don't complain if it tastes like battery acid. Brits and bourbon... lets just say its not their strength. Yes, use that bucket there. You want to leave... oh please this will just take a few minutes.
From where do you hail? And what is your modus operandi with the blood soaked pen?
I am a red-blooded American. More specifically, I hail from the wonderful state of Kentucky, which is infamous for its wonderful production of bourbon and sometimes moonshine. Both of which I may or may not love. I'm leaning more towards may. Also, I enjoy writing books that involve blood, guts, and gore.
A mother isn’t meant to have favourites, but tell me, what is your favourite story that you have written? And why? Just so all those other stories know.
Picking a favorite story is an impossible task for any other writer. Honestly, I had to pull up my Amazon profile and look at all my babies to decide. The most fun to write was My #1 Fan which is my book inspired by real events, but also speckled with splashes of fiction. In that story, I really opened up and was honest with my readers with details of my personal life and thoughts.
If there was one thing you could change, improve about your writing or writing process, what would it be? More coffee and less cake are not acceptable answers.
My writing process is a constant and ongoing thing. My mind is always thinking of ways to either improve my current project, or new ideas for an upcoming project. Every night, those thoughts flow over into my dreams. I get some of my best ideas from my dreams. If I could change my dreams from being nightmares, I might sleep better.
All of our characters have elements of ourselves woven into them. Which poor character is most like you?
If I were like my characters, I would probably be in prison, so no character is a replica of myself. However, my story Gambler's Appetite of Remorse is based on time I have spent in casinos. My #1 Fan, the main character is based on my thoughts, but not my actions. My worst villains ,Damon Dahmer and Sly Verdict came from my nightmares. Are my dreams/ nightmares an extension of my thoughts and who I am?
Imagine I am filthy successful agent (I did say imagine) we are stepping into an elevator. Hit me with your top three elevator pitches for three pieces of your work.
I prefer my work to push boundaries and push readers' minds into dark pits. For example, my Acrotomphilia Maniac series is about a man finding that he is attracted to his wife's amputated leg stump. I like to keep my stories realistic, yet also creative. So that story gets gross and violent. My Fan series, are my realistic thoughts splashed with fiction. Also, I have an upcoming story to be released later this summer called Scatology. It combines gross with violence, but despite it's shocking gross cover, there is a true story in its pages about the affects of loneliness and what it can do to a man.
What is the greatest challenge to women succeeding in horror?
At first, I chose my pen name Sea as a gender neutral name, based on other female writer interviews saying that horror is a man's genre. After building up a bit of a following, I posted an online picture of myself being a female, and detailed in My #1 Fan how and why I chose a gender neutral pen name. After going public about being female, I read reviews on my books and some people say they assume a woman would romanticize violence, but I proved them wrong.
How do you determine success for yourself?
Reading one review that I entertained a reader, if only a single reader, is my measure of success. I assume most people would say success is money. Maybe I'm odd by disagreeing. I only wish to entertain.
What inspires you? No, don’t look at me.
My imagination is constantly working. Dreams and nightmares are my inspiration. Maybe that's why I don't sleep very well.
Tell us, why should we read your work? Don’t say because it is better than mine.
I have so many stories out there that I feel like I have a little something for any reader.
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