In the frozen wastes of Antarctica, a team of mercenaries lands, ready to head out on a salvage and exploitation mission. But the people who hired them for the job are hiding something, and the team is about to stumble into a deadly secret.
Q (Crone Girls Press): What do you write? How long have you been writing? What are your preferred genres and why?
A (Gustavo Bondoni): I write a bit of everything, from horror to literary fiction, but I mostly work within the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. I’ve been writing since 2004.
Q: What draws you to the genre of horror/dark fiction? What do you find there that you don’t find anywhere else?
A: This is the genre where leaving bodies lying all over the place at the end is not frowned upon but actually welcome! I often kill characters in unfortunate numbers, but when I do a horror piece, I do it on purpose (in the rest of the stories, it kind of just happens).
Q: There are a number of subgenres/tropes/flavors of horror. Where does your story fit?
A: This one is survival horror… in the cold.
Q: Of the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite, and why?
A: Wow, it’s hard to choose among so many. I think it’s probably a journalist called Marianne Caruso, who sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong and gets herself into really bad situations. She’s hugely versatile, and she’s been the lead character in a thriller called Timeless (not an SFF novel) and she’s about to make her genre debut in a forthcoming monster book.
Q: What do you find the most challenging about the writing process, and how do you meet that challenge?
A: The hardest part is actually sitting down to write, making the time and convincing the people around me that yes, writing is a productive use of daylight hours.
Q: What was the worst writing advice you ever received? The best writing advice? Why, and how did it affect your writing?
A: I don’t listen to writing advice, but I think the worst that’s flying around out there are the phrases “passive voice is bad” and “never use adjectives or adverbs”. It seems silly to limit a writer’s toolbox that way. Yes, these are common errors that novice writers (and some seasoned pros, too) commit, but those tendencies can be worked on without creating laws that end up constricting creativity.
Q: What’s next in your writing journey?
A: I’m about halfway done with the sequel to my novel Outside.
Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine writer with over three hundred stories published in fifteen countries, in seven languages. His latest novel is Jungle Lab Terror (2020). He has also published another monster book Ice Station: Death (2019), three science fiction novels: Incursion (2017), Outside (2017) and Siege (2016) and an ebook novella entitled Branch. His short fiction is collected in Pale Reflection (2020), Off the Beaten Path (2019) Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places (2010) and Virtuoso and Other Stories (2011).
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