As a reader, I like to feel like I’m part of a larger, fantastic world full of danger and adventure and I think many others feel the same.
The danger of writing advice is that it can alter your voice. I think the most important thing in writing is to find your authentic voice, the one that is uniquely you, and use it. Don’t try to write like someone else.
I want people to get eaten as a matter of routine, where few people get upset about it. You see my dilemma. Is it quiet horror if everything keeps getting interrupted by unfortunate lunchtimes?
Horror and dark fiction allow us to be scared without getting hurt. You can explore impossible scenarios and sometimes possible ones that make you think. Kid’s horror is one of the reasons that I started getting into reading as a child because it’s scary but you can close the book and it’s done. It was reassuring, in an odd way.
I’m fascinated by gritty edges and how far people will go.
You there! What would you do generic customer service rep from behind the McDonald’s counter! How would you save the world?
Ultimately, Red Rover, Red Rover is a story about motivated blindness, what it means to be an accomplice, and how we define justice.
Rejection still stings a little, but seeing it as a form of success instead of failure makes it easier to wade into the next round of submission calls and try again.
My focus here was more on the survivors finding their way in a strange new world, and on how they form relationships with one another. I like this sort of approach as I think sometimes the emptiness and solitude of something – be it an emotion, a decision or the apocalypse – can be more terrifying and unsettling than seeing the monster directly.
It’s fun to write a character who helps you embrace yourself – even if you never grow up to be a pansexual magical space cop.