I want you to be confident that you are sending your work to a place where it will fit, and I want to read work that will be the best possible fit. Make my job hard by sending me something that fits the genre and guidelines and punches me right in the face with its terror and disturbing impact.
“I grew up in rural Prince Edward Island, an insular place of red cliffs and shocking beauty. It was easy to believe that fantastical creatures lived there.”
~~Melanie Bell, author of “The Cliffman”
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.
The best advice I’ve ever gotten comes from Stephen King. Read a lot and write a lot.
With Tim Jeffreys’ short story, “Last Shot,” we return to the world of celebrities and the bold frame of the camera lens. In Jeffreys’ story, a paparazzo gradually realizes that a common thread runs through a series of celebrity deaths… Read on to learn more! Q (Crone Girls Press): What do you write? How longContinue reading “Meet the Author: Tim Jeffreys”
The worst writing advice? It’s a two way tie for first between “write what you know” and “if you aspire to write genre fiction, you’re not a serious writer.” The former is simply garbage. I write largely to explore all the things I don’t know. The latter? I mean, I’m from Jersey. I’ve seen people throw down over words way less harsh than that.
Within horror and dark fiction there are so many different types of stories that you can work with. If you feel like writing something paranormal there is space for that, if you want something more grounded in reality, there’s room for that too.
When I think about writing horror, I imagine looking for the center of a shadow. The part of a monster that lets you understand it is an interesting part. Especially if you understand it, but still recoil from it. That’s the tiny still center I look for as I write.
I am fascinated by how coping with ‘otherness’ shapes the worldview of many of my characters. Horror tropes provide a powerful way for me to dig into the complexities and contradictions of race and gender.
All fiction is a reflection of the human condition. Humanity is basically pretty screwed up and also, their heads are full of darkness. It’s nice to be able to ride that.