Ultimately, my interests as a writer come back to my interests as a reader. I’m writing because I want to know the why or how behind something, trying to explain it to myself.
I’m fascinated by gritty edges and how far people will go.
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.
The best advice I’ve ever gotten comes from Stephen King. Read a lot and write a lot.
Horror/dark fiction lets me explore those darker moments of the soul in a less realistic setting. When characters are facing their fears, they are revealed cleanly for who they are and nowhere is that clearer than in horror stories.