For those a little curious about the writer who wrote that book you loved, or what sick mind created that gross-fest story, here’s a little run down based off of a few frequently asked interview questions.
I was born and still live in Australia, to Hungarian parents. I speak fluent Hungarian, but only the swear words and to ask for food. I’m fluent in that. I mostly write fantasy, horror & speculative fiction, but dabble in erotica and erotic horror on occasion. I’ve always loved reading, writing, animals & spooky things. As a child, I had twin imaginary werewolf cubs that lived under my bed. For a long time my favourite movie was American Werewolf in London. I’d watch it everyday after primary school & still often quote lines from it.
A tricky question as I love many, but here are a few I’ve re-read.
- Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy.
- The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty
- Beast House Trilogy, by Richard Laymon
- Cujo, Thinner, by Stephen King
I also like Trudy Canavan, Anne Bishop, Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, Joe Hill.
My favorite book as a child – which I still own and have re-read as an adult – is 13 Ghostly Tales, edited by Freya Littledale. Ghost dogs, creepy cats, spirits searching for missing limbs. It’s great.
WHEN I STARTED WRITING
I don’t remember when I started, but like most children I was creative; painting, drawing, and writing. When I was around 11 or 12, I was required to do an assignment on what I wanted to be when I grew up and I think that was the first time I considered writing as a career. I wrote a lot as a young teenager, often in classes that weren’t English related. No wonder I’m so bad at maths! As I got older, I only wrote sporadically. I try to make time for it now between my day job as a veterinary nurse & my side hustle of a subscription box service; Chihuahua Crate.
I perform a summoning ritual and small black fluffy creatures crawl out of the ducted-vacuum port and whisper ideas to me. All they ask in return is for me to vacuum more often. They feed on dog and cat hair and say they can’t believe how much there is in my house. Other times I find inspiration in the call for submission I’ve chosen to write for and the story unfolds as I go.
BIGGEST WRITING PET PEEVE
When people say “She padded through the kitchen” or whatever. I dislike it because I’ve read it so often. I particularly hate it when the character is wearing shoes, then it makes no sense. Does everyone pad everywhere? Nope, they don’t.
I also now hate the phrase “He toed off his boots.” Mainly because when I’d first read it, the writer had used it several times in a short story and it really bugged me. Make him take of his shoes a different way for f%#k’s sake. Any repeated word or phrase bothers me. I once read a book where the author used “once more” three times in two consecutive sentences. Get yourself a beta reader, or at least a thesaurus.
Ok, I’m calm, none of us are perfect. Now that I’ve had my big rant, I hope I’ve caught all of my errors. If I haven’t, please feel free to let me know. Or if you want to offer feedback or just say hi, fill in the contact form below.
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