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It’s been a great Women in Horror Month, and there’s still time for one more interview. Let’s get to know author Kelly Evans.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was a kid. Especially horror. I wrote a series of short horror stories in high school last period English class, left them in my friend’s locker and she’d read them to her morning physics class the next day. I had a bit of a following apparently.
What draws you to horror?
I love being scared. Everyone does, don’t they? But I love figuring out what, exactly, will scare people. And then finding the words to express that horror.
Do you write any other genres?
I also write historical fiction. I’m currently working on a 3 book series about the queens of Anglo Saxon England, the first of which came out last year. I’m also shortly releasing a historical horror novel, set during the Black Death.
Is there a genre you’d like to attempt but haven’t?
I enjoy humour, but I’m not sure I could write an entire novel. I DO write satirical historical articles though.
Do you think women horror authors have a hard time getting acknowledged?
Yes, absolutely. Horror, especially the more graphic stuff, has always been aggressive and fearful, something associated with men. But women can be aggressive, believe me. We can also go softly softly, creeping into your subconscious and scaring the pants off you before you know we’re even there.
What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever written and why?
I had to write a novel for a master’s in writing I was doing. *I* enjoyed the story but my tutor hated it, just didn’t understand what I was trying to do. THAT was tough; I lost interest in the book and never finished it.
Who are some amazing female authors (from any genre, any style, any time-period)?
I’m a big fan of medieval female authors, it’s nice to get the perspective of a group of people who have often been swept aside in favour of their male counterparts. Julian of Norwich, Margery Kemp, the Paston Letters, Hildegarde of Bingen, all worth taking a peek at.
Besides writing, what brings a smile to your face?
Clever humour. My cats. And, mainly, my husband!
Did you have a favorite book as a child?
I adored The Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz, about ancient Egypt. Also No Flying in the House by Betty Brock, and of course A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. All made a huge impression on me.
Here’s a tough one: What’s your favorite color?
What are you working on now, and where do you see yourself in the future?
I’m getting my historic horror ready for release, then continue with the second in my Anglo Saxon women series. I also write satirical medieval articles for my website each month, which are a LOT of fun. I’m retiring soon and will be writing full time, historical fiction and some more horror!
Where can we find you on the web?
Thanks for your support this WiHM!
Remember, there are always female horror writers out there hungry for more readers, all twelve months of the year!