I’m a freelance writer — website content, social media, ghostwriting and more — but my heart belongs to fiction. Right now, I’m hard at work on the 4th in my Candy’s Monsters series of ebooks. Each one is a novella inspired by a classic horror story.
The Mary Shelley Game was e-published in October of 2011. I’ve used the classic, Agatha Christie style house party format to tell a story inspired by the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet came out in the summer of 2012. It’s a dark comedy set in a hot, New York City summer, that draws from the legacy of Dracula.
POED is the third MONSTER and it’s my homage to Edgar Allan Poe. Readers are invited to spend the evening with the obviously paranoid director of the Usher Clinic for the criminally insane. It’s about revenge, murder, madness and a black cat.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration from dancing tango, living in New York City, traveling, going to art museums & galleries, Flamenco music and from my friends and family the world.
Tell us about your writing process
I think it’s one part magic and two parts just plain hard work and discipline. I write a lot. I write quickly. And then I rework it until it’s right.
Each of the MONSTERS has come about in different ways. For my 4th, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde MONSTER themed work, I’m experimenting with outlining. Although I have not written full biographical sketches of each character, I have some notes on pertinent motivations and history that will inform the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes they take the story in unexpected directions and I go along for the ride.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write — don’t talk to much about what you’re working on, write then talk.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I got tired of trying to get a conventional publishing contract for unconventional fiction. I was pushed to try e-publishing and and now I’m glad. It’s tough out there, but I’ve gotten very good feedback from readers. Eventually, I hope that feedback will translate into significant sales.
The only advice I have is to be sure you have a thick skin about criticism and that it’s very difficult to move people from “Oh, that sounds cool.” to “Yes, I’ll buy it!” even when the price is very low.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I honestly don’t know.
Right now, I’m happy that e-publishing facilitates books of various lengths. For years, I’ve read mysteries that were over-written to reach that 300 page “typical” page count. Some stories need fewer words and some need more.
I’m very happy right now in the novella category. I think it will be bigger in the future, when more and more people use e-readers.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Suspense, Dark Comedy, Psychological Suspense, Thriller
What formats are your books in?