Introducing tonight's Woman in Horror Month is Erin Hayes...
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.
She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
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Erin Hayes Interview
What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days or things that go bump in the night?
Oh dear, writing takes a lot of time, so this might sound boring! I currently work full-time as an advertising copywriter for an advertising agency in Birmingham, Alabama. I get to write tv commercials and have fun doing it. I'm also on a never ending quest to get into working out daily, although that lasts for the first day. I'm also helping my husband create his first video game.
Tell me about your latest book, something unusual if possible.
Anything in particular that you want to say about it? Where did you draw the inspiration from? Favourite characters? Tell us something unusual.
Fractured came to me in a terrifying dream, where I was trapped in a burning building, unable to get out although I felt something malevolent try to keep me there with it. I couldn't sleep for a week after it. From there, that scene evolved into the book that it is.
As for my favourite character, hands down, I'd say Lily because she is at the mercy of elements beyond her control. I had the most fun developing her character and I really do feel for her, despite what happens in the story. And the tension between her and Bash was fun to explore as well!
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What are you working on next and when can we expect it?
I am currently working on a mermaid novella for a collection with some great authors to be released this summer, a series about superheroes trying to figure out who they are when there's no more threat, and a YA vampire novel. I'm trying to get them released as soon as possible, so watch this space!
What makes you want to write about dystopia/the apocalypse and or horror?
I think I want to write in those genres because I've always wondered what I'd do in those situations. My characters may do something totally different than what I'd do, but it makes me stop and appreciate our different psyches. Plus, I find it completely entertaining.
Are you a prepper with an apocalypse plan in place, or are you just going to wing it?
Oh, I can't even plan what I'm wearing the next day, I'm definitely not prepped for an apocalypse. I'll probably be the first to go.
What’s your apocalypse/horror song?
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning by Smashing Pumpkins. Nothing gives me more chills than that song.
I believe that the horror genre is way more accepting of female horror writers now, what’s your take on it.
While I haven't experienced some of the negativity myself, I do see the genre becoming more accepting of female writers than in the past. I've heard some stories from some friends of mine, so to see the turn in the industry has been really encouraging. I hope it continues.
Happy reading my little book whores!
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