Melanie Karsak is tonight's woman in horror...
She is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles, the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth.
She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University.
A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, Shakespeare nerd, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
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What do you do when you’re not writing about the end of days or things that go bump in the night?
I am the mom of a 5 and 4 year old, so I spend a lot of time singing “Let it Go” and stepping on legos. When I’m not doing those things, I am an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
Tell me about your latest book, something unusual if possible.
Midway: A Harvesting Novella is book 1.5 in my Dark Fantasy/Zombie series (though it can be read before or after The Harvesting). In my book, one of the survivors of the zombie apocalypse is Vella, a tarot reader. I have read tarot for many years, so I worked the symbolism of the Major Arcana tarot cards into the novel. The novel begins with the card “The Tower.” I follow the entire suit of Arcana cards in the novella, embedded as symbols along the way. The cards help Vella guide her group to safety.
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What are you working on next and when can we expect it?
Right now I am working on Ink, dark mermaid romance, which will release this summer as part of the Falling in Deep Collection.
The Shadow Aspect, the next book in The Harvesting Series, is slated for summer 2015 release.
What makes you want to write about dystopia/the apocalypse and or horror?
A morbid fascination with death? Just kidding…well, kinda. I think that mankind’s nature puzzles me. I believe, in the very Freudian way, that we are a species that is self-destructive by nature. But I wonder what would happen if we did manage to destroy ourselves. How would we behave? What kind of people survive the apocalypse? With our death, since we are a very noisy bunch, what might we discover about the makeup of our own world? Layla, my protagonist, learns that there were other creatures living alongside us all this time…vampires, shifter, etc. It is something I’ve always questioned.
Are you a prepper with an apocalypse plan in place, or are you just going to wing it?
No, not at all. When it comes to the zpoc, I have no weapons, two small kids, and am not friends with cardio. Just go ahead and headshot me now.
What’s your apocalypse/horror song?
My playlists are totally weird. I think I channel Tarantino in this regard a bit. For Cricket, her zpoc song has been “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra. Don’t ask J
I believe that the horror genre is way more accepting of female horror writers now, what’s your take on it.
I agree completely. I know other female authors have had difficulties in the past, but that’s not my experience. I have found the horror community to be very welcoming. As well, I think there is a sisterhood amongst female horror writers. I don’t think there is the stigma there has been in the past. I think many readers are female and enjoy the slant we can provide on this genre as well.
“Tilt-a-whirl, tilt-a-whirl, tilt-a-whirl! Come on ride my tilt-a-whirl! I’ll whirl you round the world,” I barked to the mostly empty aisles at the Allegheny Fairgrounds.
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