Sunday, September 21, 2014
Chainsaw Exorcism with Carrie Green Author Of Horror Romance Comedies "Roses Are Red" and "Violets Are Blue"
Tell me about yourself and your writing?
I'm a crazed serial killer with an ax to grind, the boogie man who creeps down alleys and peeks into your windows, the thing that's pushing aside the dust bunnies under your bed--all of these and more. I'm the nightmare that you relive, when you awake, clammy and sweating, to reassure yourself that it's all a dream--that reality is sane and safe. I'm every rule that your mother gave you and you broke.
I'm your thrill ride and that strange noise an elevator makes when you wonder, just for a second, did a cable just break, are you about to go plunging to your death... Hold on tight, maybe if you grip that railing and brace yourself, you'll survive.
Turn the page--and see...
What kind of fiction do you write?
Romantic comedy--OK, horror..
What’s the process like? What inspired you to write Roses Are Red?
Writing is a job, an activity that I conduct every day, whether for business or pleasure (and horror writing is pure pleasure).
It has evolved over time, first I wrote diary entries and school assignments, then articles for the high school and college newspapers, short stories for academic journals, etc.
In the old days I filled yellow legal pads with my first drafts and then typed them up, but once I became a PR/marketing professional, I learned to write directly on a computer. I write, then I let my text rest, usually overnight, edit, and then the work is ready for publication.
The inspiration to write came from having a grandmother who was a published author and poet (as well a former English teacher who corrected my earliest pieces) and a grandfather who was a columnist for a Chicago newspaper. It was in the blood, I guess.
Holding my grandmother's books, seeing her glamorous author photo on the back covers--I had a rather romantic vision of what being a writer meant. It was too late when I learned the harsh truth, that it's really hard work, I was already hooked.
I write to share the misery.
What character or characters do you most identify with and why?
I don't really identify with a specific character, in fact, I try to challenge myself to write about characters who are as far apart from my own lifestyle and views as possible... That old nugget to write what you know--I think it's a lazy cop-out. Write about what you don't know, what the readers don't know, explore new worlds and push boundaries.
Authors who gaze too deeply at their own belly buttons are a bore, in my opinion.
What about writing makes you feel powerful?
I'm god when I write. Life, death, love, loss, it's all up to me. Forget being a doctor for developing a god complex, writing is the ultimate power trip.
Is the novel scary? What’s it like writing scary parts?
All my fiction is scary. If a reader does not feel uncomfortable, then I've screwed up. No big difference between writing scary parts than mellow passages, writing is writing. Either it works at its intended goal or it does not. You have to mix it, build tension, speed up, slow down, take in the sights, indulge the senses, then see if you create a knot of fear in a reader's throat.
What did you learn about yourself while writing the Violets Are Blue?
I guess that all writing, to a certain degree, is therapy. Develop a character's childhood, establish their romantic entanglements, work history, hopes and dreams and you're certain to reflect upon your past and current relationships. Sometimes, I find myself making connections about events in my life that I never saw until I was writing about a fictional character.
I feel free to exploit my own fears, fantasies and nightmares. Overall, I must be a deeply troubled personality, but self-knowledge is half the battle. Only the truly insane are unaware.
What might readers learn about themselves?
They go on a cathartic experience. That's the point of all horror. You experience 'what if' and you survive to know better should you encounter such a situation in real life. It's a highly moralistic genre about how to battle evil.
Where can readers go to find out more about your writing?
I suggest that they visit my Amazon author page and read my horror samples. The best way for readers to learn about an author is to read a sample and judge for themselves. It's free. If they want more, there's that nice little 'Buy Now with 1-Click' or 'Read for Free (since I'm a member of Kindle Unlimited, should they have a membership).'
If they wish to connect with me socially, readers should give me a shout on Twitter (@CarrieGreenBook), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CarrieGreenBooks), or visit my website at www.CarrieGreenBooks.com.
I'm always delighted to hear from readers!