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Today I'm hosting Dean Drinkel's first author interview for the recently published "12 Dark Days: One Hell Of A Christmas". Look out for the others over the rest of the festive period!
Merry Christmas! For the anthology “12 Dark Days: One Hell Of A Christmas” which I recently compiled and edited for Alex S. Johnson’s Nocturnicorn Books (which is also supported by John Gilbert’s FEAR Magazine), Theresa Derwin penned a truly brilliant and brutal opening story called ‘Fruit Of The Womb’ which is her take on Day One of the ’12 Days Of Christmas’ song ie ‘A Partridge In A Pear Tree’. I sent the contributors some questions which I asked them to answer in any way they saw fit…here are Theresa’s answers (though she never mentions the karaoke we did together at a Fantasycon a couple of years ago – I wonder why!). We hope you enjoy…
Author Name: Theresa Derwin
Story Title: Fruit of The Womb
Q: What inspired you to write this particular story? Did you do any research?
TD: I wanted to combine the pear and partridge in a story so I thought about pears as perry, which led me to think about farms and harvest. As it’s alcohol I created a pub with ‘partridge’ in the name. I don’t want to give away too much but I did quite a bit of research into old harvest gods and rituals. Really interesting stuff.
Q: What is your ultimate Christmas experience?
TD: I’d love to go to Alaska and meet a gorgeous lumberjack for fun and frolics in the snow; hot chocolate, gingerbread men and husky Sledge rides. And I could pop to see Santa. I know him!
Q: Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
TD: It helps Eleven in the Upside Down – oh, ego not eggo- my bad! Confidence helps but ‘big ego’ can turn into arrogance. You need to believe in yourself to get the courage to submit.
Q: Are you friends with other writers and do they help you become a better writer?
TD: Yes, bloody loads to be honest. Those friendships grew over years at Cons like FantasyCon and Edge-Lit and many have offered great advice, Beta reading or editing. We learn from each other. As writers, we are always learning.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
TD: Stick at it
You’ll probably never get rich, never mind make a living
Don’t eat the yellow snow
Q: As a writer, what would you choose as your emjoi / avatar / tv (or film character) / spirit animal?
TD: I’m a ferocious rabid bunny rabbit – cute and cuddly on the outside, but with a fierce bite.
Q: Favourite Christmas movie you could watch over and over again?
TD: I’m a fan of the dark Christmas stuff; Krampus, Rare Exports, A Christmas Horror Anthology but truthfully my favourite one is Elf! I love it. It’s so silly, funny and heartwarming.
Q: What period of your life do you write about most often?
TD: Ironically, Christmas. I’m a bit of a Christmas nut and between horror, fantasy and romance I’ve edited two Christmas anthologies, released one short Christmas collection ‘Seasons Creepings’, had two Christmas short stories in 12 Days themed anthologies in the last two years, just submitted two short seasonal flash pieces and written a tonne more. Between the lore, the myths and the magic, there is so much you can write about.
Q: Do you hide secrets in your stories that only those in the know will find?
TD: Hell yes! Apart from putting friends and family in stories I’m always putting in Geeky Easter Eggs – like the story appearing thus Dec on my blog ‘Elf Help’, makes a reference to the Nakatomi building.
Q: What was your favourite book / film as a child?
TD: I was raised on Hammer and Universal Monsters but my absolute favourite films were the Ray Harryhausen and I loved The Valley of Gwangi - cowboys and dinosaurs - what’s not to love?
Q: What is your favourite ever thing about Christmas?
TD: Food! No, seriously, whilst I love food it’s all the twinkling lights, the music and the atmosphere. People just seem to make a little more effort. And I love diving into Christmas Horror, fantasy and romance books at night with the tree lights glimmering in the dark.
To read Theresa’s amazing story please find the link below to ’12 Dark Days: One Hell Of AChristmas”
Have a great Christmas Day!
PS tomorrow James Everington…
A writer - I think that says it all.