I’ve been neglecting the crap out of this place! Well, I’m still here and still tip-tapping away over here, writing and then trying to make sense of what I write. It’s a strange lifestyle, but I’m glad I get to do it.
So to catch up, on January 26, I was present at the Horror Show With Brian Keene 100th Episode 24-hour Telethon. That alone is worth mentioning because I got to meet Armand Rosamilia, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler, Ronald Malfi, Damien Angelica Walters, Mary SanGiovanni, and of course, Brian Keene and Dave Thomas. Those fantastic people raised more than $10,000 in those 24 hours for the Scares That Care charity and it was an incredible experience being in the room when it was announced that the goal was reached.
As I was sitting in the audience, Brian suddenly asked me if I would be interested in quickly interviewing Mary SanGiovanni for the telethon. My being a very new face to the horror writing genre interviewing a woman who is a 20 or so year veteran of the industry was something that they thought would be interesting. And boy was it! Mary is not only an amazing writer (seriously, Thrall, The Hollower, and Chills) but she is an incredible woman. I asked her three questions and she answered THE HELL out of them and it was so great to sit across from her and absorb that wisdom and experience from her. I told her later that I want to be her when I grow up, and I meant it. Amazingly, the next episode (101) of the Horror Show was a replay of the amazing answers Mary gave and I really hope you listen to it. The telethon was done live and a lot of what went on in that time won’t be re-aired, but this was. Don’t listen for me because I’m not in it much. Listen for Mary’s answers which blew me, and a lot of other people, right off our chairs.
February is Women In Horror Month. It’s a way to celebrate and shine a light on all of the women working in horror today. We tend to shine the lights mostly on the writers, directors and actors, but holy crap there are so many women who bring us our scares who work behind the scenes. There are artists, publicists, editors, publishers, reviewers, social media pros, and so many more. These women all deserve our gratitude and applause. Personally, I have benefited immensely from those behind-the-scenes women. The editor for Vicki Beautiful was a woman, Tera Cuskaden. My publicist/friend/mentor/Yoda is a woman, Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi. Women reviewers gave my work their time and then helped the get the word out about it, Robin Lee, The Qwillery which has so many women reviewers, Silv Jenkins, Mallory Heart, and Angela Crawford. I had a lot of help from men, but we’re reminding you that women are working this as well and to those women, I tip my hat. Thank you. Here’s a great article about those behind the scenes women and I hope you give it a read!
As for myself, I did a few Women In Horror Month interviews.
Author Tim Meyer interviewed me on his blog.
Author Stephen Kozeniewski also had me on his blog, and I met him at the telethon!
Reviewer Robin Lee gave me a really in-depth interview!
See the men helping out up there? There are so many more, awesome men who are happy to spread the word about us scare-loving ladies. To those guys I tip my hat, my drink and whatever else I can tip without falling over at you. You are good people!
That’s it for now, folks, but thank you for reading!