SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND
1.What inspired your story in SWM, “Abby’s Best Role” ?
My love of horror movies and especially strong leading heroines who don’t back down from monsters. I enjoyed 70’s exploitation horror, like I Spit on Your Grave and Ms. 45, as well as the slashers and monster flicks of the 80s. My story “Abby’s Best Role” is about a final girl who strives to defy stereotypes, while also trying to stay alive. She’s an actress who finds herself in a terrifying role she’s prepared her life for.
- What other cause do you think deserves more attention?
I’m very proud to have contributed to an anthology that donates to the American Indian College Fund. My niece is half Chickasaw, and a similar college fund helped her with tuition and books. It makes such a difference. Another cause I’m fond of is Books for Soldiers (http://booksforsoldiers.com/). Years ago, I got the opportunity to travel to Kuwait and Iraq with the USO on two separate trips. Each time, I spent a week in Baghdad on the military base. I got to dine with the soldiers and see how they worked and served our country so far away from home. I donated one of my novels to their base library and later was happy to see that you can donate books to their charity. Then Books for Soldiers ships boxes to wherever soldiers are stationed.
- A lot of your books have that historical element. if we had the capability, what’s one historic moment you’d like to be present at?
I was born in 1968, so I missed the hippy movement of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. I’ve always been fascinated with the hippy movement. If I could time travel back, I would take a road trip in a VW van with a bunch of friends and travel across the United States. We would stay at communes and camp out wherever the road takes us. We would avoid the area where the Texas Chainsaw Massacre happened, of course, and stay out of the desert regions of New Mexico where the Hills Have Eyes. We’d catch a Doors concert along the way. Our free-spirited road trip would culminate at Woodstock where we’d jam to Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and many others who made that moment so historical. I’ve written about that time period before and would love to revisit it again. In my short story “Girl from the Blood Coven” I wrote a supernatural mystery about a fictional hippy commune in Texas that turned murderous, inspired by the Manson Family. The back story from my “Girl from the Blood Coven” sets up the horrors in my novella The Witching House.
- What’s the most fun you ever had with another writer?
There have been so many instances, it’s hard to pick one. I’d say it’s the multi-author book signings I’ve done at various horror conventions, especially back in our days when Samhain Publishing sponsored several horror cons a year. World Horror Con in Austin, HorrorFind in Gettysburg, Horror Hound in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and Killercon in Vegas stand out as some of the best times. It was a blast spending a weekend with fellow horror authors and autographing books alongside them. Then we’d go out to dinner afterward and visit over food and drinks until midnight. I enjoyed the laughter and camaraderie and made some dear friends.
- Texas gets a rough rep sometimes. Give me three things about the state that you consider beautiful.
Texas is so vast that we have a variety of beauty from the evergreen forests of East Texas to the hill country around Austin to the beaches of Galveston and South Padre.
The women are absolutely beautiful.
Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes grow wild here and offer a floral sea of colors when you drive down a highway or rural road.