Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today, I’m chatting to the horror writer, Villimey Sigurbjörnsdóttir. Villimey, like myself, is one of the writers featured in the Women of Horror Anthology, Vol 3 The One that Got Away published by Kandisha Press
Welcome to the tearoom, Villimey. My first question to all my guests is what would you like to drink?
Thank you for your invite to the tearoom, Paula. Please could I have a matcha latte, thank you.
Now we have our drinks let me start by asking you when you first began your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
I’ve been fascinated by vampires since I was introduced to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (both the movie and the book) when I was just a tomboy girl, imitating Dennis the Menace. There’s just something interesting and yet horrifying to only live on blood and having to resort to murder. The vampire lore is also immense and it’s so much fun to peruse through all of them. As for horror, my older brother introduced me to it inadvertently. He was supposed to be babysitting me at the age of 7 and he and his friends were watching Aliens. He failed to notice little rebellious me behind the sofa, catching the scene when the xenomorph bursts through the chest. It traumatized me but thrilled me at the same time.
Which writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
I think writing tension and twists are my strongest points but I’d love to learn more patience and not being such an underwriter.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
I’ve currently got two writing projects. The first one being book 4 of my vampire horror series. That one has been mulling in my head for about 3 months now and I’m still working out some of the ideas, but I’m close to a solid plot! The other project is a short story that entered my mind in my dream a few nights ago, about a malicious spirit in Japanese folklore. Can’t wait to write that one!
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
None, actually. My OCD doesn’t like for me to have any unfinished projects when it comes to writing. Drawings, however…..oh, boy, I’ve got too many.
Do you write a synopsis first, write the first chapter or do you let the characters lead you?
I actually outline each chapter for a novel, that way I’ve got a nice skeletal structure and it helps me remember the core points of the story. As for short stories, I outline the basic ideas before I get started.
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
Leia and Sophie, the two MCs from my vampire horror series, actually contain a part of myself. Leia is the shy, anxious version of myself while Sophie is the snarky bitch version of myself.
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
Probably that I’m from Iceland.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work full-time so I try to squeeze in some writing either in the morning or after dinner. I write everything by hand in my notebooks which is a lot of fun and doesn’t distract me as much as writing on a laptop would.
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
Not really. That would just make me anxious. I try to write a little bit every day but if I’m feeling drained after work, I don’t write. It’s not like my stories are going anywhere.
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
Usually they’re just random names. I think of one and see if I still like it after a couple of days. The characters usually pop into my head fully dressed, with full personalities and backstories. I sometimes need to tweak their backstories a bit so they’ll fit into the story but most of the times, they’re ready-made and kicking.
I hope these answers are sufficient. Let me know if I need to add more.
Thank you so much for joining me in the tearoom, Villimey. To find out more about Villimey’s writing please click on the links below:
Author website/blog: www.villimeymistauthor.com
Nocturnal Blood on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Nocturnal-Blood-Villimey-Mist-ebook/dp/B07L1WHMYZ
Nocturnal Farm on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083RFKPT8?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_1&storeType=ebooks
If you want to find out more about Clubhouse Members’ Books, don’t forget to check out the Clubhouse Bookshops, too.