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, Rowan Hill. Rowan, 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, Rowan. As always my first question to my guests is what would you like to drink?
Thank you for your invite to the tearoom. My favorite beverage is red wine, thank you. I shall look forward to your driver taking me home. The flight in was delightful. A private jet.
We try to provided all our guests need to be able to join us in the tearoom. Now our refreshments have arrived I shall start by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
Honestly, it took me a while to find my way to horror. But I have stuck with it because I enjoy the twists that are often present. The most normal scenario can be running along smoothly, then something outlandish occurs and because it’s the horror genre, we are all cool with it ( Halldark’s The Hatching by Brian Keene, anyone?). It’s for this reason that I think horror is so enjoyable to write, readers don’t expect normal life and are usually disappointed if that’s all you give them.
What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
I believe I can describe the hell out of an environment, especially one in a state of chaos. I think I need to be more experimental with how ‘dark’ I go in my stories. I’m too nice!
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
The latest novella I hope to publish is a psychological creature feature set in North Alaska. Think Babadook in the wilderness. I’m doing some revisions and no, it came to me one night and I spent approximately an hour in bed furiously typing on my phone and spent the next day fleshing it out.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
Oh god, I just counted. The outlines and ideas for 23 novels, novellas, and short stories.
Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter?
From the idea outline to then a fleshed out and after its on my yellow legal paper, I hit the ground running. I jump around a lot based on where the creativity hits.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
I have found that I am pretty consistent with my writing style (thank god), it all just a matter of how much caffeine I have had that day and if I’m functioning well.
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
I have never watched a murder documentary.
Did you uncover things about yourself while writing your books or story whether that be a long forgotten memory, a positive experience etc.
I think I have just about worked every traumatic experience into my writing at this point. And have discovered using them as material is, obviously cathartic, but also damn good reading. You have so much emotion over it, a whole new range of words and feelings to describe it are present.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Whenever I can! But find that if I don’t have at least a two-hour window for writing available, very little gets accomplished.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Nothing comes to mind, but in general? Climaxes. (there is a joke in there somewhere.) I just write and write and write a novel for something like 2 months, then it comes to the last three chapters and my brain gives a wave and goes on hiatus.
Thank you for joining me in the tearoom, Rowan. To find out more about Rowan’s writing and her books, check out the links below:
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