Q: What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Balancing the day job and the home and family with writing novels. At the end of the day, or early morning and on weekends, you dig deep and find the time and the discipline to write. However, as with all writers, there is a need to get that story out of your imagination and onto the screen. If I don't do anything with the stories that come to me, it's like an itch that needs scratching and won't go away until it is scratched. Once a story grips me, it has to be written and I have to find the time to do that. I love the writing process - from idea to book - the planning, the constant living in the story and being apart of it, and the wonderful feeling of completion. Then all the hard work starts, particularly if you are an indie author, editing, design, marketing, publishing. The real freedom for me, though, is in using my imagination to create the stories and bring them to life.
Q: Can you give a short synopsis of your book?
It's a collection of horror and paranormal short stories. There are seven characters or protagonists in each of the stories, all dealing with a level of dysfunction in themselves. Whether it's wanting the biggest house in the district and finding it has a sinister occupant, to a Merman seeking redemption for the killing of innocents, through to a grown man with 'mummy' complex that allows the evil in, the book shines a light on the things we keep hidden. There is the message that what is kept in the dark won't stay there for long.
Q: What inspired you to write this?
I loved writing this anthology, as it is my first foray into the horror genre. Writers in these genres not only draw on your fears but they also examine their own. In every story ever written, I believe, there is an element of truth. Do we really feel these things? Did we really see that dark shape out of the corner of our eye? Was that strange dream so prophetic in waking hours, real? Sometimes, the answer is 'yes'.
I have just finished a full length novel 'Blood Visions' and I'm really pleased with the way that story has turned out. I tend to enjoy writing in the horror and paranormal genre and then, on the other hand, contemporary fiction which draws on current life themes: love, self-purpose, life's meaning and the journeys we all undertake.
I suppose that writing horror allows me to explore the unexplained and the mysterious, as well as the challenges in life. I'm a bit Maeve Binchy meets Stephen King like. Nevertheless, the absolute litmus test for all novels is good storytelling and good writing and I like to think I'm moving towards both.
Q: How many hours per day do you spend writing?
It varies with my work schedule but on a good day I can write for six hours straight and then another four hours at night. Mostly, it's about three hours a day considering I have a day job as well.
Q: What are you working now?
I'm editing my novel 'Blood Visions' and am really enjoy it. I intend to try and find a niche horror publisher for this work. It's a story about a girl who has a mind link with a serial killer which is activated when he takes a life, hence the title 'Blood Visions'.
Next up is a book about a group of women who meet weekly for art classes. They all have particular powers or gifts but don't really know that yet. One in particular gets into trouble with her 'gift' when she becomes stuck between worlds. To the outside, this girl looks like she is having a psychotic breakdown. Only her friends can help her, and they have to combine their powers to save her.
You see, as the stories come, I try and find the time to write them. That is my definition of an artist: one who finds a way and practices their art despite the challenges.
Title: Evil Imminent
Author: Maryann Weston
Genre: Horror / Paranormal Short Story Collection
A horror/paranormal anthology that lures, grips and exhilarates, leaving the reader demanding more.
‘Normal’ will never be the same after reading Evil Imminent.
In Maryann Weston’s exciting new anthology, mundane becomes extraordinary.
- Nate is unable to cast off his past;
- Gabby is devastated by grief;
- Sal will do whatever it takes;
- Sybilla’s arrogance leads her to a deadly risk;
- Dutton’s yearnings become an obsession;
- Bella is consumed by her disrespect for culture;
- Michael searches for redemption.
“She fled back through the house and out the front door into the comfort of the suburban street. She gulped in the cool air and focused on one thought. Something had gone wrong. It had gone horribly wrong.”
Maryann Weston is a professional writer and communicator, working in private enterprise and for government. She lives in the rural town of Goulburn, Australia.
She has been writing all her life across many mediums and for many purposes.
Maryann has written for newspapers including feature, news and legal stories, and for government, niche magazines, websites and social media campaigns. She has developed, led and implemented countless public relations strategies for corporate and government clients, including for major national events.
She has successfully edited newspapers and magazines and online publications.
For the past 25 years Maryann has put words together in various ways, for a diverse audience and a variety of reasons, through her professional work and as an author. She has published three books, Belonging Places, Shadowscape and Dawn of the Shadowcasters. Evil Imminent is her first collection of horror and paranormal short stories.
Maryann has also just finished her first horror novel, Blood Visions.
You can follow her blog at https://extrasensitiveperson.wordpress.com/
on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/shadowscape.stevievegas
and on Twitter @MaryannWeston. Visit her website at http://westonfamily1.wix.com/maryannwestonauthor.
You can find her books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Maryann-Weston/e/B00HSH0OXQ
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