I’d like to welcome horror writer Carrie Green, author of ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, and SUGAR IS SWEET to my blog! I asked her some questions and she had some tough love to share with fellow women writers—advising them to stay away from the YA category and, specifically, from writing about vampires, werewolves or wizards.
Do you offer a different perspective as a woman writing horror?
I may take a feminine approach in seeing horror as close to home, generally, sitting right there at your dining room table. I sincerely believe, however, that horror is horror, whether written by a man or a woman.
Do you feel there is a stigma against female horror writers?
No, but I was surprised at how few true female horror writers that there appear to be… The current trend in female writers seems to be ‘horror light’ which is taking vampires and werewolves and making them warm and fluffy to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers. It’s not too different from the girls in high school who thought that it would be cool to date bad boys. I never saw the charm in self-deception when it comes to relationships. Bad boys are risky long-term prospects and young girls should actually be warned against them.
What about the success of the Twilight and Harry Potter series?
There is an over-abundance of female authors writing tributes to Twilight or Harry Potter and I feel that they are sadly misdirected. The next big breakout author is unlikely to feature vampires, werewolves, or wizards. I really wish that more women were writing straight horror, romance, or anything else… Authors should strive for originality, to create their own unique characters, not just build on those already created by a blockbuster movie or book. People seem to forget that when those books became hits, it was because they were new, fresh, and different, at the time.
Are you missing the boat by not writing horror for young adults?
I do worry that the language, violence, and sexual content in my books may be too strong for some readers, but to remove those elements, in order to sell to young adults, would be a mistake. Due to the over abundance of authors targeting that niche market, the YA boat is likely to capsize soon. Plus, I believe that Twilight and Harry Potter owe a great deal of their success to being cross-over hits, the themes and characters in those books held great appeal to adults, not just YA.
I read that the one thing you are afraid of is death, which is quite ironic considering your genre. Do you ever get freaked out after writing?
Nope. I’m good at horror because I fear a lot of stuff (there are tons of ways to die). I think my honesty is what readers can relate to in my books. We all have fears, I just decided to dwell on mine, and make a living from it!
Were any of the characters in your books based on you or anyone you know?
I think every character that an author writes is some part of themselves; characters don’t just appear out of thin air. I plumb the dark depths of my soul when I’m writing horror.
Which of your novels is your favorite and why?
VIOLETS ARE BLUE is my personal favorite. It was based on my grandmother’s relationship with her mother-in-law (who lived with them during her entire marriage). I knew that there was bad blood between the two of them due to other people’s stories, but my grandmother refused to ever talk about it. She truly followed the adage ‘if you have nothing good to say, say nothing.’ It was a mystery that I wanted to solve and a jumping off point for my imagination.
What project are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on marketing and establishing myself as an eBook writer. I need to tackle the final edits for ‘Walk A Lonely Street,’ a full length horror/suspense novel that will be published in 2012, but I’d much rather be blogging and tweeting!
Carrie’s books are available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Smashwords