If I had a chance to speak to my younger self or leave behind a written note for a younger me to find, I would have so much I would want to say. Leaving aside all of the winning lottery numbers, best stock investments, and greatest new invention, I would want to tell myself to write down all of those great writing ideas I had that would just stew in that melting pot between my ears before being lost forever. Ideas for writing came so easily to me back then. My imagination ran wild, and my ideas were just about as wild as my imagination. Still, they were great ideas. At least, I remember them to be. I just don’t remember many of them anymore. So, to my younger self, get a book and write down those brilliant ideas. They will come in handy later in your life!
I can’t really stop there, though. There is one more thing I would want to tell my younger self. Pay closer attention in English class! You really will use that stuff one day! I was an A and B student throughout English in high school and college, but I should have applied more of what I was learning to get a more thorough knowledge base for editing and proofreading. I would love to be able to rely solely on my own edits. As of right now, though, oh, hell no! Editor, please! Better to be safe than sorry is my motto when it comes to editing.
So, younger self, write down your ideas, especially the ones that came to you in the middle of the night. Those were the best ones, and still are! And, write more so you can practice the use of your editing and proofreading skills. Your older self will thank you.
When I first wrote book one of the trilogy, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to write the book as a YA or adult book. Originally, the first book contained a very detailed, passion-filled sex scene between Robbie and Gloria when they go up those stairs and away from the rest of the group. After reading the scene several times and considering my potential YA audience, I toned it down quite a bit and made it much more appropriate for a younger audience. I call these books YA+. I think the novels appeal to ages 15 and up because they can relate to the age of the characters so well. I must still caution young readers that there is still a lot of gore and violence in the book. If you think about it though, there is no more gore and violence in this series of books than there is in the video games being played by the same group of young people. If mild, sensual scenes, gore, and fear-inspired action appeal to you, you are going to enjoy reading the It That Has No Name book series.
I have been asked what makes me so passionate about my It That Has No Name trilogy. I have always had a passion for horror and romance, so incorporating both into a story was my destiny. My love for vampires, demons, witches, and warlocks and all of the horror and chaos that ensues when you combine them into a storyline was my heart’s dream plot. Weave in a little of my faith in a higher power and the It That Has No Name trilogy was complete.
I loved the eighties and nineties horror structure where the plot centered around a group of young people battling evil, so I went with that structure in my novels. There is just something so interesting about characters’ relationships and interactions while facing near certain death.
The books in the trilogy were written before I was forty years old even though I did not publish them until I was much older. They have had a lot of shelf time so I just have to hope that people still enjoy the dynamics of the supernatural world and the young mind of this ole middle aged mom.
Growing up in the 1980s meant that I experienced the greatest time for horror in this century, in my opinion of course. My first exposure to horror was watching Jaws, The Exorcist and The Omen. Those are the earliest memories I have of horror films. They definitely left a lasting impression, and although I was young to have been watching these movies, I don’t believe I was negatively impacted by them. In fact, they are the foundation for my love for horror today, and I think that makes me a fabulous and interesting person.
I would say that my writing is more influenced by the horror of the eighties where groups of young people congregate in one place and face off against an antagonist of phenomenal strength and ability and evil to the core. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween, and almost all of their sequels fell into this category. To this degree, It That Has No Name and its sequels follow suit. From Jason, Freddy, and Michael to It, audiences and readers can be assured they are getting a great story focused around a formidable foe.