I have always been a reader even at a young age. My first love has always been horror, as I devoured the Goosebumps and Point Horror books. When I finished those I moved on to Stephen King. King has a way of sucking you into his books and I was hooked. I love characters who are real, warts and all. They make mistakes, they choose the wrong path, but they are relatable. While I may have read King much too young, it made me a lifelong fan. I love the scope of his books and the fact that he has created his own shared world.
Horror may be my first love, but I do read many different genres. I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot. I love her dialogue and the way it flows.
In the early 2000s, I discovered Kelley Armstrong and fell in love with urban fantasy. It felt like I had finally found my genre, a world that blended horror and the real world together. The idea that supernatural beings could exist and live alongside humans without them knowing is a fun idea that can be written in so many different ways.
These authors will always be an inspiration to me and while I will never be as good as they are, I think we have a lot to learn from the experts. Read extensively in your genre and you will soon see trends, ideas, and tropes that flow through all of them. You don't need to reinvent the wheel, simply make the work your own, while appealing to an audience eager for more.
As a writer, I tend to plan a year ahead at a time but I have enough covers available to write books up to 2028 and beyond! So I thought I would share with you a few of the stories I have planned. You can see the amazing covers above.
Under His Spell - This will be my first monster romance book. I bought this cover for a set, but it did not run so I decided to release it on its own at a later date. Under His Spell will feature a woman who lives with her boring fiance. She yearns for excitement and she gets it when a strange creature appears in her living room one night. But not everything is as it seems...
Eternally Bound - This will be the first book in a Sleepy Hollow retelling. It will follow both characters from the past and their current-day descendants as they try to figure out the legend of the Headless Horseman and what he wants with their town.
Falling Into Madness - This will be my Alice in Wonderland modern-day retelling. The main character finds herself with amnesia and as she pieces together the clues, she discovers that she spent time in a strange casino run by a woman in red.
I am excited to bring these stories to you and I hope to get them started in 2024. Until then you can check out my current books via my website.
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1) Tell us about your book
I’d love to tell you more about my book, DEVIANTS AND DECADENTS, which is releasing in October of this year. This is a private collection of my short stories with a high focus on fantastical creatures and some psychological thriller peppered in. It will also feature some of my poetry and short stories from authors Jae Mazer, Dicey Grenor, and Megan Stockton. I always love to feature authors whose writing I love, and celebrate their works whenever I can.
It has been awhile since my last release, THE UNFLESHED: TALE OF THE AUTOPSIC BRIDE due to my workload with the pub house and magazine (retired) and one day I realised, what I missed most besides helping other people was creating my own worlds and characters. I’m excited to be back in the groove, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it.
2) Tell us something unusual about your main character
The main character in each story is a facet of my own personal demons. I won’t say what they are because it’s more fun to let people assume and interpret it their own way. It could be psychological, emotional, physical, or all of the above. The goal is to create characters my readers can make a connection with and therefore with me.
3) What’s next for you?
In March, I will be releasing an anthology I curated called VIXENS OF HORROR: VINTAGE EDITION which pays tribute to women, and those who identify as women, who have had their voices stolen but find vindication through whatever means necessary. These are strong feminine characters who take care of things in their own way. This anthology will be announcing added authors as we go.
For next year, I will also have two more works releasing: THE UNHOWLING, and JARS. One is a story about werewolves, and the latter is a coming-of-age story about strange worms turning up everywhere in a small town. I’ve been working on them both for some time. Getting them published will be a huge accomplishment for me.
4) What genres do you write in and why?
I stick to dark fiction and bounce around between dark sci-fi, supernatural horror, and grimdark. I love diving into the human condition, exploring why people act the way they do under different scenarios, how those scenarios alter our everyday norm, and the juxtaposition of terror vs. beauty.
5) Describe your writing style
I write in 3rd person. I know some people hate it. It’s interesting because readers who aren’t used to it call it “head hopping” but to be honest it’s almost impossible to head hop in that point of view. Most of that occurs in 1st person. Sorry! Publisher hat came on.
I enjoy 3rd person because it allows me to give the reader a panoramic view of the experience I’m pulling them into. I want them to see, hear, taste, and smell all the details. In doing so, the stories stick with them long after they finish reading.
I tend to lean very dark, preferring to torment my characters and forgo happy endings because most of the time in life, we don’t get those. Finding hope against all odds is harder to do and gives my characters a more relatable depth.
6) What inspires you to write?
I have so many personalities in my head. They talk all the time, tell me details of their lives and what they have been through. My mind is a literal support group for different characters and creatures of all kinds. I may have a female assassin sitting next to a misogynist were-octopus (I just made that up) across from a starving vampire, and all of them are wanting to be heard. They’ve woken me up from a sound sleep to jot down notes and details of stories they demand to be told.
So yeah, if I don’t write? I will go insane.
7) Tell us something unusual about you
Have you not been listening (reading)? ;D
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”