My latest two-part series on the Baby Seal blog was something of a challenge to set up. I’ve loved reading horror fiction from a young age, so writing the first piece was an absolute pleasure. However, finding a quality Kiwi horror writer to interview was not as simple as I thought.
In the end, the Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand stepped in to help:
I fielded responses from several fantastic writers, and in the end chose to speak with Matt and Debbie Cowens. These two are the husband and wife team behind 2012 mash-up novel, Mansfield with Monsters. I’m not overtly a fan of the mash-up genre, but as a die-hard Katherine Mansfield admirer I did enjoy the chance to discuss two of my favourite literary topics in the one interview.
SpecFic NZ’s Liz Gatens praised the piece, saying:
You not only dissected nightmares, but are helping to dispel some myths about horror writing and writers.
In other news, I enjoyed interviewing Craig Sisterson of Crime Watch blog for next week’s Richmond Leader. I stumbled across the blog while researching an article on Bev Robitai’s Murder in the Second Row, which is set in the Theatre Royal in Nelson. When I learned Craig had grown up in Richmond, I decided he would make an excellent subject for our “Two Minutes With” section.