Today author Dawn Taylor takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, "Pepe," appearing in the anthology A Haunting of Words, which also includes my brand new short story, "Anesthetize or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys"):
Blurb: Diane accepts an internship at a law firm. Shortly after settling into her new apartment, a clown appears under her bed disturbing her sleep. Who is he? What does he want? Will Diane have the strength to conquer her tormentor before he destroys her sanity?
What inspired you to write this story?: I have always had a fear of clowns. They emit an eerie presence and must never be trusted. The thought of one hiding under my bed, waiting to torment me is a nightmare.
How long have you been writing?: I have been writing as a child, but my first short story titled “The Double Nickel Tour,” was published in 2016 in Scout Media’s A Journey of Words.
What genres do you most associate with in your writing?: I like to write psychological horror and stories with a twist ending.
What are you working on right now?: Currently, I have written a debut novel, which I hope to publish by the end of the year.
What else do you have available/published?: I have published a few short stories. In addition to “Pepe” and “The Double Nickel Tour,” I have published “Katey,” “Dirty Gypsy Girl,” and “The Price of Admission.”
What advice do you give to new writers?: My advice to new writers is to study the craft. Learn grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and all the necessities of writing, and then allow your imagination to soar.
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