All this week, we featured authors from State of Horror: North Carolina. The site has focused on many of the authors from the February 10th release including: L.J. Heydorn, Frank J. Edler, Nathanael Gass, Kenneth W. Cain, Frank Larnerd, Susan Hicks Wong, Armand Rosamilia, Stuart Conover/Kerry Lipp, and Margaret L. Colton. We continue our exploration of the state of North Carolina with author Kathryn M. Hearst and her story, The Sacred Cave.
Kathryn M. Hearst is a southern girl with a love of the dark and strange. She has been a story teller her entire life, as a child she took people watching to new heights by creating back stories of complete strangers. Besides writing, she has a passion for shoes, vintage clothing, antique British cars, music, musicians and all things musical (including theatre). Kate lives in central Florida with her chocolate lab, Jolene; and two rescue pups, Jagger and Roxanne. She is a self-proclaimed nerd, raising a nerdling.
State of Horror: North Carolina
Story synopsis- “The Sacred Cave”
“Did something try to eat him?” Anna lost the battle and started to cry. She was on the verge of hysteria.”
Daniel and Anna are married and about to have a baby. They live in the suburbs. Anna goes into labor and Daniel remembers when they met and got together. They were on a camping trip for a class with another couple, Brian and Jess. Brian and Jess had gone to the site ahead of Daniel and Anna. Conflict can bring people together. The events of that trip have a ripple effect for the years to come and will affect the couple in ways they never thought possible. Will they remember and do they want to? What transpired that night in the sacred cave?
Fun Facts – Kathryn M. Hearst
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
Kathryn M. Hearst: Two of my great uncles were full blooded Cherokee. I have always been fascinated with the myths and legends of the First People.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
KMH: As a child, I hiked in the Appalachians with my father. North Carolina is absolutely beautiful, but it was coming across ruins of old farm houses or stone walls and monuments that I loved the most.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
KMH: There is no one thing. I love the stories that I can’t stop thinking about months later. The ones that worm into your brain and set up shop.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
KMH: Let me shake the crumbs out my keyboard, then I can tell you.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
KMH: None yet, but I have a handful of short stories that are scheduled to be released in 2015.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
KMH: I love chatting with readers. If they want to get to know me, they can hit me up on Face Book or email me.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
KMH: I read everything from the classics to IKEA instruction manuals. It is hard to narrow it down. Right now I am hooked on indie writers Meg Collett and Carolyn Brown.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
KMH: The awesome Armand Rosamilia, I want to be him when I grow up… just less hairy.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
KMH: I am partial to the south.
CCP: Music or no music when writing? (and if yes on music, what are you listening to?)
KMH: Sometimes I feel like a note, sometimes I don’t. For the Sacred Cave, I listened to classic rock.