Crymsyn Hart is today’s second feature author for Women of Horror Month. She is a talent who blends walks in the world comfortably in both erotica romance and horror. Let’s take a moment to visit with Hart and stay tuned for an announcement by Charon Coin Press in the coming week about today’s feature author.
Charon Coin Press: What drew you to the horror genre?
Crymsyn Hart: The first thing I can remember that drew me to the horror genre was the first horror movie I saw when I was four. That was Poltergeist and it scare me to pieces. Even now I still can’t look into a mirror the same way twice. To keep me from being scared of it, my father thought it was a good idea to let me watch it over and over again. It only reinforced my love for being scared.
CCP: Do you have a favorite monster/horror character?
CH: My favorite monster is the vampire. I’m a big Dracula fan too.
CCP: Do you have any advice for other female writers who want to write horror?
CH: Don’t let anyone tell you that a woman can’t write horror like a man. We all have different voices. While the horror market might be a niche that some say are dying, I don’t think so. If your muse wants to kill people in some horrible way and throw in a twist, then just follow the bloody trail and see where it leads you.
CCP: What do you look for in a good horror story?
CH: What I look for in a good horror story is the building of suspense. I like to be scared when I’m reading or watching a horror movie. Sometimes the obvious frights aren’t the most obvious at all because there is something behind them. I am a sucker for some of the clichés of ‘It was a dark and stormy night…’ with ghosts wandering around and monsters hiding underneath the bed. Sometimes those ghosts and monsters are not always what you think. I love the twists that happen while you flip through the pages.
CCP: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
CH: I remember being in fourth grade and a friend and I had this great idea for a story involving unicorns and magic. We were both going to write something, one chapter each, until we finished. She never wrote the story and I ended up naming all the characters after my collection of My Little Pony’s. But what really got me started was I had read a series of books as a teenager and hated the ending. So I took it upon myself to rewrite the series.
CCP: Who is your favorite horror author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
CH: I enjoy reading Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Alan Poe, Dan Simmons, and a whole slew of others, but they are not my favorites. I follow the vampires. If they have written a book about the undead, I usually read it. My favorite book in the horror genre is a book called The Making of a Monster by Gail Petersen It was a book I got off the rack in the local grocery store when I was a teenager. It’s the only book by the author and it’s just a great story.
CCP: What are your favorite horror films? What book would you love to see on the big screen?
CH: My favorite horror films are: Poltergeist, Subspecies, Puppet Master, The Shining – the tv miniseries, Phantasm, Hellraiser, Nightbreed and a list as long as my arm.
The book I would love to see would be Heartshaped Box by Joe Hill made into a movie. It’s one of my new favorite books I have read. I have a couple more of his on my TBR list.
CCP: What are three “Good to Know” facts about you? Be creative. Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details.
CH: Fun facts about me:
- Two days after I graduated high school, I started my first real job working as a psychic in Boston for The Original Tremont Tearoom. I was there for four and a half years reading everything from tealeaves to doing séances on Halloween.
- I have lived in at least three haunted places.
- My experiences as a psychic, ghosts I’ve encountered, jaunts as a teenager through graveyards were inspirations for my writing.
- Many of my ideas also come from my dreams or sometimes from the movies I am watching at the time I am writing.
CCP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
CH: The one thing I find challenging about writing is finding enough time to do it. I have so many ideas in my head that I don’t have enough fingers to write them all down. I can average writing a book a month if I put my mind to it, but then I would have no fingers left. But I think every writer always say that.
For me, I started writing horror but somehow my first publisher categorized my book as paranormal romance, which it’s clearly not. And I kinda fell into the romance world. I would have horror elements in some of my books because that never truly left. However, choosing to get back into writing straight horror was a big experiment because I was constantly fighting with the romance muses. The horror muses get weird ideas on what to do with the romance ones, but I only use those ideas in stories.
Jobs as a psychic, haunted houses, and a long list of title in multiple genres are just a few of the things we have learned about Crymsyn Hart in today’s feature. Stay tuned for next week’s announcement related to Hart. Until then, let’s learn a little more about today’s feature author.
Crymsyn Hart’s Bio
Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of erotic romance and horror. Her worlds are filled with luscious vampires, gorgeous gods, quirky witches, and everything else that goes bump in the night. Crymsyn worked as a psychic for many years in Boston while attending Emerson College. She graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing. Crymsyn shares her life with a small zoo, three playful puppies, and her hubby Mark.
Visit her on the web at: www.RavynHart.com