Our next feature was in the small list of authors who I (Jerry Benns) came in contact with when exploring the writing, and more specifically the horror, community. She is an author, publisher, publicist, and mentor. She works in the community in many capacities and groups. In both State of Horror: Illinois and State of Horror: New Jersey, she has a story appearing. Who is she? None other than Julianne Snow. When I think of my first exposure to the Women in Horror Month, her name was one of the first came across. She is also a huge supporter of celebrating through her many websites and platforms to share features of the many great women in horror. Let’s get to know more about our second feature author of the day, Julianne Snow.
Charon Coin Press: What drew you to the horror genre?
Julianne Snow: I don’t think it was any one thing in particular—I think my brain just takes things and twists it.
CCP: Do you have a favorite monster/horror character?
JS: I will admit I’m a sucker for a good Zombie!! But I also really enjoy imaginative, scary creatures like those cave-dwellers in The Descent!
CCP: Do you have any advice for other female writers who want to write horror?
JS: Go for it. You can do anything you put your mind to.
CCP: What do you look for in a good horror story?
JS: The psychological engagement. If it’s simply filler with nothing that makes me think, it’s not going to hold my interest.
CCP: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
JS: Honestly? No. I’ve always been a storyteller from the moment I could talk and it was a logical progression that when I could, I picked up the pen.
CCP: Who is your favorite horror author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
JS: I don’t have a favourite horror author. Picking a favourite gives them the opportunity to let you down when they write something that you didn’t click with.
CCP: What are your favorite horror films? What book would you love to see on the big screen?
JS: My favourite horror films include: Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Descent, Cabin Fever, Pandorum, High Tension, The Bat, Carnival of Souls plus quite a few others. As for a horror book I’ve read that I’d love to see on the silver screen… I’d like to see an adaptation of King’s Cell which I really enjoyed. I hear it’s going to get made and I’m excited to see if the parts I felt were important and interesting make the cut!
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.
JS: I think I have a small addiction to Dr. Pepper but I swear I can beat it!
I have a degree in Forensic Archaeology and am a certified Fire and Explosions Investigator.
The smell of artificial vanilla gives me a migraine.
CCP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
JS: That’s a very hard question to answer… Writing is challenging in and of itself. I think finding the words to correctly convey what’s taking place in your head can be challenging.
Julianne Snow’s Bio
Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and Glimpses of the Undead. She is the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous and the Co-Founder and Publicist at Sirens Call Publications. Writing in the realms of speculative fiction, Julianne has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. With pieces of short fiction in various publications, Julianne always has a few surprises up her sleeves. Be sure to check out The Carnival 13, a collaborative round-robin novella for charity which she contributed to and helped to spearhead which was released in October 2013.
Social Media Links:
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Amazon Author Page: Julianne Snow
Goodreads: Julianne Snow
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