Tanya Nehmelman will bring her story, “Pandemonium” to life in the upcoming Paying the Ferryman. She is today’s second focus for Women in Horror Month. Get to know our feature author and look for her stories in the upcoming anthology.
Charon Coin Press: What drew you to the horror genre?
Tanya Nehmelman: Watching scary movies with my mom as a kid. (I still do.)
CCP: Do you have a favorite monster/horror character?
TN: Frankenstein’s monster
CCP: Do you have any advice for other female writers who want to write horror?
TN: I’d say if you enjoy it keep at it and don’t let a rejection or a few hold you back. Keep submitting until your story finds the right set of eyes to publish it.
CCP: What do you look for in a good horror story?
TN: A story that grabs my attention and keeps it, and creeps me out.
CCP: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
TN: Not exactly. I do remember the first story I wrote was for the young author’s program in second grade. It was for the kids who were doing well in handwriting, so I had to ask the teacher if I could participate since I have horrible handwriting.
CCP: Who is your favorite horror author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
TN: Stephen King. I like how his stories creep me out, giving me the feeling that this horrible character I just read about could be lurking out in the dark. I also like how he can make his stories long without a forced and dragged out feeling.
CCP: What are your favorite horror films? What book would you love to see on the big screen?
TN: Halloween, Creepshow, Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, Pumpkinhead, and Trick or Treat to name a few. I would like to see Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep the sequel to the Shining on the big screen.
CCP: What are three “Good to Know” facts about you?
TN: My first real job besides babysitting is the one I still have today as a file clerk in a doctor’s office. I’ve come up with a few stories there. Most of my ideas come from dreams (nightmares) I have or had. Ones that stick in my head and then I elaborate them with the “what if this happened” and they become a story. And I also write poetry and write and illustrate children’s stories, something completely different from my horror stories, but writing horror is my favorite.
CCP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
TN: When I think I’ve got a good story idea, but once it’s on paper I decide I don’t like it. The challenge is getting myself to like it again and reinvent it so I can finish it.
Tanya Nehmelman’s Bio
Tanya Nehmelman is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She is the author of several short stories included in the anthologies, Dead Men and Women Walking, Fossil Lake an Anthology of the Aberrant, and The Twelve Nights of Christmas. Her story All Hallows’ Night took 3rd place in the Inner Sins crossword format contest and is in issue 13. She has also received several editor’s choice awards for her poetry at poetry.com. To find her upcoming work visit her page at facebook.com/tanyanehmelmanauthorpage. Tanya Nehmelman lives in Northern Illinois with her family.