Featured Author: Margaret L Colton
Story: Changing Favors
State of Horror: Louisiana Volume I
Margaret L. Colton is an avid history buff, especially in the areas of Medieval Europe, Ancient Greece and American History, she loves all things history. She has been imparting her historical knowledge on her students for the past 12 years, teaching not only historical subjects but psychology as well. She teaches in the same district she graduated from. Even though she has two Master’s degrees in education, the writing community called to her.
Before beginning to write again after many years, she began editing and recently started ML Colton Editorial Services. Currently, she has a short story in State of Horror: New Jersey, North Carolina, Louisiana and others set to be published early next year. Besides dabbling with some short stories, she is the Editor-in-Chief at Charon Coin Press and has anthologies coming out early this year entitled Paying the Ferryman, and Carpe Noctem: Truly, Madly, Deeply.
She has two beautiful daughters and a granddaughter who share her love of books and fun and some amazing friends around her. Even though she lives in Missouri and is a rabid Cardinals fan, she loves to travel to some of her favorite places like New Orleans, Florida and Hawaii.
Synopsis: “Changing Favors” in State of Horror: Louisiana Volume I
Katie McAirn’s whole life is destroyed when her long-time boyfriend Keith leaves her. Trying to deal with the devastation of her crushed dreams and put the pieces of her broken heart together, her friends suggest a trip to New Orleans to help. While in New Orleans, Katie is drawn to the voodoo shop of Marie Laveau—the famous voodoo priestess. Strange occurrences happen that will stick with Katie. She has a brush with the supernatural she will not be able to shake. As she rejoins her friends, she finds out that Keith’s betrayal was worse than she thought. Katie’s emotions are out of control and set her on a path which will alter her life forever and give her a greater purpose than she ever could have imagined.
You must be outta your damn mind if you think for one second I’m getting into that bed with you, Keith. Get out!” I snap. I feel it. All I want to do is set the bed on fire with him in it.
How cliché am I? Am I seriously considering asking a favor from a long dead Voodoo Queen?
Time to Meet Margaret L. Colton
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
Margaret L. Colton: I went on a vacation to New Orleans and just loved the city so much that I wanted to set my story there. I wanted to capture the essence of the city and have it play a huge role in the story itself—not just be the setting. In addition the magic aspect or supernatural aspect is such a part of the city, it was just natural that the story have those elements.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
MLC: Louisiana is such a unique place, there is really nowhere else that is quite like it, whether is it out in the bayous, or New Orleans, or Baton Rouge or any of the smaller towns and parrishes, Louisiana’s distinctive tradition, history, and culture just called to me and really got me excited about writing my story.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
MLC: I want to be able to relate to the characters and get into their heads, almost feel what they feel. I like the sneaky kind of horror that creeps into the psyche and sticks with me.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
MLC: I pause for chocolate. I try not to, but there it is.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
MLC: I have stories in State of Horror: New Jersey and State of Horror: North Carolina.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
MLC: I am always looking for inspiration for my next story. I see stories everywhere.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
MLC: This is a very long list and changes all the time and it truly depends on the genre. If we are talking horror I would have to say Edgar Allen Poe and Anne Rice.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
MLC: The concept of the series is a lot of fun. I enjoy researching different states I haven’t been to and setting stories in some of my favorite places.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
MLC: I was all excited about Louisiana. I would like to see my home state of Missouri, then I’m waiting for Wyoming and Hawaii.
CCP: Music or no music when writing?
MLC: I would love to listen to music when I write, but I can’t. I do better in the quiet where I can hear the characters speak to me.
CCP: If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why?
MLC: Oh this is hard because there are places in Europe I’m dying to get to. However with the cold right now and my love of all things ocean, I would have to say Hawaii. I feel a “research” trip coming on.
CCP: What was the hardest part about writing your story?
MLC: The hardest part of writing this particular story was writing the supernatural aspects of it. I tend to gravitate to more human-type characters, but I wanted to try something different, so writing in magic was a cool challenge to tackle.
CCP: Do you have any writing rituals?
MLC: I don’t really have any rituals per se. I just kind of do what feels natural, so if that means writing out the story long-hand or sitting at the desk typing, I just go for it.
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