Today I have horror author and anglophile Loren Molloy on my blog.
Who are the authors who most influenced your writing?
I would have to say there are four that come to mind immediately: Edgar Allan Poe, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, & Laurell K. Hamilton. Each Author in their own way created a whole new world of their own filled with their own special brand of horror and imagination which is what I hope to achieve in my own way with my new novel The Very Devil, Herself!
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I would have to say I most enjoy writing horror novels woven with historical facts and laced with a touch of the paranormal.
In your bio you call yourself a long time Anglophile. What does that mean?
The dictionary says the definition for an Anglophile is someone who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain. This has always been true for me since I was very small. I was drawn inexplicably to anything British. The accent, the culture, the literature, and even their history because of this I chose England as the location for my latest novel. I am also planning on visiting England as part of a book tour for The Very Devil, Herself.
Who designed the cover of your book?
I did actually! I saw the book cover in my mind and knew I had to figure out how to make it a reality. I was amazed how much work is actually involved in the process and how much I had to learn. In the end, after all those hours upon hours staring at a computer screen until my eyes felt like they were melting out of my skull, I do believe the cover came out wonderfully and really captures the eye. So in my mind it was completely worth it as is anything that is a work from the heart.
What was the most difficult part of publishing your first novel?
As a self-published author it became a constant battle between I don’t know how to do this and I guess I better learn. No one tells you when you decide to write a book how many details are involved completely separate from actually writing the novel itself! When you are your own publicist, editor, marketing agent, salesperson, web designer, illustrator, and more it can be truly daunting. I was constantly learning new programs on the fly just to finish a small detail that wound up always being essential. As bizarre as it seems being a self published author is like being the ringleader of a circus as well as every other job there too. It’s a constant juggling act that never really stops. I actually discovered how much I truly love being an author when I wouldn’t give up no matter how hard or difficult a task was. I knew each step was worth it and that each step brought me closer to getting my novel into readers hands.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so how do you handle it?
Actually, yes I do. It happens. For me I handle it the only way I know how, I begin to work on another novel. Yes, that’s right, another novel. I take a “lazy Susan” approach to it. When I get stuck on one novel I put it aside for a bit and work on another novel. I usually have three or four novels on the “lazy Susan”. When I get stuck I just turn the table again and work on another one. It has proved to work really well for me and this way when I’m all finished with one novel and it’s published I already have another novel waiting in the wings to be finished.
So you have how many other novels just waiting to be finished right now?
Right now I have three others I am working on. All are also horror novels. The next one coming out is about a psychiatrist in the late 1920’s who gets a new patient at the insane asylum but after the initial interview there can be no denying the woman is possessed, not crazy. What can the psychiatrist do? How can the possessed woman be stopped from destroying the mental hospital and all who resided within? You’ll have to read The Storyteller of Pain to find out more.
What if anything did you learn from writing this book?
Besides how much work is involved. *Author chuckles* I learn so much information especially because this novel spans three centuries. Honestly, I did an immense amount of research for this book. Every street, every pub and bar used in the book, every detail about people places and even objects used was carefully researched by the actual dates. For some it might sound like a hellish chore but for an Anglophile research lover such as me it was a blast.
What is your favorite thing about your main character?
My favorite thing about my main character Alexandra? Only one? That’s hard! I guess that would have to be her strange sense of morals. She hates that she needs to fed on humans. She wishes she didn’t have to, longs to even. For Alexandra, it sickens her to see human beings who have no true need to kill people do so anyway and it is because of that fact Alexandra chooses to hunt those monsters down. She actually goes after two real historical serial killers who were alive in London during those centuries. She gets the monsters other humans just can’t stop!
What is your favorite horror book?
Hell House by Richard Matheson. It seems to be the only horror novel I choose to reread at least once a year. The novel combines supernatural horror with mystery as the researchers attempt to investigate the haunting of the infamous Hell house while their sanity is subtly undermined by its sinister supernatural influence. Truly a brilliant horror classic.
About Loren Molloy:
Loren Molloy won her first award in 2005 for Best Young Poet. This was the catalyst to the creation of her first published book Black Dreams and Shattered Illusions. Loren has been writing books ever since.
Loren Molloy is a long time Anglophile as well as a lover of history. Her book The Very Devil, Herself! gave Loren the chance to delve deep into the history of London during her favorite time periods: 17th, 18th, & 19th century. Spending over a year on making sure her book is historically accurate Loren Molloy’s latest supernatural thriller weaves a web of the factual with the horrifying.
When Loren isn’t writing or researching for her next novel she spends time watching Horror movies, walking outdoors in her beautiful home state of New York, and interacting with others through her social media accounts.