Growing up on an Orcadian island, surrounded by folk tales and the sea helped Adele Marie Park become a writer. She believes horror is paranormal. It is as solid as your heartbeat when you’re home alone and the floorboards creak upstairs.
1) How old were you when you first discovered horror?
My family had a farm on the Orkney island of Rousay. Around five years old I can remember the authentic folklore of Orkney being explained to me as very much alive. There was a field next to the house that had a knowe, that’s Norse for mound, and it was not only a trow, (troll) house but also where they had burned a witch. So, whether true or not that’s when I got my first taste of horror.
2) Who is your favorite author? Who has influenced you?
I have several favourites, but Stephen King has influenced me and so has Poppy Z Brite and of course I cannot leave out Anne Rice. Those three have influenced me greatly.
3) What inspired you to write your piece?
Japanese culture and music, especially Visual Kei, is a favorite and as the piece prompt was about horrific musical instruments, what better than to combine Japanese Yokai with music.
4) How much control do you exert over your characters? Do they have free will?
Most of my characters tell me what they are doing. However, if it goes against the plot then I can reign them in.
5) What did you learn from participating in the contest?
It was a sharp learning curve which brought my writing under criticism, the harshest critic being myself. I plunged down into darkness and rose again to the light. I found my writing voice and that is priceless.
6) Would you do it again? What would you do differently?
If my workload was less than it is now, then yes, I would do it again and this time around, I know my style has improved. Also, I would have an assistant to read the questions for me as having dyspraxia meant for at least two of the challenges I scored low because I didn’t understand the questions and thought I did.
7) What is your favourite horror novel?
Just one? Okay, Christine by Stephen King
8) Favourite horror movie?
The Conjuring directed by the master, James Wan.
9) Favourite horror television show?
Supernatural just keeps on giving.
10)What does the future hold for you? What do we have to look forward to?
I have just been signed by Black Wolf publishing for my horror novel Wolfe Manor and will also have a horror short story in the next publication of Dan Alatorre’s award-winning anthology. The 2nd book of my fantasy series, Wisp, will be published this year and I plan to work on an illustrated companion book to go with the trilogy. I can’t stop writing, there are too many stories in my head. Wait a moment, that’s a great idea for a horror story.
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