Emmy Z. Madrigal is the author of the Regency novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe. Her previous works include the Sweet
Dreams Musical Romance Series and the novelettes Anime Girl and Anime Girl 2. Emmy has been praised for her realistic
portrayal of modern female characters and their will to survive in a world of adversity, prejudice, and economic hardship.
Her story, “Hungry Masses,” appears in Haunts and Hellions: A Gothic Romance Anthology.
NTK: How did you become interested in Gothic Literature?
EZM: I read gothic romance as a kid, but when I started reading gothic literature as a young adult, I found the works of Bronte, Dickens, and the awesome book Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen that inspired me to write. The whisper of mystery in a romance story has always called to me.
NTK: How do you define “romance”?
EZM: Any story that involves two people connecting on a deep, intimate level.
NTK: What is your favorite Gothic horror story?
EZM: I know it’s not a traditional Gothic horror, but Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is delightful. It’s not exactly scary for her…there is presumed fear, it’s all planted in her head because of rumors. But the reason I like it so much is because it is about a gal who enjoys reading Gothic horror and her quest to find a love that understands that. I think Mr. Tilney is the perfect picture of a mate who will support her Gothic horror habit.
NTK: Do you have a favorite Gothic horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
EZM: I’ve most recently enjoyed Rebecca. It’s an old story that was first a book, then a Hitchcock film, and now we have the 2020 version. I love the style of the movie. The sets and costumes were fabulous. The story is similar to Jane Eyre. If you knew your husband was a killer (or torturer) of his first wife, could you stay with him? Could you cover for him? It’s a tale that can resonate even today. What would you do if you found he killed his wife? Even if he had a good reason?
NTK: Are your characters based on real people?
EZM: Kinda. The ship is based on a true vanished ship from history and I chose names based on the passenger list.
NTK: Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
EZM: Generally, no. I do chart out or write certain plot points I want to cover, but the story flows the way it wants, even if I don’t want it to go that way.
NTK: Do your characters have free will? Or do you decide their fate?
EZM: Generally, they are just playing out a scene in my head. Is that me? Or them?
NTK: What are you most afraid of?
EZM: I think recently, it’s been the insecurity of life. I would never want to lose any of my family or friends.
NTK: What is your favorite romance?
EZM: I like romances where both people are completely devoted to the other. I am not a fan of cheaters. So, I am drawn to the classic stories like Romeo and Juliet, or a lot of Jane Austen storylines where the love stays true despite adversity. They may not speak their love for months, years… but it is still alive and never wavers.
NTK: Who is your favorite horror author?
EZM: I don’t have just one. It’s all those paperback Gothic romance writers I read as a kid.
NTK: What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
EZM: I am really looking forward to my novel coming this year with HorrorAddicts.net Press, Northanger, a modern rewrite of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I also have a few romances coming out from Meant to Be Press.
If you like vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings, you can check out my octo-gal short on Audible, Ink Dreams.