Naching T. Kassa Interview with R. L. Merrill
Greetings and Salutations, Horror Addicts. I am honored to have been given the task of interviewing the illustrious Naching T. Kassa this week. Naching wears many hats beyond wife, mother, and horror writer. She’s created short stories, novellas, poems, and co-created three children. She lives in Eastern Washington State with Dan Kassa, her husband, and biggest supporter. Naching is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Head of Publishing and Interviewer for HorrorAddicts.net, and an assistant and staff writer for Still Water Bay at Crystal Lake Publishing.
I challenged Naching to face the World’s Most Dangerous Interview, 2021 Edition, and here were the results:
RLM : Name a childhood fear and tell us whether or not it still scares you.
NTK: As a child, I was terrified of flying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They used to swoop over my bed with their batwings. Thank goodness I am no longer afraid of them. Creeping BLTs are much scarier. (As are spiders and other creepy crawlies—Shudder!!)
RLM: Give us three bizarre habits you’ve developed during the pandemic.
NTK: I was a terrible germaphobe before the pandemic, and it seems to have intensified that feeling. I have the habit of washing my hands every time I touch something from outside the home, and until most of my family was vaccinated, I used to spray everyone with Lysol when they went out and came home. My other habit is using aloe vera hand sanitizer. Vitamin E sanitizer is too smelly.
RLM: Name the first book you read as a young person that has stayed with you.
NTK: The first book that really stayed with me was Watership Down by Richard Adams. I read it when I was eight or nine years old after I watched the cartoon. I just loved the story about the rabbits and their search for a new home. And some of the incidents in the story are really quite frightening. Also, I like the fact that Fiver, one of the youngest rabbits, has precognition.
RLM: What is the most fascinating/creepy/disgusting thing you’ve discovered because of writing?
NTK: Vampire moths are a real thing. They really suck blood and can do it for as long as 50 minutes.
RLM: Which characters from books do you most admire/adore/abhor?
NTK: If we’re talking specifics, I really admire Sherlock Holmes. I love his intelligence and thirst for justice. As to characters I abhor, I really dislike narcissists and Dean Koontz is extremely adept at creating them.
RLM: Name a book that made you say, “yes, I want to be a writer.”
NTK: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I read the chapter written from the turtle’s point of view—when the Joads were headed down the road—and that was the moment I wanted to be a writer.
RLM: If you had to choose a movie or book to live in, what would it be?
NTK: Though I wouldn’t want to live in the real Victorian Era, I have always wanted to live in the world of Sherlock Holmes. That world is just so fascinating and mysterious. I’d love to walk the foggy streets of London in 1895.
RLM: Name your author superpower and how does it come out in your writing?
NTK: My author superpower is my leaning toward prose poetry. I enjoy turning a good phrase.
RLM: Which book do you wish you’d written?
NTK: Jane Eyre. I love that book. There’s a supernatural aspect in the story that many people miss or ignore.
RLM: Which musical/horror film describes your life?
NTK: Salem’s Lot (1979) I live near a small town full of vampires. Hahhah!
RLM: Ever get caught reading/writing sexy times in an awkward place/time/situation?
NTK: No. But I have ghostwritten erotica and that always feels awkward.
RLM: Thank you so much Naching for daring to face the World’s Most Dangerous Interview. I’m still fascinated by these moths and will have to check them out. I also don’t recall the turtle from Grapes of Wrath and now I feel the need to go back and re-read it!
RLM: Where can we find your work?
My story “The Case of the Broken Needle,” was recently published in The Meeting of the Minds: The Cases of Sherlock Holmes and Solar Pons 1. I also write and edit for the Crystal Lake Publishing series, Still Water Bay. New episodes are published around the 15th of every month on the Crystal Lake Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/CLP/posts?filters[tag]=Still%20Water%20Bay
You can find my story “The Darker Side of Grief”, in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Arterial Bloom, an artful juxtaposition of the magnificence and macabre that exist within mankind. Each tale in this collection is resplendent with beauty, teeth, and heart.