Rowan Hill is an author currently living on a volcano in Italy who loves to write across horror and science fiction. She has an affinity for writing flawed female protagonists who occasionally murder. Her writing credits include Cemetery Gates, Kandisha Press, and Curious Blue Press among others.
Her story, “Love Never Dies,” appears in Haunts & Hellions: A Gothic Romance Anthology.
NTK: How did you become interested in Gothic Literature?
RH: I mean it started in my Bachelors with the Greats, isn’t that how everyone gets the fever? Bronte, Shelley, Stoker. Ones on the forefront of the genre and delivered so much tension with simple looks and little to no blood.
NTK: How do you define “romance”?
RH: Honestly, I love a good dose of the physical in a guilty romance novel. But we all know romance can be as much as a look and a gasp of breath. The intricacies of ‘showing’ not telling can give a flush to the cheeks more importance than a simple “I love you.”
NTK: What is your favorite Gothic horror story?
RH: Is it any surprise if I say Jane Eyre? I mean, it’s my go-to when I need a reset on what makes a good story and how to make more with less. But if I want something to really give me the shivers, I turn to Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. For more modern gothic, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia hit it out of the park and is the first I would recommend.
NTK: Do you have a favorite Gothic horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
RH: Will I sound trite and predictable if I say Coppola’s Bram Stroker’s Dracula with Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves? Besides having all the classic characters in their intended setting, I adored the side story of Lucy becoming ensnared by Dracula right under everyone’s noises, seeing the lure of the monster while romancing Mina Harker is always masterful.
NTK: Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
RH: I always know where I want to end up, but yes, absolutely the seat of my pants.
NTK: What are you most afraid of?
RH: As a writer? Failure, obscurity, missing an obvious typo. Many of the things I think all writers can agree on. As a normal person living in our current era where people can randomly shoot you? Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is legit my nightmare. If the apocalypse happens, I’m screwed.
NTK: What is your favorite romance?
RH: This is taking it old school, but Johanna Lindsey is my OG of romance. Some of her older novels are problematic, but there is no denying that she makes you feel. The Callahan-Warren series, one of her last before her passing in 2019, was so fun and definitely my favorite.
NTK: Who is your favorite horror author?
RH: Oh man, there are so many. Besides the Greats previously mentioned, I am a fan of Riley Sager’s four novels so far and anyone who can do quiet horror well. The indie scene had lots of great talent emerging in the last ten years, and it is impossible to name just one.
NTK: What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
RH: I have several short stories in other anthologies coming out in the next few months and hope to have my first novella creature feature published sometime in the next year.
Addicts, you can find Rowan on Twitter.