Another interview with an author from Twisted: Stacy Overby. I've written a couple of flash fiction pieces thanks to Stacy Overby's prompt over on her blog. Great fun!
Stacy Overby works as a substance abuse counselor for teenage boys by day and as a writer by night. Her day job provides inspiration for a number of her stories, including her short stories “The Trial of Summer” and “Karma Incarnate” releasing in October 2016. When not at work or writing, she is playing with her son, hiking, camping, or involved in other outdoor activities – as long as it is not too cold.
Name of story included in Twisted:
Describe the mood of your story.
Dark and vengeful
Where did you get the inspiration for this piece?
Honestly, there were a number of things that came together to create this story. I work with teenagers who have experienced significant trauma. While I have to remain professional at work, inside there have been numerous times I wanted to go out and do evil things to the people who victimized my clients. Another little piece is that I love fantasy and mythology stories, so the idea of abstract concepts, such as karma, being something tangible is pretty appealing to me. Plus, there's magic. Magic is always cool. So, when I set out to write a strong female protagonist's story, it all came together to create Karma Incarnate. Along with a little dose of research to flesh out a few of the concepts.
What is your favorite thing about writing horror?
I love messing with people on a psychological level. That opportunity to get people to look under their beds and over their shoulders is fun. And I enjoy doing it in a way that lets people who struggle with blood and gore have some fun, too.
What are you working on now?
Wow. That's an excellent question. I have a number of projects in the works. Being rather ADHD, I struggle to focus on just one. The two big projects I'm trying to focus on are a futuristic sci-fi novel and an epic fantasy novel. I'm hoping to start querying my futuristic sci-fi novel early next year for publication later next year.
Other published works?
I have a short story called "The Trial of Summer" coming out in an anthology called Tales from Our Write Side. Unfortunately no links yet, but keep an eye on Amazon as it is being released October 2016. **UPDATE** The link is now available! Click HERE!
I really enjoyed the way Stacy brought in mythology. I have lots of love for Demeter.
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