I’d really like it if you all would welcome Margaret L. Carter to the stage!
Margaret L. Carter specializes in vampires, having been marked for life by reading DRACULA at the age of twelve. Her vampire novel DARK CHANGELING won an Eppie Award in the horror category in 2000. Other creatures she writes about include werewolves, dragons, ghosts, and Lovecraftian entities with tentacles. In addition to her horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance fiction, she has had several nonfiction books and articles published on the supernatural in literature. Explore love among the monsters at her website, Carter’s Crypt, at http://www.margaretlcarter.com.
1. Who was your first author crush and why?
Ray Bradbury. His early fiction portrayed the horror motifs I already loved (in my early teens) in a lyrical style and sometimes, as in “Homecoming,” from the viewpoint of the “monster.” My favorite collection of his stories is THE OCTOBER COUNTRY.
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
I started at about age 13. Having read DRACULA at the age of 12, then scoured the library for supernatural horror fiction and bought paperbacks of vintage pulp authors such as Bradbury, Bloch, Matheson, and Lovecraft, I couldn’t find enough of what I wanted to read (in the early 1960s). I especially wanted stories sympathetic to the “monsters.” So I started writing them. My first completed story involved love between a man and a ghost. I craved paranormal romance long before it became a marketing category.
3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
I can’t read anything without noticing, and sometimes complaining out loud about, stylistic, research, proofreading, and continuity errors.
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
The elevator gets stuck. The priest prays for patience. The clown climbs up the wall to try the trap door in the ceiling. The writer opens a pad and starts taking notes.
5. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
OK, but in some cases I really like both (eating in or out, e-books and paperbacks). Or, in the case of cars, I’d probably like a Prius, but we have a Dodge Hemi:
Chocolate or flowers – CHOCOLATE
Talk or Text – TALK
Mountains or Beach – MOUNTAINS
Cowboy or Marine – MARINE
Wine or Beer – WINE
Cats or Dogs – CATS
Ebooks or Paperbacks – PAPERBACKS
Pantser or Plotter – PLOTTER
Batman or Superman – SUPERMAN
Ability to fly or Power to be invisible – INVISIBLE
Prius or Hemmie – HEMI
Follow the rules or Break the rules – FOLLOW RULES
TV or Movies – TV
NY or LA – L.A.
Vampires or Angels – VAMPIRES
Fall or Spring – SPRING
Neat or Messy – NEAT
Werewolf or Genie – WEREWOLF
Tell jokes or Pull pranks – TELL JOKES
Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant – GO OUT
Don’t forget to visit Margaret at:
My website, Carter’s Crypt:
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and check out her latest e-book release, erotic paranormal romance novella “Wizard’s Trap”:
Thanks again Margaret!