Tuesday Author Talks

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:
http://www.margaretlcarter.com

My monthly free newsletter:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/margaretlcartersnewsfromthecrypt
and check out her latest e-book release, erotic paranormal romance novella “Wizard’s Trap”:
http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9799-wizards-trap.aspx

Thanks again Margaret!

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