An Interview with Author Tina Wahl

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Q. How long have you been writing?
A. I have some fairly awful attempts from when I was a teenager and twenty-something. I remember feeling the urge to write for many years. I’ve often kept journals.

Q. What was it that drew you to the craft of writing?
A. Well, I can’t draw. I’ve been a great lover of fiction my whole life and I wondered if I had any stories to tell.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. I love “in your face” kind of scary like Stephen King and Clive Barker but I also love Ramsey Campbell and Shirley Jackson. I adore Neil Gaiman, too. Actually, my list could be quite long if you give me a minute.

Q. What genre or genres do you write? What draws you to those genres?
A. I tend to write horror and catastrophic fiction primarily. I’ve always enjoyed creepy things, scary things and decaying things.

Q. You’re the coordinator of a local writer’s group. What has that experience been like?
A. I wasn’t sure if I could manage a writer’s group. Most writers are a bit introverted and I’m no exception. But it’s been really great. I’ve grown a lot as a writer and a person because of it.

Q. Is there a particular time of day or a particular place that you prefer to write in?
A.
I write on my laptop in my living room surrounded by moping dogs that would rather be doing something else. Usually I write at night.

Q. Has being a mother influenced your writing in any way? Do you let your children read your scarier stories?
A.
I think being a mom has definitely influenced my writing. I often have kids in my stories. I usually get two word responses to my stories like, “That’s cool.”

Q. Have you learned anything about yourself since you began writing more seriously?
A. I’ve learned that the more you write the more you improve. Also, writing opens you up to the world because almost everyone and everything becomes interesting and could wind up in a story.

Q. What inspired you to write Graveyard Dirt?
A. I had this image in my mind of a ghost standing behind a house; mouth wide in a silent scream. Then I imagined a character that wouldn’t find this disturbing at all, just something you might find everyday in your backyard (laughs).

Q. Are you working on any projects currently?
A. I’m working on a series of stories to make a compilation with post-apocalyptic themes. So stay tuned.

Q. What are your thoughts on the way technology is changing the publishing industry (i.e. POD publishing, eBooks, social media, etc.)?
A
. I am excited about changes to the publishing industry. I’m pretty new to the field and I’m hoping to never have to snail mail a manuscript using a SASE and imagine it winding up on this huge pile of papers. Instead, my submissions will have the potential to wind up in someone’s desktop recycle bin.