Tricia: Welcome and thanks for speaking with me about your books. Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
LM: Currently I am a wife, mother of two and grandmother to three wonderful kids. I am also working as a security guard. It is interesting work, but not what I see myself doing for the rest of my life. My passion is to be able to take readers on a journey somewhere they have not gone before. I want to paint a picture with words, to delve into the dark shadows and uncover what lies beneath.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
LM: I can remember sitting in class and writing stories as early as grade school, to pass the time while I waited for the bell to ring sending us to the next class. I always had all my work done early and it was something that came natural to me.
Tricia: Who is the intended audience for your novels?
LM: If anyone has ever said “I wonder if there is something more to the legends than make-believe. If maybe somehow, somewhere it is true.” My short stories are more suited to readers who like thrillers, light horror and some suspense. My larger books tend to delve deeper into the dark recesses of my mind for a storyline.
Tricia: As a writer of horror novels, does your interest in the creepy and macabre sometimes spill into other aspects of your live?
LM: Oh yes, I would say this has happened more than once. That is part of what helps me to write the stories. I have based most of them on my personal fears or experiences.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
LM: I would have to say I was most influenced by the old masters: Poe, Rod Sterling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Some of the shows that influenced me the most were: The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and The Alfred Hitchcock show.
Tricia: Tell us about Vampire Dolls.
LM: This book was a lot of fun for me to write at first, but the further I got into it the harder it became. I have and still do have a fear of dolls. People can tell me they don't really come to life and roam around the house after all the lights go out, but I am not convinced.
To give credit where credit is due, my husband is the one who came up with the idea of combining vampires with beautiful and innocent looking dolls. It was a perfect idea putting the two together. I must warn you; this is not a fun book. It does not have sparkling vampires. These dolls are vi cious predators bent on dominating the human race.
Surprisingly, as seasoned and brave as I am, about halfway through writing the book, I managed to scare myself and ended locking my granddaughters doll out in the shed. Since I know they can work together and it can still get out, it only helped a little.
LM: The idea for this novel came to me one night when I was lying in bed and was almost scared out of a years' worth of growth. I had let my hand fall over the edge of the bed and one of our cats had reached up and nipped at my fingertip.
I have been afraid of the possibility of something hiding under the bed since I can remember. I guess you could say I have not completely outgrown it. I still cannot sleep with my feet uncovered or anything hanging over the edge of the bed.
The book is the first in a trilogy. This story takes you on a journey as it follows a young girl named Carol as she learns the truth about what lies beneath the dark shadows under the bed.
Tricia: You’ve also written some short stories. Can you tell us about these?
LM: I currently have three short stories out and will have four more by the end of October. Two of the shorter stories will be available in a seven story collection only. I asked my family what scared them the most and began to write stories based on these fears. My first short story, The Despised, has already received seven 5 star reviews. I would have to say, The Cat, is one of the most popular short stories. So much so that I wrote a second detective story featuring the same black cat.
Tricia: What writing projects are you currently working on?
LM: My current book I am writing is based on a government conspiracy to achieve a balanced budget by reducing the hemorrhage of government money to assistance programs. The best way to do that is to eliminate most of the people leeching off the system. To reach this goal a new deadly virus is released into the population targeting anyone falling into low income, the elderly and the sick. Even the best government plans are not fool proof. The virus mutates and begins to level the playing field. It knows no boundaries, and does not care how much money you make or who you thought you were.
Tricia: That sounds like an intriguing premise. Where can my readers go to find out more about your work or to purchase copies of your novels?
LM: All of my books can be found on Amazon.com for the kindle readers, Smashwords.com for all other e-readers and PC readers including pdf and plain text.
The links for the books can be found by title, or on my website: http://weaverofshadows.com/