I’m always astounded by the response I get when most people find out that I’m a writer. No not amused, surprised, shocked, or even slightly irritated. No, the truth is, absolute astonishment.
Why is that you might ask. Yes I get the occasional surprise from the other person, sometimes they appear to me shocked, I love that one, I even get a ‘you’re kidding’ once in a while but these really just amuse me. The ones that get me are the people who comes back with certain types of questions.
These people look at me and usually start out with the word, ‘oh’ and follow it up with ‘children’s books?’, ‘romance?’, ‘cook books?’, and the one that really surprises me, ‘erotica?’. I’ve heard of dirty minded old men but evidently people seem to be of the mindset that most older women are just as dirty minded as old men. Who knew? None of these things fit the kind of writing I do. I’m a horror writer. I do hauntings, murder, mayhem, a little gore, and on occasion sexual situations. Notice the way I put that last one. There is a reason for that. You want to know why then I suggest you read the books. OK I have to admit that when it comes to the gore it gets to be a bit more than a little. You start leaving bodies lying around or collecting them and stacking them up somewhere and yes it gets a little messy.
Why is it that when a woman gets to be a certain age, or a man for that matter, we are expected to fall into a little pigeonhole that is comprised of what I consider as boring, mundane, and generally expected of grandmotherly, or grandfatherly types. I’m not saying that I think these things are necessarily boring, I’m just not into them but with the younger ones among us I get the impression they do.
So here’s a heads up for you younger people. Remember that yes we older are older but that means we have been around longer, seen more regardless of how much we may or may not have traveled, we’ve lived lives, made mistakes, had our accomplishments, fallen and gotten back up, loved and lost, and that was all before a lot of you were even born. Since then we’ve been on a roller-coaster ride while you were learning how to walk, talk, and you getting ready to take your place in life.
One day you’ll understand that your life doesn’t stop when you reach a certain age, which only happen upon death in this life, but the accumulating experiences of like keep coming until you take that final breath.
So what have I experienced that led me down the path of writing horror? That’s a whole other story.