It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged.
To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.
This week, please welcome Janet Walden-West
Janet Walden-West lives in the southeast with a pack of show dogs, a couple of kids, and a husband who didn’t read the fine print. She has an unseemly obsession with dusty artifacts, great cars, and bad coffee. A founding member of the East Tennessee Creative Writers Alliance and The Million Words craft blog, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America member. She pens Urban Fantasy that escapes the neat confines of the city limits in favor of map-dot hillbilly towns, and inclusive Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance. A #PitchWars alum, her first short story, Road Trip, is included in the Chasing the Light anthology.
Thanks for inviting me to drop by and talk creepy things and dark doings during the “Two Questions With…Halloween Edition” blog hop.
Monsters: Do you prefer: External – something that we have to overcome, something that isn’t “Us.” (Giant Sharks, alien invasion, Rabid Trees, etc) or Internal – Something that shows us that “We” could be the monsters (Carrie, Psycho, Vampires, etc)?
Ohh, excellent question!
I enjoy both when reading. Give me all the monsters. Not gonna lie, I appreciate a Giant Shark, and the Sharknado Series, as much as the next person.
But my kink is all internal. The monster inside.
I love exploring the line between what makes us human versus what defines a monster. All the little decisions that lead us down the wrong road. My favorite is whether the end does justify the means. Good intentions—doing bad things for good reasons—and where those actions become evil, and whether a person is a hero or monster if their deeds are evil but lead to saving others. What price is a person willing to pay to uphold ideals? And when, if ever, is it worth the cost to abandon ideals in favor of practicality?
Funny (Now) scary anecdote to share?
So, I’m a hard-core dog person. Shows, kennels, the whole Best in Show thing, which means co-owned or outside dogs visiting here, aside from my full-time crew, and obnoxiously early morning and late evening walks. Returning late from a show, in order to preserve the status quo between Grumpy Old Dog and a visiting Young Interloper, I turned the regular crew loose to play in the front yard, well after dark on dark and foggy spring night (FYI—it’s always foggy in the Southeast in the spring and fall. The joys of 90% humidity year-round) and took the visitor for a walk on the back forty.
Despite living in a largely rural area, I do have neighbors. I just tend to forget about them.
Dog has done her business and we’re turning around. And a ghostly, white thing appears at the edge of the yard. Just poof, there, fog rising around it.
Not ashamed to admit I wombat-screeched in fear.
My big, brave dog gave the I Will Eat You bark—then ran to hide behind me.
The ghost shrieked, with a decidedly Tennessee twang, and ran. Right into my closest neighbor’s house. The next morning, I apologized to my poor neighbor for my and my scaredy-dog frightening her as she checked her garden, looking for evidence of deer decimating her plants, and she apologized for checking said plants in a white gown and robe.
That’s it from Janet today! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour to see her (and me) answer the full set of questions for this month!
Thanks, Janet, for stopping by! Next week we’ll have our fourth guest for the 2 Questions With… Halloween guest series!