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, allow me to introduce Anne Raven
Thank you, Rekka, for hosting me on your blog today for the second installment of our “Two questions with… Halloween Edition” blog tour series.
I’m Anne Raven, and I write romance, anything from suspense to paranormal.
*twirls villainous moustache*
And on to our next round of wicked questions…
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)?
I LOVE internal monsters! This is definitely my catnip.
I’m a sucker for fantastical creatures, but that’s not at all limited to evil monsters. Give me an intricate villain (or even a hero harbouring a dark side), a mere mortal or a creature of sorts, that’s a monster on the inside, and I’m thrilled.
It presents a whole host of questions. How did they get to be so evil? Were they always evil or did something happen—nature VS nurture? Do they have redeemable qualities, something that keeps them from stepping over that sadistic line, or are they already way beyond that?
I’ve been known to explore this theme, and will probably continue to explore it in future. I’m fascinated by the endless possibilities…
Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?
Evil dolls—particularly those meant for kids—that come to life!
Seriously. When I was about eight, my older cousin had her thirteenth birthday party, and since our families were (and still are) really close, I joined the fun even though I was much younger. Bad idea. Why, you ask?
Turned out that a viewing of Chucky was on the menu. I’m not going to delve too deep into those memories, but I’ve never quite recovered. Largely because I’d been given a porcelain doll by my dear grandmother… which I genuinely loathed and despised—good thing she’ll never see this. When I got home after the party, I asked my mom to remove said porcelain doll from my room. FAR from my room.
I’ve never been able to look at a doll the same way again. In fact, I still get the creeps when my niece plays with her dolls. So, this is a trope I would truly love to see die and never, EVER, return. Please, and thank you!
Anne Raven was born and raised along the windy coast of South Africa, and can assure everyone there are no lions roaming the streets—unless you count the feral cat next door.
When not reading or writing, you’ll find her being bossed around by her adorable niece, taking freshly baked goods from the oven, or drinking too much coffee. Her romantic suspense IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER was showcased in Pitch Wars 2017. Anne is represented by Amanda Jain at BookEnds Literary Agency.
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Thanks to Anne Raven for stopping by! Tune in next week for part three of the 2 Questions With… Halloween guest series!