Allen: Tell me a little about yourself. How long have you been writing stories?
Wednesday: I've been attempting to write stories since before I knew how to form letters into words. I used to just write random letters on paper and think they were stories. Once I got to school, the real fun began. So basically I've been writing stories forever. I have been pursuing a career as a writer since about 2004.
Allen: Did you enter many writing contests as kid?
Wednesday: A few. I won smallish contests here and there, winning savings bonds and gift certificates and other stuff of interest to children.
Allen: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Wednesday: Stephen King (of course), Margaret Atwood, and Christopher Moore are among my faves. I love horror and black comedy.
Allen: What was your childhood like?
Wednesday: A little scary. I was an untreated manic-depressive for many years.
Allen: Did you read many comic books as kid?
Wednesday: Yes! I read a lot of independent comics and plenty of DC. Once Vertigo came on the scene, I was duly hooked.
Allen: What are some of your favorite movies?
Wednesday: Night of the Living Dead and Psycho are my all time faves. I love anything by Hitchcock or George Romero.
Allen: Where do you live? How old are you? What does your family think of your writing?
Wednesday: I live with my husband in Ann Arbor, MI. I'm 37 and right on the edge of Scorpio and Sagittarius. I don't know what my family thinks of my writing, you'd have to ask them. :-]
Allen: Take me through one of your general work days as writer.
Wednesday: It varies from day to day. I try to write about 2,000 words at a sitting, and then spend some time looking over what I've written the previous day. When I'm editing, I like to look over the whole manuscript in one or two sittings so I can read for flow and theme.
Allen: How did you become associated with Stonegarden Publications?
Wednesday: I scoped out a bunch of houses in Writers Market. After about 18 months of not getting accepted, I started looking at smaller houses. Kris accepted my novel for publication last January, and it's coming out in April. I'm glad to be at a smaller house where we have more freedom to do what we want.
Allen: Tell me about your book A Stabbing for Sadie. I want details,characters, setting and time of novel.
Wednesday: In a nutshell, it's about a mentally ill woman who commits a ghastly murder. It is set around rural Michigan in present day. It jumps around a bit, time line-wise covering the main character's childhood, high school and college years. It focuses on Sadie, a girl with a host of mental illnesses and predilection toward drug use as she tries to make sense of the murder she committed. All other characters exist only in their relationship to Sadie, the cop, the doctor, the lawyer etc.
Allen: What was your inspiration for novel?
Wednesday: I wanted to discuss mental illness from the POV of the sufferer. People can be terribly dismissive about the mentally ill, and I wanted to explore what being "crazy" can do to someone's life. The cure can be more destructive than the disease. I also wanted to deal with family relationships, truthfulness, and lots of other thematic elements which I think all come across well when you read the novel.
Allen: How can book be ordered and when will it be published? Also, do you have order #?
Wednesday: A Stabbing for Sadie will be available on Amazon, from StoneGarden.net Publishing, and can be ordered at any bookstore. ISBN: 1-60076-072-4
Allen: How long is novel? Who did cover work?
Wednesday: The novel is 192 pages, so a nice, short read. The cover art was lovingly created by James Grant, who did a fantastic job.
Allen: Have you ever worked in comic book field?
Wednesday: Not yet. I hope to team up with an illustrator and do a zombie story one day.
Allen: What are some of your hobbies?
Wednesday: I enjoy loom knitting, watching horror movies, playing the dulcimer, cooking, and reading scary stories.
Allen: What did you find were some of hardest things writing A Stabbing for Sadie?
Wednesday: I feel very close to the subject matter, so it was difficult to remain even somewhat objective. It was also tough to resist the temptation to put in people I know in real life. I know some unique and interesting characters.
Allen: Do you read many comics books now?
Wednesday: Not as many as I'd like. I love Neil Gaiman, Evan Dorkin, and a lot of what goes on at Slave Labor and Vertigo.
Allen: Do you also write short stories or other types of reading materials?
Wednesday: I have some short stories coming out in a new anthology. I'm a bit nervous about them because they haven't been edited.
Allen: Do you have other jobs besides being new author for Stonegarden?
Wednesday: Yes, I sell violins for a living.
Allen: Do you have personal website?
Wednesday: I have a blog over at Livejournal: http://wednes.livejournal.com
Allen: How can someone contact you?
Wednesday: I can be contacted through my blog, or at email@example.com , or through StoneGarden.net 's forums.
Allen: What projects are you working on next?
Wednesday: I have a book on witchcraft and cats coming out in September. I am also working on a serial killer story and a monster novel. I'm very excited about my new writing projects, though I have no idea when they'll be finished.
Allen: This concludes the interview. Do you have any final thoughts to lead us out about your stories?
Wednesday: Well, if you've ever wanted to kill someone, or you've ever doubted your own sanity, this is the book for you.