Florence Ann Marlowe
If you follow my blog, you know that Florence Ann Marlowe sent me a thank you letter for a review, back when I was doing those as The Soulless Machine Review, that I wrote in 2008. It was a nice letter. Thus, I was thinking, "Oh! I need to know more about her. Her story was crazy and freaky." Well, here is what I found out:
Aaron M. Wilson (me): I really only know one of your stories well, "Periods" published and aired via Pseudopod in 2008. What other stories would you like to highlight?
Florence Ann Marlowe: One of my favorite stories that was published is "Turkey Day" which was printed by Macabre Cadaver. It's a funny little twist on Thanksgiving, I guess. Another would be "Moon Drops" which was published by Wiley Writers Ezine last year. That one was my first and only, so far, werewolf story.
FM: Well, the vampire bit came later - I actually started to write about the horrific experience of an overzealous menstrual flow that only women are familiar with and then thought how that would be a vampire's wet dream. I know it's disgusting, but it really is a disgusting experience.
AW: What draws you to write horror?
FM: Ever since I was a little kid I loved anything spooky, weird or morbid. I'm a true blooded coward! I'm seriously afraid of the dark. But there is just something delicious about that creepy feeling running down your spine when you hear something truly terrifying. I think I started writing scary stories around the age of six.
AW: When you write, do you write for a market? I guess I'm asking, which comes frist, the market or the story? How do you pick your markets?
FM: The story definitely comes first. I get an idea and I have to write it down. I'm working on two novels and three short stories right now. I just have to see how these things work out. I love my characters and really enjoy writing the stories. Afterwards I scout around the market place and see who might want which one of my stories the most and send it out.
AW: What has been your greatest writing success to date?
AW: When do you write?
FM: Any chance I get. Anytime I get close enough to my computer or my laptop or even a pad of paper, I write.
AW: What gets in the way of your writing?
FM: I had surgery on my left leg last year and I've been in a wheelchair since then. Late afternoons I'm forced to lie down with my feet up. I usually sit at my desk until the legs start complaining and then I have to rest. Sometimes, I don't listen to my legs and then they can be very vindictive.
AW: Describe your writing space?
FM: I recently converted a spare room in my house into an "office." I have a couple of old desks in a corner where my computer sits and a file cabinet, a book case and a futon. Unfortunately I'm surrounded by bags and boxes of books. One day I'll make this place look organized.
AW: What is your favorite book that you turn to for inspiration?
FM: I don't think I have a favorite book. One of my favorite books is "To Kill A Mockingbird." I'm a big fan of Stephen King, Peter Straub and Neil Gaimen. I think their books have really inspired me since I was a kid.
AW: Do you have a favorite point of view from which you write?
FM: I rarely write in the first person. I just started two stories that are in the first person, so I guess I favor third person omnipresent. I like to see a story from all sides. I like the reader to know things that the main character may not know.
AW: Anything else that you would like to add in closing?
FM: Just that this has been a great experience and I thank you so much for the opportunity! If anyone wants to read any of my published fiction you can find links to these stories at my rinky-dink website: Florence Ann Marlowe