Author Interview - PAMELA K. KINNEY
Updated: Jul 9
On the Witch Haunt today, please welcome author of dark fantasy, horror, and tales of speculative fiction, Pamela K. Kinney!
WH: Hi, Pamela! Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:
Hi. I’m Pamela K. Kinney, and I love to write horror and dark fantasy. I read not only horror, but fantasy, science fiction, and yes, even paranormal romance. I have been married since 1977 to a husband who supports me writing, and I’m proud to say my adult son loves horror and it’s all due to me. And I’m owned by a crazy, female black cat named Shade, who believes it should be all about her and not about my writing.
WH: Well, I think Shade would get along super well with my Bowie, Mickey, Paris, and Daisy then. What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?
Acting and producing/directing. Which I have done. Like currently when we can, I’m co-producer with a videographer Mark Layne for a paranormal reality show, Paranormal World Seekers. People can see what films, TV shows, onstage productions, etc… I’ve acted in or been an extra in at http://pamelakkinney.com/OtherLife.php.
WH: Awesome. Will check it out. And a reality show about ghost hunting…how cool. So, tell us, what is your writing process like?
I get up in the morning, have breakfast and watched CBS This Morning, then I begin working on whatever I am writing or editing that day. I do this for about 7 hours. Most of this is during the week, though I have written on weekends and at night if something I’m contracted on is closely due.
WH: I’ve yet to figure out a way to write Monday-Friday only, though I will never give up trying. Which of your written works are you most proud of?
The five nonfiction ghost books I wrote that was published by Schiffer Publishing. I’m also proud of my first self-published novel, How the Vortex Changed My Life. I learned a lot about publishing eBooks and print doing this. And I am proud of my short horror story, “Bottled Spirits,” as it made runner-up for the Small Press Award in 2013 and was considered one of the top seven short fiction that year.
WH: Wow. I’ve always said if fiction doesn’t work out for me, I’m going to write nonfiction books about haunted locations. Will have to check yours out! If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?
Shirley Jackson, since she is the one author who inspired me to write horror. Her novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is still one of my favorite ghost stories, still the only horror novel to scare me during the daytime, in a room full of other students.
WH: I agree. I read Haunting of Hill House in high school and introduced Jackson to many of my reader friends who’d never heard of her in 1988. How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?
I think everyone grows and changes, just like a good character in a story does. I still love Halloween as I did as a kid, I still love to read as I did when younger, and I still love to write and make up stories since age 8.
WH: A kid at heart! How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite libation? What’s your favorite dessert?
I like my coffee with creamer, especially pumpkin spice or peppermint. As for dessert, I love tiramisu. And chocolate ice cream.
WH: You have a sweet tooth, like me. Pamela, what’s your favorite Halloween tradition?
It used to be dressing up in a costume and attending a party or a haunt. But nowadays, I love to get some goodies and watch scary movies like The Haunting, Hocus Pocus(okay, this movie isn’t scary, but I love it), and Trick ‘r Treat.
WH: I totally get the Hocus Pocus thing. I watch it every year, along with Nightmare Before Christmas. What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?
I guess that I like to paranormal investigate.
WH: Who would be your favorite Addams Family character?
Either Morticia or Wednesday.I like them both. I also like Cousin It.
WH: How difficult do you feel the horror industry is for women to break into? Do you have any advice for aspiring female writers looking to enter the genre?
I hope no one has ever took my sex into account to publish me or not. Sadly, I know there are those who believe only men write horror. My advice, you want to write horror, write horror. I feel anyone can write whatever they want to. Make sure you have good beta readers to read and critique your work to be the best you can, join an organization like Horror Writers Association, and write every day. Submit.
WH: Beta readers, critique groups, lots of eyeballs on your manuscript is super important. What do you feel makes a horror novel scary?
Good atmosphere that digs deep into people’s fear. You don’t need gore to frighten the reader, a well-written atmospheric story can do that anytime.
WH: I agree about the gore. When I watch a gory movie that has no atmosphere, I feel numb. What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?
I just received an acceptance for a dark fantasy story for an anthology.
WH: Well, congratulations! That’s fantastic. And what’s next for you? We can’t wait to see what you have coming up!
I am working on a supernatural horror novel, about a cursed land where people where people have been disappearing for centuries.
Wonderful. Well, it was great getting to know you, Pamela. For all of you interested in learning more about Pamela K. Kinney, click the links below. Thank you all for being here!
* Website: http://PamelaKKinney.com
* Latest release: How the Vortex Changed My Life.
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamelaKKinney
* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pamelak.ki/
Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia nominations. Her horror short story, “Bottled Spirits,” was runner-up for the 2013 WSFA Small Press Award and is considered one of the seven best genre short fiction for that year. Her latest novel is her first self-published venture, an urban fantasy, How the Vortex Changed My Life, released in September 2017.
Under the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan, she writes erotic and regular paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance. Her erotic urban fantasy, ‘Being Familiar with a Witch’ was awarded the 2013 Prism awarded by the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of Romance Writers of America and was runner-up for EPIC Awards 2010.
Pamela and her husband live with one crazy black cat (who thinks she should take precedence over her mistress’s writing most days). Along with writing, Pamela has acted on stage and film and investigates the paranormal for episodes of Paranormal World Seekers for AVA Productions. She is a member of both Horror Writers Association and Virginia Writers Club. You can learn more about Pamela K. Kinney and her pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan athttp://www.PamelaKKinney.comand http://www.SapphirePhelan.com.
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