• Gaby Triana

Interview with Horror Author, SOMER CANON

Tonight on the Witch Haunt, I sit down with the charming and talented Somer Canon to discuss horror stories, secret talents, and what makes a great horror novel compelling. Hi, Somer! Thanks for being here.

WH: Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:

First of all, thank you for having me on The Witch Haunt! So, I’m outwardly about as vanilla as you can get. I’m married and have two sons, and I drive a minivan and know way too much Spongebob by heart! Beneath all of that, I’m a lifelong fan of the horror genre. I was raised in a house where there were no limits put on what movies I could watch, unless they were overly sexual, so I grew up watching and loving some gnarly horror! I got into reading horror in the third grade and there was no going back. At this point, horror is in my DNA.

WH: I always laugh when people discover that horror authors are basically nice, normal people, so you're good. If someone was new to reading the works of Somer Canon, which book should they start with?

People like quick tastes of new authors, in general, and I think a good place to get that with me is by trying my Halloween shorts, Mischief or Jeffy, which are available in ebook on Amazon. If someone wants to go a bit longer, I’d definitely suggest they try Killer Chronicles. It’s horror, but it’s also fun as hell.

WH: Love this Mischief cover! What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?

If I couldn’t make writing in any way, shape, or form work, then I would have become a therapist or counsellor.

WH: Tell us a little bit about your writing process!

I’m sort of ashamed to admit that there’s not much of a fixed process to it! I happen upon an idea, they seem to pop into my head at random and if I like it, I put it in the “Idea Notebook” and when it’s time to start a new project, I pick from that. After that, I do any necessary research and then I pants it and vacillate between having a blast with the story and agonizing over the possibility of it being dreck. Sometimes I listen to music, sometimes the words flow easily, and sometimes I feel like I maybe know what I’m doing. Sometimes.

WH: There's a lot to be said about working organically. Creativity tends to flow better. Somer, if you could interview any author, gone or alive, who would it be?

I’d love to interview Ruby Jean Jensen. I have a million questions I’d love to have asked her, but I REALLY want to know who the little blonde girl, who appears in so many of her works, was.

WH: Sounds like an homage story you could write to answer your own question! How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?

I’ve learned humility, and am continuing to try to learn it better. So many things in my childhood and early years left me angry and that anger manifested into some ugly personality traits that I’m still trying to smooth out. Time has taught me that I don’t know as much as I thought, love and understanding means a hell of a lot more than I thought, and those who know me and love me anyway are life’s best treasures.

WH: Love it. Anger is definitely a grisly beast within us all. What is something few people know about you? Any secret talents?

I once won four two-liter bottles of off-brand soda for singing “What About Love” by Heart. I can carry a tune, you see, but not well enough for the name brand stuff!

WH: That is impressive! What was the last horror movie you watched? What did you think of it?

I think the last “new” horror movie I watched was Hereditary. I liked it, I thought the effects were amazing, but I fall into the camp of “where did that ending come from?” It didn’t ruin the movie for me and I really want to re-watch it.

WH: I’m in the same camp, and I thought there was some brilliant acting in the picture that should’ve been nominated for an Academy Award. How do you like your coffee? What’s your favorite dessert?

My coffee needs to be light and sweet, but not dessert-like. Two Splendas and a bit of half-n-half makes me happy. My favorite dessert is one of those skillet brownies, still hot with ice cream on top. That thing is pure sin.

WH: OH MANNN. What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?

Intuition. I trust it more than the most trustworthy people in my life.

WH: I hear you. Intuition has saved me from making some huge mistakes in my life. What do you feel makes a horror novel scary/compelling?

When it destroys any sense of safety and comfort. For me, the best horror novels deprive its characters of home, love, solace, and sanctuary and throw them naked and afraid, essentially, into horrible scenarios.

WH: Great way of putting it. Throwing us out of our comfort zones. What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us? What’s next for you? We can’t wait to see what you have coming up!

I think it’s awesome that I get to write scary stories and have them put out into the world. I can’t tell you how insanely happy I am just to BE here. I’m working, receiving requests for more, and there’s a constant chill going up and down my spine in elation over that. Interested people can look forward to my latest Thunderstorm release, The Hag Witch of Tripp Creek seeing a wide release through Bloodshot Books in either late 2019 or early 2020 and there are a few anthologies coming up that I’ve squeezed into.

Thank you, again, for having me!

So many cool things to look forward to. Can’t wait for Hag Witch! Good luck with everything, Somer, and if you’d like to visit Somer Canon’s social media, here’re all the links:

* Website: www.SomerCanon.com

* Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/somercanon

* Latest release: Killer Chronicles (https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Chronicles-Somer-Canon-ebook/dp/B07KV3BRHL/)

* Facebook: SomerCanonAuthor

* Twitter: @SomerM

* Instagram: SomerCanon

Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of being found out as a weirdo. When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.

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