Teaming Up with The Sisters of Slaughter, MICHELLE GARZA and MELISSA LASON
Tonight on the blog, I'm excited to be interviewing not one, but two, killer authors in honor of Women in Horror Month. Please welcome The Sisters of Slaughter!
WH: Hi, ladies! Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous selves:
Hello! We’re Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, a twin sister writing team from Arizona. We’ve been dubbed the Sisters of Slaughter for our horror and dark fantasy tales. We’ve been writing together since we were little girls and are lucky enough to get to share our imaginations with the world.
WH: As a mother of twins, I’m curious to know if you were always into horror growing up or did you have different tastes that merged later on in life?
We have always been into horror. Some kids get into dinosaurs or princesses, for us it was always spooky things and Halloween that caught our attention.
WH: My boys are the same way and both like to write. Maybe they'll become the Sons of Slaughter? :) What other career would each of you have if not writing/publishing?
If we could pick a career besides writing it would be owning a spooky hotel in the mountains somewhere so we could stand at the end of long hallways and freak kids out by saying, “Come play with us forever and ever and ever.” Haha.
WH: Ha! That's awesome. I will have to find the spooky pic of my boys I made years ago for this same reason. Your novel, MAYAN BLUE was a Bram Stoker nominee in 2016. Did this honor change your writing style or confidence in any way?
Having Mayan Blue get nominated for a Stoker award is a huge honor. We still can’t believe it and sometimes we still get freaked out and ask ourselves if we’re good enough but it also pushes us to keep writing the best we can.
WH: I can understand that. The nickname “Sisters of Slaughter…” How did that come about? Would you ever write separately, or are you a writing duo for life?
We were dubbed the Sisters of Slaughter by an editor at Fireside Press. We were joking around online about nicknames and Sisters of Slaughter was thrown out there and we just went with it because it felt like it suited us.
WH: I’m sure you’ve been asked this many times, but what is your writing process like as a team?
Since we’ve written together for many years, we have a routine down. We keep notebooks of story ideas and pieces of stories, we share these ideas with each other and decide what strikes our fancy. We then outline our stories, we leave a little wiggle room so we don’t feel too constricted. We divvy up the writing and get to work. We meet up about once or twice a week to read what we have and put it all together. Michelle takes over most of the editing and submitting and then we wait and see if we were successful.
WH: Which you've clearly been. Which of your novels are you most proud?
We’ll always love Mayan Blue for getting our names out there and getting nominated for a Stoker. Also, Those Who Follow, because it has twins in the story.
WH: If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?
If we could interview any author it would be Stephen King because he really inspired us a ton, especially during our teen years.
WH: The Master. How have you changed as people from your early lives until now?
When we were younger we were more quiet, didn’t speak up for ourselves enough, but now we’re more vocal about things we disagree with and will tell people to fuck off. It’s freeing to not care about what other people think.
WH: Definitely. So, let’s say the horror genre is high school. Where would you fit in?
We’d be the girls smoking behind the gym, listening to Cannibal Corpse, and discussing Dead Alive. We’d be the kind-hearted freaks who get along with most people but aren’t the most popular and we’re totally cool with that.
WH: Absolutely. What is the witchiest thing about you both (we’re all a little witchy)?
We like to howl at the moon, sleep under the stars and celebrate the changing of seasons.
WH: It’s Women in Horror Month. How difficult do you feel the horror industry is for women to succeed in? Do you have any advice for female writers looking to enter the genre?
We owe a lot to the women who came before us, they held the torches which guided us to our calling. Women still have it hard but we’re gathering together to smash the fuckin walls down. There’s still many, many who would like to silence us but we’re like a pack of shewolves, we won’t be defeated. Any new writers out there just need to know they have sisters waiting for them. Join the pack and let’s destroy some shit. Never give up.
WH: I love that. :) What do you feel makes a horror novel suspenseful or scary?
We love it when settings become as imposing as characters, the winds that speak louder than voices and when the weather is just as deadly as a knife wielding maniac. Also, sometimes just the implication of horror which burrows into the readers' minds like a seed that can bear nightmare fruit in their minds while they try to sleep.
WH: 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!
Right now we’re finishing a novella which will accompany Mayan Blue when it’s released as a limited edition through Thunderstorm Books. After that we have a few novellas and novels we’re working on. We’re totally excited!
Wow. Can't wait to read it, guys! Well, thank you so much for sitting down with me today. I hope to see you all at StokerCon this year and good look with that novella!
Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason have been dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter. They write horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. Their work has been featured in anthologies such as FRESH MEAT by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by fireside press, WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction. Their novel, MAYAN BLUE, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. You can visit them on Twitter at @fiendbooks.
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