Hello! So I don’t usually do this, but my good friend and colleague just released a book of short stories called Darker Daze: The Storms Within. I had the privilege of being able to read this collection as a beta reader and I wanted to share this interview from the author with you all today. Here’s my review:
Darker Daze is a collection of dark short stories. Each story was well contained and the endings, though not happy, were very satisfying! So satisfying! I really enjoyed reading these twisted tales. My favorite was The Next Best Seller. It features a headstrong protagonist willing to do anything to achieve her goals, including black magic. At a close second, and tied, were Beneath Salem and Belladonna. The emotional arc in Beneath Salem was so good and Belladonna did not disappoint in giving the characters what they deserved. If you like short stories, check these out.
And, without further ado, here is my interview with A.L. Mabry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a wife and mother, first and foremost. My husband and I have five kids between us, ranging in age from 17 to almost 21. I went to college for early childhood education and taught preschool for 15 years before changing paths and focusing on my writing.
What drew you to writing in the first place? How did you get your start?
I have always loved writing but I strayed and stumbled back to it. Throughout my teaching career I was using my writing without even thinking about it. I wrote stories, and songs, and even a whole curriculum. Then, when I was struggling with being a special needs parent I found the special needs blogging community. I grew from there discovering fiction writing groups and making the leap back to creative writing.
What is your process like? From idea to finished piece?
I am a non-linear scene writer. I rarely write in order and I tend to do all my big scenes first before stitching it all together.
Where do your ideas come from? What’s your favorite way to brainstorm?
I get inspired by EVERYTHING. People, places, quotes, art and so on. I generally just grab an idea and write a scene. Then I flash out a character and expand that scene and keep going.
What genres do you dabble in and which is your favorite? Your least favorite?
I am primarily dark fiction/horror, fantasy and poetry. I love everything but I could probably live without Sci-Fi.
Do you have a writing ritual to get you in the mood?
Not really but having a chunk of uninterrupted time available and shutting down all access to social media are imperative. I have the attention span of a fruit fly.
Tell us about Darker Daze, both the inspiration for the book and what it’s about.
So, all of the stories in Darker Daze are fiction. However, most of them are inspired by real events in my life. Sometimes the inspiration was a mere second and then I fleshed out the worst case scenario. In one case, I took excerpts from an old journal and unleased my imagination on them.
What’s one thing writing Darker Daze taught you?
I have learned that writing these stories is extremely therapeutic but, reading them is hard. Probably harder for me than you because there are so many little nuances that are only relevant to me.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I am working on the rewrites for Soul Purge which is slated for release this fall from OWS Ink, LLC.
What’s your favorite food, favorite color, and favorite beverage?
I love potatoes in all its glorious forms. My favorite color is (and has always been) blue. And my favorite beverage is coffeewinetea.
What’s three things most people don’t know about you yet?
-I am a Witch. Like, literally. I am not a big fan of labels but if I chose one it would be “Intuitive Eclectic Witch.”
-I am a survivor of domestic violence.
-I was a (very good!) teen mom.
And finally, where can we find you online?
You can find me at http://authoralmabry.com from there you can find all my other links!
So there’s A.L. Mabry in a nutshell. Be sure to check out Darker Daze here.