To help kick off Women In Horror Month, I thought I’d ask award winning author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc a few questions. Thank you, Andrea, for participating!
Andrea, could you tell our readers a bit about yourself, in case they aren’t familiar?
First off, let me say, “Thanks,” to you Jes, for having me!
There’s not much to tell about me, really…I’m a biker, an author, a magazine owner and a general all-around jackie-of-many-trades. My career has been one of high and lows and everywhere in between.
I was a Borders #1 best seller with my first book The Two within two months of it being published in April of 2005, a 2005 P & E Horror Novel Of The Year Winner for my book A Man of Two Worlds (which is currently in movie pre-production with Mystery Library Productions,) I placed 2nd in the P & E polls for Horror Novel of 2006 with my book, Michael and have placed in the top 5 in various readers polls over the years.
I have my fair share of haters, fans and those that are shocked to find out that I’m not as creepy as my books are. *wink*
When did you first start writing horror stories?
I’ve been telling and writing fantastical tales my entire life but I’d hazard a guess that it really started to take shape when I was about 10.
You have said your work is “creepy, macabre, and sadistic”. What themes do you tend to focus on, and is there any subject that is off limits or taboo?
Actually that is what my readers have called my works, so I decided to go with it. Ha ha. I like anything paranormal and spooky, but don’t limit myself to one genre or one Occult being. There is no way (with my raging creativity) I could ever do that.
I have written about everything from vampires to ghost kids to tales of revenge to elves and chameleons.
Chances are…I’ve written about it if it can be thought up. I think the only exception to that is Yeti’s. Never written about one of those.
As for taboo…I don’t find much, taboo because nothing shocks me, but do stay away from the “ick factor” subjects…
As a horror artist, I’ve had moments where I had to push myself to go further with my work: make it gorier, show more flesh, be more shocking. Have you ever had to push yourself, or has it always been easy for you to broach such dark and sometimes sadistic subject matter? Any advice to give to other women out there who might be hesitating or holding back with their work?
Fortunately, my writing has always come easy to and for me. I’ve never had to struggle with anything except my more mainstream works. When I wrote my Nachmasheeghan pirate series, I had writer’s block for two years.
To this day I can’t tell you why. Just one day my brain shut down and refused to think about anything related to the story. It was weird.
I thought it was the end for sure, so my advice from that angle to anyone who might run into the same problem is to keep writing, no matter how nonsensical, terrible, whatever what you pen/draw, etc may be.
That’s what “drafts” are for. You can always go back and change stuff later, but it’s important to keep writing/drawing no matter what.
How do you feel, as a female author working in horror and occult, you are accepted by the horror community? In other words, do you feel the horror community has been welcoming and supportive of women coming into what used to be more of a “boys’ club”?
I am mouthy, outspoken and brash and that has gained me quite a few followers, but quite a few haters as well. I have never been accepted fully by the horror community and never will be because I committed the cardinal sin from the get-go…I CHOSE (important to stress that word) to self-publish my work.
You might as well be the AntiChrist Himself (and some have compared me to him) if you self-publish because the snobs in the industry will tell you that anyone with any talent will have their works picked up by the larger houses and those with no talent are forced to self-publish.
I think with my record as a multi-time best seller and award winner, paid compensation for convention appearances and many TV, radio and magazine interviews under my belt, I am living proof that such a statement is a lie.
Being as I am living proof of that lie, I am hated by many people. People don’t like to be proved wrong and how dare anyone engage in the hard work and sacrifice I have in order to get where I am because they weren’t willing to do so. It’s all a matter of jealousy, plain and simple and every time someone trashes me online, it just solidifies that proof even more.
If I am such a failure in their eyes, why spend even a minute giving me free exposure and promotion by making sure my name is all over the Internet?
I don’t spend a second thinking about people in the industry that I don’t like. So do you really think I’m going to give them free press and make myself look bad by not only making sure people who have never heard of them before do so, not to mention prove how jealous I am of them (if that were the case) by showing my ass about their success?
Think about it…
But really, I think anyone with more than a double digit IQ can pick up what litters the shelves in bookstores nowadays (not all, but a lot of it!) and tell that while it might take something to be picked up by a larger publishing house…talent doesn’t appear to always be one of the requirements.
You’ve got a project coming up with Westerfield Studios called “Twisted Tails”. Could you give us some background on this (if it’s not hush hush, LOL)?
I have a big mouth and would love to blab about the project, but alas, I don’t know all the details yet. I can tell you that the final script has been looked over (and approved) by me and I’ll just have to wait for more updates.
I try to be as hands-off as possible until it comes time to update me, so I can remain jubilant over every little thing that happens. Ha ha!
For more information on the project, just go to:
For all the latest up-to-the-minute info.
Who are your favorite authors? Books? Favorite horror movie of all time?
I have no favorite authors, but I am partial to the Claudia Bishop Hemlock Falls mystery series (yes, I know…not what people would expect for someone who writes what I write) and as for my favorite movie…
To this day…hands down, the original Dawn Of The Dead.
For my future projects, I am currently shopping my Vampire history/drama/thriller Dante’s Diary – Vampire Lore and More and am currently working on Whispers, which is the tentative title for my ever-expanding collection of flash fiction short stories.
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