Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. (Link Here to WiHM Website)
This year, I thought I would give a shout-out to women (and those who identify as such) writers and feature a Special Meet & Greet/Interview section on the blog. My plan is to leave these interviews up for the duration of February, and then transfer them to the regular Meet & Greet Archives (under the last name of the author).
So, without further ado, let’s welcome:
WiHM Author: #1
Name: Fiona Hogan
Pseudonym : F.B Hogan is my horror name. Fiona Cooke Hogan is the name I use for all other genres.
Genre(s) of your work: Multi-genre – Gothic and contemporary horror, humorous, romance, contemporary women’s fiction, supernatural, faerie and ghost story.
Titles/Year of Published Work(s):
The Lights Went Out and Other Stories – 2015
What Happened in Dingle – 2016
Death Comes Calling – 2016
The Nightmare – 2017
Fiona Hogan is a writer, blogger and editor living in the beautiful midlands of Ireland. She has published four books of fiction on Amazon – The Lights Went Out and Other Stories; an eclectic mix of supernatural, humorous, dark faerie and romantic fiction, and What Happened in Dingle, a hilarious pub-crawl of a novella. Both are published under the name Fiona Cooke Hogan. She has two collections of gothic horror – Death Comes Calling and The Nightmare by F.B. Hogan. Fiona is a Tolkien obsessive, is addicted to any Medieval/Fantasy series with a broadsword and has a fondness for zombies.
Why do you write in the genre that you do?
I’m greedy, I write horror, humorous and romantic fiction, supernatural tales and dark faerie. I also write poetry, prose and am currently adapting a short story to the screen.
How has writing changed/altered your life?
It’s given me focus, now that I have finally let loose the writer, there is no stopping my creativity, my only problem is that I have too many projects on the go at the one time. I set up my own editing business – The Editing Hub so that I can be involved in all aspects of the creative process and love helping other writers on their journey, being a writer as well as an editor gives me a better selection of skills to apply.
Who are your favorite authors and why?
I grew up with Hardy, Austen, the Brontes and am addicted to Poe, Lovecraft and the contemporary horror writers such as King, Koontz and Connolly. It’s hard to just name a few, I’m also a huge Neil Gaiman fan and the highlight of last year was getting to talk to him at a signing.
What is your opinion of mainstream/corporate bookstores?
I love bookstores and am in the process of becoming traditionally published, but I have had the great delight of seeing my book of short stories – The Lights Went Out and Other Stories, upon the shelf in my local bookstore.
What do you hope your readers will take away from your work?
An escapism, I’ve been told that my work is very descriptive and lyrical and also cleverly crafted, I would hope to draw readers into my own world, sometimes disturbing (my horror) and often thought provoking.
How much does personal experience play in your written work?
A couple of my shorts were loosely based on my experiences – Blood Orange from ‘Lights’ is similar to my own experience of living in a squat in London in the early 90s. I think there is a little bit of me in most of my work, either through dreams or people I knew, or just a situation I found myself in.
How do you find the motivation to complete a book/story?
With my horror, it tends to come as a complete idea, the novel I’m writing at present is a case in point, although it is putting up a fight. My collections of short horror just came into my head over periods of weeks, which was fabulous. My mixed genre short stories came about over a period of years and I compiled an anthology from various notebooks and scraps of paper! The novel that is being considered for trad publishing came into existence because I had my leg in a cast and had nothing to do but rest and I thought I might enter a competition.
Do you believe writing should be censored – that some topics should remain taboo?
Good question – Not really, I think a great writer can write on any subject if he/she writes well, but there will always be sensationalist writers who are just interested in notoriety and don’t care if people might be hurt along the way.