Lets get into her mind
Kate Jonez is not only a prolific dark fiction writer she’s also my publisher. I brought her into the Blog Mansion to search her mind for tips and tricks of the trade and plumb her dark fiction secrets.
Johnny: The helmet really is comfortable after you wear it a little while.
Kate: Are those nails?
J: Spikes really. Think of them as long needles.
K: What do they do?
J: They’re to hold the helmet in place and connect the sensors to your inner brain.
K: How deep do they go?
J: No more than eight inches. I’ll use the little mallet.
K: Okay. I’m beginning to feel a little weird.
K: Dark fiction is a way to explore fear. I think fear is a contender for the strongest human emotion. It’s definitely an interesting emotion. Fear drives people to do all sorts of things from washing their hands to building spaceships.
J: I like the term dark fantasy better than horror. What would you say is the difference between dark fantasy and horror?
K: For many readers, horror fiction, to be good, has to generate a feeling of fear. The only other genre with similar requirements is erotica. No one ever puts down a book and says I didn’t get that science fiction feeling. Even though horror is actually diverse and ever-expanding, the requirement of the spine-tingle and the fallout from the torture porn in film has tarnished horror as a genre. Hopefully, all the exciting new books coming out will improve horror’s image.
J: What drew you to the dark side? Terrible childhood trauma perhaps? The helmet knows all!
J: Don’t touch the slugs. I know they tickle, but they’re an integral part of the helmet.
J: Congratulations on your Bram Stoker® award nomination for Candy House. How has that affected your life?
K: Being nominated for the Bram Stoker® Award was a great honor. I’m not sure it has changed my life much, but it is a nice accomplishment to list in cover letters. It helps get my foot in the door.
J: I want you to know I’m not even remotely envious of you any more. Do you believe me?
J: Oh? Well let me tighten this clamp a bit. How about now.
K: Still think you’re envious.
J: Okay, and now?
K: What were we talking about?
J: Good. Good. Let’s talk about Omnium Gatherum Media now. How did you get into publishing? Give me the whole sordid history.
J: I have to say that OG has excellent taste! Besides publishing BEATRYSEL what other huge honors has the press received?
K: Omnium Gatherum, which means “this and that” in Latin, has had three titles nominated for Shirley Jackson Awards. (28 Teeth of Rage by Ennis Drake and Knock Knock and Delphine Dodd by S.P. Miskowski) All OG authors deserve prizes. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.
J: Do you like editing or writing better?
|Keep or chuck?|
J: What’s the worst part of being an editor/publisher?
K: Saying no to a manuscript is the most painful part of the job. Second is working with an author who takes each and every comment I make as a personal insult.
J: What is the best part?
K: Nothing is more rewarding than when a book I’ve helped bring into the world gets the recognition it deserves. Whether it’s an award nomination or a reader review or piece of fan art, there’s no better feeling.
J: What will publishing look like in ten years?
K: Ten years from now, once society as we know it has collapsed, stories will be written in excrement on salvaged Big Mac wrappers. We will still be arguing about whether using our own or someone else’s excrement produces a superior product.
Ceremony of Flies. I haven’t seen a final copy yet. Did I get an editing credit
K: Thank you for beta reading Ceremony of Flies. Your insights were invaluable. You’ll find yourself listed in the Acknowledgments. Thank you, Johnny. You’re an excellent beta reader.
J: Well we’ll make up for that in your next book. Wait... what? Acknowledgments... really? Cool. I'll reward with a happy interlude of colorful lights and licorice scent. I’ll just tighten a couple more screws, swish on some more slug slime and hammer another spike in. There. All done. Good?
J: Oh, sorry. Too tight.
|Eel kind of looks like a slug|
J: Oh… I had an eel there instead of a slug. How’s that. better?
J: So for my readers, tell us about Ceremony of Flies.
K: In Ceremony of Flies, two petty criminals find themselves inextricably linked when a stop at a roadside bar leads to murder. On the run and out of options, they reluctantly rescue a stranded boy and his dog from a lonely crossroads in the Mojave Desert and decide for the first time in their lives to do the right thing. This one selfless act unleashes a terrifying onslaught of demonic trouble as they struggle to save the boy—and themselves—from an evil far greater than they ever imagined.
Release day for the hard cover and ebook version of Ceremony of Flies is July 8th. The ebook is available for pre-order here.
DarkFuse, my publisher is doing wonderful things. You should check out all their authors.
J: Where on the internet can people find out more about you?
J: Now let me just tweek this so you’ll like long dialog passages.
K: That’ll never happen. No one speechifies like that in real…
J: How about now.
J: I think we’re there.