The Literary Vixen presents…
Joining us today is Marie F. Crow! Author of Abigail and her Pet Zombie and The Risen.
Where are you from?
Tell us about your latest publishing news. Titles, release dates, cover reveals…
The wonderful team at Kingston Publishing is working very hard to release the first book of each of my three series’. We are on track to release a book almost every month and I’m so excited to see what their team is going to come up with for cover art and teasers! It all starts in April with the release of the first in the Abigail And Her Pet Zombie series to flow right into the release of The Risen – Dawning, Anniversary and followed by the siren series, The Crown of Betrayal. Fingers crossed the rest of the books will soon follow.
When and why did you begin writing? Did someone motivate you?
I began writing because of the time old dare – ‘if you think you can do better, do it’. I’m no where near to a point where I would say I’m doing it better, but that little nudge did wonders to spiral nine books and counting. I guess you could say my biggest motivation is the constant desire to ‘do it better’ with each book I release.
What inspired you to write your first book? Tell us about what makes that book special.
I was watching yet another horror movie filled the weak female cliches. After almost two hours of rolling my eyes into a migraine, I sat with my laptop and began the into to The Risen – Dawning.
I often wish I could say I was moved by some one or some moment which set the dominos into place, but I wasn’t. As a mother of two girls, I just wanted to add to the collection of stories where women weren’t defined by their high heels in a forest, but by their ability to survive – whatever the personal cost. That’s what I like to think make my books special. The main characters aren’t damsels. They are just damned like the rest of us and having to figure it all out as it all falls apart.
Do you ever include personal events or people in your fictional books?
I’ve killed off the ex-husband a time or two, but I try to avoid making it too personal. The Abigail series though will feature important people in my life hidden among the artwork. For example, the next Abigail will have my deceased mother in a scene with all of the grandkids running towards her. She was so proud and in love with Abigail that the series will always have a special place in my heart.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Aimes from The Risen series. She is like my inner monologue; the things you wish you could say but known you probably shouldn’t. She holds nothing back and I love working with the character in each scene. She is also one of the few characters I keep ‘writing off’ only to chicken out and find some loophole to resurrect her.
Is there a specific genre you enjoy writing the most? Why?
No. The only genre I’m intimidated by is romance. The rest are fair game and bring their own enjoyments.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don’t have one. This sometimes makes me sad when this question is asked because I imagine it’s a lot like having a best friend whom you know will help you escape the drama of the day and we could all use that in our lives.
Is there any advice or message you would want to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t compare yourself to others – not their reviews, their followers, or their sales. For every single author must start at the bottom before they can ever see the clouds. No matter how bad you think you are doing, there is someone, somewhere, wishing they were where you are at this moment.
Thank you Marie F. Crow for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Abigail and her Pet Zombie today!
Abigail isn’t a normal five year old girl. She doesn’t have normal five year old pets.
Marie F Crow weaves her stories around the human element of the horror verses the ‘monsters’ themselves. She believes that the real horror of life does not come from the expected, but from the unexpected responses of the human nature and what depths of trauma a person must survive in certain situations. She began writing The Risen series when feeling that the popular genre was slipping too deep into the realm of pure ‘slasher’ and forgetting what the horror of zombies can mean for a story.
Now, with her children’s series launched, Marie hopes to use her favorite ‘monster’ as a teaching tool to inspire children to understand that not everything that looks scary, is scary. With Abigail and Her Pet Zombie series, Marie hopes to further spread her love for all things “that go bump in the night” with small children showing them that it’s okay to be different and to embrace those same differences in those around them.
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