Cat Viggolone just can’t get a break. She'd gotten married, but that ended when the husband left her for his younger secretary. She'd wanted children. That flew out the window along with the cheating husband. There’s the career, but working a window at the Virginia DMV can’t really be classified as a great career choice. At thirty-three, her life had become positively dull.
Then the vortex opened.
Sucked up into a corridor just outside of Hell, she meets Connor, a werewolf, and Larry, a demon that looks like a blue-eyed eyeball. They escape back to earth, only to find that the vortex has opened up in downtown Richmond. The town is going to hell, literally. Besides a grayness seeping out and turning all living things into zombies, monsters and demons are invading Cat’s world.
Will Cat and her new friends (including an angel named George) be able to stop the vortex before it claims the entire planet?
Cat’s life is definitely no longer humdrum and ordinary.
1) As a female horror writer, what do you bring to the table in terms of what of you write?
A woman’s viewpoint of horror. That we might be darker in heart, soul, and mind than a man. That a woman can be the monster as much as the heroine, but no longer the victim.
2) Do you think female authors are underrepresented in the horror genre?
Maybe once upon a time, but I don’t think so anymore. There had been misconceptions among writers and readers for years that men mainly write horror and science fiction while women write fantasy and romance. And yet, I know women who write horror and science fiction, and men who write romance and fantasy. Women are coming into their own with dark fantasy themes, writing great stuff.
3) Tell us about your book(s).
My current book released is an urban fantasy, How the Vortex Changed My Life. It has plenty of horror. It is set in Richmond, Virginia, with the apocalypse happening, and Hell sending demons to Earth to take it over. My hero is an ordinary woman, Cat, who isn’t the usual kickass heroines of other urban fantasies. My belief is a normal woman in extraordinary circumstances and with only her being snarky as her only defense, can be the one to stop the end of the world. My other works include short stories in anthologies, along with a collection of horror short stories (and one poem) called Spectre Nightmares and Visitations, published by Under the Moon, a small literary imprint of Final Sword Productions. Some are stories that reprints have been published before in anthologies, magazines, and online zines, while other tales in the book are seeing publication for the first time. I also have five nonfiction regional ghost books, published by Schiffer Publishing. Two are Haunted Richmond and Haunted Richmond II, one is all of Virginia, another is Virginia’s Historic Triangle and other nearby locations, and the last is Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area. There are photos included in the books, most are black and white, except for the Historic Triangle one and Petersburg—those two have all color images. I can promise some of the images are spectral.
4) Why is horror writing important to you?
Because fear is connected to the other emotions inside us. Facing those fears and overcoming them is what a good story is all about.
5) What is the future of horror female?
I think it will only get better for us. That more and more women will write it, and not just as paranormal romance. I think women have always had a sense of knowing what can scare us. Men most of the time use brawn (not always, but many do) to defeat their enemies, but women will prove toughness not in the physical way, but by using their brains. This is how woman will contribute—that females are not weak and screaming, always running away from the monster as we have seen in films and even read in some horror books written by men, but that we can be heroes too, and sometime, even the monster. Most of all, that we can overcome adversity by more than brute strength.
About the Author:
Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago tryingnot to listen to the voices in her head and has written bestselling horror,fantasy, science fiction, poetry, and nonfiction ghost books ever since. Threeof her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia nominations. Herhorror short story, "Bottled Spirits," was runner up for the 2013WSFA Small Press Award and is considered one of the seven best genre shortfiction for that year.
She also writes under the pseudonym,Sapphire Phelan, for erotic and regular paranormal romance. Her erotic urbanfantasy, 'Being Familiar with a Witch' won the 2013 Prism awarded by theFantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of Romance Writers of America.Discover more about Sapphire at SapphirePhelan.com.
Pamela and herhusband live with one crazy black cat. Along with writing, Pamela has acted onstage and film, does paranormal investigations for Paranormal World Seekers forAVA Productions, and is a member of Horror Writers Association and RomanceWriters of America.
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