Welcome to The Horror Tree, and thank you for participating in Women In Horror Month. First, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in horror.
Growing up, my grandma would sneak me into horror movies with her and try to keep it from my mom, but I loved horror, so she kept doing it. One of the first films I saw with her was “Cat People” in 1982 at the Lancaster Mall Theater in Salem, Oregon. I would have been all of five years old. I don’t know if that was the first one she took me to, but I do remember coming out afterward and my mom wanting to know what movie we’d gone to. You see, she was the manager of the theater my grandma had taken me to. Pretty sure grandma WANTED to get busted.
I used to watch horror and sci-fi with my dad. We watched “V” and “Doctor Who.” He was the one I watched “X-Files” and “Twin Peaks” with when those came on. And my parents had shelves of horror fiction, which is where I discovered Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz. So the fact that I grew to love horror more and more through the years, only to one day start writing it, isn’t much of a surprise. Plus, I’ve lived a fairly colorful life, which has given me plenty of fodder for the bloody gristmill. I love to write horror short stories and now I’ve got a true crime podcast, which has been a fun change of pace.