Meghan: So, you’ve made it back for round three, Sisters, where the questions get more and more difficult. What are your go-to horror films?
Sisters of Slaughter: Our faves are An American Werewolf in London and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They shaped us as horror fans and people in general.
Meghan: What makes the horror genre so special?
Sisters of Slaughter: Horror is a haven to us because we’ve always been interested in spooky things. We are at home here amongst the other horror fanatics.
Meghan: Have any new authors grasped your interest recently?
Sisters of Slaughter: We really love the works of folks like Somer Canon, Jeremy Wagner, and Glenn Rolfe. Also John Boden and Chad Lutzke. They’re all really killing it.
Meghan: How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”? What do you listen to while writing?
Sisters of Slaughter: We like to listen to a variety of music from black metal to blue grass. We usually find tunes that set the mood of the story and let it play in the background. On occasion we write with no music at all, it’s just whatever we feel like on particular days.
Meghan: How active are you on social media? How do you think it affects the way you write?
Sisters of Slaughter: Michelle is more active on social media. We feel it’s important to connect with fellow writers and readers. Social media has definitely helped get our names out there.
Meghan: What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sisters of Slaughter: We don’t have much that stops our writing unless one of our kids get sick or we get sick and can’t over to the keyboards. Haha. We usually don’t write on weekends, we dedicate them to being with our families.
Meghan: If you were making a movie of your latest story/book, who would you cast?
Sisters of Slaughter: We just finished a novella which is a sequel to Mayan Blue, so these would be our choices.
Richard Chizmar as our character named after him, Daniel Kaluuya as Kendrick, Milla Jovovich as Sheila, Gerardo Taracena as Ah-Puch, and Paulina Gaitan as Blood Maiden.
Meghan: If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?
Sisters of Slaughter: We probably wouldn’t change much, we’re proud of our work so far.
Meghan: What would the main character in your latest story/book have to say about you?
Sisters of Slaughter: She would probably say we’re sadistic bitches. Haha.
Meghan: Did you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Sisters of Slaughter: There aren’t really any secrets other than a few scenes were taken from nightmares we’ve actually had.
Meghan: How much of yourself do you put in your books?
Sisters of Slaughter: We add a little bit of our sick humor to most of our manuscripts.
Meghan: Are your characters based off real people, or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Sisters of Slaughter: Mostly imagination, but there are a few modeled after people we’ve known in real life.
Meghan: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Sisters of Slaughter: With each book we write we feel our writing has gotten better from a technical standpoint.
Meghan: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Sisters of Slaughter: The most difficult part of our process is just making time. There’s never a perfect time to write, we just dive in and do the best we can amidst noisy children and all that.
Meghan: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Sisters of Slaughter: The act of writing can be exhausting and most of the time right afterwards you feel drained but after you sit back and look at what you accomplished then you get a burst of energy, you get the feeling you can concur anything.
Meghan: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones? Have you ever learned something from a negative review and incorporated it into your writing?
Sisters of Slaughter: We read them when we get time but we don’t obsess over them. Anything constructive we take it to heart and try to remember it but anything based only on opinion, like someone saying they don’t like our books, we let that roll off. We appreciate ALL reviews no matter what.
Meghan: What are your ambitions for your writing career? What does “literary success” look like to you?
Sisters of Slaughter: We just want to keep pushing ourselves to make our names bigger. We already feel really accomplished because our objective when we decided to try getting accepted was just to get published and we have been by some of the best in our community. We’re really happy so far, just gotta keep hustling.