3Q’s – Geneve Flynn just wants a fancy meal!

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Today’s guest is somebody who continues to put out thoughtful pieces of brutality. I came upon her work through her numerous anthology appearances and she’s always been supportive and super encouraging!

Please do welcome Geneve to 3Q’s today!

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Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Geneve: I write during the day, with many numerous tea breaks, and I try to hit key moments in the story rather than a specific word count. My process tends to involve plenty of thinking time and research—lots of strange rabbit holes, collecting flotsam and jetsam that may or may not make it into the final piece of work, or that may send the story off in a completely unplanned direction. I’ll often do a rough outline, and I might have a beginning line, a last line, or a scene from a particularly vivid dream. When I’ve built up enough irresistible momentum, I’ll write and write and write until the story’s done. Then I’ll emerge, a little glassy-eyed and incoherent, but euphoric.

Steve: You decide to host a writer’s retreat. One weekend in a luxury house on an island. What three other authors do you invite to come along?
Geneve: Only three? Oh, that’s tough.
I’d invite my dear friends, Lauren Elise Daniels and Pamela Jeffs. They’re my first readers and the people who know my writing inside and out. They both write gorgeous speculative fiction so we’d have plenty to chat about. The third invite would go to my Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women co-editor, Lee Murray. You can’t spend time around Lee and not be inspired. She’s one of the kindest, most talented, and hardest working authors in the horror world; plus, Lee’s terrific fun. Whenever we get together, we end up making wildly ambitious plans.
Are you sure I can’t invite more? I’d love to have all the authors from Black Cranes, Tortured Willows, and Unquiet Spirits aboard. Being part of that groundswell has given me the sisterhood I never had. Maybe Lee and I could hatch a plan to sneak all the Crane/Willow/Spirit Sisters onto the island. Now that would be a caper.

Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Geneve: Chromophobia, a women-in-horror anthology edited by Bram Stoker Award®-winner Sara Tantlinger, came out in July this year. I loved Sara’s previous anthology, Not All Monsters, so I was delighted when my short horror story “Double Happiness” was accepted for her latest outing as an editor.
“Double Happiness” plays with the perception of red as a symbol of good luck and fecundity in Chinese culture, and explores the practice of ghost marriage. My main character, Jin, is a sly, greedy ne’er-do-well, and I had great fun putting him through the courtship from hell.
I also have a horror short story called “They Call Me Mother” in James Aquilone’s Classic Monsters Unleashed. The anthology also came out in July and was the highest-funded horror fiction anthology in Kickstarter history. My story is a reimagining of a famous monster (I won’t say which one, as that’s part of the ending reveal) and was a response to how allegations of sexual misconduct, and gendered violence were dealt with by the Australian government.

Steve: Bonus Question! You receive an invitation in the mail from one of these two people. The invitation invites you to have dinner and spend the night in their home. Do you accept the invitation from Victor Frankenstein or Dracula and why?
Geneve: Hmmm. I feel like a night at the good doctor’s house would require some potpourri or Vicks under the nose. All those body bits? Surely, things would be a bit whiffy. On the other hand, I’m one of those people who attracts every mosquito within miles after five minutes in the garden, so I might not survive a night with the Count. Although, Dracula would probably be a better host than Frankenstein; I imagine he’d go all-out for a dinner guest, so at least I’d get a fancy meal before becoming one of the undead. I’ll go with Dracula.

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Great thinking!

Thank you so much, Geneve!

To follow her journey and find more of her work – check the links!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlynnGeneve

Website: http://www.geneveflynn.com.au/

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