Introducing Author Barbara Watkins
I am so happy to have as my featured author this week the incredible Barbara Watkins. She’s definitely got a lot of thrills and chills in store for her readers. I’ve read Barbara’s short stories in a book she and Betty Dravis co-authored – Six Pack of Blood, but until I read Hollowing Screams I didn’t realize her capacity to hold a reader in suspense and make them squirm for hours on end. You can read my review of Hollowing Screams here.
Interview with Barbara Watkins
Where do you write? What’s your creative space like?
I have a room in my house that my husband and I converted into an office space. On the corner of my desk sits an old antique Royal typewriter,
a gift from my dear mother, and several horror posters adorn the walls including a poster from The Vampire Guardian Angel series, courtesy of horror Director/Producer, Lia Scott Price.
What is your favorite writing tool?
What movie star would you pick as one of the characters in your book and why? Nicole Kidman would be perfect to play the role of ‘Shannon’ – her performance in the paranormal flick, ‘The Others,’ absolutely blew my mind. Her portrayal of complex characters, along with the fact that she fits the description of ‘Shannon’ makes this actress my first pick.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you realize that dream?
I always thought that I would like to be an actress – that didn’t happen. However, I get to play make-believe and act in various roles every time I create a character – guess you could say that I have realized my dream!
Explain your creative process. Pantser? Outliner?
Um, I guess you could say that I’m more of a fly by the seat-of-my-pants plotter. It’s not like I don’t know where my story is going though – I just tend to let my characters lead me there.
If you could only have one mode of transportation what would it be, a horse or a bicycle? Why?
I’d have to say a horse, cause I’m too lazy to pedal a bike! LOL)
When I was quite young and would have nightmares, I often wrote them down in a journal. In fact, I have incorporated several of my nightmares into my writings – makes for some horrifying tales!
What were you like in high school? Class clown? Nerd? Cheerleader type?
Um, I guess you would say I was more of a class clown – definitely not a nerd or cheerleader type. I did have a habit of talking to my classmates too much, as often indicated on my report card. LOL)
What’s your favorite theme park? Why? (If you’ve never been, which one would you like to visit and why?)
Universal Studio in Orlando, Florida ROCKS! I love the simulated rides; particularly the ‘Back to the Future’ ride. Do they still have that one? LOL)
Are you a reader? What types of books do you like best? What author(s)?
I’ve been known to enjoy a good sappy love story, a comedy, and even a futuristic sci-fi. Nevertheless, give me a paranormal thriller, a thrilling horror tale and I’m in seventh heaven! Clive Barker, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and John Saul – all rate high on my list.
Thank-you Barbara for an interesting and candid interview. Readers, leave some comments and let Barbara know what you think about her interview and writing. If you’d like to find out more about Barbara Watkins here are some links:
Books by Barbara Watkins:
Soon to be released: Six-Pack of Fear (with Betty Dravis)