Have I got a great Trick or Treat goody for you! A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being dark fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author she’s published novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction.
I have been working with A.F. Stewart for awhile now, as she runs the My Bloody Valentine hop, and was one of the people who introduced me to B2B CyCon, so it is a delight to have her do an interview today.
A.F., welcome to an Angell's Life, what is the current book you are promoting?
My new book, Horror Haiku and Other Poems, was released on October 11th. It’s a volume of thirty-eight haiku style poems and eighteen longer form poems, all written around horror themes like zombies, monsters, ghosts, the apocalypse, killers, and other terrors.
What inspired this book?
Basically the book began when I joined in the fun over on Twitter for the hashtag game #HorrorHaikuesday (created by @horror_made). Every Tuesday, poets get together and post horror haiku. I accumulated quite a few poems from participating, and the idea occurred to me to publish them. So I rounded up all my haiku, added a few of my other dark poems to the mix and created a book. I threw in a few shadowy and creepy photos, and voila, Horror Haiku and Other Poems came into existence.
How neat! Sounds like the perfect thing to get in the Halloween Spirit! But lets get to know more about you. What is one place you would like to visit and why?
That would be Ireland. I have an avid interest in Irish Celtic mythology and history, and would love to see the places of all those myths and legends.
I love the idea of visiting Ireland one day! Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
My favourite fictional character is Batman. I’m fascinated by the psychology of the character and the dark, mythological undertones of the story. The character mixes the nuances of the detective/crime story arc with the sensibilities of the broken hero/protector quest. It’s very appealing to me.
What is your next project?
Right now I’m working on a fantasy novella, called Ghosts of the Sea Moon, which should be done (or mostly done) by the end of the year. It’s an expansion of a piece of short fiction I wrote, and inspired in part by tales of legendary ghost ships such as the Flying Dutchman.
The book centers on Captain Rafe Morrow and the crew of the Celestial Jewel, a ship of the living and of the ghostly. Plus, there’s an insane Goddess of the Moon who wants to destroy two worlds, the mortal and the immortal, and it also has sea monsters that devour people’s souls.
So much awesome darkly goodness! Can't wait to see it!
Thanks for joining us today, A.F. Stewart, always a pleasure to speak with you!
Want to learn more about A.F. Stewart, and her awesome work? Check out her website Afallonblog