MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CARMILLA VOIEZ😊
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Carmilla Voiez and I write horror and dark fiction with a generous helping of erotica.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest release is “Broken Mirror and Other Morbid Tales”. It’s a collection of short stories I’ve written over the last five years. Some are incredibly personal and others are pure imagination. There is a common theme of gender through the stories and also of change.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always loved horror. One of my fondest memories is watching Hammer Horror with my dad on a Friday evening. With horror there isn’t really a limit to what you can do or express, but I try to keep the stories very human at the same time.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My series is “The Starblood Trilogy” which is no available in one giant prose volume, but is also being adapted into three graphic novels. It’s about a bunch of Goth youngsters who play around with magic. The central character, Star, is deeply unhappy and struggling to figure out her true self while the people around her, including her magick obsessed ex keep pulling her back.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Psychonaut. It’s the least horror and the most fantasy based book in the series, but I also think it’s my most accomplished book to date.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I was going through a lot of pretty intense life changes while writing the book – motherhood and divorce. A lot of my angst and confusion was percolated into Star.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I read a lot about chaos magic and the Quabalah and tree of life. I also researched demon history, particularly that of Lilith.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, Starblood started as a standalone novel, but the characters wouldn’t leave me alone.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to balance working and being a single mother with writing. Mostly I write whenever the house is empty. I sometimes set goals, but it doesn’t always help my creativity. I find it easier just to lose myself in the stories.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have two works at different stages of completion. Psychonaut the graphic novel is about half way finished illustration wise and I’m just starting a new novel with the working title “Venus Virus”.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Like Dickens, I try to name my characters in a way that reflects their personalities.
Where do your ideas come from?
I honestly don’t know. I mostly just write to answer questions.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The first page.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
My partner is a composer so we tend to make the trailers together with original music. I love them although I’m not sure whether they sell books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
God, I’m going to sound like a mopey old Goth here, but my best accomplishment is that I’m still standing.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
It’s much cheaper than therapy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On a house boat in the Netherlands, writing books.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, even as a child. But I love to read even more.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Whether you are a best seller or not, you are creating something. Keep creating.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Probably selling things I make or love. I sold clothing before I became a published author.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do. The bad reviews don’t hurt me. They are never nasty and I know my work won’t appeal to everyone.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Trying to market/advertise. I’m terrible at that.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I’ll attach a page from Psychonaut the graphic novel.
Where did your love of books come from?
As a weirdo, later diagnosed as Aspie, books were both my friends and the escape I needed.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Clive Barker, Zadie Smith, Haruki Murakami and Iain Banks. My favourite book is Imajica my Clive Barker.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I love Freya, crazy, disturbed Freya, from Starblood.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
My website and blog can be found at http://www.carmillavoiez.com
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Telephone calls or anything that breaks my concentration.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I want. I think my stories are pretty original.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Ann Rawson is a wonderful friend and an accomplished mystery writer. Rue Volley is a sweetheart and inexhaustible. Jef Rouner is hugely talented and open to discussing ideas. And that’s to name just a few. I am blessed with a lot of friends who are writers.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Hahaha! I’m not sure. Maybe “Oi, Goff!”
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
The question would be something like – “How would you want your writing to be remembered?” and the answer would be – “I want people to read a sentence and think, I wish I’d written that.” I love poetic writing. The type that hits you in the gut and makes you think and feel all at once.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Well there’s my website and blog. I’m also on FB and Twitter for my sins.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
My pleasure. Thank you.