Featured Interview With Rae Louise
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Staffordshire, England. I moved around a bit with college, living in Manchester and then West Yorkshire. My hometown – or ‘family town’ as I call it – is Burton on Trent; this is where I inherited my love for the horror genre. Being somewhat of a loner, my best friends were my notepad and pens. I spent most of my childhood in a house full of animals, and this is something that has always stuck with me. Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles and even birds could be found roaming free. I’ve also spent the last 5-10 years caring for disabled animals, including a paraplegic rabbit and a degu.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started with the Shivers and Point Horror collections at primary school, around the age of ten. Then I quickly moved on to adult works, probably a little younger than I should have done! Nothing seemed to terrify me; I just couldn’t get enough of horror, be it in books or onscreen. My grandma had tons of horror books, most of which were passed onto my mum and then to me. I started writing as soon as I discovered my passion for dark fiction: initially, I would copy pages from printed books to get a feel for how a story flowed. Then I began writing my own short stories, and once I developed a knack for it, I knew in my heart that I wanted to be an author.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I think it goes without saying that I’m a horror junkie! James Herbert and Shaun Hutson will always be my favourite authors, likely because I grew up reading them. I love how Shaun’s twisted sense of humour always comes across in his writing, and the graphic descriptions leave me cringing and laughing at the same time. I also enjoy a bit of Martina Cole, misery memoirs and comedy or parodies.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is a paranormal/psychological horror called The Fear. It took me less than a year to write, which is quite good for me! A lot of the psychological elements were plucked from real-life experiences, both my own and certain family members and friends, so the ideas were pouring out of me nonstop. It will probably become clearer upon reading the book where most of it came from, but generally speaking I’ve had a lifelong interest in the paranormal. So creating a work of fiction in a genre and subject matter that I’m passionate about felt like the right way to go for a debut novel.
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