AHOW Blog Tour #13 – Dawn Taylor

Well, well, well. It seems I’ve been negligent on my blog here for a couple weeks, as Life has ever-so-graciously thrown a couple more hurdles my way. Overcome and in the rearview as they are, it’s high time to get caught back up, shall we?

Today we have the lucky thirteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Dawn Taylor. Her story “Pepe” I was admittedly hesitant to read, despite knowing the quality of her work from AJOW. You see, “Pepe” is about a ghost clown that appears under the bed of a less-than-virtuous lawyer (aren’t they all?) and torments her nights away. And as a boy, clowns scared the shit out of me. But alas, I read Pepe anyway, and am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the story – and I think you will, too.

Hopefully, you can sleep with the light off after, though….

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Diane accepts an internship at a law firm. Shortly after settling into her new apartment, a clown appears under her bed disturbing her sleep. Who is he? What does he want? Will Diane have the strength to conquer her tormentor before he destroys her sanity?

What inspired you to write this story?
I have always had a fear of clowns. They emit an eerie presence and must never be trusted. The thought of one hiding under my bed, waiting to torment me is a nightmare.

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing as a child, but my first short story titled “The Double Nickel Tour,” was published in 2016 in Scout Media’s A Journey of Words.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
I like to write psychological horror and stories with a twist ending.

What are you working on now?
Currently, I have written a debut novel, which I hope to publish by the end of the year.

What else do you have published?
I have published a few short stories. In addition to “Pepe” and “The Double Nickel Tour,” I have published “Katey,” “Dirty Gypsy Girl,” and “The Price of Admission.”

What advice would you offer to new writers?
My advice to new writers is to study the craft. Learn grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and all the necessities of writing, and then allow your imagination to soar.

List links where people can find your writing:
I can be found at https://www.facebook.com/authordawntaylor/ or https://www.dawnmtaylor.com/

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