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Author Interview – Madeleine McLaughlin @Madoxane

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Being published.

What is your favorite color? Blue.

What is your favorite food? Steak but because of my dietary restrictions, I can’t have it.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? My apartment. I used to think I’d like Tasmania but for right now, I want to be on my computer, writing.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? Because my dad worked closely with police in his job at the border, I learned that ordinary looking people could have secrets. I think that pointed me in the direction of horror because, after all, horror is mostly what ordinary people are capable of when confronted with extraordinary circumstances. Not to be anti-people or anything. It’s just that life is not always nice or good and decisions are not always logical. That is the basis of horror, I believe.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? By reading Wuthering Heights. I was so taken by the beauty of the language that I thought I’d like to do that. Well, I’m a long way away from accomplishing that but there’s still time.

When and why did you begin writing? I began seriously writing in the 1990s. I had become ill and couldn’t leave my room for long periods of time so I wanted to have a job where you could stay home and do it. I took writing through correspondence course. Later I learned that to promote you have to go out but by then I wasn’t as restricted.

How long have you been writing? Oh, forever. Not stories but journals. I’ve always been a great one for writing down thoughts and troubles and feelings.

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Genre – Horror

Rating – PG

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