I also got interviewed by David Krause, freelancer for Rue Morgue. If you have no idea who these guys are, go find out, I dare you.
In the meantime, here’s the interview I did with David:
Once I finished talking to Fuchs, I noticed a woman sitting nearby at a table, with a friend dressed up as a vampire. The woman was author Rhiannon Paille, who holds a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. The vampire is one of horror’s bloody staples, and she seemed to be more interested in monsters that drink blood rather than those that sparkle. Paille was promoting Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame, Book One), the first novel in a series.
RM: How would you describe your work?
Paille: Ok, well, I write stories about kissing and death. Flame of Surrender is my first book. It’s about a girl who causes the apocalypse and falls in love with a boy who follows death.
RM: Why would someone who is a fan of the Harry Potter or Twilight series pick up your book?
Paille: The writing is there and the story is very original. I didn’t actually read much before I wrote the book, so everything that’s here [in the book] is original.
RM: So you haven’t been corrupted by the publishing industry in any way?
Paille: I’ve not been corrupted by big publishers just yet. The book is one of those things that people will get attached to. A lot of people say they care about the characters and what happens to them in the end. It’s homegrown [here in Manitoba] with my friends doing cosplay and things like that, which has helped me stand out from everything else that’s out there.
RM: How supportive have Manitobans been?
Paille: People have been amazing in Manitoba. Many people got into the book before it was even published. They were reading the beta version or were dressing up as characters. I had an entire group of people who were helping me make a book trailer for it. We had a fan club a year and a half before it was published.
RM: What scared you as a kid and made you think, wow, this is what I want to do when I grow up?
Paille: The scariest movie I’ve ever seen was The Ring. I had to cover my TV after that. I don’t want some creepy chick crawling out of my TV. The Blair Witch Project was also really scary when it came out.
RM: What have you noticed to be the differences between print and online publishing?
Paille: With eBooks, you cast a wide net when you publish and you don’t really know your audience. When you have an eBook, you don’t get to meet the people – they just download it. With paperbacks, I get to meet people at events and talk to them. It’s been rewarding, as readers tell me what it is about my book that they like.
For the full article, including interviews with my publisher AP Fuchs and fellow author GMB Chomiuk, go here: http://www.rue-morgue.com/2012/03/horror-creators-unearthed-at-winnipeg-comic-book-and-toy-convention/