Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?
Unlike most writers, my husband and I are a married writing team who make up the Killion Slade brand. Like most writers, we have expressed ourselves all our lives through writing. It became time to do something about it and put that energy to good use. We spent the time learning the craft of writing through a year-long intensive, going back to class and relearning grammar, editing, and daily writing at least 1000 words. Writing is therapeutic, it’s fun, and I have met the most amazing people on the planet through writing. I wouldn’t dream of ever giving it up.
If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)
Hmmmm… if the temperatures were that bad, most likely my last five books wouldn’t make that much difference to my own life. I think I would rather freeze to death and allow humanity to have my last five books. The Dead Sea Scrolls, A Reloading Guide for Ammunition and Firearms, How to Garden and Harvest Foods, Survival Manuals in any Climate (even though I was dying), and of course any and all books written by Killion Slade. (Gotta give the hunters something to read in their deer blinds 😉
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?
In life – raise children. In writing – grammar and editing – feckin commas!
What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?
I can’t? Because if you believe it, then it’s true. So we do not use it in our household J
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?
If would have to be a choice between a Tony Briggs who is the biggest, blackest scariest water dragon who is the dragon mafia boss that runs the underground in Chicago. Another one of our favorite characters is based on our Boxer named Beano. She adds an area for comic relief in stories full of intensity.
Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?
New Orleans – hands down. I honestly haven’t found the right venue to tell the story. It might have to be a short story or create a character that had my job.
What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?
It was a women’s lit writing contest and we were told that “there’s a place your type of writing, but it isn’t in women’s literature, it’s in horror.” J
How did you get that scar?
When I was in the 5th grade, I tried kissing the step mother’s cranky old dog. Saying goodbye before going to school and he planted his canines deep into my face under my eye, beside my nose, and at the side of my mouth. 25 stiches later, I have had scars on my face, but still love dogs.
What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?
Promote yourself and/or your writing
Last fall we had a really fun story in Evil Girlfriend Media’s Anthology Roms, Bombs, and Zoms called “Till Death Do We Not Part”
Winner of the 2012 Wicked Women Writer Challenge with the podcast “Children of Angels” – this year I was the hostess of the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge and broadcast the entrants for this year’s entrants on HorrorAddicts.net. Here is a link to listen to the podcast.
Official Bio –
Killion Slade is comprised of a married writing team who met in the virtual realms of Second Life and virtually enjoy everything. Members of the Horrors Writers Association and the Paranormal Romance Guild, they storyboard their characters inside Second Life as their avatars reveal their stories.
Killion’s published short stories can be found in Sirens Call, The Danse Macabre, Cynic Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Midwest Literary Magazine, and in the anthologies Bite from the Heart, Death Sparkles, and The Ghoul Saloon from Static Movement and Roms, Bombs, and Zoms from Evil Girlfriend Media.
Mrs. Slade was the winner of the 2012 Wicked Women Writers Award for “Children of Angels” short story podcast from Horror Addicts. Killion has found a new love of turning the written word into an audio podcast auralgasm.
Their debut novel series Exsanguinate has just been released. Click here for the book trailer.
Both in her reality and virtuality, Cheyenne O’Cuinn must navigate tortuous and violent clues to rescue her kidnapped sisters before exploited to breed a dhampir army. Cheyenne fights against time and her own immortality before the world’s balance of vampire to human ratios tip towards apocalypse.
For more information on Book 1 of the series, check out this page on their website.
Where Scary Can Be Horrifically Funny.
Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?
Many people have asked us why we write what we do and why we write under a pen name. I can answer both quite easily. Often times when you are scared, you laugh at yourself. When others try to scare you, and you learn it’s a joke, you laugh at yourself. It is a real defense mechanism.
Why the Pen Name – We didn’t want our Girl Scout Leaders to be afraid to let us chaperone 😛
We wanted to thank you for featuring us. It is a treasure to be able to write with my husband. Not everyone can say they have such a valued friendship in their marriage, but we can say that everyday J
Thank you for joining me today. I’ve decorated the exit to resemble a corn maze. Don’t let the scarecrows lead you down the wrong paths… There’s no telling how long it will take you, I haven’t finished building it. But don’t come back and tell me you can’t get out…