Yvonne Navarro


After the avalanche, it’s taken a while to clear the rocks from the Isolation Tank’s entrance. Now that the way is clear, I found Yvonne Navarro (who may have been trapped for a while and waiting for her turn in the tank.) Sorry for the delay in posting. Rocks aren’t always friendly.

Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?

I’ve always been creative. I’ve been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember (not to be confused with hearing voices… although it might be sort of the same…); when I was a kid I drew pictures to go along with the made-up stories. I started trying to write in the 1980s and have been working on it ever since. It’s fun… mostly.  I have to admit that when a hard deadline looms I might not be thinking truly fun thoughts.

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.)

Yikes, there are so many good ones! They Thirst by Robert McCammon, The Keep by F. Paul Wilson, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Multiplex Fandango by Weston Ochse, The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?

I think it was conquering myself and learning the discipline it takes to really be a writer. You don’t wait to write “when it feels right.” Writers write all the time.

What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?

The word “that” being used to refer to people. “She was the person that…” is incorrect. That refers to objects. Who refers to a person.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?

Lily in FINAL IMPACT. Frankly, I created her to die. She wouldn’t, and not only did she cling to life in FINAL IMPACT, she was a major character in the follow-up, RED SHADOWS.  She was wild, semi-sane, ass-kicking, and fiercely loyal.

Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction?  Why or Why  not?

A house where I lived when I was in my early twenties in Tennessee. It was haunted by the ghost of an evil, malicious old woman.  I wrote about it in the DANCING WITH THE DARK anthology, which was published in 1997.  The story was called “The House on Chadwell Drive.”

What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?

That’s a tough one. Early in my writing, a couple of editors helped me immensely by doing light edits on a page or two of my submissions, which showed me things I’d been doing wrong.  Even so, I’d have to say the best came from Ellen Datlow, because it was honest and to the point– no sugar-coating, no ridiculous “This just isn’t for us” line of b.s.  She said simply, “I just don’t like this story.”  Absolutely the best.

How did you get that scar?

I’m guessing you’re talking about my shoulder? (Otherwise I’m in trouble, because I don’t remember baring my lower back or my hip!) Nothing very romantic, I’m afraid.  Shoulder surgery, cleaning out the joint and moving the upper end of my bicep.

What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?

Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” Hahahhahaha!

Promote yourself and/or your writing

My website is here, although I’m mostly futzing around on Facebook.

Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?

Get off Facebook and TV and do something creative!

Thank you, Ms. Navarro, not only for the wonderful interview and for the ton of new additions to my To Be Read mountain. THAT’S NO PILE!!! I’m sure you’d like to get back to your loved ones. Just make sure to take the left after the alligator pit. If you pass the hissing noise, you’ve gone too far. You’ll have to backtrack to the rope bridge and pull the vine next to the scorpion. I’m going to follow your advice and do something creative. I’m guess herding bees counts.