Welcome to another installment of Writer Wednesdays! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and learn about another author.
Up until this point, the authors we have learned about have written science fiction or fantasy novels. Today’s author has graced the world with horror. Please welcome Stephanie M. Wytovich!
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
My full name is Stephanie Marie Wytovich, and I’ve been writing horror and dark fantasy since I’ve been eight years old. In middle school, I got sent to the guidance counselor for writing a story about a vampire that kills a young girl’s entire family and since then, there’s been no going back.
I can usually be found with a notebook and a book (or two, or three) on me at all times, and I feel confident in saying that my blood is mostly made up of caffeine.
When did you start writing, and who or what inspired you to do so?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. As a child, I read constantly and I loved stories about monsters and madmen, evil scientists and aliens. I don’t think anyone was surprised when I started making up stories of my own. All those days reading books while I was tucked away in a blanket fort served me quite well in the long run.
Why did you choose the genre in which you write?
Horror and Dark Fantasy come naturally to me. I prefer nightmares to daydreams, and blood and monsters to glitter and unicorns.
If you had to choose a different genre in which to write, which would you pick and why?
I would go literary. I have some ideas for the future, but for right now, I feel strongly that I’m where I’m supposed to be.
Do you have any new books coming out?
My second collection of poetry, Mourning Jewelry, was just released this May from Raw Dog Screaming Press.
What was your favorite part about writing it? What was your least favorite?
My favorite part about writing is the initial spark of an idea. I love drafting and mapping out my poems and I find it both relaxing and freeing at the same time.
Revising on the other hand…not so much.
Not counting your main character, which character from your book is your favorite?
Hysteria. She’s not my main character, but rather the persona and idea behind all my work. Plus, have you seen that gasmask? You can’t say no to a girl like that!
Is there anything you would like to add about your book (i.e.: behind-the-scenes factoids, character influences, etc.)?
When writing Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, I did onsite research at asylums and prisons to add an air of authenticity to the horrors that I was writing about. I did paranormal investigations and overnight stays at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and the West Virginia State Penitentiary, and wrote quite a few of my poems propped up against an isolation cell in the middle of the night.
Where can readers find you on the internet (i.e.: Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
And now for a few more personal questions. Are there any television shows you have to catch each week? Which ones?
Right now I’m hooked on: The Following, The Walking Dead, and Hannibal.
If you had to move to any other place on Earth, where would you go and why?
Realistically, I’d like to find myself in New Orleans soon for a project that I’m going to be starting here very shortly. If I’m going to think BIG, I’d like to find myself back in Florence or Venice with a nice little studio apartment and an espresso, or five.
If you could glimpse into a different era of time, would you choose the past or the future? If it’s the past, which era? Why?
I would pick the past. I’m fairly certain that I was supposed to be born in the twenties where I would write during the day, and play piano in a jazz bar at night while wearing a killer flapper dress.
Have you attended any conventions? Which one(s)?
I’ve been attending the World Horror Convention for the past three years, and this year, I plan on attending it as well, in addition to World Fantasy and Necon. I also attend DogCon yearly, which is a convention run by my publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Which holiday is your favorite? Why?
Halloween. It’s the one day where I can be my normal, goofy self and no one judges me for it.
Ms. Wytovich’s works are published by Raw Dog Screaming Press and can be found in your favorite format through their website.
To learn more about Stephanie, visit her website at stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com.
Thanks again for stopping by, Ms. Wytovich!