Sunday, February 18, 2018

Interview With S.J. Budd

CHHR: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

SJB: Writing has always been in my blood. I wrote a lot when I was young and came back  to it a few years ago.

CHHR: What does your writing schedule look like? 

SJB: It’s very chaotic. Currently I’m a full time mum to two kids under five so I have to fit it in around them. I usually write late into the night or very early in the morning. Summer is great for me as I usually get up at five when it’s already light and get a few hours done before they wake, but I can’t do that in winter when it’s dark and cold!

CHHR: Do you like writing short stories or novels?

SJB: I love writing both. They’re very different disciplines and both forms are equally rewarding. When I start writing a story there’s a period where I’m unsure of what form it’s going to take. More recently my stories have been getting longer. I’ve had quite a few short stories published so far but would love to have something longer accepted in the future.

CHHR: Do you use outlines or do you go with the flow?

SJB: I approach each story differently, I’m still trying to find that magic formula. However I only start writing when I know the beginning and the ending. That way you can have lots of fun with the middle.

CHHR: How did publishing your first book or short story change your writing process?

SJB: When I got my first short story published back in 2014 it gave me so much confidence, that at least one person out there likes my work! Each acceptance I get makes me so much more disciplined and determined to get another one. Writing started off as a hobby to remedy my dull office job but after having a few acceptances I decided to really go for it and see how far I can take it. I’ve learnt a lot but I still have a long way to go.

CHHR: What do you think makes a good horror story? 

SJB: This is a tricky question. I’m still trying to work that out! As I see it it’s about taking a mundane ordinary situation and tweaking it into something terrifying. If you can convince the reader that this horrific situation could easily happen to them then you’re doing it right. As with all fiction you have to be able to almost hypnotise them and have themselves surrender to your stories, something that only a few writers can do.

CHHR: What are you currently working on?

SJB: I have so many stories half written. Inspiration and ideas have never been a problem. I can easily write a story a week but editing them is torture! So far I have a new story coming out soon in the next issue of Siren’s Call ezine.

CHHR: What is in your TBR pile?

SJB: I’m a complete bookaholic. I had to buy a kindle as there is no space for any more books in my house. It’s easier to say what isn’t in my TBR.  Last Christmas I was really lucky and won the entire back catalogue of books from Unnerving and am having a great time reading through them all. I’m currently reading, Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters which is superb!

CHHR: What is the last book that scared you?

SJB: Anything by Adam Neville. His short stories genuinely scare me. I’ve read most of his short story collections and am now working through his novels. I recently read The Ritual and it was great. I would stay up all night reading it as it was so gripping!

CHHR: What is your spirit animal?

SJB: I’ve always been really fascinated with birds in old legends it was said they could travel to other worlds and talk with the fey. Wouldn’t it be so cool to be able to fly?

CHHR: What is your favorite beer?

SJB: I don’t beer but do love a cheeky pint of proper cider, anything from Cornwall!

CHHR: If you could have a beer with one author, who would it be?

SJB: I think it would have to be Daphne Du Maurier or Shirley Jackson.

Author Bio: 

S.J.Budd loves writing short stories exploring dark fictional worlds and its mysterious inhabitants, and is currently working on her first novel. Her day job involves working as journalist for and she also blogs on her site
Her work has appeared in Aphotic Realm, Sanitarium Magazine, Siren’s Call Publications, Deadman’s Tome, Innersins , Aphelion, Bewildering Stories, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Shadows at the Door and Danse Macabre Magazine, The Wild Hunt, Morpheus Tales and Freedom Fiction.
Twitter @sjbuddj

Her debut collection of short stories, Spells and Persuasions, is out now on Amazon.

Welcome to the first collection of short stories by S.J.Budd. A compilation of nine dark tales of darkness, revenge, terror, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Come and be entertained for an hour or two. 
Hear the depraved tales of a desperate junkie with a terrible secret who will do anything to escape her past. A young woman consorts with the occult full of desire for someone to notice her and experience the maddening passions of true love. Charlotte is buckling under the perfection of her dead best friend and seeks to punish her. Greenheart a powerful witch is desperate to save a young girl from being sacrificed to the old ones. Edward is hiding a terrible secret from his wife and the Knocker is coming to pay him a special visit.

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