CHHR: Please give a brief introduction.
My name is Theresa Jacobs and I am a horror/sci-fi writer and here's my link.
CHHR: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew it since I was a child. I would write crazy nonsensical stories and create horrible drawings to go with them. Then I hit puberty and strayed from my dreams for too many years.....Any young writers out there, don't do this!
CHHR: What does your writing schedule look like?
I write from after the day job and dinner, anywhere from and weekends when weather is crappy I'll put in 12-14 hrs
CHHR: Do you have any interesting writing rituals? If so, what are they?
Not at all I just turn on the computer and start writing, if I'm sick of being in the office I'll go to the bedroom and sit up in bed using the computer that's hooked to my 54" tv to write.
CHHR: Do you like writing short stories or novels?
Both - shorts help me practice keeping stories tight, and novels let me roam and build deeper stories.
CHHR: How is the horror scene where you live?
Probably good, I live between Niagara Falls and Toronto, but I'm not a ppl person, so I don't go places – the thought of public is horrific enough.
CHHR: Do you use outlines or do you go with the flow?
I'm a panstter all the way! I even tried outlining before to see if it would help me world build as they say, but I didn’t know where I wanted the story to go. The story always leads me and personally I think this is a better way to write, because If I can’t predict it’s outcome than neither can the readers!
CHHR: How did publishing your first book or short story change your writing process?
Getting my first novel on Amazon was eye-opening, its when I realized how big the indie community really is and after my first 36yr novel process, I wrote five more in Two yrs
CHHR: What do you think makes a good horror story?
Suspense and tension.
CHHR: What are you currently working on?
I just finished the first draft of my next sci-fi titled The Used. I’m three chapters into my next horror Wife N’ Death. I contribute to a weekly magazine 1428elm.com – all horror tv shows and movie talk. Plus I write a blog every Sat, and I am assisting a woman with her husband's biography. I’ve always got tons on the go.
CHHR: What is in your TBR pile?
Oh well, I like to collect paperback and hardcovers for my summer tanning reads- so it’s a long list
Thrice Upon a time :James P Hogan
Line : Lee Child
Hunting down Amanda : Andrew Klavan
The Devils Labyrinth: John Saul
Surrender New York :Caleb Carr
Scarlet Gospels: Clive Barker
Inspector of the Dead: David Morrell
A gamblers anatomy: Jonathan Lethem
Let the whole thundering world come home: Natalie Goldberg
CHHR: What is the last book that scared you?
Probably pet cemetery when I was twelve
CHHR: What is your spirit animal?
Squirrel cause I'm nutty
CHHR: What is your favorite beer?
I no longer drink, but when I did, yuck to beer, I was a black Russian woman all the way
CHHR: If you could have a beer with one author, who would it be?
Hunter s Thompson, and it wouldn't be beer