#009: Ruthann Jagge and Erik Hanson, dark fiction authors, offer excellent advice for aspiring authors.
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Ruthann grew up in Upstate New York where her favorite month of October is magical. She currently lives on a cattle ranch in Texas, and the porches on her 100-year farmhouse are painted “haint blue.” She writes dark speculative fiction and horror, and her work is included in numerous successful anthologies. Extensive travel and appreciation for homegrown horror and superstition influence her characters and settings. Her first solo novella will be published by D&T Publishing in January 2022. Other passions include cooking, travel, sewing, and dancing with her demons. Her large blended family keeps her sane most of the time.
Erik Hanson earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and was the recipient of an “Outstanding Writing For The Screen” certificate. His work has been published by Smith & Kraus and Applause Books in 8 play anthologies. More than 35 of his short plays have been developed and produced in the United States. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ghost Orchid Press, Horror Oasis, Collective Tales, Curious Blue Press, Trembling With Fear, The Parliament House, Stranger with Friction, Raven & Drake, and Versification Publishing House. His collection, ALL THINGS DEADLY (Salem Stories), will be released by D&T Publishing in August 2021. As an educator, Hanson has taught undergraduate and graduate-level English courses at Sacred Heart University.
This is another brilliant episode! In this conversation we discuss dark fiction, getting published in anthologies and independent publishing houses, and a whole host of other things besides.