Louise Pierce: Author of "Fractured Thinking"
Today, we are sharing our author interview with horror author Louise Pierce, the author of Fractured Thinking in our premier anthology Winter's Vindication.
1. Do you remember the first story you wrote? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
The first story I wrote was a cringey version of Hansel and Gretel when I was around ten years old. I remember it being about a monster made of candy that ate children. I only remember it because I wrote it while we were watching The Others, which had just been released on DVD. I don’t remember the details of the story other than my characters had to melt the monster in a giant oven.
I started really writing in high school, mostly fan fiction of the bands my friends and I were obsessed with. One piece I remember writing was a teen vampire story that had a combination of characters from the band Fall Out Boy and Harry Potter. A friend and I passed a thumb drive back and forth at school and we would each write a section every few days. We only managed to write about half of the book before we each got pulled into other projects.
2. The writing community is full of different kinds of writers. Do you consider yourself an author, writer, poet, storyteller—or something else? Why/what’s the difference to you?
I consider myself a writer. I don’t say I’m an author because I don’t have any novels published yet. I also use the term writer because I don’t just write stories. Besides prose, I write poetry, academic work, news articles, blogs, and multimedia work. My definition of author is someone who has novels published, whether traditionally or self-published. One day I would like to include that as a title for myself, but for now I am comfortable using the term writer to encompass all of my work. I love telling stories but they are just a part of what I do.
3. What is your primary genre and what drew you to it?
When I’m writing prose I generally stick to drama and horror. I love writing characters and putting them in situations that are going to test their mental state. I think I was drawn to it through horror movies and a young obsession with the paranormal in general. Some of what I write would also put me in the literary fiction genre. I think I was drawn to that just in the subjects I have written about. My pieces are usually character driven and take place in ‘the real world’ so while they are fiction pieces, they easily could be experiences people have.
4. What genre would you consider the story you wrote for Winter’s Vindication? Why did you choose to write outside/inside your genre?
“Fractured Thinking” is probably a suspense/literary fiction piece. I wasn’t sure what I wanted the piece to be about and really wanted to write a character who was dealing with strong emotions and uncomfortable situations. These past few years I’ve been very introspective of my own trauma and how it has shaped my relationships with the people around me and I wanted to write a piece that showcased the struggle with the difficult memories and how we can become trapped within them. I stuck with writing within my genre because I have been out of the writing game for some time and I wanted to come back to the world one step at a time.
5. We had a hard time finding enough fantasy stories to fill the quota. We got SO MUCH science fiction submitted to us! Do you have theory why so many short stories are science fiction?
It could be a current trend in fiction. The call for Winter’s Vindication was pretty open for genres and I don’t know many short story opportunities for science fiction. I always considered science fiction just another part of the fantasy genre so it isn’t so far off in my mind. If you want fantasy work I would explicitly state that in the calls.
6. What is one writing quirk you have that you would like to train out of yourself? How are you doing that?
I like leaving a lot of details up to the reader to think about. I don’t want to put characters or situations in preconceived boxes so I tend to leave basic questions about my characters unanswered when I’m writing to allow the reader to insert their own experiences and feelings. Usually I write the piece the way I want to write it and when the editor doesn’t approve I will throw in details. I usually like the reader to make up their own mind about how to feel about what is happening in the stories I’ve been writing but it isn’t always popular.
7. What is your favorite story or novel you have written (published or not)?
My favorite story I have written is a piece I have in progress. It's called Ripper and it is a modern day version of the Jack the Ripper murders. I’ve been slowly making my way through this novel for the last ten years and I would like to one day have it published. I have no idea when I will finish it.
8. Lastly, what are your writing goals for 2021?
My only real writing goal for 2021 is to get more short stories published. I am hoping to expand my range of writing to include other genres I haven’t written much in before and become more versatile. Ideally I would love to get at least one short story a month written if not more.
Let our readers know where to find you online:
My website is: https://lpiercewriter.wixsite.com/justkeepwriting
I am also on Facebook and Twitter @LouisePierce28