Interview With Yolanda Sfetsos, Author of The Bone Factory

Kandisha Press has just released The One That Got Away: Women of Horror Anthology Volume 3 which was edited by Jill Girardi and features stories by 30 women in horror, including our guest today, Yolanda Sfetsos.

Yolanda Sfetsos lives in Sydney, Australia. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s either out walking, watching a movie or TV show, or thinking about all the new dark ideas fighting for attention.

Her novelette, Breaking the Habit, was released by Demain Publishing as part of the Short Sharp Shocks! horror series, and her novella The Bone Factory as part of the Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! series.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Yes! I live in Sydney, Australia with my hubby and kitty.

This month I’ve got short stories featured in two anthologies. “Lady of the House” is part of The One That Got Away: Women of Horror Volume 3. As well as “The Girls Who Walked Into the Woods”, which will be a part of Tales of the Supernatural.

Out of all the possible ideas in your head, what inspired you to write the story “Lady of the House” which is in the new anthology The One That Got Away?

The One That Got Away: Women of Horror Anthology

I was inspired to write “Lady of the House” because I was in the mood to write a weird and dark gothic horror story.

So what was the inspiration for this story?

The inspiration for Lady of the House was a picture I saw on Twitter featuring a skull-faced man and a blindfolded woman. After I saw this artwork, I had to write their heartbreaking story.

What is the key theme and/or message in the story “The Girls Who Walked Into the Woods”?

The key theme is grief. The loss of the main character’s best friend drives her to do something reckless and dangerous.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

OMG, yes! I often get reader’s block if I have a bad streak of books I can’t get into. When this happens, I either take a break or read something shorter.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me. I get lost in my stories and can’t stop thinking about them all the time. And all this leads to more inspiration.

It’s not until bedtime that the mental exhaustion hits.

How many bookshelves are in your house?

I have a wall of bookshelves in our bedroom. And several shelves in the living room. As well as piles of books all over the house.

Out of all those books, what are your most prized possessions?

I love every single one of my many books, but am especially proud of my Clive Barker and Stephen King collections. Not to mention the many different copies I have of Frankenstein and Dracula.

If you could only have one season, what would it be?

I’m a summer person. The sun, the heat and the long days are all things I love.

Tea or coffee?

Always tea!

Do you feel women are treated differently in the genre? If so, how?

Yes, women are treated differently in the horror genre, which isn’t a surprise because this extends across all genres.

The good thing is that things are changing and both publishers and readers are starting to give Women in Horror a real shot. And are actually enjoying the many tales we have to tell.

As a woman author, what are you most proud of in bringing into horror literature?

I’m proud of adding my own dark perspective and voice to my favorite genre. I love telling stories and sharing them with readers makes me happy.

Thanks to Yolanda for visiting us during our Women In Horror Series. Don’t forget to check out her contribution in the new Women of Horror anthology which is out now!

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