As we roll on during our month-long celebration of Women In Horror, we’re thrilled to have Holly Rae Garcia with us to talk about her writing and a little about Bigfoot!
Holly loves the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Daniel Keyes, Richard Matheson, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen King. Dark stories with sad endings are her jam. In her own writing she leans toward the horror, thriller, sci-fi, and dystopian genres. Holly also serves as Editor-at-Large and Art Director for Versification Magazine, a publisher of micro punk poetry. She is also a photographer. She lives on the Texas Coast with her family and five large dogs.
Holly authored the book Come Join the Murder, a dark psychological thriller, and The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge. She co-wrote Easton Falls with her husband, Ryan Prentice Garcia.
What was the inspiration for The Easton Falls Massacre?
A few years ago when I first wanted to try writing, I asked my husband (Ryan) what to write about. He said, “write me a Bigfoot story.” So I did. And it was pretty terrible. Initially titled “The Hunt”, the short story was later expanded into what is now The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge.
How did you choose the setting for your book?
The Pacific Northwest has long been home to the majority of the Bigfoot lore and sightings, and the proximity to the East Cascade Mountain Range will play an important role in Book 2.
Do you have a timetable for the sequel’s release yet? Anything you can reveal about the book?
We’re still in the drafting stage of book two in the series, and it’s coming along at the speed of snail. This one will dive more into the actual Bigfoot clan; where they live, what they eat, their social structures and a little history. I can’t reveal a lot without giving away spoilers to the first book, but suffice it to say a few questions will be answered and we’ll get to meet a few more monsters.
If the book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?
Henry Miller from The Easton Falls Massacre would most definitely be played by Charlie Hunnam. Especially the Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy) version of Charlie. He has that perfect combination of “good ‘ole boy” and “grit”.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. And it depends on which scene I’m writing. For Come Join the Murder, I needed to get into the headspace of a grieving mother so I read interviews, watched Youtube videos, etc. Writing those scenes really wiped me out emotionally, and I found I needed a mental cleanser afterwards (playing with my dogs, hanging out with my kids or husband, watching a comedy show).
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Oh sure. Will they write emotionally-charged stories and strong characters? Probably not. But they can still write action scenes and other things. There are so many genres and styles out there that there is pretty much something for every writer and reader to immerse themselves into.
What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
The first book I can remember loving is The Poky Little Puppy. The first book I can remember reading over and over and made me feel like an adult was The Clan of the Cave Bear series.
What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
The beach. Something about the sounds, the smells, and the fresh air is really calming and invigorating all at the same time. I’m lucky to live about twenty-minutes from the closest beach. It isn’t gorgeous; the water is murky and the sand is often covered in seaweed, but it’s home.
Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?
Snakes most definitely. I’m not afraid of snakes, and often had them as pets growing up. Whether I caught them myself in the yard (grass snakes/king snakes) or purchased them (pythons). I can do without spiders, and that itchy-crawly thing they do with their feet on your skin.
Hot or cold?
Regarding weather: I’m writing this in the middle of our winter, and longing for the days of summer. The Texas Coast can get unbearably hot, but I’d rather have that any day than cold. Cold gets in your bones and the air burns your skin. I hate it.
Regarding showers: I need it hot enough to almost be painful.
Regarding tea: cold with lunch or dinner and hot in the evenings.
How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?
Oh there are so many unwritten stories. Ideas are never the problem, are they? It’s picking one and sticking with it long enough to get the story out.
Who are your favorite women writing in the genre?
There are so many good women horror authors out there right now. Some of my favorites are: Rebecca Rowland, Cynthia Pelayo, Caitlin Starling, Alma Katsu, Gemma Amor, Sonora Taylor, Jennifer White, Anne Rice, Kelly Creighton, and Sonia Kilvington.
Thanks to Holly for answering our questions today. You can check out more details on The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge below!