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Interview with author Meg Hafdahl

Author Meg Hafdahl

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a horror content creator who is passionate about female driven, diverse stories. I write novels, short stories, audio plays, and non-fiction on the genre that I love! I’m a podcaster, too! I’m an avid reader, movie and TV junkie, and somehow have time to be a mom of two boys.

How many hours a day do you write?

It varies. I don’t have a set routine because my deadlines, interviews, and just life in general can change things up. I thrive in change, and like to write in different rooms, places, and at all hours of the day or night. It just depends on the project! 

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A few! I’m currently working on a novel with my agent, Stacey Kondla, at The Rights Factory. It’s a feminist horror suspense that I think people will really enjoy. Hopefully it will be ready to shop to publishers later this year.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Again, it really depends. But fiction books, especially novels, take the most time. Even though there is a lot of research involved in my “The Science of” series of books, the editing process on novels sets me back a year or two. Short story collections can come together in less than a year.

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Where did you get the idea for your recent book?

For The Science of Witchcraft coming October 4th, my co-author and I had a thirst for knowledge on the history of witchcraft in both film and culture. It was a fascinating project that we really enjoyed. My latest book of short stories, Twisted Reveries III, was a way for me to explore with my first love; dark, complicated heroines in terrifying situations. And because of my interest in history, I made all the stories “antique” or before the 1960s. I just LOVE the short story form. 

How do you select the names of your characters?

I, of course, make reference to people in my life. Also, I often go for more traditional names. I like the juxtaposition of this crazy, supernatural event happening to “real” people.  

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

Probably work in the film industry in some way, or be a literature professor. I would really enjoy introducing my favorite authors to students.  

What is your favorite childhood book?

I’m a huge fan of Matilda by Roald Dahl. At about age eight, I felt like I recognized myself in Matilda, the smallest girl in the class who always had her nose in a book! 

Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction? 

Many things. I was just discussing Toni Morrison’s Beloved with someone, how that book made me realize that horror literature can say so much with such a subtle, literary voice. 

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? 

Yes and no. I stumble across them and enjoy them, and sometimes they aren’t so great. Maybe I pout for a second, and then move on. This is an art form, and people aren’t going to love everything you put out. That’s not the point of all this!

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Do the work. It’s that simple, and that agonizing! 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

On every book I buy. I promise reading makes you a better writer. 

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I mean I literally get to stare off and think about characters and crazy horror plot points every day! And then put it down in words. There is no better job! 

Will you have a new book coming out soon?

The Science of Witchcraft October 4th from Skyhorse Publishing. 

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)? 

@MegHafdahl on Instagram and Twitter or follow my Amazon author profile

Biography of Author Meg Hafdahl

Horror and suspense author Meg Hafdahl is the creator of numerous stories and books. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery and Horror and Eclectically Criminal. Her work has been produced for audio by The Wicked Library and The Lift, and she is the author of two popular short story collections including Twisted Reveries: Thirteen Tales of the Macabre. Meg is also the author of the two novels; Daughters of Darkness and Her Dark Inheritance called “an intricate tale of betrayal, murder, and small town intrigue” by Horror Addicts and “every bit as page turning as any King novel” by RW Magazine. Meg, also the co-host of the podcast Horror Rewind and co-author of The Science of Monsters, The Science of Women in Horror, The Science of Stephen King and upcoming The Science of Serial Killers, lives in the snowy bluffs of Minnesota.

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