Thanks to the awesome Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason for sharing their thoughts with me:
Congratulations on your Bram Stoker Award nomination for Mayan Blue. That’s a great achievement! How did the book come together, what was your inspiration?
Thanks so much! Melissa was watching a show about how people believe the Mayans may have migrated into the southern parts of the United States and we thought it would be a unique idea for our debut novel. We have written together since we were little girls so working together was easy. We outlined the story and started writing it.
Where did it all begin for you as horror writers?
We’ve always been those kids who love Halloween, monsters and spooky stuff. Our mother is also a fan of horror movies so she always supported our love for scary movies and books. We wanted to be storytellers after listening to our father tell ghost stories around the campfire.
We outline the whole story and write mostly by hand before typing it out. The typed version becomes a second draft. We get together about five days a week to write together and that’s when we decide who will take over certain chapters depending on our schedules. We also call each other a lot to read what we’ve written and decide together if the story is going how we want it to.
Do you ever have disagreements on the direction of a story?
No, if something comes up in a story that we be both can’t agree on we just talk it out to find a solution. In the end every decision is based only on what makes the story better.
Who are your favorite authors and which of their books mean the most to you?
We read a mixture of genres but our number one choice is always horror. We really admire Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Ronald Kelly, Roald Dahl, Tolkien, and King. The Lord of the rings and the Dark tower are really special to us.
What books are you reading now?
We’ve been reading Adam Cesare, Paul Tremblay, Gabino Iglesias. Too many books to name but these authors are really awesome.
What is your favorite horror movie?
American Werewolf in London and The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
What new material can we look forward to reading next?
We have a novel coming out soon through Bloodshot Books called Those Who Follow.