Kerry E.B. Black writes from a butter-yellow bungalow sinking into a swamp along the Allegheny River. This lover of fairy tales attended Penn State University and has worked several “day jobs” to support her writing habit, including journalist, membership and event coordinator, horse groomer, karate instructor, waitress, and pharmacy tech. Hobbies of this confirmed bibliophile include world travel, costume design, archery, gaming, and of course reading.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
KB: I’ve always been both a reader and a writer, so I suppose it was bowing to the inevitable.
- How long does it take to write your book(s)?
KB: I write fast and edit with excruciating slowness.
- What is your work schedule like when writing a book?
KB: Whether working on a book or short pieces, I write in the evening after my kids go to sleep and before I collapse.
- Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?
KB: Life is filled with possibilities and experiences. These provide foundations upon which to build haunted houses, Gothic castles, and cottages in enchanted woods.
- When did you write your first book?
KB: In a strange way, it’s good that my first writing is lost to the dust of antiquity. I began writing when I was quite young as I said earlier in this interview, and I’m not vain enough to believe myself a virtuoso. My work’s benefited from further scholarship and critique, and I hope I can continue to hone my skills.
My first published novel, Season of Secrets, came out on Halloween, 2018. It’s a YA paranormal thriller published by Rhetoric Askew.
Through Tree Shadow Press I have two compilations of short scares. Carousel of Nightmares released in September, 2018 and Herd of Nightmares dropped in January, 2019.
- What do you do when you’re not writing?
KB: I’d love to say I explore all the world’s greatest places. I adore travel. However, instead of jet-setting, I mostly care-give. I teach my littlest. And, of course, I read.
- What does your family think of your writing?
KB: My family’s marvelous. They support my writing.
- What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?
KB: I know many odd things. Some of them creep into my stories.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
KB: Besides those listed above, I’ve many short stories published in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies.
My favorite cover is from Herd of Nightmares. My brother Chris Blickenderfer hand-drew the art.
- Any tips/suggestions on getting started?
KB: Dream it, then do it, of course. Find a group of like-minded people, support them, and allow them to support you. Listen to critiques from those who care about your growth, but always heed your inner voice, too.
- What do you think makes a good story?
KB: I adore beautiful language, interesting characters, and perplexing situations.
- As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?
KB: Besides being a superhero, you mean? haha!
I planned to become a jockey, but my growth spurt destroyed that plan. I aspired to theatre, too, and enjoyed my time on the stage, but writing has always been my dream.