Ask the Author: Lexie Carver
What would you like your readers to know about you?
Hello there, readers. Welcome to the dark! I’m Lexie Carver – tour guide to Hell with stories and poems. Hmm…now to the question at hand, what would I like my readers to know about me? Well, like my stories, I’m not what I seem. I’m a lot tougher and more confident than I look. I take no prisoners and I don’t let anyone silence me. Never judge a book by its cover. I LOVE coffee and if you see me, I’ll likely be sipping a cup of black coffee probably in my Hell Inc. mug. That’s right boy and girls, Hell’s gone commercial. Read “Welcome to Hell Inc.” for more details. I love indie rock and road trips with the wind in my air and freedom to explore. I have wanderlust in my soul and a bunch of notebooks filled with story ideas. I love my fans who enjoy what I write. When asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always responded with the same answer, the only one that made any sense — a writer.
What are A Fine Day for Murder and Into the Dark about for those who haven’t read them?
Here’s a little intro to my two debut books. A Fine Day for Murder is a compilation of horror short stories featuring strong female characters, social and political commentary, twists you won’t see coming and horror that’s more psychological and supernatural than torture and gore.
Into the Dark is, as its name suggests, a descent into my dark musing and the darker part of myself. The subject matter is darker than my stories; psychotic love, stalkers, murderers, demons, spells. The heroines also aren’t as lucky in my poems as they are in my stories. Some of the poems are about real people and situations I’ve found myself in but most of them are imagined. Into the Dark also features my photography and drawings. Both books were published on Halloween, awesome right? And I’m excited to say that I’m working on more stories and poems at the moment so stay tuned.
What has been your inspiration for writing your books?
There’s no one way I find inspiration; it’s usually from a combination of different things. My poetry comes from intense emotions: happiness, anger, frustration, so that my book is really a personal journey, a journey into the dark. My inspiration comes from real life as well as from my dreams, which if I’m being honest, can be downright terrifying. The inspiration for my short stories comes from my dreams, too, but also stories I’ve read, things in the news, movies I’ve watched and my own imagination. I have a playlist on Spotify filled with dark songs and a few happy ones that are generally poetic and have a real energy to them, which inspires me and helps to clear my mind of all the clutter in order to focus on writing. I’ve also gotten inspiration from writing fanfiction and honing my craft by writing stories about my favorite characters. I taught myself erotica that way. My short story compilation features two erotica stories at the end. As they say, go out with a bang.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I absolutely loved writing Bobo, the homicidal clown from “Never Fear, Bobo’s Here.” He blunders through every job and is an absolute klutz. He is such a fleshed out and dynamic villain and the ending make me smile every time. I came up with the story starting with that character in mind. I love dancing on the line between humor and horror and I hope I can write more darkly humorous stories. I love the twist in “Be Careful What You Wish For.” The idea for that story started with the ending and it’s one I remember vividly. The poem “Mine” is absolutely terrifying and chills me every time I read it. It has such a power over me even after putting the words to paper. “Behind the Glass,” the one that everyone finds scary, I actually wrote from a place of pain and frustration so I find it very interesting that it reads as terrifying. I’ll cheat and disclose that “Designer Girlfriend” is a real memoir poem and man did it feel good to clear the air. Ha!
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I blame it all on R.L. Stein! Hands down, he gets the vote as the one who put me on the path of horror, both with the Goosebumps books and the TV series. They were scary for a young girl to read. I loved immersing myself in the rich worlds R.L. Stein created but I really loved the adrenaline rush I got from being afraid. I kept reading more and more to feed a new growing hunger for fear itself. I was joined at the hip to those books. I have to thank my family, who loved reading, valued books and encouraged me to read as much as I could. The other two horror authors would have to be Ray Bradbury, I know he also wrote sci-fi, and Edgar Allen Poe. Ray Bradbury’s horror stories were creative, unpredictable, and featured amazing twists. “Marionette’s Inc.” stays in my mind still. What a chilling story! Edgar Allen Poe is a master of the macabre so it should come as no surprise that he made the cut. His use of language and description instill such terror in his readers that it makes his stories stand out in my mind. “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale-Heart” were terrifying to me and so vividly described that I felt as though I were there watching the murders take place. The way these authors told stories, the writing structure, the twists, all inspired a young girl to start telling her own stories. I actually started writing when I was 10.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
The best advice I could give to an aspiring author is to keep writing. Never stop. Put those ideas on paper. If you want it, go for it. Definitely invest in small journals, they are really lifesavers when you get inspiration on the go. Don’t lose a good idea. And so important — read. Anything! It doesn’t have to be in your own genre, it can be books in any genre, just read. That will hone your writing craft and help establish your voice. You’ll take note of what works and doesn’t and carry that over into your own writing. Reading is so fundamental to writing. In terms of publishing your book, don’t get discouraged, there are a lot more indie publishers out there now than before but there’s also the option of empowering yourself with self-publishing. There’s no right path out there. If you want to be a writer, you have to fight for it and make it happen. Also, as a branding tip, try to think of one thing that makes you different from other writers. For me, I’m one of the few women writing horror in any form much less feminist horror. I hope this advice helps any aspiring authors reading this. If anyone wants to say hi, don’t hesitate to contact me on Twitter: Lexie_Carver. I don’t bite and I’m always up for a chat.
My books can be purchased on Amazon or at any of the cons I will be attending. Come say hi and visit me in Artist Alley.
Check http://lexiecarver.com for appearances. You can also find my first interview with Kettle Whistle Radio on my website.
Please follow me on Twitter, @Lexie_Carver, where I review horror movies every day save for weekends when I review Buffy episodes.
Two of my stories, “Death Proof Inc.,” and “Vampires Anonymous” and well as my poem “Behind the Glass” was published in Sirens Call Vol 39, a women-run horror ezine.