“Pepe”

 

Today’s A Haunting of Words interview is with author Dawn Taylor about her short story “Pepe”: Diane accepts an internship at a law firm. Shortly after settling into her new apartment, a clown appears under her bed disturbing her sleep. Who is he? What does he want? Will Diane have the strength to conquer her tormentor before he destroys her sanity?

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What inspired you to write this story? I have always had a fear of clowns. They emit an eerie presence and must never be trusted. The thought of one hiding under my bed, waiting to torment me is a nightmare.

How long have you been writing? I have been writing as a child, but my first short story titled “The Double Nickel Tour,” was published in 2016 in Scout Media’s A Journey of Words.

What genres do you most associate with in your writing? I like to write psychological horror and stories with a twist ending.

What are you working on right now? Currently, I have written a debut novel, which I hope to publish by the end of the year.

What else do you have available/published? I have published a few short stories. In addition to “Pepe” and “The Double Nickel Tour,” I have published “Katey,” “Dirty Gypsy Girl,” and “The Price of Admission.”

What advice do you give to new writers? My advice to new writers is to study the craft. Learn grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and all the necessities of writing, and then allow your imagination to soar.

List links where people can find your work:

I can be found at https://www.facebook.com/authordawntaylor/

dawnmtaylor.com.

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About Laurie Gardiner

Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.
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