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AUTHOR SNAPSHOT: V. CASTRO

Welcome to NightTide's Author Snapshot! Snapshots are quick, engaging, bite-sized interviews with writers that we love! This week, we chat with the unmistakable V. Castro!

1. Give us your best elevator pitch on your work.

V.Castro is a two time Bram Stoker Award nominated Mexican American writer from San Antonio, Texas now residing in the UK. She writes horror, erotic horror, and science fiction. Her books include The Haunting of Alejandra, Alien: Vasquez, Mestiza Blood, The Queen of the Cicadas, Out of Aztlan, Las Posadas, Goddess of Filth and Rebel Moon.
Her forthcoming novel is Immortal Pleasures from Del Rey.

2. What was your first published work?

I couldn’t get anyone to take on my first novel Maria The Wanted so I self-published. It’s now been taken off and with a publisher. It was a long road, but I am glad it happened the way it did. I learned a lot on the way..

3. Is there a story inside that you have seeds of but can't seem to connect that's dying to get out? 

I follow every idea even if it’s a paragraph and I don’t touch it for ages. Many times this has come in handy for a short story call and novels that are now in the world.

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8. The truth is often stranger than fiction. What has been the hardest scene or chapter you've had to write if you were channeling personal experience?

Writing The Haunting of Alejandra was difficult because it was written based on my own experience with post-natal depression. I also dig deep into my family history and the grandmother I never knew. Generational trauma isn’t talked about enough, nor are the darker aspects of motherhood.

 

9. What inspired your latest work? 

Immortal Pleasures is inspired by the historical figure La Malinche. She was the Nahua woman who was forced to translate for Cortes during the conquest of Mexico. I wanted to change her narrative which has long been misunderstood.

10. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? 

I started rather late in life, and I needed to learn all those lessons up to now. The one thing I would stress is publishing is about patience. You have to be okay with a lot of things in the process you can’t control.

11. What's the best advice you've received from a fellow writer?

Don’t read reviews!!!

4. How do you handle a rejected story?

Take it on the chin and move on. Try to improve it and submit it elsewhere. Goddess of Filth was rejected as a short story and became a Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella.

5. What does literary success look like to you?

Getting my books out in the world and connecting with people. Being able to pay it forward to others.

 

6. Do you read your book reviews and if so, how do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do not read reviews on goodreads or anywhere. Reviews are for other readers. Trade reviews I will read because publishers submit books for them.

7. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I love the beginning and the end of a story. Then there is the middle part of the story! You have to have a strong getting from point A to point B.

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12. What is your go-to comfort horror/Sci-Fi book? 

I have more comfort films at this point because I have so many projects going on at one time. Predator, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Labyrinth.

13. If you were to genre-hop, which genres would you most like to try writing? 

I wrote a children’s book and I am waiting to hear what will happen with it. Fingers crossed!!

Pre- Order V's latest novella, IMMORTAL PLEASURES, here.

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