Women in Horror: Lachelle Redd

WiHMX-horizontal-WhiteFrom the US, today’s author is Lachelle Redd. Lachelle talks about what inspires her to write horror.

I began reading horror in junior high. My first book was Dracula by Bram Stoker. From that moment, I was hooked. I collected stories about supernatural creatures and read the books from cover to end. My best friend started gifting me a Stephen King book every year on my birthday. One day I tried my hand at writing. Of course, in the earlier stages, my writing lay rejected, as happens with most authors. I gave up for a while, then the beauty of Facebook rekindled my fire to try again. I learned about horror submissions through the many different groups and soon I received my first acceptance letter for my short story, “Amy,” for the Love Kills anthology. I have taken small breathers here and there, thanks to life, but horror will always be my first love. I have written fantasy stories, and sci fi as well. But I adore the supernatural, a good ghost story and well-told monster tale.

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Lachelle, like many writers, was influenced by Dracula, played here by Bela Lugosi.

I have wanted to play around with mythology and telling those tales in a new light. Greek mythology has always intrigued me. There are monsters, endless battles of good and evil, and in some cases, evil wins. I enjoyed reading about the trials of Hercules and Perseus. The heroes facing impossible tasks is a huge pull for me. My current short story is a retelling of a Greek tale where the horrible sentencing of the good guy is the platform for revenge. I won’t go into the details, but the path the characters are taking me on is very interesting.

I am sure you have heard that the characters write the story and that is so true. Each character speaks to you and that develops their individual path. Sometimes you may want to remove a character from the scene, but something gently whispers to keep them for a later death. As the author, you can create and recreate stories to awaken a new generation to the classics. It just depends on how you tell the tale.

I am also enthralled with the way TV portrays a story such as in Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and Lucifer. They have the same good versus evil thread, but the trials that the characters endure get me thinking of ways in which I can improve my stories. Also, I am a great lover of period pieces. There is so much more room to elaborate on the supernatural in an era where the characters are more likely to accept the unusual. When viewing modern horror, most of the time the character is a skeptic and who requires proof of what’s haunting them (The Conjuring, Insidious). I enjoy both movies which give me a good thrill. I enjoy characters that are given into the world of ghosts, hauntings, and shapeshifters. The true horror is their journey into those realms and if they make it out alive. That is exciting and there is so much that can be done with the characters, torture wise. LOL

I am going to wrap this up with something simple. If you are thinking about writing, just do it. You may not even like the first draft, but remember there is something inside that made you take the time to put it down on paper. Go with that.

Lachelle Redd is an indie author with works in horror, fantasy and now science fiction. She started with publishing through Createspace and has had works published through online. Tale of the Black Dragon, The Wood Sprite Tales, and The Hot Cauldron anthologies are just a few and available on Amazon. She has released a new sci-fi novella titled Ports that is available on Amazon.com.

 She can be found on Blood Reign Lit Mags Facebook page as well as her own page entitled, Lachelle Redd. She looks forward to bringing you more books in the future.

I began reading horror in junior high. My first book was Dracula by Bram Stoker. From that moment, I was hooked. I collected stories about supernatural creatures and read the books from cover to end. My best friend started gifting me a Stephen King book every year on my birthday. One day I tried my hand at writing. Of course, in the earlier stages, my writing lay rejected, as happens with most authors. I gave up for a while, then the beauty of Facebook rekindled my fire to try again. I learned about horror submissions through the many different groups and soon I received my first acceptance letter for my short story, “Amy,” for the Love Kills anthology. I have taken small breathers here and there, thanks to life, but horror will always be my first love. I have written fantasy stories, and sci fi as well. But I adore the supernatural, a good ghost story and well-told monster tale.

I have wanted to play around with mythology and telling those tales in a new light. Greek mythology has always intrigued me. There are monsters, endless battles of good and evil, and in some cases, evil wins. I enjoyed reading about the trials of Hercules and Perseus. The heroes facing impossible tasks is a huge pull for me. My current short story is a retelling of a Greek tale where the horrible sentencing of the good guy is the platform for revenge. I won’t go into the details, but the path the characters are taking me on is very interesting.

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Lachelle’s writing can be found at Amazon.com

I am sure you have heard that the characters write the story and that is so true. Each character speaks to you and that develops their individual path. Sometimes you may want to remove a character from the scene, but something gently whispers to keep them for a later death. As the author, you can create and recreate stories to awaken a new generation to the classics. It just depends on how you tell the tale.

I am also enthralled with the way TV portrays a story such as in Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and Lucifer. They have the same good versus evil thread, but the trials that the characters endure get me thinking of ways in which I can improve my stories. Also, I am a great lover of period pieces. There is so much more room to elaborate on the supernatural in an era where the characters are more likely to accept the unusual. When viewing modern horror, most of the time the character is a skeptic and who requires proof of what’s haunting them (The Conjuring, Insidious). I enjoy both movies which give me a good thrill. I enjoy characters that are given into the world of ghosts, hauntings, and shapeshifters. The true horror is their journey into those realms and if they make it out alive. That is exciting and there is so much that can be done with the characters, torture wise. LOL

I am going to wrap this up with something simple. If you are thinking about writing, just do it. You may not even like the first draft, but remember there is something inside that made you take the time to put it down on paper. Go with that.

ReddLachelle Redd is an indie author with works in horror, fantasy and now science fiction. She started with publishing through Createspace and has had works published through online. Tale of the Black Dragon, The Wood Sprite Tales, and The Hot Cauldron anthologies are just a few and available on Amazon. She has released a new sci-fi novella titled Ports that is available on Amazon.com.

 She can be found on Blood Reign Lit Mags Facebook page as well as her own page entitled, Lachelle Redd. She looks forward to bringing you more books in the future.

 

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