In Hungry For You, Harte gives new meaning to the term horror and short stories. I think after reading this that Harte will take you to new and uncharted territory with her stories. They will certainly put a chill up your spine. She offers a variety of reads as well from a policeman struggling with a victim, a housewife dealing with a present evil in her home, and a musician who turns to tea for inspirational thoughts on his music. Harte even reminds me of King a bit as she writes, always leaving the reader to dare to get to that next page to find out what happens to her characters. Each story has its own uniqueness and wonder that draws in the reader from start to finish. The stories themselves were well written with dialogue to match. Those who love the horror genre will find this a great read and will want to read more of Harte’s work. Go ahead and dare reach for Hungry For You, you never know what you’re going to get.
Hungry For You
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am one of those frustratingly annoying international kids who isn’t really quite from anywhere: born in Belgium, raised in Spain and Italy, with Irish and Indian parents, and now living in England. I’ve been living in London for about 5 years now, so it’s home now, but if I had to pick, I’d probably describe myself as European. Confused yet?
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I was high on over-sugary cupcakes and coffee one day and… No, that’s a lie. I was challenged to take part in a zombie love anthology last summer. I’m terrified of zombies, so it was fun to try break my mind by writing a story. Then more and more ideas kept popping up, and the Hungry For You anthology was born.
How do you create your characters?
I wish I knew. Then I’d bottle it up into a magical formula, and make millions! But sadly there is no scientific process behind my character creation. I would say it works in the same way a sculptor can look at an unformed stone and see the shape inside begging to be released. I get a shapeless idea in my head, and the longer I study it, the more I can chip bits and pieces away until a character emerges.
What inspires you to write?
Music. I love the energy at a live gig; it makes my body thrum and my mind race with ideas… which all too often I forget before getting home! However cliché, I have to admit dreams inspire me too. The story “Dead Man’s Rose”, which looks into a troubled marriage, was almost entirely lifted out of a dream I had.
Other than that? Reading the work of great authors is a great inspiration. But something that truly makes my day is hearing that someone has read and enjoyed my work. When I get contacted by readers, it gives me such a buzz I can’t wait to write the next book. What’s a writer without readers, after all?
What do you like to read?
A little bit of everything! I’m very much into reading works by fellow indies, because we’re all in the same boat and I think it’s great to spread the love. I’m pretty keen on speculative fiction, although I’m known to dabble with romance as well. So far, the best book I’ve read this year is The Time Traveler’s Wife. Absolutely loved it.
What would your advice be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Write, write, write. Read critically whenever you can, get constructive criticism on your work, and never stop trying to improve. Writing really is 99% perspiration… but it’s the most enjoyable type of hard work there is.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Two things: first, thanks to Denise for letting me drop by and chat your ears off. Secondly, if you swing by amharte.com today (April 21) you can pick up a free copy of Hungry For You by simply leaving a comment on-site. Try zombies, without the pain!