Ginger Nuts of Horror
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
Kitty Honeycutt is the single mother of an amazing daughter whom she currently home school’s. She is a publisher for over 100 authors, a writer, an entrepreneur, a singer and an animal and human rights activist.
Her household is comprised of various creatures that include, but are not limited to:
Two Chihuahua’s (Lobo) & (Tinkerbell) Thirteen cats (Merlin), (Pandra), (Salem), (Mythian), (Sabrina), (Austin), (Mestofelees), (Sage), (Zoey, aka Jadis), (Willow Pixie), (Totoro aka Tiny), (Clementine) & (Sandy) Five fish, (Pumpkin), (Thing 2), & (Orca the Oscar Fish) One Ball Python, (Dragon), Four Bearded Dragons, (Rexie), (Chubby aka Kingsley), (Samantha) & (Georgia) One Crested Gecko, (Copper) Two Uromastyx, (Mary) & (Elizabeth) Two Aquatic Turtles, (Purple) & (Myrtle) and eleven babies that have yet to be named. One Desert Tortoise, (Bubble).
*As you can see she is also a part-time zoo-keeper.*
She sometimes writes under the pseudonym Kitty 'de Chatfou and her book “Pray For Hell” is due out later this year 2018, and will be her second published work.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I mostly spend time with my daughter and our various animals. I also like to read and review other people’s books or just spend my time dreaming up ideas for new novels and letting the insane characters run freely in my head, just to see how much trouble they can get into.
Other than the horror genre, what else has been a major influence on your writing?
Fantasy, I love fantasy and I also love historical fiction. I have books coming out with both in them in the very near future.
The term horror, especially when applied to fiction always carries such heavy connotations. What’s your feeling on the term “horror” and what do you think we can do to break past these assumptions?
I feel the term ‘horror’ has been used a lot to describe gore and grindhouse, I don’t feel that it’s all encompassing enough for some people. They usually see the word horror attached to really gory outrageous writing but I feel that people need to see and understand that not all horror has to be that way. I write horror in both senses even some horror for children so there are many facets to the diamond we call ‘horror’ I feel we need to make people see and understand that.
A lot of good horror movements have arisen as a direct result of the socio/political climate, considering the current state of the world where do you see horror going in the next few years?
Oh man, I can see it going into more of the ‘Purge’ venue. There is so much craziness out there right now I wouldn’t be surprised to see horror take on more of a political satire type venue. It’s going to be interesting that’s for sure.
What are the books and films that helped to define you as an author?
I will not lie, I am a fan of Stephen King not only for his genius in writing but also for the fact that we share a birthday. His books have been part of my library for years and I still purchase them today. Anything he writes I’ll read it. I think we have a similar style to; it could be because we’re both Virgo’s. I also love Dean Koontz, his writing is phenomenal and of course the old Wes Craven movies and such. I’m a huge fan of 80’s horror. I get a kick out of it and miss those days.
What new and upcoming authors do you think we should take notice off?
Joe Schwartz, he just wrote a book about a year ago now called STABCO, it is very good and I think it’s worth a read for anyone that likes horror. Very dark and psychotic but with a twist of the old horror genre tricks. I loved it!
How would you describe your writing style?
I’d say a cross between Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I have a tendency to put on the gore when I feel I need to and sometimes I play things a bit cleaner. It all depends on my mood.
Are there any reviews of your work, positive or negative that have stayed with you?
I haven’t had any reviews yet but I’ll let you know when I do!
What aspects of writing to do you find the most difficult?
The plotting, it takes a lot of time and true effort to plot the story before it happens completely and I find that a lot of times my characters have a tendency to take me in an entirely different direction. My characters are a part of me and they will not be denied!
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
Erotica…. I just don’t think I could do it. I’m not a very sexual person and I just don’t know if I could bring it out good enough to even try.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
I choose some names just because I like them but to be honest a lot of names are taken from names of friends that I know. They love to be put in a book, it doesn’t even matter if they die, they just enjoy being in a book. It’s cool to do that too because I love to make people happy.
Writing, is not a static process, how have you developed as a writer over the years?
I think I have learned to take more risks. There are times and have been times when I thought I may not should have put some things in a book that I did only to find that the readers loved it. So taking risks aren’t all that bad after all.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A computer is a must, editors, pens and pencils in your purse or pockets. Trust me you never know when an idea is going to pop up.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received with regards to your writing?
Don’t let reviews bother you, they are opinions, even some of the greatest authors we know got bad reviews and it doesn’t always mean that you suck. If you get a bad review take it with grace and accept it, you can also learn from them.
Getting your worked noticed is one of the hardest things for a writer to achieve, how have you tried to approach this subject?
I do my own promoting; I love to keep in touch with fans or potential fans. I like being out there where they can ask me questions and such. It’s hard to promote and you have to remember to promote yourself not just your book.
To many writers, the characters they write become like children, who is your favourite child, and who is your least favourite to write for and why?
Well I feel they are more part of my own personality, but I can’t say I truly have a favorite or even a least favorite. If I did have to choose right now my one favorite from my last book would be Davina Honeycutt, my least favorite would be Seth, he’s a bad bad cat.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
‘Crazy Cat Lady’ that’s my newest book. I am very proud of that and hope that I will be able to get it up and going with promotions.
And are there any that you would like to forget about?
For those who haven’t read any of your books, which of your books do you think best represents your work and why?
‘Crazy Cat Lady’ because it’s my first full book.
Do you have a favorite line or passage from your work, and would you like to share it with us?
My favorite parts is where you first meet Davina as the wise woman she is and get to see her true personality.
“Davina Honeycutt had been a wise-woman and midwife for these parts for some time. She was getting old faster than she’d hoped, bones were creaking, skin loosening and she didn’t mind in the least. The only thing she hated was that she’d have to stop soon. She enjoyed bringing babies into the world; she loved to kiss that wrinkled skin and missed her own little ones romping about her feet. They’d all left her a long time ago, off to Raleigh the big capitol of North Carolina to find their own way in the world. They barely even kept in touch anymore. It was as if they had forgotten her. All accept one that one was her son born of another man when she was sixty years of age. John Ovie, her precious sweet boy that had been sent to live with another family by the surname of Tew. That one was special, born of the man she truly loved, the one she could never have. Their babies, some of them lived close by but they didn’t care to be associated with the old woman in the woods. She supposed she’d been called worse so she adopted that name with ease. The crazy cat lady was the one she detested the most. She loved these old feral felines as though they were her children and made sure all were fed, safe and warm no matter the weather. They seemed to love her just as much. They called to her in the night and when she was feeling young again, in spite of herself, she’d go out sky clad into the open field and dance beneath the moon with them.
Her ways were the old ways, the ways of the world before horror and evil had taken root. The ways of the fae folk and the sidhe, the ways of old Ireland and though she was born English, she held to those beliefs with ironclad fists as though when they left and with none of her own to take up the mantle, that would be the true end and she would weep at her own passing as she moved out of this world and into the next. She hated to think what she’d be leaving this world to. So much had changed and was still changing and not for the better. She saw wise and young JFK as the only savior for this world. Little did she know that he’d follow her in death just a year after her own.”
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
My previous book before ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ is called ‘Where This World Ends’ it’s basically some excerpts from roleplay on AOL allowing the readers to see how people use to come into a room and create stories together. It’s very interesting to read some of the excerpts and see such difference in your writing compared to others as well as compared to now. I am currently working on the sequel to ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ another story in the Sampson County Supernatural Series.
If you could erase one horror cliché what would be your choice?
How the females are always weak! It seems in almost every book you read that the females are weak and don’t make it through the book or either they are always being chased and falling down. That just gets old. I’d love to smash that, that is why I write stories where the females are tough and can handle things.
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
The last great book would be ‘The Call’ by Peader O’ Guillin it was meant for young teens but it was amazing! I haven’t had one that disappointed me as of yet.
What's the one question you wish you would get asked but never do? And what would be the answer?
What my real name is. I never have people ask because I have so many. I go by Morrigan Austin, Kitty de’ Chatfou and so on … my real name is Kitty Honeycutt. I also never get asked why I don’t use my real name and the answer to that is, because I think it’s just a little too boring.