by Lillian Csernica on May 7, 2013
Day 7: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
When I first started to sell my short stories, I sold mainly to horror markets. Horror was big at the time, so there were quite a few magazines and anthologies. I’ve been asked more than once why I wrote horror. In my experience, there are three types of horror writers:
The people who write about the struggle between good and evil.
The people who are on the side of the monsters.
The people who write to kill their own monsters.
I fall into the third category. I have very little control over my world and the conditions under which I live. I can take some of those conditions and a few of the people, change them and reshape them, then pin them down on paper where I have all the control I need. In my stories good triumphs over evil. The monsters die. It might not be a total victory for the protagonist, because if there’s one thing I believe in its the spectrum of human (and inhuman) behavior that lies between what I consider to be Good and Evil.
I had to give up writing horror because events started happening in my life that supplied me with way too much raw material. I’m prone to nightmares anyway, have been since I was a child. I could not commit myself to living with writing horror all the time, not when real life had become so difficult and tragic. That’s when I switched to writing romance novels. Nothing like exotic locations, a hot love story, and happy endings as an antidote for that lingering sense of being watched or the endless fear of the dark.
What are the things that most frighten me?
Dying before I can find the right people to act as guardians forand John.
Having a stroke or being diagnosed with a form of dementia that will rob me of my writing mind.
Being blinded, or going blind.
Never being free of some of the problems that keep me from achieving my full potential as a human being.
Great big bird-eating spiders
There are other things, but those are the major categories. I fear loss. I fear separation. I fear endings and goodbyes.