Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Interview with Damnation Books Author, Amy Grech

Today, my guest is Amy Grech. Amy's recent release is Blanket of White from Damnation Books.

AUTHOR:  Amy Grech
BOOK TITLE: Blanket of White
PUBLISHER: Damnation Books

Please tell us about yourself?
I’ve been writing for 17 years and have sold over one hundred stories and three poems to various anthologies and magazines including: Apex Digest, Fear on Demand, Funeral Party 2, Inhuman Magazine, Needle Magazine, The Flash Fiction Offensive, The Horror Express, Space & Time, The Brutarian, Zombie CSU, and many others. Damnation Books published my second collection, Blanket of White.
I have a story in the upcoming Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled.

Tell us your latest news?
“My twisted tale, “Alphabet City,” appears in the latest issue of Needle Magazine along with David Cranmer, Steve De Jarnatt, Matthew C. Funk, Tom Piccirilli, and Todd Robinson.

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing seriously in high school after reading several of Stephen King’s novels; I was hooked on horror at the tender age of twelve when an aunt gave me a copy of Cujo!  I noticed there weren’t very may women writing scary stories, so I set out to change that.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In college when I had two stories published for free in a local magazine, 14850 Magazine that had a huge circulation.  My boyfriend at the time wasn’t impressed; he believed I couldn’t call myself a writer until I got paid for my work. I argued that would take time.  I sold my first story for pay shortly after college, even though we weren’t dating anymore; I e-mailed him a link to the publication.  My ex. was flabbergasted!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?)
All of my fiction is very cathartic; I use it to work through rough break-ups and other events in my life.  Out of the handful of ex-boyfriends in my life I’ve written about, none of them were smart enough to realize I was writing about them; either that, or they were too embarrassed to say anything!

What are your current projects?
I’m currently expanding a short story into a novella set in NYC’s Alphabet City.  The story centers on a devious eye doctor, who’s looking to let loose. Things get carried away when he meets Ruby, an 18-year-old writer at Anatomy Bar.  They witness the latest crazy among college students, Vodka Eyeballing, where they pour vodka shots directly into their eyes to get drunk faster.  Ruby invites the doctor back to her apartment near by.  They hook up and he kills her with his scalpel.  A couple of months later, he meets Gia, her older sister a piercing specialist/tattoo artist with scars on her face at a different bar.  She picks him up and invites the doctor back to the apartment she shares with her father, who has a nasty temper. He beats the doctor senseless in their living room then goes for the jugular with the doctor’s scalpel, payback for Ruby’s senseless murder.

It’s been great fun!  The original story felt rushed and after feedback from the Editor who originally bought it, I decided to dig deeper.  So far, I have seven pages of notes I’m working from. This is the first project of mine that required extensive notes, but the story is much better for it!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always loved to read from the time I could hold a book on my own.  When I was twelve, an aunt who knew I loved horror gave me two of Stephen King’s novels, Cujo and Pet Sematary. I’ve managed to read most of his novels since then.  After I read Cujo, I knew I wanted to become a writer!

Do you ever have problems with writer’s block?  If so how do you get through it?
Sometimes, my muse is fickle and the words won’t come. When that happens, I’ll set my current project aside for a week or two to gel.  I find stream-of-consciousness writing to be quite useful for generating new story ideas; that usually gets the creative juices flowing again.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I’m an avid reader, of course!  I love going to dinner/movies with friends.  During the summer, Prospect Park in Brooklyn hosts concerts, so I attend these events as well, when the weather permits!

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write every day.  When I worked full-time, I’d carry a little notebook with my and jot down story ideas on my way to and from work on the subway.  Read, read, read!  Immerse yourself in award-winning books, so you know what works; also read books panned by critics, so you know what not to do!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Because my work tends to run the gamut from extreme to subtle horror, there are several: coping with grief after the untimely death of a loved one, love and sex, the loss of innocence, murder, treachery, revenge, and the dark heart of humanity, my readers tend to identify with my themes because they tap into universal fears we all grapple with.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Damnation Books.  I read their submission guidelines on http://www.ralan.com/. I was one of their first Authors! They do a great job of promoting their Authors via social media.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.


Blanket of White
True love knows no bounds. Crosshairs A young boy learns the perils of hunting fare game firsthand. Prevention Murderous twins help their dear mother into and out of trouble. Perishables A nuclear fallout survivor finds sustenance in an unlikely place. Plus two more never before published storied by Amy Grech. A total of fourteen dark tales in all!

“Grim, poignant, and harrowing, the tales in Blanket of White will haunt you as effectively as a ghost. Grech's no-nonsense prose navigates the reader into a unique and disquieting
reality of madness that leaves an indelible mark, and the contributions proffer a dark, erotic, and often cringing psycho-drama that impacts the reader like an audible shout.”
— Edward Lee, Author of Black Train and
Haunter of the Threshold


  1. Great interview. I never tire of hearing how another author came about. Great story, Amy & Penny.

  2. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the interview!

  3. Joylene, thanks for becoming a regular follower. I hope you're learning something new from my guests.

    Amy, I'm so glad you've joined me today.

  4. Fascinating interview, Penny. Nothing like a good horror story, Amy, and yours certainly seem to cover a wide range of topics, all stamped with your own personal "twist." Best of luck with your writing!

  5. Pat, thanks for stopping by. I'm sure Amy will appreciate your kind words.