Getting tinto writing – an interview with the sisters of slaughter

Sisters of Slaughter

We are the Sisters of Slaughter, a twin sister writing team from Arizona. We are Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason. We write horror, scifi and dark fantasy. Our first novel, Mayan Blue, was nominated for a Bram Stoker in 2016.

What got you interested in writing?

We first started writing when we were little girls. We loved hearing our mother read to us and our father telling ghost stories while we were camping, it sparked our dreams of becoming storytellers.

Tell us a little about your chosen genre.

We were always drawn to spooky things, like some kids get obsessed with dinosaurs or princesses, we loved horror. We mainly write horror, we also write fantasy and sci-fi but there is always a darkness added to it. Horror helps people cope with real world ugliness and we enjoy giving our readers an escape.

What are your happiest memories in your writing career?

So far our happiest moment was when Brian Keene tweeted that he enjoyed our first novel, Mayan Blue. Other moments that come to mind were when we got an acceptance letter from Sinister Grin Press and also being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Mayan Blue.

How do you handle success and failure?

Failure always hurts but we don’t let us stop us. Success is celebrated by dancing like crazy women and then diving back into whatever project we’re working on.

What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?

Knowing that people have enjoyed reading our stories fuels us, it helps us push through moments of feeling like crap.

What is your advice to young and new writers?

Read as much as you can from many genres, it helps a writer learn the basics of storytelling and also never give up, you will be rejected but never stop doing what you love.

Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook)

We are hybrids. We enjoy reading both. The feel and smell of a paperback can’t be replicated and it has no battery but a digital device keeps your books from getting damaged and you can carry a lot more than trying to jam ten books in your bag at once.

As far as publishing goes we are also hybrids there. We want our stories to reach a wide audience so if that means purchasing an ebook over a paperback we don’t mind.

Do you blog?

No blogging of our own, we’ve written things for other people’s blogs but we haven’t committed to doing one just for us.

Do you self-publish?

We wrote a book for a kindle world, that’s the closest we’ve come to self-publishing so far but who knows what the future holds. We’re not opposed to it.

If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.

Our latest book, Those Who Follow, was published by Bloodshot Books and this year we have a very special project we are working on with Brian Keene, Richard Chizmar and Stephen Kozeniewski that we’re super excited about.


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