Demons yesterday, fairies today. Meet Ken MacGregor, author of "Jake Blossom, Pixie Detective".
Q. What gave you the idea for creating a new genre: fae noir?
I originally wrote this for a sketch comedy show, though it never made it to the stage. I loved the idea of a tough, gritty private eye who was two feet tall (2', 3", dammit!) with wings. It worked much better as a short story. Incidentally, I am floored to be credited with creating a genre. I'd love to see a Fae Noir anthology someday.
Q. What got you interested in writing the genres you normally write in, which are much darker?
I started watching horror movies when I was barely pubescent, for the nudity. My mother wouldn't watch horror, so I never had to worry about getting caught. However, somewhere along the line, I fell in love with horror. I love the visceral response invoked by fear - my own, but yours, too.
Q. What is your current project? Tell us a little about it.
I have a few in the works: a Bizarro story, a zombie clown story, a western horror. An anthology of my work is also forthcoming from Siren's Call Publications. The working title is An Aberrant Mind.
Q. What makes you so sexy?
I can't think of a way to answer this that doesn't make me sound like an egomaniac, so I'm just gonna say "thank you."
Q. We know you're an author. What do you enjoy reading?
I love a good story. I'm a total book whore, and will read anything well-written. If it's really good, I'll read it again. I'm particularly impressed by Neil Gaiman, Gillian Flynn and Joe Hill. There are also many fine storytellers among my peers. Too many to name drop, but I think they already know who they are.
Can I also say, though you didn't ask specifically, that I love doing this? It is so exciting to me, to make a connection to a reader. To make someone laugh, or shudder or go "no way!" is so cool. To get paid for it is even better, but really, that's just gravy.
Thanks for talking with us!
Ken doesn't have a blog right now, but he does have an author page on Facebook. I suggest 'liking' it.
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