This evening at A Diamond in the Dark, I’m welcoming fellow Wicked Women Writer D.M. Slate! Her challenge involved an encounter with strange matter on a gridlocked interstate with only a gas mask and an elderly parent. Did she survive? You’ll have to go to Horror Addicts and give it a listen. While you’re there, listen to ALL the podcast entries and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
In the meantime, please WELCOME D.M.Slate to the blog!
Amy: What roped you in to this podcast challenge, and what did you think when you opened the email and realized your podcasted predicament?
D.M.: I was pulled in by the theme… I have a special place in my heart for apocalypse. Beyond that, I was intrigued by the thought of turning one of my stories into a podcast, which I’d never done before.
I was completely baffled by my predicament – dark matter/strange matter….. say what? I had to do a lot of research! Beyond that, my character was stuck on the interstate, with a gas mask as a weapon, trying to care for an elderly parent.
I started the story several times, coming at it from different angles, but I just kept hitting a roadblock… no pun intended. I actually got frustrated and just put the story aside, and then finally, I was able to work it all into a wicked tale of horror. Muhahahaha!
Amy: Mu ha ha indeed! It’s a chilling and atmospheric read and listen to. I want to encourage everyone reading this interview to go and listen AND read it! Did you enjoy the podcasting aspect of the challenge? Do you think you’ll do more podcasts?
D.M.: Yes, and yes – for sure! The podcast was very intimidating at first, and I felt dumb sitting in the closet, reading into my computer. But once I got beyond that self-consciousness, I started to have a blast! My problem ended up being the 10 minute time allowance for the story. I had to edit things very closely to make the story fit.
I will most definitely be doing more podcasts in the future!
Amy: Epic! I can’t wait to hear more from you! But, you’re a mom with kids. What does your family think of your writing?
D.M.: My husband is very supportive, always helping me come up with new twists and turns for my plots. My kids would love to help, too, but I tend to “shield” them from my stories. They’re only in 2nd and 3rd grade, so I generally tell them that I write “scary adult stories”, and we leave it at that. ;0)
Amy: I can completely relate to that. Even though my kids are older, I have to say, when they ask to read something I’ve written: “Not until you’re 30 or I’m dead.” So, how long have you been writing and what will we be seeing from you in the future? How did you get started writing?
D.M.: I’ve been writing with the intent of publication for almost 5 years, now. I wrote my 1st novella on my lunch-breaks, over the course of several months…because I was bored. Since then, I’ve been hooked! My mind is always spinning some sort of outlandish tale that I need to get out on paper.
Currently, I have several short stories out to publishers on query right now, and I’m working on my next novel, Oculus Sinister. I also hope to do more podcasting in the future, as well.
Amy: Oh, that’s wonderful! I wish you all the best! But, now, I have to as the question: what is your favorite cookie?
D.M.: Peanut Butter – without a doubt!!
Isn’t she cool? Now, run out and find her evil-peanut-butter-cookie-loving self and find her on Facebook via the clickable link below and make sure you stop by her blog (also a clickable link below) and show her some Wicked Women Writer love!