Hello everyone! Welcome to another Spooky Author Spotlight! These will be posts where I showcase authors, their writing talents, and published works. So without further ado let’s get on with the Author Spotlight!
Meet the Spooky Author
Bibiana Krall is a small-town girl from the Midwest who left home at an early age and traveled the world, eventually settling in a historic village near Savannah, Georgia. Bibiana earned an M.A. in Fiction and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University CW. She writes edgy and mysterious novels, short stories, and poetry with a focus on strong heroines. Her work has appeared in e-zines and anthologies, including: The Drabble, Two Drops of Ink and Poetry Leaves. She is currently querying a high-concept mystery and working on her twenty-sixth title.
What and when started your love for writing?
The what of the question is easier to explain than when it began. Story concepts pop in my I realized when I was four years old that I wanted to be a novelist. I was really into fairy tales and illustrated books from Hans Christian Andersen and Beatrix Potter. I planned my entire life out one summer night in my tutu while I wished on shooting stars and decided that writing stories would be my second career, after I was too old to be a ballerina. That first part certainly didn’t work out, so I’m currently in round two and might have a third goal for when I hit seventy-five. We shall see!
Of all of the book genres, what drew you to write about yours?
I write in many genres, but I tend to gravitate towards paranormal, magical realism and gothic mystery. I’ve always been aware of invisible things, such as ghosts or static energy left behind in items, man-made structures, near bodies of water or deep in the woods. I grew up in a gigantic farmhouse that terrified me, because it and the land around it was haunted.
My siblings are grown up now and some have shared things that they experienced that match a few of my own. Fear of the unknown is amazing fuel for writing stories, so I use it to see where it leads the characters (choices, values, courage, strength, etc.) and I hope these adventures with the reader as well.
What’s your favorite Halloween/Horror/Mystery story or character?
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is my favorite novel to read for Halloween. It’s a tradition. The mansion is the best horror character ever written. My favorite human character will always be the Headless Horseman, as what’s not scary as heck about that image? I’m so outta here!
What is one thing about Halloween or the spooky season that you can’t stand?
It drives me crazy that everything is so commercialized and made of orange plastic. I love pumpkin spice as much as the next person, but I prefer a Mule with hot cider and a homemade, apple fritter. Bonus, if it’s cool enough to wear a real sweater, take a walk in the woods with my one and only and use the fireplace afterwards.
What makes your book(s)/writing special?
I have developed a distinctive writing-style and either you love it or hate it. My writing is very dense, brooding and atmospheric. My number one goal is to bring the reader into the story and keep them in the mystery until the end. You will travel, you will smell, hear, feel and taste with the protagonist. I once had a gracious reviewer dub me the ‘Queen of Paranormal.’ That was a very cool moment. The spooky, mysterious and sometimes strange is made believable by my pen. It’s magic.
So…what are you working on now?
I’m almost finished editing Mont Pelier, Book 4, The Irish Phantom Series. It’s a set of four (so far) closely linked novellas that trace Mary’s life. She experiences something supernatural in a hurricane when she’s a college student and it follows her to Ireland. It’s a modern-gothic with a mix of mysticism, creepy ghosts and mystery. Don’t miss the author pages in the back where I talk about real-life inspiration for this epic series, starting with Corvus Hall. Life can be so strange and bizarre.
Enjoy a special short, author reading of Widow’s Walk from Tangled Webs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipoChH1TofM
Thanks a million for the chance to talk about the creative life and a few of the books in my library. I truly appreciate and wish everyone a beautiful Harvest and safe and happy Halloween. Thanks again Winnie! This was a lot of fun!
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