HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
All of the above! I drink lots of iced coffee in the summer—I’m addicted to Dunkin’ Doughnuts’ French Vanilla! Now that the days are cooler in NYC, I’ve switched to hot coffee. When I’ve had too much coffee, I’ll drink Earl Grey Tea. Sometimes I’ll have cookies and milk—the best comfort food there is!
4. What else can you do besides write?
I can drink from a can of soda without a straw while walking without spilling a drop! I also design killer Web sites, like the Unofficial Web site for James Gandolfini. During the day I’m an Online Editor for an eyecare industry Web site.
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Definitely the murder scene in my story, “Apple of My Eye” that appears in my collection by the same name; the scene is violent and visceral…I still shiver when I read it.
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
New York City is full of colorful characters; I take the subway to and from work 5 days a week, so I do a lot of people watching and I always carry a little notebook with me. When I see someone who would fit one of my stories, or who inspires me to write something new, I’ll make some notes.
My writing is very cathartic—a lot of the characters in my stories are based on men I’ve dated, who for one reason or another didn’t live up to my standards. Writing about a guy I’ve been involved with is my way of getting over him quickly and painlessly!
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
My tastes are eclectic--I listen to alternative and contemporary music to get into “the zone,” that magical place where noting else matters but my characters and whatever story I happen to be working on. I listen to different music every day. I like Tori Amos, Andrew Bird, KT Tunstall, David Grey, U2, Peter Gabriel, and Anna Nalick, to name a few.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I never outline; sometimes I’ll start with a title, the way I did for “Dead Eye,” a young boy learns the perils of hunting fair game firsthand. It turns out the phrase is slang for expert marksman, so it fit perfectly.
Or I’ll start with some dialogue and let my characters reveal themselves to me as I write—I’ve learned it’s better to let them have free reign, no matter how nasty they are…I wouldn’t want to meet any of my characters on the street—there’s no telling what kind of mayhem would ensue!
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
I’m a relic—I still don’t have cable—with my rabbit ears, I can watch The Simpsons! When I visit friends, we’ll watch SpongeBob — he’s my hero!
Amy Grech has sold over one hundred stories and three poems to various anthologies and magazines including: Apex Digest, Bare Bone, City Slab Magazine, Flashshot: Year One, Funeral Party 2, Inhuman Magazine, Red Scream Magazine, Shadow Writers - Volume 2, Spider Words, The Book of Dark Wisdom, The Horror Express, The MagusZine, Space & Time, The Blackest Death Volume III, The Three-Lobed Burning Eye Annual Vol. III, and many others. She also has a novel, The Art of Deception, a chapbook Cold Comfort, and her recently published collection, Apple of My Eye.
She is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association who lives in Brooklyn. Amy Grech is also a talented Copywriter/Search Engine Optimization Specialist. Visit her website www.crimsonscreams.com for a good fright.