Alyson, thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
I live in Yorkshire in the UK with my husband and teen son, and four rescue animals, (three stroppy cats and one soppy dog). I trained as a teacher years ago and I still tutor as well as edit for an indie publisher. I enjoy swimming, singing and I'm a massive movie buff: everything from silents, through Marilyn Monroe to horror films.
I do occasionally write film articles - https://kendallreviews.com/feature-the-forceful-women-in-val-lewtons-1940s-rko-horror-films-by-alyson-faye/
I write poetry and prose, but lately in the last couple of years I have been writing more horror and supernatural stories. I do enjoy reading/watching Gothic horror and am very drawn to the Victorian period where I often set my stories.
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
There have been a few writerly highlights over the last few years: from my début flash fiction collection in 2018 (Badlands), to Demain publishing my stand alone Gothic story Night of the Rider in 2019, and my noir novella, Maggie, to getting poems and stories in charity anthologies like Diabolica Britannica this year, and those from Things in the Well - Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts and now TT4.
Stephanie Ellis are I in the process of setting up our horror indie press, Black Angel Press, where our aim is to publish more female writers.
Our début publication is Shadow Bound : A Gothic Quartet and our next one, will be a collaboration with writers Ruschelle Dillon and Theresa Derwin, due out in ‘Women in Horror month’, February 2021.
2021 will see more news and projects coming from Black Angel – we have plans!
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
Highlights for 2020 – one of those I’ve mentioned already: my long held dream of setting up an indie press with Steph.
I’ve lately been co-editing a horror anthology, Inferno, with Steph, for release in December 2020, published by The Infernal Clock. I’ve hugely enjoyed this process and enjoyed reading the stories.
I’ve enjoyed the varied editing projects I do for Bridge House Publishers. They have ranged from a children’s picture book, originally written in Spanish, to collections of short stories.
I was fortunate enough to receive two invites during the first lock down to write stories for anthologies, one of which was Diabolica, the other being, Feral, and that really helped my confidence and kept me focussed.
We have a rescue dog, a cross black Labrador, originally from Ireland, whose happy nature and need for walks has helped keen me sane and got me out of the house. She is a joy and reminds me that every day is a new adventure - 'cos that’s how she treats it.
Thanks for chatting, Alyson. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes from Black Angel. What a great initiative!
You can find out more about Alyson here: https://alysonfayewordpress.wordpress.com/blog/
Alyson's poem "The Witch Tree" appears in Trickster's Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.