If you’re a fan of horror, give Liz Butcher a try! Read below to learn more about this Australian author.
1. You have a BA in Psychology. How does that help you delve into the darker corners of the human psyche?
It certainly helps with both developing the characters and understanding what motivates them. Knowledge of the human psyche helps with storytelling overall, in that an understanding of the human condition can help you create scenes that draw the reader in by triggering their emotions—whether it’s fear, hope, sadness, longing…
Mastering the short story was a wonderful learning curve for me, and I’d recommend them to any writer starting out. I’d already started writing Fates’ Fury but lacked the confidence in my writing skills to move it forward. I’d joined Writing.com and found their writing prompts and competitions a great motivator. Then a writing friend sent me a submission call for an anthology and when my short was accepted I was thrilled! Several short stories appeared in anthologies which I found was an awesome way to build a portfolio of writing. Writing short stories also hones your word skills and teaches you how to express the most out of a few words. Especially drabbles (exactly 100 words)!
The idea for Fates’ Fury bounced around in my head for a couple of months before I put pen to paper. I’d written nothing in years, yet this story was forming in my mind, just begging to come out. I started it in 2012, when there was a lot of talk of the Mayan Calendar and the end of the world, and I questioned whether we deserved to be here, and if that right was questioned, how could we, as a race, argue our case? So, that’s when I came up with the concept of the Fates wanting to eradicate mankind, and the ancient gods joining forces with mortals for both self-preservation, but also to help them save themselves. At the crux of the story is a powerful friendship, a love for family (whether it’s by blood or chosen) and a love for life that motivates the major characters to keep fighting even when faced with impossible truths and endless losses.
I have a few! My next book, LeRoux Manor, releases on September 1st and is a YA horror story about a teenage girl forced to move to the other side of the world when her father inherits the old family estate. From the moment she arrives, strange things start to happen and when she digs into the family history—and the mysterious death of her ancestor over a century ago—she unlocks a haunting past she can’t escape from.
My next book, Never, Never, is in the final stages of editing and is a retelling of Peter Pan. It’s set in present day, and Wendy Darling is a detective haunted by her abduction by the inhuman entity she only knows by the name of Pan, when she was fifteen years old. When a local girl disappears in almost the exact manner that Wendy had, she fears her nightmares are coming true and Pan has returned. She’s determined to find the girl before it’s too late—whatever the cost.
I’m also working on a series of novella’s centered ona complete mess of a woman named Luna Zimmer, and her best friend, Freddy Fisher as they travel around Australia investigating paranormal phenomenon in their converted double-decker bus. There’s more to Luna than meets-the-eye as she explores the realm of the dead to uncover the truth about the death of her family.