Many thanks to Gisela Hausmann for tagging me in this blog chain hop on March 30.
Gisela Hausmann is the author of nine books, including award-winning "Naked Determination, 41 Stories About Overcoming Fear". Her first book "Vienna - Aerial Panorama" was selected as a gift for President Clinton, when he visited her hometown Vienna.
These days Gisela writes funny life skills books, telling her adventures and pointing out what pivotal approaches helped her to succeed. Born to be an adventurer, Gisela has also co-piloted small planes, produced movies, and globe-trotted almost 100,000 kilometers. She now lives with her cats Artemis and Yin-Yang in Greenville, SC.
1. What am I working on?
I'm currently working on a short horror collection called Apocrypha with my brother Robert, we hope to be submitting that in a month or so. There's some really great stories in it and I'm hoping people like it. Feral Hearts (a collaborative novel with several other authors at JEA) and the re-release of Eyes Like Blue Fire are also on the agenda this year. I have some other novel I'll be working on completing as well such as the sequel to ELBF. Cool Green Waters and othe titles like Jodie, Other Dangers and The Farm. Plenty to work on between those and the editing work. There could always be other projects along the way as well.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think of my writing as literary horror. I want you to care about the characters, as much as I want you to be scared by the elements of the story I also want you to be moved, to remember it for that. I can also throw in elements from other stories, little snatches of fantasy, sci-fi and other bits that make things a little different.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I don't think I'd be me if I didn't write and horror has always fascinated me, gotten my imagination going. My imagination brought me here and it's gotten me through a lot too. I'm working through a lot of things with my books and stories, little moments where things went wrong. It helps me get through them and I like to think it can help others as well. Mainly I love to write and fear often overpowered me for many reasons.
4. How does my writing process work?
I get an idea-and they can come from anything, just crazy ideas- and then I write it down thinking over how to go about it for a long while before I sit down and try to write it out. I get a good bit of it down and if it's a good first draft I let it rest for a bit before i come back to it. If not I keep working on it trying to make it better before polishing it up and filling it out a bit more. After a lot of work and
read through I submit it an let my editors tell me if there's anything else that needs finished.
Susan is a writer and artist by day, a child and pet wrangler by night, and occasional crazy person on the weekends. She lives in a place where new hybrid cars, beat up farm trucks, and Amish horse and buggies meet in fast food parking lots for coffee.
Susan grew up in central Wisconsin, only to move to rural Ohio in adulthood. She's a country girl through and through with progressive and optimistic ideas of nation and society. A heathen by faith and major sci-fi fan she is an eclectic person and welcomes as much diversity into her life as she can to feed her fertile imagination. She lives by the motto, "Let your freak flag fly!"
Susan is the author of "Silent Heart", "Under A Twisted Moon", "Morning Song", and other titles forthcoming. Susan also has her one and only zombie short in the JEA anthology "All That Remains". In addition she has published articles on the Yahoo! Contributor Network in a wide variety of subjects such as the validity of deity in the American government and the use of easy to find herbs.
Susan is the Executive Editor with J. Ellington Ashton Press as well as a graphic design student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. She does a large portion of the cover art with JEA and has worked with businesses in the past for logo creation and event announcements.