Interview with Bea Cannon

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Author of Spider, Spider

Scary Short Story Contest Winner

1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

Over the years, I've had orb weavers build their webs across my front door and my porch. We usually just move them since they're pretty harmless, but one morning my daughter tangled with one on her way to work and after screaming a bit because she thought it was in her hair, she turned the hose on it. At the time, I wrote a one hundred word drabble about the incident ("Once upon a Spider" - no sentient spiders in it!). Though much less benign, the short story, "Spider, Spider" kind of developed from that. 

2) What made you decide to enter this “Whatever You Do, Don’t Turn Around” contest?

I entered the contest because I like to write, and I like to do a short story every now and then.

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

I don't think I really have a "favorite" author. I like science fiction, fantasy, and horror, so my favorite stories are in those genres. I've read and enjoyed books by Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Dean Koontz, Isaac Asimov, Jim Butler, Zenna Henderson, Rachel Caine, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, to name just a few. Lately, I've been picking up books written by indy authors.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

My favorite book I've read this year would be "Rise of the Discordant" by Christina McMullen. 

I like fantasy and this is pretty much a paranormal fantasy (with just a tinge of horror thrown in). It is well written with good characterization, has a good plot, a touch of humor, is irreverent, but most of all, it entertained me. I read the entire five-book box set.

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

The only thing I can think to say to anyone about writing is: if you have a story to tell, tell it. If you find that you love writing, keep doing it.