Scheduled on September 22, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

AMA: Big Bad Horror B*%ches: Horror author Kira McKinney ready to talk being a woman writing in a man's genre

Kira McKinney
Sep 22, 2018 2:00PM EDT

        Gone are the days when women run up the stairs when they should simply bolt out the front door. In They Come from the Shadows: A Collection of Horror emerging author, Kira McKinney, unleashes story after story featuring female antagonists and protagonists whom readers will never find tripping over nothing as they run screaming through the woods. Instead, the women McKinney writes are smart, tough, and—generally—at least a little evil. However, they always have a redeeming quality, something that makes the reader root for them despite their obvious flaws.

            “I have always been drawn to horror. I like it because monsters are predictable, humans aren’t.” McKinney explains why she writes the genre despite living with PTSD, severe anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. She grew up in a violent home, abused by a step-father, and suffered other traumatic incidents throughout her life. Yet, she isn’t rattled by blood or gore or vicious monsters. “The storylines, the characters, the ideas are as old as time,” she says. “They all have rules.” Those rules make McKinney feel safe in an unpredictable world. Don’t worry. Kira has her own formula that, she feels, helps keep stories fresh and fun. She also likes to interject a bit of humor into her tales.

            Kira McKinney has already self-published two books and has two more set for release by the end of 2018. “Self-publishing is a giant learning curve, but as a woman writing horror, it is a good avenue. Women in the genre tend to be underappreciated and underrepresented.” Kira tried traditional publishing but decided early on that she wanted to retain control of her work, and that indie publishing seemed better suited for her ideas and her style. “I like to write in the past. Horror stories set in the 30s and 40s don’t seem to appeal to publishers, but my audience seems to dig them,” she says.

            Kira McKinney is a 2018 graduate of Arizona State University where she majored in Liberal Studies with a focus on English Literature. She graduated summa cum laude. Her book They Come from the Shadows: A Collection of Horror is available on Amazon for pre-order and releases on Kindle and paperback on October 15th, 2018. Her novel The Blood in Guthrie releases on November 26th. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter to stay up-to-date on all news.


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Does good always win in your stories? Do they generally have optimistic ending?
Sep 18, 12:31PM EDT0
Do you feel writing is therapeutical to you? Would you have been able to deal with your past if you weren’t writing? Would you recommend others who have suffered to try writing?
Sep 18, 4:21AM EDT0
Do you design your covers on your own? What are some good resources for that?
Sep 17, 3:47PM EDT0
Do you think you will ever write something that is not horror?
Sep 17, 11:48AM EDT0
Are there some clubs or groups for horror writers you are a part of? Is it generally a supportive community or competitive one?
Sep 16, 1:17PM EDT1
Why was it important to you to have strong female protagonists and antagonists in your stories?
Sep 16, 12:36PM EDT0
Why do you believe women in horror writing are underappreciated and underrepresented?
Sep 16, 11:27AM EDT0
Why do you find self-publishing in horror is more beneficial to the writer?
Sep 16, 1:07AM EDT0
What can readers expect from "They Come from the Shadows: A Collection of Horror" book?
Sep 15, 9:25AM EDT0
Which of your stories are your readers favorite? Why do you think so?
Sep 15, 3:24AM EDT0
Who are your favorite authors? How do they inspire your writing style?
Sep 15, 2:04AM EDT0
How often do you write?
Sep 14, 11:43PM EDT0
What are your top three favorite all time books?
Sep 14, 11:42AM EDT0
What is your next story going to focus on?
Sep 14, 5:06AM EDT0
What other aspects of horror do you enjoy?
Sep 14, 3:28AM EDT0
Which character is your favorite that you have created? Why?
Sep 14, 2:37AM EDT0
How do you think the world of women horror writers are evolving?
Sep 13, 8:14PM EDT0
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