Today we welcome to the site today our second entrant in the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge. Shauna is a freelance writer, website designer, photographer and overall Jill of all trades that lives in sunny and stormy Florida. Shauna Klein is her pen name and she is married with children that have fins, feathers and fur.
Shauna’s apocalyptic disaster was a terrorist invasion located in a greenhouse. Her helpful item was a skateboard and her untimely disability was a migraine headache. You can read along with Shauna’s story titled, Static, while listening to the podcast on the Horror Addicts.net website.
How did you first hear about the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge?
You know, I honestly can’t remember but I do remember thinking it could not only be fun but inspire me to create something with a challenge, rules if you will.
What drew you into the fun of this challenge?
The challenge itself. I usually write what I want to focus on which can lead me to procrastinate and this was the perfect opportunity to not only have a deadline but make my imagination work for the theme.
The Norns were pretty challenging this year – what did you think as soon as your assignment came through?
I thought, “Oh my God, how will I ever incorporate this into something workable?” It took me forever to get past the first paragraph or so but once I just sat and wrote, it all came to me. That came from “A Writer’s Tale” from Stephen King. He stated to start writing and the story would take care of itself, and it did.
What was the hardest part about your challenge? What did you like best?
Did you learn something new about yourself while doing this challenge? I learned that I can indeed use my imagination to create something based on a certain theme; something I haven’t really dove into until now. I loved how it was hard to work will all of the aspects. One may be a little hard, with two you have to get creative but with all of the challenges it was really a test of what I could do.
What made you come up with “Static”? Are you a big black and white fan of silent movies?
Not really but I do love the thought of satellite feeds. I once read somewhere that even if the world ended there could still be satellite feeds of old TV shows. I’m not sure if that’s true and obviously you’d have to have electricity and an antenna but just the thought of a TV show playing for no one creeps me out.
Tell us more about YOU, your past stories, books, other artwork or music, your current project, and what’s on deck in 2014?
I’ve written a few short stories and as a photographer, I’m trying to work on a set where people are doing normal things where things are abandoned. Like a wedding at an abandoned church, etc. I’ve done a few of them so far but it’ll take a while. As far as stories and books, I’m working on a short story right now and eventually will finish my children’s book about the twins of terror; our Belgian Malinois brothers. It’s a far stretch from horror but it’s something I want to do as well as my horror. As far as music, if I were to sing then that could be a horror show in itself.
If you win 2013 Most Wicked, have you given any consideration to what your theme might be for when you hostess the 2014 Wicked Women Writer Challenge?
Oh boy, I have no idea! I’m simply thrilled to be involved in the contest to begin with and surrounded by such talented women.