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Writer Interview: Kerry E. B. Black

This Writer Wednesday and Winter Solstice, the spotlight shines on indie writer Kerry E. B. Black!

Kerry E.B. Black is a poet, writing “from a cottage on the edge of a swamp nestled along the Allegheny River,” she has three cats named Poe, Hemingway, and P.D. James, and one of her favorite books is Pride and Prejudice.

If my family is reading this and I have gone away, I moved in with Kerry!

Kerry’s interview was a joy to publish, and if you enjoy stories and poetry steeped in magic and mystery, then you must follow this author. You can stay informed about what she’s spinning next by following her on Instagram @kerry_e_b_black.

A quick note:

During this interview, you might note that many of the questions include the word “we” as if “we” asked them. Well, we did. This detail is meant to include you, my dear reader, and I do hope you enjoy each interview published to this blog!

Additionally, please note that each interview answer is the author's own words and the interviews in The Intuitive Storyteller blog are intended for informational and educational purposes only.

Kerry E. B. Black writes from a cottage on the edge of a swamp nestled along the Allegheny River. Described by one fan as “Chicken Soup for the Gothic Soul,” this “Teller of Tales Fanciful and True” incorporates elements of folk and fairy tales and her love of history in many of her works of speculative fiction. Tree Shadow Press has published three collections of her short stories and her YA paranormal thriller. For more exciting news on upcoming projects, follow (which has links to other social media.)

About Carousel of Nightmares: A Collection of Short Horror of the Young & Unaging

A collection of short stories that will thrill readers, without preventing sleep. Kerry E. B. Black corralled these untamable beasts for your pleasure. Find the beauty in their skeletal coats, the sparkle in their malignant eyes. May the ride they offer lead to the adventure you seek!

Kerry’s book Carousel of Nightmares: A Collection of Short Horror of the Young & Unaging is available now!

And now, the interview:

Kerry, when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always told and acted out stories, and I knew I wanted to embrace the topsy-turvy writers’ life as a young girl in junior high school (after I grew too tall to be a jockey.)

Tell us about the person(s) or event(s) that inspired you to write your latest work.

Edgar Allan Poe influenced this collection with the tortured beauty of his poetry. Edmund Spenser, Samuel Taylor Coolridge, and Christina Rosetti all inspire my humble scribblings as well as such modern poets as Cina Pelayo, Christina Sng, and Sara Tantlinger.

What is your favorite genre to write and why do these types of stories appeal to you?

I write across many genres but laced throughout almost all of them is the magic of the everyday - and often a healthy dose of horror. I read almost everything.

Do you have a furry familiar? Tell us about them!

I have a little tribe of furry friends in our bitty doll house. Our three cats are named Poe, Hemingway, and P.D. James, and they’re as mysterious as cats should be!

Tell us about your writing schedule and/or a ritual that is necessary for establishing and sustaining your writing mood and endurance.

I am an opportunistic writer. I’ve five kids, two of whom still live at home and require much of my time, so it’s usually after they’ve been tucked in for the evening that I write. However, if all is quiet at home, I’ll gladly pull up a corner of the couch and type my way into a storytelling stupor.

Why do you write? How does the act of storytelling affect you?

To share stories is as natural as breaking bread together. Through reading and writing, I live whole lives and gain insights I’d otherwise be denied.

Think about yourself back when you first started writing. If you could travel back in time, what would you say to that version of you (about the writing process, publishing, the world, etc.) that might help prepare them for today?

I would tell myself to don a thicker skin. Rejection is a huge and painful part of authorship, but a good story will, with effort and faith, find its “home” eventually.

A good story will, with effort and faith, find its “home” eventually.

What are your recommendations for fueling your writing energy and promoting inspiration?

Inspiration is a fickle thing, but seize a good idea. Live in that world until the project is completed. If something feels forced, try a different approach. I enjoy writing flash fiction related to the story. That way, I distill the story into its essence and can expand it from there. A friend of mine, Hannah, interviews her characters when she finds her enthusiasm flagging, and she thereby renews her focus. Sometimes, I even write poetry or songs that fit into the world I’ve created to further flesh it out. The more real the place and people of a story, the more invested I, as a writer, become.

How intuitive are you and does your intuition affect your writing?

I don’t know if I am aware enough to be intuitive, which is to say intuition requires a measure of calm and quiet that I unfortunately don’t often possess.

Tell us about your long-term writing and publishing goals.

I plan to write every day, even when I am a very old person, and publish my projects.

Some immediate goals for this year are the publication of my poetry collection this spring,* the publication of the second of my YA paranormal thrillers this autumn, and before the year’s end, I hope to publish a collection of short holiday horror.

*Kerry’s poetry collection is available now. At the time of this interview, it had not yet released.

For what or whom are you most grateful right now and why?

I adore my family who support, believe in, and put up with me, and I am grateful for my amazing editor and publicist, Deb Sanchez from Tree Shadow Press.

Besides writing, what activities bring you joy?

Growing with the kids, dates with my husband, spending time with my family, enjoying tea parties with my friends, and reading, traveling, and theatre. And, of course, learning new things every day.

Which book are you reading right now?

The Miracle Sin by Marcus Hawke and Complex Solutions by Susan Dalessandro (with the kids)

What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Fill in the blank: Magic is...

Magic is everywhere, if only we look properly.

Stay connected with Kerry! Here’s where you can find her:

Next up, I’m continuing closing out 2022 with my own writer interview and an announcement for the coming winter season.

In her more than thirty years as a storyteller and visual designer, Amanda “Mandy” Hughes has written and designed over a dozen works of upmarket, literary, and women’s fiction under pen names A. Lee Hughes and Mandy Lee.

Mandy is the founder of Haint Blue Creative, a space for readers and storytellers to explore, learn, and create. Although she earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Psychology, she has yet to figure out her family, much less herself.

When she’s not writing, Mandy loves going to the movies, theater, traveling, nature walks, birdwatching, margarita-making, and binge-watching The Office. She is a tarot enthusiast who uses the cards to promote wellness and enhance creativity. She lives in Georgia with her husband and four boys, two of whom are furrier than the others (but not by much). Visit her website at and follow her on Instagram @haintbluecreative or on Facebook at @haintbluebooks.

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