Teresa Frohock has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. She has turned her love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction.
She is the author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale and various short stories. Naked the Night Sings was published in the urban fantasy anthology Manifesto: UF, while La Santisima can be read on her website. Love, Crystal and Stone is expected to appear in Neverland’s Library.
Question 1: Please name your favourite cake
Red velvet with sour cream icing, but it has to be a good red velvet cake and not that flavourless stuff in hotels and restaurants. Yeah, red velvet cake, kind of like the one in your picture but without the glass and blood. Or maybe devil’s food. Yeah, devil’s food cake is good too. I also enjoy carrot cake with sour cream icing, because it’s kind of sweet and sour and has a lot of nuts … you know, like Twitter. Mmmmm, cake.
Question 2: Please name your favourite villain
Adora Preaker from Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects. What a creepy, insidious, child-eating-mother-woman. I think what I really loved about Adora is that Flynn never tried to make her a sympathetic antagonist. She might have been sick, but there was something evil in her, and you felt it every time Adora was on the page.
Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?
Well, being deaf, I probably wouldn’t have understood the individual very well, so I would say, “Huh?” If that wasn’t enough to get him or her to acknowledge that something was wrong, then I’d probably just take the briefcase to the lost and found. I’d tell the person in charge of the desk, “You know what to do.” Then I would leave. I’ve decided that I’m a bit too old for adventures and running around chasing people with guns and leaping on and off yachts and all of that.
Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?
I love it when people ask me about my favourite kind of cake. Because … cake.
Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?
I don’t really have one. I usually don’t mind answering any kind of question about publishing or my work, because I know when I first started out, I had a lot of questions. Some of my questions were very stupid and had been answered somewhere online, but no one ever belittled me for asking. And I’ve always appreciated that. The authors went out of their way to make me feel very comfortable, and they answered questions that they probably had answered a thousand times before. Likewise, I always want to be available to pass that kind of goodwill along to other people—writers and fans.
Bonus Question: What is it about religion and myths that you find so fascinating that you often weave your stories around them so effectively?
The one thing all religions and myths share is a belief in the supernatural and magic, and it is the idea of magic that lures me. One of my favorite movie scenes is in Big Trouble in Little China where they discuss magic and everyone pooh-poohs the concept. Then an elderly gentleman leans forward and makes a fireball between his hands, shocking everyone. That was cool. I love the idea of magic being real, and religion is my backdoor into that world. Magic is better than cake … and that is saying something.
Website: Teresa Frohock website