INTERVIEW ~ Sloane Kady ~ Irreperable Deeds
INTERVIEW ~ Sloane Kady
BCP; Your first novel, “Irreparable Deeds”, is very close to release now. Can you share your thoughts about this exciting milestone from the author’s perspective?
Sloane Kady: Once you get past the rapid heart rate, nausea, night terrors, fear of failure, excessive sweating, and anxiety, it’s all pretty thrilling. But, surreal would be the short answer. Seeing my dreams come to fruition has been both exhilarating and exhausting. It’s a bit like raising a child and watching it leave the nest. You shape your child, molding it into something strong and capable, pouring time, love, sweat, tears, and dedication into it. In the end, you hold your breath and hope it will succeed. It’s been a true labor of love. But if I had to sum up how I feel, above all, I’d say I feel incredibly grateful. I know, I know. Sounds obnoxiously cliché. But it’s true. I’m grateful to my husband and children for being so unbelievably supportive and patient, always affording me the ability to pursue my dreams. And I’m grateful for the friends I’ve made, particularly in the writing community. Everyone has been so encouraging. Writing is a solitary effort, but without the support of those around me, there’s no way in hell I would have dared to dream so big.
BCP; What prompted you to begin writing, and how did you come to writing in this genre?
Sloane Kady: That’s easy. I love reading. I love novels. I love writing. I love imagination. I love being moved by artists who express themselves in unapologetically honest ways. I’m drawn to honesty, and I’m tempted to say that art is the only place you’re likely to encounter it, anymore. A writer is allowed to scratch beyond the surface of truth, and not only is honesty tolerated, it’s expected of a writer to deliver it. Writing allows me the freedom to peel back the pretty façade and expose what it means to be human. Talk about cathartic. What’s not to love about that?
I think every artist is a deep-thinker, and we’re always searching for ways to express ourselves. Just comes with the territory. I’ve always been very artistic. I think writing, for me, was always going to happen. But, ineloquently put, I needed to grow a pair and believe I could actually do it. Like most writers, I’ve got every reason to doubt myself.
Writing suspense and horror was never a question. It was written in stone from the get-go. One of the first horror movies I ever watched was THE OMEN, and boy-oh-boy, it scared the shit out of me! But I was hooked. From that moment on, I needed my books and films served with a jolt—that special something that nestles into the ol’ gray matter and never leaves you. Having said that, I shy away from gore. I’m not a fan of cheap thrills
BCP; In today’s world of publishing, more and more authors are choosing to publish independently, using digital printing platforms. Which path have you chosen for your new book?
Sloane Kady: After a two-year-long debate with myself, I finally settled on self-publishing. Which I never thought I’d do, to tell the truth. I did what every writer does. I researched and read and weighed my options, agonizing over what to do. I grew up in a time when no one talked about self-publishing. I didn’t even learn how to use a computer until I was in my early twenties (unless you count dying several miserable deaths on the Oregon Trail in my school’s Computer Lab), and I had no real idea that anything beyond traditional publishing existed. I came up believing that your writing wouldn’t amount to anything unless anointed by the Big Six.
Without boring you into a coma, I settled on self-publishing because I’m a bit of a rebel, and I want to write what I want to write. Let’s call it appreciating artistic freedom. But more than that, life’s too short, and waiting years just to get my foot in the door wasn’t very appealing to me. That’s not to say I’m unwilling to work hard, because I am. I spent five years perfecting Irreparable Deeds. I will always pour my all into what I do. But I’d rather the readers determine the merit of my work.
BCP; The title of your book seems somewhat self explanatory, being it infers deeds that ‘bring about injury or loss, impossible to rectify or repair’. Titillating as a title. Is the title thematic to your story?
Sloane Kady: Very much so, yes. Irreparable Deeds most certainly sheds light on the darker aspects of humanity, and the unspeakable damage so often inflicted by those closest to us.
BCP; Can you give the reader a thematic summation of your book, and it’s characters? How you chose this genre of storytelling?
Sloane Kady: At its heart, Irreparable Deeds is about the destruction left in the wake of my protagonist’s abusers. So often we expect the monsters in our lives to be strangers—an ominous shadow lurking in a dark alley, or a thief hoping to take from us our sense of security. But the truth is, those closest to us often prove to be the real monsters, and family, maybe more than anyone or anything else, can inflict the most damage. Parents, above all, are in a very powerful position to inflict both pain and long-lasting psychological damage, sometimes irreparable. It’s quite common for an abusive parent to later deny their adult child the closure needed to grow past the abuse they endured. In the end, the adult child suffers twice.
Laura, the main protagonist in my story and a victim of her mother’s abuse, has led an extremely tumultuous life full of tragedy. A life that was determined for her long before she ever had a chance to live, as was often the case in decades past. Now, having also failed as a mother, redemption is what Laura seeks most, and she’ll stop at nothing to better her daughter’s life. But redemption always comes at a cost, and returning home to the birthplace of her tragic beginning is the first step in what might prove to be a deadly end.
BCP; I can only imagine this is the first of more novels to come for you. Do you have other novels in mind or outlined at this time?
Sloane Kady: Do I ever? I’ve got more outlines and story ideas saved away than I’ll ever know what to do with. But an idea has to really grab me in order to follow through with it. One day there will be a follow up to Irreparable Deeds, but for now I’m working on something a little different, something that should lead to a trilogy. That is, if everything goes according to plan. You know how those pesky characters determine your story. I’m kind of stretching my arms and legs with this one, reaching a bit outside the box, blending horror and fantasy.
I’ve always had a mild fascination with witches, from the Salem Witch Trials, to modern-day interpretations of witches. Writers and filmmakers certainly ran with vampires and zombies, but I think they failed to give other fictitious creatures their day in the sun. What I’m hoping to create is something that truly scares my readers, while also delivering a completely original take on witches. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that I’m damn excited about this new book. Outlining is kicking my ass this time around, but I’m hoping it will pay off!