The premise of the story is nothing new. Stalker acting as antagonist? Check. Antagonist pretending to be a friend? Check. Creepy friend saying words that could have alternate meanings but protagonist is too dense to realise? Check. Increasingly psychotic episodes in an attempt to unnerve the viewer? Check. Bad guy gets killed in the end? Check.
1) How did you find the contest? How do you feel, as the winner?
I thought the contest was genius, although I wasn’t quite sure if I could be “dark” enough. When I found out I had won I couldn’t believe. Yeah, I know; cliché. But sometimes, you just have to embrace it!
2) Tell me a bit about you.
My name is Victoria Moschou, I’m a 24-year-old economist and I love writing and reading. Cliché no.2, since this is already known. Something that it isn’t known -yet- is that I am working on that collection, “Happily Never After”, to create an anthology of not so happy stories. Besides, not every story has a happy ending.
3) What were your inspirations for the contest entries? What generally inspires you as a writer?
Basically the whole Halloween Mood. Few true stories, my fav fairytale -aka “Beauty and the Beast”-, my fav series, “Charmed”, and the need to write something completely out of the ordinary for me. I’m a romantic, so what generally inspires me is the hope I can see in little children’s eyes, the family bonds, the need to believe in something… Good music, cooking/baking and myths/supernatural stories can also be an inspiration to me.
4) How old were you when you first started writing? How have you developed as a writer since then? Do your family/friends know you write and how do they feel about that?
Oh, that’s an easy one. I started writing at the age of 9. I tried to create a fanfic of Harry Potter; I knew I wanted to write a best-seller! Lol! From that day on, I was writing on and off, but when I turned 15 I realised that it was something I’m passionate about. So, I started working basically on “The Passion Of Hate”, which is also uploaded on Wattpad, and on other short stories. Of course my parents know that I write and they always want to know what’s going to happen next. The toughest reviewer to please though is my boyfriend and that’s why he’s the first to read my rough drafts. Either he’ll love or he’ll hate them.
There are dozens of character bio sheets out there if you look for them. A simple Google search will pull up pages upon pages of them. A lot of them, in my opinion, are too tedious. I don’t need to know the name of my characters favorite movie if my character was alive in 1856. I don’t need to know what my characters least favorite color is if they’re blind. Of course, you’re always free to skip over these questions, but I prefer to not have them on my sheet if they’re not relevant.
This is my Master Bio Sheet. It has every question that I feel is relevant to character development. I do not use the whole thing every time; sometimes I omit large sections because the information is not ready yet or won’t be necessary. Feel free to use the whole thing or only what you need.
During my previous browses of Creepypasta for horror short stories, I came across a few stories told in first person where their descent into madness or revelation of something more sinister is subtle and the idea of a brainwashed religious extremist came into my mind.
I had planned for the story to be a one-sided conversation from the religious leader so the reader can also become the brainwashed, but it wasn’t long enough and rambled. I wanted to capture the essence of ideas being drilled in, but it became repetitive.
Jess suggested I involve actions and gestures that hint at the darker tone of the leader, as well as showing time had passed between sessions as the main character falls deeper down the rabbit hole.
I’m pleased with the result, but, boy, it was difficult to write.
For those who don’t know, Wattpad sensation’s Sally Slater’s debut fantasy novel Paladin is on sale on Kindle store for 99c/99p!
It’s one of the first books I read on Wattpad and I fell head over heels in love with it. Kickass heroine with genderbendering confusion and a smattering of demons, guts, and action makes this a must-read.