Friday, July 5, 2013

Author's Pie: Joan De La Haye

Welcome to a horrifically tantalising edition of Author's Pie.  Fresh out the oven, zombies and gore galore in the pie pan today.  Joan De La Haye, a South African horror and thriller writer who thrives on the weird and wonderful. You can find Joan on her website and follow her on Twitter.

1) Your novels usually centre on your protagonist/killer that is bordering on insanity, where do you get your inspiration for your character building?
I think I get my inspiration from the insanity that I see going on around me every day. Everybody is capable of doing crazy things; it just depends on whether their buttons get pushed hard enough. Characters who are teetering on the edge fascinate me and that question of how much of a push does somebody need to go over that edge keeps me wondering and writing. 

There’s a line in the first scream movie when Billy Loomis says “We all go a little mad sometimes.” That line sums it up quite well. 
2) Which of your novels/short stories/anthologies/novellas did you enjoy writing the most?
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed writing all my books. Requiem in E Sharp and Shadows were both very dark and in some ways hard to write. Oasis, on the other hand, while still pretty dark, was much lighter and a lot more fun. Oasis was a bit of a reprieve and a holiday from the more serious material running around my head. 
3) What are you working on next?

At the moment I’m working on a short story for another anthology as well as a novella called The Incubus Project. The Incubus Project started out as an attempt to write something a little more romantic but has turned out to be anything but romantic. 
4) How do you name your characters?

The names depend on the book, the characters, and what mood I’m in. Sometimes I have people ask me to name someone after them. Sometimes someone pisses me off enough to name a really bad character after them. And sometimes a name just falls out of the ether and into my subconscious. Naming a character can be rather complicated and at other times it’s incredibly simple.

5) What have you learnt through your experience as a writer in the local South African market?
The local South African market is very small and competitive, especially in genre fiction. Most of the writers in SA involved in the genre market know each other and we all seem to cooperate with each other and support each other, which I think is pretty important. We’re all in the same boat. But focusing on the local market, as a writer, is a mistake. It’s too small to support us. We need to be looking at the rest of the world. The world is our oyster.

Joan's Books
Sarah is forced to the edge of sanity by the ghosts of her family’s past. Suffering from violent and bloody hallucinations, she seeks the help of psychologist and friend, Michael Brink.

After being sent to an institution in a catatonic state covered in blood from stabbing her unfaithful boyfriend, Sarah is forced to confront the truth about her father’s death and the demon, Jack, who caused her fathers suicide and is now the reason for her horrific hallucinations. Unlike her father, Sarah refuses to kill herself. She bargains for her life and succeeds.

In Sarah’s struggle to regain her life and her sanity, she discovers more things to the world than she could ever have imagined and leaves her seeking the answer to the nagging question, Who is really mad?

2013 – The planet has been fried by solar flares turning it into a desert. The surviving population has been affected by solar radiation, turning them into Zombies. Only a handful of people remain unaffected. A family of civilians, guided by a crack army unit who has seen more action than they can handle, must make their way to the safety of a UN base at the South Pole called New Atlantis.

But can they make it to this oasis alive or will they only reach it as the undead?
A tormented serial murderer

Sundays in Pretoria are dangerous for selected women.

A murderer plagued by his childhood, has found a distinctive modus operandi to salve his pathological need to escape the domination of the person who was supposed to cherish him.

As The Bathroom Strangler’s frenzy escalates and the body count mounts, Nico van Staaden, the lead detective on the case, finds himself confronting his own demons as he struggles to solve the murders of the seemingly unconnected victims. The lack of evidence in the sequence of deaths and pressure from his superiors are challenges he must overcome.

The resolution is bloody, savage and merciless.
These are just a few of Joan's books, you can find her short stories on her blog.



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