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DEAD GIRL WALKING [AND WRITING] IN MADHOUSE

PATIENT: Nikki Hopeman ILLNESS: Zombie (Writer)     • When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write it?   I've been writing for as long as could hold a pencil. I still have spiral-bound notebooks with stories from my elementary school days. My mother was my biggest cheerleader until high school when an English teacher entered an essay of mine in a contest sponsored by Penn State University. It won the contest and my teacher encouraged me to keep writing. I didn't intend to make writing my profession, though, and I took the long way around back to it, but I always wrote for myself.   I started writing in the mystery genre and my MFA thesis was a mystery about a witch caught up in a series of murders. My horror voice emerged during the year I was mentored by a horror writer, and I realized I loved it more than mystery. There's a freedom in writing horror that wasn't there for me with mystery. I guess my macabre side found her tongue. I

WYTOVICH DRIVES MERCEDES INTO MADHOUSE

PATIENT:  Mercedes M. Yardley ILLNESS: Writer ·      When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write it? MMY: I knew as a child that I wanted to be a writer. Knew it in my bones. I wandered away for a few years when I was in college because I was trying to be Responsible, and we all know that writers aren’t Responsible. Thank goodness I finally came back to myself! I call my work “whimsical horror”.   Fairytales with a high body count. When I finally let myself write what I wanted to write, that’s what I ended up with. ·       Where you get your ideas from? Do you journal at all? MMY: I get my ideas from everywhere. My antenna is always up. I used to journal like a fiend! I have several journals crammed full with my tiny handwriting. Once I started blogging, I spent more time doing that and less time journaling. I’d like to get back to it, though.   ·      What’s a normal (writing) day like for you? MMY: It’s chaotic and unorganized.

WYTOVICH LOCKS UP SNOW WHITE

PATIENT: DANIELLE MODAFFERI ILLNESS: POISON APPLE  • When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write it? I’m pretty sure I’ve been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. I was always a very gregarious kid and loved performing and entertaining for whoever would listen. (My poor parents!) In elementary school, I was fortunate to have a wonderful teacher who urged me to participate in a writing competition. I entered with a silly fable about how flamingos came to be pink and I won the competition! And so began my love of writing. Since then I have become an avid poet. Poetry and writing has helped me through so much in my life as a very cathartic practice. It has been my creative outlet and my way to put my thoughts on to paper when I haven’t been able to speak the words aloud. I tend to write Women’s Lit but am currently writing a Fantasy novel, which has been quite an experience moving from the realistic to the fantastical - a lot more longitu

WYTOVICH LOCKS UP ANOTHER CRAZY

PATIENT: ELSA M. CARRUTHERS ILLNESS: WRITER When did you start writing? Why did you pick the genre you write in? I’ve always told stories to myself and later to my friends. It was a great escape. First, I retold stories I read in books and comics or saw in shows and movies. I’d tweak them here and there, make them a little different. Then I started making up my own. I write pretty much anything that comes to mind…it just so happens that I’m often struck with very dark ideas and fantasies.   Where do you get your ideas from? Do you journal at all? I get my ideas everywhere. From childhood events, news clippings, things I see on the streets, essays I read. I journal, but not for stories because once I write about them, the stories feel “told” to me and I’m no longer anxious to finish them.   What is a normal (writing) day for you. I write for word count. I try to put down at least 1000 words per day. Often, I sit at my desktop and get about 250 words in at