October is Black Speculative Fiction Month. To celebrate I’m hosting a giveaway with 19 other #BlackSpecFic authors. I’m also doing some author interviews for some of the participants.
First up is Lori Titus. (BTW I highly recommend connecting with her on Facebook cause she’s cool like that). She is a Californian with an affinity for dark fiction. Her work explores mysticism and reality, treading the blurred line between man and monster. She thrives on coffee and daydreams when she isn’t writing or plotting out her next story.
You can find more info about Lori here: https://loribeth215.wordpress.com/
Which author inspired you the most to write your own stories?
Early on I was very inspired by Poe and Shirley Jackson.
Do you think we need a black speculative fiction month? Why or why not?
We definitely need a spotlight on these works of fiction. I often hear people say they don’t know how to find black spec fiction writers.
As a reader, what would you like to see more of from black speculative fiction authors?
I would love to see more stories that explore romance and family life between black people. More diverse offerings from writers across the African diaspora would be great.
Do you remember the first time you encountered your first black character in a work of speculative fiction? How old were you? How did it affect you?
There were a few, but the one that had the biggest effect on me was Tananarive Due. It made me feel good to know there were other people out there who loved the same kind of stories that I did.
Hunting In Closed Spaces
Marradith Ryder appears to be an ordinary teenager, living in a small Texas town with her parents and younger brother. Everything changes the night that she is abducted from her home. Can she trust the man that says he was sent to protect her? And what do the powerful members of The Circle want from her?
If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, you can purchase Hunting in Closed Spaces here