Interview with Beverly Foxworth

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to write fearlessly, to destroy sacred sensibilities without the violation of censorship.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is catharsis. Through the cloak of the scandalized I can freely speak of my pain, the pain of those around me, the pain of the world. I am an empathy and the suffering of others causes me great pain. I hope that, in addition to be entertaining, my work will reach the reader on a deeper level.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't consider my readers my fans, I consider them friends with whom Ive shared the most vulnerable parts of myself
Who are your favorite authors?
Jt Leroy, Dennis Cooper, David Lapham, Andrea Dworkin, Garth Ennis, Toni Morrison, Robert Kirkman, Marquis De Sade, VC Andrews, Irvine Welsh, and Lemoney Snicket. I also love true crime and memoirs of interesting periods in history.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't a lot of the time. Im disabled and chronically mentally ill, but my family, friends, and wonderful Fiance keep me going. I need to be here to watch my nieces and nephews grow and to be there for my little cousins. I have a lot left to be done before Im ready to lay in bed forever.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I smoke a lot of bud. I love horror movies (duh) and Im a meme junkie. Sometimes I draw but it isn't very good haha
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, it was actually pretty Splatterpunk, it was about a bloody war on my school playground in Kindergarten . My mom threw it out and never mentioned it again but that day she took me to a Nathans with an arcade and playground in it while she called people, I think she was crying and I was really confused because Nathans Play Place was usually only reserved for special, happy occasions. Me and 2 friends (also in Kindergarten) used to come up with grotesque scenarios for our classmates to die in and rote them in a spiral notebook with The Power Puff Girls on the cover. I took it too far one day and one of the friends gave the notebook to the teacher and e had to go to meetings after that and circle happy and sad faces. I don't remember much of it other than it as annoying and triggered my (then undiagnosed) cognitive disabilities really badly to focus on a task for so long.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one. My thoughts are very disorganized due to brain damage I acquired through drug abuse, and further hindered by a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotics and benzos and pills for night terrors to shut off my fight-or-flight. hen I can get anything done, I rush to get as much of it done as I can.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a bible story, the first that comes to mind is The Binding Of Isaac. I remember it introducing a fear that a parent would hurt their child. I was 1 and a hand, maybe 2. I was always exposed to very graphically violent media under the exception that it was religious from before I have solid memories.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town I hated. We were gerrymandered into a rich district so that the millionaires who lived on the water could pay less taxes. I grew up with needles on my lawn and swarms of inchworms that smeared through my hair whenever I brushed it. I grew up ugly and cumbersome in a land of perfect nymphets. The closest thing I had to woods as a few hundred feet before the power-lines, where I would bathe in sun and radiation and smoke wood tipped wine black-and-milds. I lived in a neighborhood that I would circle and I chew and spit candy like tobacco.
What Made You Pick Splatterpulk
I've always been in love with "Trash". Jerry Springer, Old Pulp Novels, Troma Films, Exploitation films. I am trash, and I lean into it.
Published 2019-06-08.
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