Interview with Valkyrie Kerry

Published 2019-08-02.
Describe your desk
Very pink! I have a pink paper tray, pink pen holder and pink magazine holder. The desk itself is small with a pull out shelf and folding chair. Above my desk I have a white board for family quizzes and to keep notes.
When did you start writing?
As soon as I could read, so very young. My first story was an episode of Gerry Anderson's 'Stingray.' In my early teens I had a non-fiction piece published by a horror magazine and wrote a long horror story. The horror story was for school and I put an incredible amount of research into it. My teacher did not believe that I had written it as she found some of the language complex. I wrote some poetry in my teens, and when my children were in school and I had finished university I started writing again. One of my friends was kind enough to email me some of my long lost poetry! Thereafter I was writing privately for several years.

In 2015 I took part in the poetry marathon and completed 100 poems in 24 hours, at that point I gained the confidence to start submitting my work to publishers and editors, and to anthologies and related groups. I was overwhelmed by the acceptances and this gave me the inspiration and motivation to keep sharing, as did having supportive family and friends.
After the marathon did publishing independently come easy to you?
Absolutely not! I had no idea how to use the various publishing platforms, my book covers were a nightmare and my formatting even worse. It has taken several years of editing, continued submissions to publications and learning new digital media skills to get all of my books up to date and in a good order. I have now got the gears on it, but it has been an uphill struggle! I have had to reach out to various authors and publishers for advice, and at times simply practice, research and revise. I have now got formatting down to a fine art, my book covers have substantially improved and I am actively engaging across social media. I am still learning!
Can you explain what your key words 'DEEP' and 'Horrotica' mean?
One of the reasons I started to write emotional tales was to convey the feelings and observations that overwhelmed me during the dark days of my illness (bipolar). DEEP conveys the breadth of those emotions; Dark, Emotional, Empathic and Pleasurable. This is where Horrotica comes in. Not all of my work is dark, some of it is quite inspiring as bipolar creates a broad spectrum of emotion. However, when combined with my love of horror and power play erotica the majority of my work tends to fall into darker realms of fiction. I combine erotica with horror, horror has always had erotic undertones so this is not unheard of, and in doing so write in the sub-genre of Horrotica. One of my best pieces is a lengthy poetical tale called Sanguine Fervor. It tells the story of a vampire and his conflicted lover who ultimately has to chose between the light and the darkness.
Do you ever write purely erotic fiction?
I do, I try to keep it tasteful but hot and passionate. I utilize the idea of power play and submission to add to the thrill of the tale. After all power play is the basis of the classical Dracula films and many slasher horrors, so it was bound to appeal. In addition, I have a long poem called Oasis, which is extremely, but tastefully, passionate and descriptive. Oasis and Sanguine Fervor can be found in my book Horrotica: Twisted Tales, and another exquisite vampire tale may be found in Horrotica: Horrorebus.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is to see that people have read and enjoyed my books. It means a great deal to me as writing a lot of my work has been akin to publicly baring my soul. I have been in the charts several times and that gives me a sense of warmth and reminds me that what I do is worthwhile. I also try to offer promotions and freebies on my bipolar chapbooks to help raise awareness with regards to the illness, and assist others in explaining the feelings to their loved ones.
What do your fans mean to you?
As I said in the previous answer, my fans mean so much to me because I have shared something personal with them. I am very passionate about those who find my words appealing and have empathy for the feelings conveyed within the tales.
What are you working on next?
I have nearly finished my first novel, Emerald Chains. It is a Horrotica romance. A sort of gothic power-play with a sadistic hero and vulnerable, but strong heroine. There is a strong element of BDSM within the novel and I believe that I have found a mainstream publisher, so this is a very exciting part of my journey. The basis of the story is that a woman returns to her home in the country and finds that one of the local men, a rough around the edges Irishman who she had a fling with, wishes to rekindle the dalliance. However, his motives are far from benign and he has every intention of making her suffer for abandoning him.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are largely from my genre; Anne Rice, Tanith Lee and Brian Lumley with their erotic vampire stories, and Sharon Kendrick who writes for Mills & Boons. I love the ever-growing power-play in those books. I also adore Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge and the satire of Joseph Heller.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes I write suddenly, furiously and passionately. During a period of dark moods the words echo through my mind and I immediately grab a piece of paper and scribble, or grab the laptop and type. Other times I plan. The majority of my time, certainly where the Bipolar Moods Chapbooks are concerned, is spent ordering, editing, formatting and placing my poetry to give some coherence to each book. My time writing my novel is largely spent planning, reading, adding and editing. My best work comes from a passion burning within my soul.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like the Desert Brides series by Mills & Boons because they verge on Horrotica, and I love the very intense power play. I also enjoy short horror stories, horror novels, horror poetry and erotic fiction within the BDSM genre. I am also mad for horror films!
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Books by This Author

Stan and Ellen's Grand Opus Chapbook
Price: Free! Words: 7,290. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author, Fiction » Coming of age
We are the Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great, Great Grandchildren of Stanley Cyril Howe and Mary Ellen Howe of Dartford Kent We are poets We are writers We are their opus Sandra Stevens, Barry and Linda Howe, Glynis Mattick, Tracey Stevens, Emma Laker-Quick, Jade Stevens, Ashley Land, Chloe Laker, Melissa Land, Emily Land, Charlotte Land, Elvie Stevens, Bayley Baldock-Kelly