A bit of insight into one of the 2016 Lit Crawl Seattle readers …
Silvia will read from her new novel “Certain Dark Things” (Thomas Dunne), in which the rival families involved in a Mexican drug war are (actual) vampires.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 8 p.m.
Tell us a bit about yourself and the kind of writing you do:
I’m Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican writer who moved to Canada. I write what people call speculative fiction (fantasy, horror, etc.).
My debut novel “Signal to Noise“ came out last year. It’s about teenagers in Mexico casting spells with vinyl records. It was nominated for a bunch of awards (British Fantasy, Locus, etc.) and won a Canadian award, Copper Cylinder. (Yes. It is literally a copper cylinder).
This month my second novel “Certain Dark Things“ will be coming out. It’s about Mexican vampire drug lords engaged in a turf war.
I’m also an editor and nominated this year for a World Fantasy Award for my work on the first all-woman Lovecraft anthology “She Walks in Shadows.”
The words “obscure” and “cult” are often paired with my name. And people misspell my name a lot.
What sparks your creative fires? What inspires you to write?
Mexican folklore. My childhood. My ever-present narcissism. My fear of death and my OCD. Money woes.
Where do you write?
I have a tiny table at home. I write in a corner. Housing in Vancouver is insane, so goodbye dreams of ever having an office.
What do you do to get yourself out of a writing block?
I don’t have writer’s block! I normally am in need of money and when your dad phones to say part of the roof of the place where he lives in Mexico collapsed and he needs some cash, you write pretty darn quick.
What are your favorite words or phrases?
It was the best of times, seriously, gibbous.
What are the words that make you cringe and/or you hate to use?
If someone gave you an unlimited budget to set up your ideal writing/creative life, what would it be and what would you write/create?
I’d spend part of the year in France, eating cheese. I’d go to nice functions and wear fancy dresses and nod as though I’m super cultured.
I write spec fiction, but I want to do some crime writing, so I’d probably focus on that for a bit.
I’d buy a hat shaped like a carnivorous plant and sit at cafes. When I was back in Vancouver, I’d just focus on eating hamburgers and reading. I would also wear the funny couture hat.
I really want that hat.