PDB: What is Supergirls?
Supergirls is what happens when you have two sisters born into dismal and dire circumstances grow up believing what they see on TV. They have no parental guidance. No adults to trust. There is nothing but television to define their reality, nothing but superhero comics to set their expectations. They watch Superman and believe it, they watch Leave it to Beaver, I love Lucy, Goonies and believe it. They read Treasure Island and Supergirl Comics and Stephen King’s It, they believe it. As teens they watch Pretty Woman, Kill Bill, Austin Powers and believe it.
Now, the only thing that stands between their current miserable existence and their Little House on the Prairie dreams in one “Fat Bastard” named Frederick Bells. Dispensing justice upon him, and stealing his money, should be a piece of cake…except younger sister, May, is a schizophrenic, Bells is a serial killer, and this isn’t a Disney movie.
Supergirls is the about the great gulf between what should be and what is.
PDB: Does the characters’ age have impact on how you write them?
I would have to say no. I try my best to kick my ego out of the way and give my characters free will. Whether 5 or 55, they choose their voice, not me. I go with their decisions, no questions asked.
In this case, Jenn and May are two young women who have been raised in the sewers of society. Their survival tactics are the seven deadly sins. Yet, their love and sacrifice for each other is pure and childlike, as are their dreams for a better life. We have two very child-minded women using their bodies and wits in the darkest and most “adult” of situations. It doesn’t make a very comfortable ride for them, but it’s a real kicker for us.
PDB: Did you do a lot of research for the book?
In general, I do hours and hours of research on any given story, even short stories, but not this one.
I wrote the rough draft of this book on the first anniversary of my stepdad’s passing. I was still grieving and wrestling with my emotions about him, we’d had a Jekyll/Hyde relationship. I was also struggling with my young son’s newly acquired mental illness. I felt like I had died inside. It hurt to think, breathe. I shoveled raw, poignant emotion into this story. It helped me cope.
On a lighter note, I did do some research on little things, like whether one could actually stuff a pistol into blue lace panties. Not very realistic, but it works in a story! Also, I needed to find the perfect visual for the “whistling deer head” which is a moose head mounted above a fireplace in Fat Bastard’s mansion. I finally found it in a burger joint I enjoy; you’ll see his head on the back cover of SUPERGIRLS the print version, or you can take a peek at him on my new Facebook page. I also researched taxidermy. May’s psychosis tends to reveal itself in surprising ways, including talking moose heads. I was rather horrified by taxidermy and decided that if we could hear the voices of mounted animal heads, they would be angry, wrathful things. This is exactly the role Whistling Deer Head plays when it decides to speak to May.
PDB: Is marketing of interest to you, or shouldn’t authors bother their pretty little heads with such things?
Oh geez. Well, in my J.Mac writing years, I never thought about it. It was an absolute joy to interact, promote, share my work or others work on any given social media website. I loved it and had a lot of fun. After some of the aforementioned events, I’m a different person, there’s no doubt about it. I’m not as sociable as I used to be, that desire seems to have dissipated like smoke. All I want to do is put my head to the grindstone and smear my emotions and stories like ash across time and space. (What does that mean exactly? I don’t know, but it’s how I feel.)
Jason Michel invited me to co-edit Pulp Metal Magazine earlier this year, and that has helped me remember how much I loved interacting with others, and editing their work. I am grateful to Jason for helping me remember that particular joy. He’s a creative mongrel, a great person and friend. People should be running, not walking, to his Amazon page. A genius writer.
Back to the question, I think we each have a different path to take when it comes to getting our books to readers. What works for you may not work for me or vice versa. What worked for you a few years ago, may not work for you now. The trick is to be flexible, keep plodding along, not letting your ego get caught up in the highs and lows, and focus on discovering what you enjoy. When the key fits the lock, the door will open, and the universe will provide.
PDB: What’s the best way to spend a Sunday?
I call every Sunday “Pirate Sunday” taken from the times when I used to write the Wicked Woman’s Booty series for Pulp Metal Magazine. These days, Pirate Sundays include spending time with my kids whether playing the board game Survive, watching Rocky for the millionth time, or playing soccer at the park. Then I kick back at night with rum, fuzzy socks, and my favorite psychopath or zombie show. Though, I always drink martinis when I watch zombies.
PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of the year?
There’s a wicked little horror romance I’m hoping to release in the fall called, Wanted: Single Rose. It’s my first full-length novel and has one kick ass femme fatale fox I’m quite excited about.
I’ve also written a sequel to SUPERGIRLS called, Night without Stars. I can’t give away too much, but I will say this– the darkness we discover in the first book plunges even deeper in the second. I disturbed myself quite a bit writing it! I hope to release it in early 2015.
Bio: When Mav Skye isn’t turning innocent characters into axe murderers, refinishing old furniture, chasing around her spring ducklings, or reading the latest horror novel, she’s editing at the almighty Pulp Metal Magazine.
She adores puppies, pirates, skulls, red hots, Tarantino movies and yes, Godzilla.
Look for her wicked horror romance, Wanted:Single Rose, this fall and the second book in the SUPERGIRLS series, Night without Stars, early 2015.