Thursday, November 30, 2017

Interview with Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans was born in Canada of Scottish extraction and graduated in History and English from McMaster University in Ontario. After graduation she moved to the UK where she worked in the
financial sector. While in London she continued my studies in history, focussing on Medieval England and the Icelandic Sagas (with a smattering of Old Norse and Old English - tip: swearing in Old Norse is a really effective conversation stopper!).

She now lives in Toronto with her husband Max and two rescue cats (Bear and Wolf). She retired from work earlier this year to write full time. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and E-zines and her second novel, The Mortecarni, was published in March of this year.

When did you decide to start writing stories? I started writing in high school, silly stories based on people we knew (names changed to protect the innocent!) for my best friend. I'd write in last class of the day, leave the story in her locker, she'd read the next morning. She began to share with her first period class, apparently I had a bit of a following.

Why historical horror versus the other genres?   I love history, my first novel is historic fiction. But I also adore horror! As a kid my dad and I would watch Sci-Fi Theatre, a TV show that aired old black and white horror movies. I've been a horror fan ever since. Oh, and I'm REALLY just awful at writing romantic scenes!

Who is your favorite character in The Mortecarni and why? The main character is Brother Maurice, a physician monk. He's been living in my head for years, so we're very close. We have similar interests, particularly medieval medicine. He's also got a Twitter account where he provides helpful medical tips. I'd love to sit with him, maybe over a glass of wine, and talk cures.

What are your plans for the next writing project? I'm currently working on part two for The Mortecarni (as yet untitled, having a bit of trouble with that!). I've also got a sort of gothic novel fully outlined, where Tesla meets Frankenstein's grand-niece that I think is up next. When I'm not working on a novel, I also write a satirical column, advice from Lady Matilda, on managing your medieval manor during the Black Death.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
Ooh, tough one! How about "What makes your zombie novel different?" My answer would be a) it takes place in 1348, b) a LOT of research went into the novel; all depictions of medieval life and medical practises are historically accurate.

 Dogs or Cats?   Cats! I've got two rescue cats, Bear and Wolf, who are the suckiest cats I've ever owned and who are spoiled rotten.

Where can your readers find you on social media?

Twitter: @chaucerbabe (or for Brother Maurice: @mauriceofmonty)

More about The Mortecarni


For Brother Maurice, a monk and physician, the disease is the most terrifying he’s ever seen. But Maurice soon learns of an even more deadly threat: the exanimate Mortecarni. After his first unexpected encounter with the creatures, Maurice is pulled into a world of savagery and secrecy.

As he travels across the country, investigating both the plague and the Mortecarni, Maurice questions how such unholy suffering is possible. When his own family is struck down, his beliefs falter. Can he regain his faith and save both England and himself?

"Zombie apocalypse set in the Dark Ages. Why didn't anyone think of this before? Wonderfully fun." - Amazon Customer
"... a well-written and well researched story that takes readers on a new kind of journey through the horror of uprising of the undead!" - Michelle Lowe, author of Legacy
"Excellent novel, fantastic reading! Waiting for the movie!" - Amazon Customer

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USA: Amazon

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