When I first heard about this concept, I was fascinated. Two authors not only working in one world, but writing the same story. Crystal Connor, a trusted name in horror, and Lori Titus, well-established paranormal romance author came up with an idea for a post-apocalyptic novel. Soon, they realized they had different approaches and different visions for the end of the world. Then they had an idea.
I reached out to both women to interview them about their books and how horror became a part of their life. The interviews will run with a month or so between them as the authors have said they’ve experienced some confusion from readers in the past about who wrote what (and why and how). Maybe these interviews will provide some clarity.
What inspired you to write Guardians of Man? What is special about this novel and how was it working with another author on a project?
What made you choose Connor Titus—your writing partner, Crystal Connor’s last name paired with yours—as a pen name?
For you, what makes a great horror tale? What do you like to read?
I think that great horror has to do with appealing to the basic fears that we all experience: claustrophobia, fear of pain, fear of death, loneliness. A really good author knows how to dress these fears up in ways that will make the reader connect, even when the atmosphere is unfamiliar. For instance, being trapped inside your own home can be just as terrifying as being trapped in a boat at sea or in a capsule adrift in space. Horror is about giving a place and time for fears to be explored in a safe way.
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