Author Interview – Aly Faye

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"The Soul Stone"

Anthology: Uncanny & Unearthly Tales
Release Date: Oct 27th, 2023
Preorders: Coming Soon
About the Author: Aly lives in the UK, with her family, and rescue animals where she works as a tutor and editor. Her fiction has been published in a variety of magazines, and anthologies and sites, e.g.The Horror Tree, Sirens Call and by Brigids Gate Press, and most recently in Space and Time magazine #141.
Q & A

How does it feel to have this story published for the first time?

Fantastic, always a thrill to get my fiction out into the world and I hope that readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What inspired the idea for your story?

I was on holiday at the UK seaside, in a cute cottage, with my family and our Labrador, and with the swoosh of the waves in my ears, staring out at the sea, I wrote in my notepad the first draft of 'Soul Stone' which is set in 1910, and has mermaids, sailors, a treasure, and a mother wanting her baby back.

We know that writing can be a tumultuous journey with a lot of obstacles, what is your kryptonite as a writer?

Keeping going year after year, is tough sometimes, believing in your own writing enough to do that.

Clearly, you’ve succeeded at writing a captivating story for GrendelPress, but we all start somewhere. What advice would you give yourself as a young writer?

Learn from everything:- every rejection, every workshop, every critique and never give up!

We’d like to argue that every good story makes both the author and the readers feel something. What perspectives or beliefs have you challenged with your story?

I've tried to invert our traditional ideas of mermaids (long haired, beautiful sirens calling men to their doom) and of sailors, (all jolly fellows sailing the oceans as comrades) and show the other darker side of both, and how a mother's love is supreme.

What do you love most about your story’s genre?

I enjoy writing chills and thrills, which you can see from the corner of your eye, not in your face as it where, though sometimes a bit of violence and gore creeps in.

Tell us about your favorite author. What about their book(s) call to you and how do they inspire your own writing?

I love Jennifer McMahon's supernatural thrillers, she is a huge talent.

What are some other genres you’d like to break into and why?

I've written and been published across a few genres now - children's stories, horror, supernatural, Gothic, modern romance and drama. So I've had a go at a few.

If you had to pick another story of yours to share with your readers, what would it be?

'The Glass House' published in 'Space and Time' #141, is a Victorian set Gothic horror story. I've set it in a local manor house, over the road in the woods near where I live. In the titular glass house, there are experiments going on to create a new species, and the young heroine, inherits her father's horrific legacy and secret. It is very dark in tone and a bit disturbing. How far would you go to protect your 'family'? would be a good tagline.
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