Author, C.L. Hernandez graciously took time to answer questions about the characters, and inspiration behind her latest horror novel, A Jar of Fingers.
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Francis Xavier: What is the first line from A Jar of Fingers?
C.L. Hernandez: “Some strange things went on in the old house, that’s for sure,” the old cop said as he spat on the rain-wet ground.
FX: What inspired the Deegie Tibbs series?
CL: A few years ago, I got into doing roleplay writing, which is done online and is a form of creative writing with two or more people who take on the roles of the characters. Deegie was one of my OC’s, which stands for Original Character. (Stories are also written using characters from movies, TV shows, and books). I had a lot of fun writing stories about Deegie, and I figured she would make a great series.
FX: Three words to describe your writing?
CH: Quirky, Unique, Original
FX: Which part of A Jar of Fingers challenged you the most?
CH: Probably the scene where Deegie and her friends are battling the demon in the basement. I rewrote that scene about five times before I was happy with it.
FX: Who is Deegie Tibbs and which of the characters in A Jar of Fingers do you most identify with?
CH: Deegie Tibbs is the daughter of Roland Tibbs, who practiced black magic, and Adele Tibbs, who practiced white magic. Because such a union is against witch law, both of Deegie’s parents were assassinated. Deegie has magical powers, but she also has a disability called Witches Cramp, which causes debilitating headaches if she uses her powers too much. She is also very unique in her manner of dress and the way she presents herself. I can identify with Deegie because I’m a unique, misunderstood individual too.
FX: What did you learn about yourself as a writer while working on A Jar of Fingers?
CH: I am fussy, picky, and nothing I write is ever good enough for me. There are days when I can only write a few hundred words because of this. I learned to have patience with myself while working on A Jar of Fingers; I realized that the right words will come to me when they are damn good and ready.
FX: What elements make for good horror fiction?
CH: For me, good horror fiction has to have the right blend of suspense, gore, and effective scares. Too much suspense gets boring after a while, I think. I’m a huge fan of gory scenes in a book, but overdoing blood and guts is frustrating, and, in my opinion, is a sign that the author is trying too hard.
FX: What are your thoughts on genre blending in works of fiction?
CH: It’s something I’d like to try in the near future. I love the idea, and I would enjoy the challenge.
FX: Where can my readers find more about you and your work online?
CH: My Website: cindylouhernandez.com and
Winlock Press: http://www.winlockpress.com/portfolio/c-l-hernandez-jar-of-fingers/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/C-L-Hernandez/965857863465246
1. Favorite horror writer? Stephen King
2. Favorite movie? Corpse Bride
3. What scares you? Pollution, GMO’s, and Donald Trump
4. What’s one word you overuse? Awesome. It’s so juvenile and done to death, but I just can’t stop saying it!
5. Favorite place to write? In the living room, on the couch, at four in the morning. Perfect.
6. Title of your first published work? Cobwebs: Six Unsettling Tales
7. What book do you wish you wrote? Probably a zombie book. It might still happen.
8. What are you currently reading? I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb
9. Coffee or tea? Coffee, strong and black.
10. Favorite color? Black
11. Beer or wine? Neither. I’m a teetotaler.