About the Author:
Raised in the far north, amid Jack London’s world of dog sleds and dark winters, J.H. Moncrieff has been a professional writer all of her adult life.
During her years as a journalist, she tracked down snipers and canoed through crocodile-infested waters. She has published hundreds of articles in national and international magazines and newspapers.
When she’s not writing, J.H. loves to travel to exotic locations, advocate for animal rights, and muay thai kickbox. She’s an avid reader of many different genres, including thrillers, suspense, true crime, memoirs, cookbooks, women’s fiction, and horror.
As part of a neat little twist to my Women in Horror Month coverage this year, I’m going to feature fun little interviews with a few women horror writers and I think readers will get a kick out of them.
This week’s featured scribe is newcomer J.H. Moncrieff, author of the forthcoming horror novel The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave from Samhain Horror, which is slated for release in early May 2015.
Both she–and her words–pack quite a one-two punch. Here’s our interview:
1. First scary movie you watched
JHM: The first scary movie I watched was Salem’s Lot. When I watched it later, I thought it was hilarious, but as a kid, it terrified me! I had nightmares for weeks.
2. First scary book you read
JHM: The first scary book I read was actually a series of non-fiction books entitled Monsters; Ghosts; and UFOs. I found them at the school library. Those also gave me nightmares, to the point that my mom told me not to read them anymore.
3. First scary Halloween costume you wore
JHM: My first scary Halloween costume had to be Boy George. I was a little girl trying to look like the lead singer of Culture Club in my mom’s sunhat and winter gloves. Trust me—that was chilling!
4. First scary thing you wrote
JHM: The first scary thing I wrote was a story about a vampire who devoured everything. I was in the fourth grade and had just learned the word “devour,” so I was very proud of it. The local paper published this story. I have no idea what they were thinking!
5. First scary character you had a crush on
JHM: The first scary character I had a crush on was Jason Patric’s vampire in The Lost Boys. He was so beautiful, and still is today.
As mentioned above, J.H. Moncrieff’s forthcoming novel from Samhain Horror, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, is slated for release in May 2015.
Here’s a description:
Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.
Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy…and he doesn’t like being rejected. When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen. Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, here is the book trailer:
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this chat with J.H. Moncrieff. Be sure to check our her forthcoming title from Samhain 🙂