Grivante Press ran a series of interviews from the authors included in #Mashed. If you haven’t had a chance to read mine, here it is! Use the links at the bottom if you’d like to read an excerpt of my story, or any of the other author interviews.
R.A. Goli writes the story, “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” in our upcoming anthology, Mashed: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror. “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” is the story of a couples cooling romance, heated back up by a new kitchen appliance.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an Australian author of horror, fantasy, speculative and erotic horror short stories. I also like to pretend I write sci-fi, but just putting a robot in a story doesn’t make it so. Other interests include reading, gaming, the occasional walk; and annoying my dog, two cats and husband.
What attracted you to submitting your story to MASHED: The Culinary Delights of Twisted Erotic Horror?
Grivante Press’ submission guidelines for the pieces they wanted for this anthology listed requirements similar to “Does it make us laugh, is it horrific and gory, is it sexy?”. I thought it sounded like quite a challenge and a lot of fun! And it was both.
For your story “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen of Tomorrow, Today!” what was your inspiration?
I mentioned to friends that I was starting work on an erotic horror story that required a culinary theme. They suggested the kitchen robot, and the recipe for sharp knives and creative sex developed from there.
When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
When I was twelve a teacher gave the class an assignment on what we wanted to be when we grew up, and that was when I first remember wanting to write. I wrote a lot as a teen, but stopped when it was time to get a job and pay bills, but I’ve finally found my way back.
Who are your favorite authors? What are your favorite books?
It can be hard to pick a few favorite books or authors, especially in fantasy, and it’s something that can change with time. But I would say that my favorite fantasy author is Joe Abercrombie. I love ‘The First Law’ trilogy.
Horror is different. While I do have a couple of favorite books, ‘The Exorcist,’ by William Peter Blatty, and Stephen King’s ‘Cujo’, I really enjoy horror short story anthologies by people I’ve never heard of.
Outside of horror, what other genre’s do you write in?
Outside of horror, I write fantasy and speculative fiction, though I dabble in other genres (so I think). Basically if it’s scary or gross, I call it horror. If its got magic, mythical creatures or men in armor, I call it fantasy. If it has robots or aliens, I call it sci-fi, and if people are having sex, well you get the picture. One day I might even finish the fantasy novel I started three years ago. Just so you know, it has magic and men in armor.
What advice would you give to new writers just getting started?
I would say don’t stop, if this is really what you want to do. And don’t compare yourself to great/famous/popular authors. We can’t all be J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for us too.
What part of writing do you find the most difficult?
Rejection is always tough, especially when you think you’ve written something really great. But you move on. No story is wasted, each word makes you a better writer, and weren’t you having fun while you were writing it?
What do you hope your readers take away from your stories?
I hope that they are entertained and in the case of horror, I hope they are grossed out, frightened or find it funny. I think the moral of the story with “P.A.C.D. The Kitchen Of Tomorrow, Today!”, is that husbands should certainly help around the house or purchase expensive appliances to make the chores easier, but also remember not to neglect their duties in the boudoir.