Interview with Michelle Gallagher from Cafe Macabre

Gothic Bite Magazine always welcomes amazing authors & poets on their website! This week, we have the pleasure to interview, Michelle Gallagher!

Who is Michelle Gallagher?

I am a poet and mom of three from Sacramento, California. I love science, especially astrophysics and I often bring that scientific language into my poetry. I like the juxtaposition of visceral imagery and emotion.

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

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I own the most Nine Inch Nails band T-shirts on the western seaboard. I play WoW, For the Horde! and Netflix is my boyfriend. I studied Psychology, Thanatology and Astronomy and I think it reflects in
my writing.

The Interview

Kendra Hale (K.H.): You have always been an inspiring poet. What made you want to write novels?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER: Thank you so much for saying that! I think the inclination or at least the desire to write things other than poetry has always been there, but I think it took until now to feel confident enough
to try.

There have been a lot of starts and stops and things I’ve written for myself that have never, and will never, see the light of day, but nothing substantial or share worthy.

I think I’ve become bold in my old age and I promised myself that in 2019 I would look for opportunities that would challenge my writing and
take them.

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K.H.: You are currently part of a book called Café Macabre, would you let our readers know more about this book? What it is about?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER: Café Macabre is the brain child of the amazing Editor and Author Leah Lederman. She had great women clients who told fantastic horror stories and it got her thinking about a collaborative effort via an anthology.

All women’s voices and perspective in the horror genre as well as women artists. From top to bottom, this project was put together by women. It was something that has been in the works for a long time and it has definitely been a labor of love for all of us involved. Its incredible to see it
come together.

K.H.: The book is currently on Kickstarter for 8 more days but you guys were funded in just 12 hours! Congrats to you all that is so amazing!! Can you tell us more about that? What can people expect?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER: We have some amazing people who came out in force to back us! There are many different tiers to choose from when pledging for the Kickstarter. From $1 pledges to show support to getting your short story or comic script edited by Leah and trust me, her services are incredible.

We have already unlocked stretch goal #1 which is a bonus story by Leah with art by Cora Linden, and stretch goal #2 which is a behind the scenes look at the process of creating the book.

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So not only will people be getting the stories from Writers: Leah McNaughton Lederman, Kasey Pierce, Stefani Manard, Kari McElroy, Amy Hunter, Harlow West, Isabella Christiana, Scarlet Driscoll and myself, and artists: K Lynn Smith—cover, Marianna Pescosta, Corinne Roberts, Kari McElroy, Crystal O’Rourke, Autumn Nicole Brown, Ashley Jagodzinski and Amy Hunter, people will get the expanded edition with the bonus material.

Haunted Forest
Haunted Forest

We are also very close to stretch goal #3 which will be a story by Christina Blanch and art by Dani Herrera.

which will be a story by Christina Blanch and art by Dani Herrera.

K.H.: I know this is, I believe, your first writing outside of poetry right? How do you feel?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER:It’s exhilarating to be honest. I’ve felt I’ve been in freefall the entire time we’ve worked on this project.

And I think it’s very exciting. Having Leah as an editor has been an amazing experience. She made me feel confident and able. I think it’s the first time in my life I’ve really felt like… “Yeah I got this” when it comes to my writing.

K.H.: Which authors influenced your writing?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER:Definitely writers like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Warren Ellis, David Brown, Kasey Pierce, Chris Charlton just to name a few.

Stephen King
Stephen King

K.H.: Which novel is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER:A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. The first time I read it I think it was the first time I ever read a book with an unhappy, gut wrenching ending.

And I thought, “yes! This is life!” it was so much more true to reality than anything I’d ever read up to that point and it is very close to my heart.

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K.H.: Do you believe in the paranormal, by that I mean in hauntings, that there are creatures out in the wild we still don’t know the existence of?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER: I am a very science minded individual but I think all of us have had experiences once or twice that we couldn’t explain. I think we don’t know all there is to know about our own planet, and what’s out there.

Oddities
Oddities

I mean we know less about our own oceans than we do about space. I guess what I’m saying is, that I’m not averse to the idea of things existing that are beyond explanation or comprehension.

K.H.: What mythical creature is your favorite?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER: Well, I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, so I want to say DRAGONS! But I’m also fond of the lowly jackelope.

K.H.: What can readers look forward to from you in 2019?

MICHELLE GALLAGHER: I have two pieces of poetry featured in The Rejected #2 by Stan Konopka through Source Point Press. I’ve also written an eight-page comic for the anthology Get in the Game, collected by Pat Kawula, with art by Emily Zelasko.


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