Welcome to our new series of mini-interviews with our published Mannison Minibook authors! We’ve enjoyed working with them so much that we wanted to get to know them a bit better. Today, we are interviewing…
K. B. Bailey
Author of Mannison Minibook
Thanks for joining us, K. B.! Let’s learn a little about YOU! So tell us…
1. How old were you when you decided you were a writer?
I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been fascinated by books and stories, and I think I first began having fun with fiction writing at six or seven. So the love of writing was there very early on! Then when I had to choose a degree in college, I went with journalism. That decision made writing an everyday part of my life.
2. Tell us about the influence of Poe’s tale, “The Masque of the Red Death.”
I got my hands on Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination when I was young—about eight or nine— and the stories had a huge influence on me. I loved the intensity of Poe’s writing and his dramatic style. I probably shouldn’t have been reading Poe’s tales at that age, but I was really into horror and scary stories. “The Masque of the Red Death” stuck with me. I found the story and its imagery haunting. So haunting I was compelled to write The Carriers over 20 years later.
3. How did you come to name the character “Panda”?
I wanted to name her Pandora in reference to Pandora’s box. But I also wanted to give her a really memorable name. Something short and simple. Panda worked as a nickname, and I liked the image of the character the name evoked in my mind. It feels like an affectionate nickname to me… and this character would be the type to have an affectionate nickname.
4. Did you have any specific music in mind as you wrote this story?
No, I didn’t have any specific music in mind. The imagery from “The Masque of the Red Death” served as the main inspiration.
5. What’s your favorite genre to write in?
I enjoy writing mysteries, thrillers, and literary fiction. I also love reading those genres!
6. Got anything new cookin’?
I’m working on a sci-fi/thriller novel with my husband, who is a writer and game developer. We came up with the initial story idea on a Sunday morning over coffee and had the entire novel outlined by late afternoon. We’re a few weeks into writing and we’ve got a good start on the first draft!
7. And just for fun… Do you have any houseplants and what are their names?
I would love to have houseplants but our cats would eat them. They enjoy chewing up any plants or flowers we bring in!
Thank you so much for taking the time to indulge us, K.B.! We hope you enjoyed sharing a bit about yourself and your work with our audience.
Up next: MATTHEW BRADY on Monday, June 29th!
Fiction/Horror (38 pages)
Panda McMann is a patient at St. Margaret’s Hospital, but she and her fellow inmates aren’t sick. Not anymore. Contained within the walls of the hospital and treated as lab rats, they undergo experiments as doctors search for a cure…tests the patients don’t always survive. Panda is convinced she’ll never see the outside world again, but there is more at work in St. Margaret’s.
K. B. Bailey is a professional writer. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a fellow writer and artist, and their two cats (…who eat all the plants, haha —MP). In addition to writing, she enjoys hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains, painting, and reading. You can learn more about her on her website at www.kbbailey.com or follow her Twitter account @kbwriter24.
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