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This October, UP is going RED as we host a special event. Red Ink Publications, the Masterettes of Horror, are hosting their annual October Horror Fest and Untamed Publishing is proud to be a part! This week you will learn more about Red Ink Publications and in the following weeks more about their Sons of Cain series and the Ladies of Horror. This week we feature, Co-founder of Red Ink Publications and Queen of Horror Author Omega. Let's sit back and have a killer good time while we enjoy the writings from the red ink pen!
Hi Omega! Welcome to your first interview with UP for the Red Ink October Horror Fest. We're honored to have you. To begin, tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I just want to start off by thanking you guys so much! I am so happy to be able to speak to you! I am Omega, and I am an author and Co-founder of Red Ink Publications. I am a horror and supernatural author who loves dabbling in historical fiction. I am the youngest member of Red Ink Publications and what I always jokingly say is that I’m actually 80 so technically I am also the oldest. I am a newly college graduate, history, English and art history are my favorite subjects. Not only do I try to add to the company’s literary factor, but I also try to add to the artwork. I am the lead graphic designer of Red Ink and love every second of it, making it only right that it was my college major. I am also a huge animal lover.
First, CONGRATULATIONS on obtaining your college degree! We love to see young people striving for higher education. Now seeing as though your major was in graphic design, why did you make the decision to become a published author?
I made the decision literally because Aminah wouldn’t let me pawn off my book ideas on her. I love the concept of creating story ideas. I love how authors are able to create such depth, and use words to evoke such emotions. I am so happy I made that decision.
Wow, we are happy that Aminah saw fit for you to embrace your own dreams and ideas. Now it worked out two fold, not only are you an author, but you're also the lead graphic designer for Red Ink. It's a win-win! Now that your writing hat is on, please tell us all the genres that you write.
I write supernatural and horror and I love it. If I were able to write another genre it would be YA. I wish I could steal the hearts away from people in such a heartthrob type of way. YA authors have a different type of conviction. I wish I had that.
Who knows? Maybe one day you will write YA. Writing allows us the freedom to grow and that is the beautiful thing about it. While we're speaking of growth, let's discuss horror. Have you always been interested in horror/scary themes?
I haven’t. I had this fear of it actually, for a while. My family though absolutely loved it and once I decided to face my fear and deal with it, I became so in love with it and compelled by it.
What was your first introduction to horror literature?
Um, I want to say just the classic horrors. Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Mass., the Halloween series. I loved them all.
Have you ever come up with something so scary that you gave your own self the side-eye, wondering where did this come from?
Haha Yes! I was reading Yours Truly and it was so twisted that I had to recall even writing it. It was a slightly surreal moment for me as an author trying to establish my ground in horror.
Is there anything off limits for you as a horror writer with the gore or subject content?
Any form of abuse is a real sore spot for me to even try to approach. Animals included.
Now before we dive into your red ink with Alec, let's discuss some interesting facts about you as an author. When it comes to writing are you a morning person or a night owl?
I honestly think it depends on my character. I have this odd way of taking on aspects of them and that includes which time of day they are the most inspired.
Tell us a unique writing habit that you have.
I honestly think the oddest habit I have is getting traits of my characters. After writing chapters on end, I may start talking like my character or will sit like them while writing. It’s nuts.
What are some of your other aspirations for your writing career?
I would love to turn my writing towards the screenplay format. Directing is also a really big dream of mine.
Would you like to collaborate with other authors on a book project besides your phenomenal counterparts of Red Ink?
Though I know it’s impossible, I would love to work with F. Scott Fitzgerald. If I were to pick another author it would be Alexandra Bracken. She is phenomenal with her conviction and storytelling.
What makes your writing standing apart from other authors?
I think I’m able to stand apart from other authors by being able to take my own spin on true life events and create something new entirely. I love when an author has a theme or niche and I’m very proud of mine.
It's time for the good stuff! Please tell us about your book, The Origins of Alec, Part Three.
My newest book, The Origins of Alec, is a part of the joint series Sons of Cain I’m writing with Aminah Iman and Jaqueline Stone. Alec is the youngest Son of Cain and he is also part witch. Cain took upon a small coven of witches to procreate with because they were the 3 strongest witches of their generation. The witches were sent out to create an army for Cain’s bidding and were killed in the process. So, with three sons, Cain is setting out to take over the world that he feels he should have been able to rule like his father once did. And he’s using his sons to do it. Alec is what we in the Red Ink World call a ‘Mentalist. He is able to manipulate, control and even tap into anyone’s mind. With him being the youngest and the most sympathetic, given his ability, he is the one kind of struggling the most with Cain’s mindset, yet he can’t seem to say no either. So with all the destruction and chaos his family is setting out in the world, Alec makes it his mission to undo the wrong. It all kind of sets the pace for the rest of the series, showing the origin of Alec’s life because it’s going to eventually lead to what he’s going to have to do in the present.
Being that Alec is the most caring out of the brothers, why was he the one given such a different and unique gift of altering minds? Is this a part of Cain’s plan or a grander design?
Alec, being the one having the gift of mental manipulation, was to show that side of Cain and even his mother Melina, that all that power and madness does not to have to turn completely into hurt and pain. Alec could completely destroy Cain’s plan if he were to be unhinged under his father's thumb.
Babies of the family are often perceived as immature and in need of extra care and attention but are often stronger and more mature than their older siblings. Will we be surprised and find that Alec isn’t the naïve youngster as perceived?
I think Alec is a bit more of a wild card than people will automatically assume of him. He has layers that aren’t uncovered until the story about him progresses, but I really do think he will shock our readers.
There you have it readers, you MUST grab the Sons of Cain series book 1, 2 and the 3: The Origin of Malic, The Origin of Cai and The Origin of Alec. While we have you we want to learn more about Omega on a personal level. What is your favorite horror book, aside from your own?
Um I honestly love In Between: The Chronicles of Sari by Aminah Iman, Hades: Rise of the Gods by Jaqueline Stone and The Shining by Stephen King.
I still get chills every time I hear the words: The Shining! Now aside from writing, what are some of your favorite past times?
They consist of photography, videography and graphic designing. They give me the ability to breathe life into other forms of art.
Tell us one thing about yourself that is a little known fact.
Oh! Um, I really love nature and plants and the earth as well as animals. I’m so passionate about helping what can’t help itself much.
Before you go we want to get your thoughts on some important issues in the literary world. What is one myth about being a published author that you learned and would like to share?
I learned that it wasn’t just about the writing or the detail. It’s about inspiring people with 240 characters or less enough about this life, this world, you just created and hope they read what you made and love it. You have to market your books and be devoted to sharing that story. And my advice is don’t look so much at the book sales or your follower count and more at the people you were able to impact and move with your work and who connects with your writing. Treasure that far more than money.
You are a woman after my own heart with that answer! I won't get off course, so I will just say I completely agree with that entire response. Now the perception of horror writers is that they are a little bit weirder than the average writer. Do you find this perception to be true or false? Why?
I find that to be...haha, I have to say true. In a way! I think what some view as honest, others call ‘weird’. People go through different things, but the bones of the world are so common. We are all so alike on the inside but it is us in horror who use certain emotions to inspire our stories. While some keep those emotions concealed.
What stigmas do you believe are attached to women horror writers? How are you breaking those stigmas?
I feel like we aren’t taken as seriously as the opposite sex. It’s as if women are meant to stay in the lanes of romance or YA while men are off hunting the horror genre. I love the fact that this company is not afraid to have so many female characters leading a life of horror. Those are boundaries I think we weren’t afraid to break.
Thank you Omega for interviewing with us. We enjoyed having you in the HOT SEAT with UP as we go RED for the October Horror Fest! Readers be sure to grab her novel, The Origin of Alec. Tune in next week as we recap the books and prepare for the big release of the entire Sons of Cain series for the Red Ink Publications Annual October Horror Fest!