This week marks the release of one of my favorite new YA horror stories/series by one of my favorite new ladies of horror fiction: The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman. (If you missed my review, read it here or here.) To help celebrate the release of the book, I invited Monique to do a guest interview here on the blog and share some of her writing pearls of wisdom, as well as talk about what's next for her new Harrowsgate series. Welcome, Monique!
Simultaneously refreshing and deeply unsettling, The Night Weaver weaves together small-town horror with an intricate otherworldly fairytale to deliver a blend of horror and fantasy that captures the essence of young adult terror seasoned with the stuff of grown-up nightmares. - Seven Jane
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
You don’t need to be the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or J.R.R. Tolkien, so stop measuring yourself by their standards when you’re contemplating your future and career. Be the first Monique Snyman. Be you, no matter what, and also, don’t be so impatient with yourself.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Oh, I’ve always known that language had power. Growing up, I had to force myself to speak a certain way in order to “blend” in better. If I didn’t, I was bullied by my peers. Even today, when I go to my childhood home, I change my dialect and the words I pick are wholly different to when I’m not there. So, language has a lot of power, especially if you need to survive adolescence.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Lies like Love by Louisa Reid. I read that book quite a few years ago, but it was such an impactful tale and beautifully crafted book that I still find myself thinking about it.
The Night Weaver doesn’t only prey upon the flesh of children, but on grief, fear, and pain—making her both the monster under the bed in a scared child’s bedroom and a fitting personification of the dark shadow that lives in the back of the mind of anyone who has experienced tragedy. - Seven jane
How do you balance making demands on the reader with taking care of the reader?
I’m a Libra, so balance, in general, comes naturally to me. I do, however, take into account what readers enjoy/despise, and allow their preferences to sometimes guide me on my journey.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
I wouldn’t call it spiritual per se; it’s rather cathartic for me to write. I have all these characters living inside my head, an unlimited amount of stories that need to come out, and everything battles for my attention when I’m not writing. So, although I have my writing rituals, and for some it could even feel spiritual in a way, but it’s more of a therapy session for me.
And of course, what's next for Rachel and clan?
Well, in The Night Weaver, readers got a taste of the horrible things Shadow Grove often attracts, but in The Bone Carver we get to see what happens when those nasties hone in on a single target and the lengths they’ll go to when they feel … rejected. There are also some new characters being added into the story, but the old ones make an appearance, too. The sequel is a different kind of scary, but scary nonetheless.
Interior artwork courtesy of Monique Snyman. Illustrated by Luke Spooner from Carrion House.
Connect with Monique
You can keep up with Monique on her various social channels. She also has a spectacular blog!
Website – www.moniquesnyman.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/moniquesnyman.author
Twitter – www.twitter.com/moniquesnyman
Instagram – www.instagram.com/therealmoniquesnyman
And, don't forget to stay tuned for the sequel. The Bone Carver is coming September 2020 from Vesuvian Books.