WiHM Spotlight: Alanna Robertson-Webb



Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a Woman In Horror writer.


I've always wanted to be a storyteller, and even as a child I would make up tales to entertain my younger cousins with. They didn't always appreciate that most of my stories had some sort of monster in them, but they learned early on that I was the best ghost story weaver whenever we went camping.


How did you know you wanted to write?


I knew I wanted to write when I began reading the anthromorphic Warriors series by the collective authors known as Erin Hunter. The books were a huge emotional support for me during some rough times, and I wanted to offer the world something just as special.


Did you know you wanted to write other genres as well as horror? Were you always interested in writing horror specifically?


Absolutely! Horror is my love, and I've always specifically wanted to write it, but I really enjoy creating high fantasy worlds as well. I may or may not have a Dungeons and Dragons-esque story in the works...


Do you feel an obligation to speak for or represent women through your writing?


I've never felt this way. My characters are sexed based off of what I want - I don't have thoughts such as "Oh, this character needs to be a female because ____". Male mermaids? Sure! Female construction workers? Sure! To me people are just people, and in my writing I tend to avoid topics (i.e. politics, healthcare, etc.) that may require a deeper look into how each gender is represented.


It’s almost cliche that authors live on black coffee and hard liquor. What are you drinking right now?


I'm actually that oddball who doesn't drink either alcohol or coffee! I prefer soda, or (better yet) a Nutella milkshake, and at the moment I have a cup of blueberry tea with honey sitting next to me.


Besides horror, what is your favourite genre to read?


As alluded to above my second love is high fantasy. If you loaned me a book with dwarves, elves, swords and magic in it than I may just be your new best friend.


It’s the zombie apocalypse and somehow you find yourself locked in a room with two other people and a horde of zombies on the other side of the door. There is no food or water, you have to leave to survive. Real or Fiction, who would you want in that room with you?


Ooooooh, this is a tough question! There's so many characters that I could name (sorry real-life peeps!), but in the end I'd want Sam Winchester and Deadpool by my side. Sam has the brains and monster hunting experience to be useful, and Deadpool has ridiculous regeneration abilities (plus he's immune to like everything, so good luck stopping him even if he got bit.)


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