#052: V Castro – Boosting marginalized voices, word counts during lockdown, and writing in the horror genre.
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V Castro is a Mexican American writer originally from Texas who now resides in the UK. She is the author of Maria the Wanted, Hairspray and Switchblades, along with the other upcoming horror titles: Goddess of Filth, Queen of the Cicadas and Mestiza Blood (all coming soon).


Recently, during lockdown, V co-founded Fright Girl Summer: an online book festival to promote women in horror with an emphasis on women from marginalized communities.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • How lockdown and current events have affected V’s creativity
  • The writing of V’s first book, Maria the Wanted
  • Writing without a plan
  • Hopping between projects
  • Why V writes horror
  • Writing in the erotic horror subgenre
  • On writing what you wants to read
  • Cultivating a diverse reading list 
  • Fright Girl Summer
  • Writing short stories for submission calls
  • Playing with genre tropes 
  • Writing to music
  • Using dreams as inspiration for stories
  • Editing an anthology and boosting other authors
  • V’s approach to social media

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