: We've met some of these characters, and a lot of them are female characters. Do you think women work well with the story you're telling, and particularly in horror?
Well, if you'll notice, when I write female characters, I don't have them doing anything that's actually very feminine. There's no scenes of women having lunch together
or shopping or talking about guys.
So what I'm actually doing is using female characters and putting them in situations that are typically male, just because I find that that incongruous setting is so much more intriguing.
Put a man in a dangerous situation, and we automatically just assume he's either going to go commando or wimp. We've seen it so many times.
But if you put a woman in there, you're just not quite sure what's going to happen. And it's just a little more intriguing to read a story where, instead of putting the button
for a nuclear silo under the thumb of a male politician, give it to a housewife. See what she does with it. And that was the theme of Echo.
It's the same thing with the horror story: What if the women not only had to deal with the horror, but they were also making it themselves?
Usually women are portrayed as victims of male predators. In my story, the woman is usually fighting against her own genre. I just find that a little more interesting.
Instead of lions attacking penguins, what if penguins attacked each other?