Interview with Penelope Crowe,
100 Unfortunate Days
Questions: R. Murry
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I am currently a writer and artist—and probably SHOULD have been doing this all along. I have been everything from a small business owner to VP of sales for an outsourcing company, which by the way, was NOT my cup of tea. I write dark fiction/horror and also children’s books. I illustrate both.
Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Yes. J It was called The Littlest Grape—written and illustrated by six year old me…so nothing has changed. It was the tale of a grape that was so tiny that no one wanted to pick him. Then one day Tanya and Tory picked him and he was made into fine wine.
Were you inspired by someone or something?
I don’t know if inspired is the word—I just always wrote and drew. I was inspired by other people’s art, and I would try and recreate what I saw. My father set up an art area for me in the basement with paints and a table with a light.
What do you like about writing a story?
Neat question. I like winging it. I like starting with a singular idea and letting it go where it wants to go. I love to integrate situations or visuals into a story that do not seem to fit and see if they manifest into something new.
Can you tell us about your book?
100 Unfortunate Days is a book that does not fit into a regular mold. There is no story to speak of and it is written in diary form. Each ‘day’ is a completely new and different idea from the day before. It is very dark and does not have a plot. Some have categorized it as psychological horror, some as dark fiction. It is a look into madness and questions good and evil. It is a book not for everyone. A few people said they had creepy things happen to them after they read the book—especially at 3 a.m..
Are you working on something new at the moment?
Yes. I am finishing a horror anthology called The Daughter of Nostradamus, and an illustrated children’s book called Art Mouse about an art-loving girl named Mary who
meets a mouse that has a gallery behind the walls of her house.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Only do it if you love it. It is consuming and takes up too much time for a job that you don’t care for.
Where can people go to read your work?
My work is available on Amazon—children’s books under the name Dea Lenihan and dark and creepy as Penelope Crowe.
100 UNFORTUNATE DAYS by Penelope Crowe (which is $.99 today only) http://www.amazon.com/100-Unfortunate-Days-ebook/dp/B009WR2BFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358715110&sr=1-1&keywords=100+unfortunate+days
Latest illustrated by me:
THE OPEN PILLOW written by David Rowinski, illustrated by yours truly.
Do you have anything to add?
Thank you so much for having me Roy. Much appreciated.
Here are my links: