This month, the IWSG wants to know: "Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?"
I'm not sure how much of a secret this actually is, especially to anyone who knows me, but here goes: I am a Giant Chicken.
Yes, I read, watch and write horror, but I do it all with many, many nervous glances over my shoulder.
Yes, I am a grown woman, but I still cower under the covers. (Mostly because I'm not sure I can fit under the bed.)
Yes, logic and reason tell me - logically and reasonably - that most of what I create, read and watch couldn't or wouldn't happen. But, as a Giant Chicken, I must point out that's exactly what every Doomed Character says right before they go into the pitch-black basement where the light bulb has, of course, burned out but it's too much trouble to go back for a flashlight, so they keep going until they die a horrible death by way of teeth and tentacles.
I'm a worrier from waaaay back. The anxieties and fears are worse now, and some days are extremely hard. Some days I wish I were different – braver, stronger, more normal.
But I'm learning not only to manage my issues the best I can but also to accept how my mind works, even embrace it. So, I will continue to wring the fear from my terror-soaked imagination and splatter it on the page for you all to read and - hopefully! - enjoy.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to evict some dust bunnies from under the bed. Just in case.