Guest Blogger–Louise Bohmer–Questions and Answers

I’m delighted to have my very good friend and one hell of an amazing writer and editor, Louise Bohmer, as my guest on my blog. I’ve known Louise for over six years and have had the pleasure of working with her co-editing several anthologies as well as having her for a boss. And I loved every minute of it. She is such a sweet, super smart, funny lady who can brighten you darkest moods.

We are working on a Steam punk romance novella at this time, and to see her come up with such wonderful ideas and characters that are beyond three dimensional, is incredible to watch.

We had a fun question and answer session that I pasted below. She was kind enough to answer all my questions, even the bizarre ones. 🙂

If you’d like to check out her website and her superb novels or other stories she’s worked on, see this link:

 Happy reading. 🙂

1.       In a nutshell how would you describe Louise Bohmer?

Louise: Hmmm…well, let’s see… If Joey Ramone and Dennis Hopper had conceived a love child with Ruth Gordon, I would be that love child.

2.       What is your comfort food?

Louise: Too much chocolate. It’s the one junk food I have trouble shaking. Whenever I’m stressed, I crave a Caramilk.

3.       If you could be a character you created, who would you be and why?

Louise: Good question. Let’s see…probably Lucifer in an as yet unfinished series I wonder if I will ever write. He’s not the nicest shapeshifter in the book, but I think I’d like to see his world through his eyes for one day, be a villainous rogue for 24 hours. (Plus do all that cool shapeshifting.)

4.       If you could be a character in a story you read who would you be and why?

Louise: Oh, that’s easier for me. Hands down, I’d be Peloquin from Cabal / Nightbreed. I recently ran across a thread at Rue Morgue forum that said it best: With Peloquin, Barker captured ferocity mixed perfectly with sensuality. You can’t look away from Peloquin, can’t stop listening to him, even though he frightens the life out of you.

5.       Anything in life you would like to go back in time and rewrite?

Louise: Probably The Black Act. While I love the book and many of the characters, overall I’m just not happy with it. There are things I would do very differently now. Break it up into a series, get rid of the hierarchical order of the fae, maybe go back and tell Corrigan’s story.

6.       Who is your hero and why?

Louise: Well, I usually go with Clive Barker, so I’ll go with one of my other heroes this time. Lemmy Kilmister is my hero because he really lives life on his own terms, and just doesn’t care what other people think of him. He’s not pretty, and he doesn’t follow trends, but he’s had a solid, successful career in music for over 35 years. To me, that’s admirable, because it isn’t easy to do.

7.       As an editor and writer, do you have any advice for new writers out there?

Louise: Don’t feel the need to pigeonhole yourself into one genre. Try writing in many different genres, and use pen names, if you like, to keep the work separate. Don’t limit yourself. The industry is seeing many big changes right now, and I think that could mean a great deal more genre blending and crossover of genres–even more so than we are seeing now.

Also, don’t be so set on seeing your name in print that you rule out ebook publishers. Like I said, the industry is seeing big changes right now. Last month, I believe it was, Amazon’s ebooks outsold their print. Seeing your name in print might be nice, but ebooks and online magazines are just as valid and fulfilling these days.

8.       What is your all time favourite movie and why?

Louise: That’s got to be Nightbreed. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this movie, it never gets boring for me. I can recite lines from it like rote. It is the one film I can’t fall asleep to, because I end up sitting up in bed, listening to every line, taking in every character. It was the first movie I saw as a teen where the monsters weren’t the bad guys, they were the good guys, but they were still feral, fierce, and didn’t back down to the villainous humans who came to ruin their world. When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be a monster in Midian. (Confession: I still do.)

9.       What is your all time favourite novel and why?

Louise:  I have to go with Barker again. Cabal, which is the novel off which Nightbreed is based. As to why, pretty much same as above. I liked that the humans were the bad guys and the monsters were the heroes. I really wanted to run away and join Peloquin and Shuna Sassi.

10.   Any embarrassing quirks you’d care to share with us?

Louise:  Ha! Too many to list. One thing I hate that I do is, when I get overwhelmed by stimuli in a social setting, I tend to start blurting nonsense. I don’t mean to, but my brain gets so overstimulated, I start to short-circuit a bit. For instance, I will just trail off on a point, and kind of laugh nervously, because I forgot my damn point. Or I’ll blurt something dumb and wonder where the heck that came from.

11.   How do you see the world changing in a century from now?

Louise: Wow, that’s a tough one. It’s hard to say. We’re advancing technologically so fast. Michio Kaku says we’ll have the internet implanted into our eyes, and you’ll just blink to surf the web in the future. I could see that. Books, I think, will be mainly digital and much more interactive.

12.   Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Louise: Hopefully still writing lots and hopefully selling lots too. I’ve decided to take my writing in a more marketable direction, write in more genres under pen names, and just have a great time with it, too. Hopefully still editing, but if I am only writing, that would be nice also. My next goal is to learn how to write a decent screenplay. I’d love to direct one day, but first I want to hone the screenwriter hiding in me.

13.   Any embarrassing thing happen to you in the past you’d care to share with us now?

Louise: Ha! Too many to list again. Probably when I flubbed my words at WHC 2007 and asked Ellen Datlow if she edited for Apex, when I meant to say, “You guest judged Apex’s Halloween Contest this year, didn’t you?” She looked at me like I was whacked, and I don’t blame her. (Hopefully she doesn’t remember that.)

14.   Do you have any particular nickname or pet name friends and family call you?

Louise: Too many again. Heh I’ve gotten everything from Wheezie, to Louisfer (my personal favourite), to Boomer, and Bomber.

15. What piece of your writing are you most proud of and why?

Louise: I think I have to write that story yet. But if I was to pick from what I’ve currently written, I guess I’d go with an older short story called The Book of Dreams, or even Dark Nectar of the Gods. Everything just felt right when I wrote those stories. They were tough to get out, but when I finally reached that last draft, it was like everything fell into place perfectly.


3 Responses to “Guest Blogger–Louise Bohmer–Questions and Answers”

  1. Louise Says:

    Thank you again, sweet sis! 🙂

  2. Esoteric Writings » Blog Archive » Latest News from Louise - Updated July 18, 2011 Says:

    […] I’m peeking out from beneath my rock to share a couple interviews with yours truly. Much thanks to my dear friend, and all-around sweetheart, Giovanna Lagana for a Q&A she recently did with me. You can check that Q&A out here. […]

  3. giovannalagana Says:

    Thanks, Louise, for being my guest. It was so much fun doing this questions and answers segment with you. 🙂

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