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December’s Hot Writer: Cina Pelayo
My literary influences: Edgar Allan Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, H.P. Lovecraft., Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman
My favorite literary quote: “She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars." --Neil Gaiman, Stardust
My favorite book of all time: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I’m currently reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My guilty pleasure book: The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
I can’t write without: Whiskey…preferably Jameson. Maybe it’s a horror writer thing? I don’t know.
Worst line I ever wrote: “She puckered her blood red lips and arched a perfectly lined eyebrow.” It was for a short story I submitted in my Detective Writing Class at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am still embarrassed that I actually wrote that…and shared it with other human beings.
Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo grew up in a haunted house in the northwest side of Chicago with very superstitious Puerto Rican parents. So, a lifelong fascination with Gothic literature, romantic horror and the macabre seemed fitting. Pelayo has a genuine curiosity for superstition, folklore and myth. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Journalism from Columbia College, a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and is also the Publisher/Gravedigger at Burial Day Books. She wears black most of the time and she stays out of the sun as much as (un)humanly possible.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for a number of web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," (Soft Skull press) is available for pre-order here. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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