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An Interview with Mandy White, Writer of The Feeder

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2014

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Your novel The Feeder - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Feeder is essentially a tale of revenge, in which an everyday person is thrown into the role of serial killer after the murder of a beloved twin sister. Itís brutal, itís bloody, and most readers canít help but cheer for the killer.

 

The Feeder is pretty much carried by a revenge-theme - something you can at all relate to personally?

 

I think I live vicariously through the characters I write. The Feeder isnít the first revenge-based book Iíve written. My first novel, Avenging Annabelle is also a revenge story. Iíve often wondered why a lot of the story ideas I come up with are driven by revenge. Maybe itís subconsciously linked to the times people have wronged me and Iíve been forced to walk away. In fiction, I can act out things I could never do in real life. That makes me sound like a deeply disturbed individual, given the things some of my characters do, but Iím normal, really I am (rubs hands together while secretly plotting).

 

What were your initial inspirations for The Feeder?

 

The original idea for The Feeder came from a short story I wrote about a serial killer who lured male victims by posing as a prostitute. The original was about 2000 words in length. It was one of those off-the-cuff stories that I jotted down just for fun. When I took a closer look at it, and the shocking brutality of that short little piece I started to imagine what it would look like as a novel. From there, it developed in ways Iíd never imagined.

 

One of the characters in The Feeder is an intersex person, and you do go into quite some detail on that - so how much research went into that aspect of your story?

 

I gave the character that little twist at the suggestion of a good friend of mine, who is an intersex individual. She advocates for intersex awareness, and was my primary source for research. She also steered me toward additional information. It was fascinating research, yet heartbreaking at the same time. I learned a lot in the process.

 


I saw an opportunity to create a unique character while shedding light on some of the challenges faced by those born with genetic anomalies. I wanted to portray intersex individuals as the real human beings that they are instead of freaks, the way mainstream society still largely sees them. By giving readers the opportunity to identify with and care about this character, they experience the wants and needs; the shame and heartbreak that he feels.

 

There is a lot of misinformation about the many varieties of the intersex condition. Itís far more common than most people realize. Most of us have met at least one intersex individual in our lifetime and donít even know it.

 

The Feeder features some very sick and gruesome murders - now seriously, how much fun was it to dream them up?

 

Oh, so much fun! Maybe Iím a sicko; the juryís still out on that one, but itís very therapeutic. Imagine the worst, most despicable pieces of human filth. Then think of suitable, even ironic ways to punish them. Thatís pretty much my process. I think, out of all of the victims, I had the most fun with Dirk Davis.

 

So what can you tell us about the writing process as such?

 

Iím what they call a Ďpantserí. I write by the seat of my pants. I outline very little and donít always follow my notes. I tend to write my scenes in chunks and then string them together like beads afterward. Iíve been told that this process is Ďwrongí, but itís what works for me. Chronological order doesnít always flow well for me. I think thatís probably true for a lot of writers who have half-finished manuscripts gathering dust on their hard drives. I donít believe in writerís block. If I get stuck, I work on something else. The result is that I work on several projects at once, but they do get finished.

 

What can you tell us about audience and critical reception The Feeder so far?

 

The Feeder is still finding its audience. Itís stuck between genres, somewhere between horror and thriller, but not quite qualifying as a mystery. Itís gotten some excellent response so far, but I think it will turn out to be one of those love-it-or-hate-it books. The most consistent criticism itís gotten is one I anticipated: the story hits an unexpected lull in the middle, after a blood-and-gore splattered first half. Some readers responded well to that part, stating that it wasnít until then that they really grew to empathize with the main character. Others saw it as a let-down because they were expecting the same non-stop gruesome pace throughout the entire book. It seems to be better received by female readers, possibly because of the horrible things that happen to rapists and abusers of women. I think the emasculation of victims makes some male readers squirm in their seats, and the intersex factor has the potential to awaken the inner homophobe in some.

 





Any books you're writing on presently or are planning to write you'd like to talk about, and will they be in the vein of The Feeder?

 

Iím currently working on Fed Up, which is the sequel to The Feeder. Readers can expect plenty more righteous slaughter of bad guys, and even some unexpected romance. The instruments of murder are different in this one, and it takes place here in Canada, mainly in Vancouver. I expect to have Fed Up published before the end of 2014.

 

Iím working on another novel called Phobia. Itís about an agoraphobic who finds herself torn between her fear of the outside world and terrifying things that are happening inside her house. This one is not a bloodbath like The Feeder; itís more of a psychological thriller. Phobia is in its final stages and will be published within the next couple of months.

 

How did you get into writing in the first place, and what can you tell us about your approach to writing as such, and your training as a writer?

 

I have enjoyed writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember, and always said that Ďsomedayí I would write a book. When I reached age 40, it dawned on me that Ďsomedayí would never happen unless I got off my ass and made it happen. I started out as a freelance copy writer. I got a job with a writing service that paid according to word count. I worked for them for three years, writing articles on every topic imaginable. I wrote website content, product descriptions, reviews, and even wrote a gamerís guide for Starcraft. When they started giving me jobs ghostwriting ebooks, something clicked in my brain. Why was I writing books for other people when I should be writing my own? It was then that I made the transition to novelist. It was tough at first, because Iíd become accustomed to fluffing up my word count with superfluous words. In storytelling, the goal is to convey a clear message without a bunch of word vomit.

 

I can say one thing for freelance writing, though; it made me a better writer, and a more confident one. Itís like boot camp for writers.

 






What can you tell us about your books besides The Feeder?

 

My first book was a non-fiction self-help book called The Jealousy Game. Itís based on my own experiences in bad relationships with other womenís stories mixed in. HmmÖ maybe the root of all those punishments to the male genitalia is becoming clearerÖ

 

My first full-length novel was Avenging Annabelle, a thriller set in the town where I live. Itís about a father who finds creative ways to exact revenge on his daughterís abductor.

 

You're also the acting publisher/editor of a series of anthologies by the collective WPaD - do talk about those for a bit, and what is the philosophy behind them?

 

WPaD is the acronym for Writers, Poets and Deviants. We are a group of writers who came together online about four years ago. We met in a writing group on Facebook. When we didnít like the way the group was being run, we branched off and formed our own. Well, to be honest, I started another group and they went with me. We started doing short story challenges, in which we chose a different genre each time. We started to accumulate stories and thought, why not publish them?

 

The fact that I live in Canada and most of the writers are from the US presented a problem with the disbursement of royalties. I told the group sorry, but I couldnít do it. Then someone suggested we give proceeds to charity. Everyone was fine with that; they just wanted to see their work published. It was around this time that one of our members was diagnosed with MS. We decided to make that our charity. We have done five anthologies to date, and are working on our sixth.

 

WPaD does not own the rights to the stories; all rights remain with the authors. The purpose of the WPaD anthologies is to give unpublished writers a chance to have their work published, published authors additional books for their portfolios, and raise money for a good cause in the process.

 

How would you describe yourself as a writer?

 

I like to shock and surprise readers. I try to write the type of story I would enjoy reading. I love good plot twists and things that are not what they seem to be. Nothing is taboo, although I discovered I couldnít harm a child, even in fiction.

 

Writers who inspire you?

 

I read a lot of Stephen King and Dean Koontz before I became an indie author. These days, I love to read books by other independent authors. There are so many gems to be discovered. In short, I am inspired by the writers I interact with on a daily basis and the incredible books they write.

 

... and since this is a filmsite first, your favourite and least favourite movies?

 

Favorite: Itís so tough to choose, but I think Iíll go with Kill Bill. Orgazmo by Trey Parker and Matt Stone is a close second.

Least favorite: That on-camera abortion known as Liz and Dick, starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. A disgrace to the name of one of Hollywoodís greats.

 

Your/your book's website, Facebook, whatever else?

   

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Universal link to The Feeder on Amazon: http://getbook.at/thefeeder

My website: http://mandywrite.weebly.com

Find Author Mandy White on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
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Follow @mandywrite on Twitter

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

The next WPaD anthology is an apocalyptic collection entitled: Goiní Extinct: Tales from the Edge of Oblivion, and it is scheduled for release in July 2014.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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