Being a female writer in general has it’s ups and downs. In the past few decades, it has gotten tremendously easier for women to break into the writing world. But, that is not to say that women are on the same playing field as men are when it comes to horror. More than eighty-percent of horror authors are male. Now, is that because men are more interested in horror than women are? Yes. The horror genre has always been populated with a crazy amount of men compared to women. I am one of the few women who do love everything horror. I could rant for hours upon hours about different horror related topics.
What I have seen when women try to produce horror material is that sometimes it just isn’t taken seriously. I have had a few different editors, not going to name any names what-so-ever so don’t ask, that have told me that yes, my writing is great, but they don’t want female horror writers in their line up. That really hurt me but I obviously do not want to write for companies that are blatantly sexist. Has this always been my experience? Absolutely not. Women in horror is growing every day, and some companies love to do horror anthologies with 100% women writers. I don’t have a novel published yet but it is sitting with several different companies right now. I don’t believe that because I am a woman, my works will be turned down. I believe that if they are denied, it is either because they do not like my writing style or it doesn’t fit into what they are looking for.
Never let your gender play a part in your decision making. Always try your best and give it your all. Don’t be afraid to hear the word “no.”