TIH 110: Jessica McHugh on The Train Derails in Boston, Writing 57 Stories in One Year and Writing by Hand


In this podcast Jessica McHugh talks about her new novel The Train Derails in Boston, writing fifty-seven stories in one year, writing by hand, her love for the horror genre and much more.

About Jessica McHugh

Jessica McHugh is a novelist, poet, and internationally produced playwright running amok in the fields of horror, sci-fi, young adult, and wherever else her peculiar mind leads. She’s had eighteen books published in eight years, including her bizarro romp, The Green Kangaroos, her Post Mortem Press bestseller, Rabbits in the Garden, and her edgy YA series, The Darla Decker Diaries. More information on her published and forthcoming fiction can be found at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.

Show Notes

  • [03:30] Interview start/beginning of love for horror and writing
  • [12:20] Parents blocking Nickelodeon and MTV
  • [19:50] Prolific writing
  • [24:35] Write drunk, edit sober
  • [31:00] Planning and starting points for stories
  • [33:30] Writing 57 stories in 2014
  • [43:20] First draft in one month
  • [46:40] Writing by hand in a notebook
  • [55:55] The Train Derails in Boston
  • [01:11:00] Leaps backwards and forwards in time in The Train Derails in Boston

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