Happy Halloween! One of the scariest stories I ever read is actually nonfiction, Birdwoman, and has stuck in my brain for years now. It still gives me the shivers, like a great Stephen King novel, only this actually happened. I invited author Jeffe Kennedy to visit today and answer a few questions for me as follow up to the story.
First, the blurb: A psychological thriller set in the Pacific northwest, the true story, told in essay form, of an encounter with the paranormal: a vengeful goddess.
Let me add that Jeffe and her husband went on a late season vacation trip and found themselves in a situation involving isolated islands, menacing birds, petroglyphs, sullen locals, a spooky effigy and a completely terrifying aftermath to the trip. This is a short, quick read (only $.99) but it….lingers.
Veronica: Have you had any further flashbacks or echoes of the Birdwoman experience?
Jeffe: Not really. I’ve been very careful to stay away from that island. One weird thing, though – I did meet a woman at a fantasy conference who had a tattoo on her chest that looked exactly like Birdwoman to me – a woman looking straight out with a long, pointed beak like that. It gave me the serious chills! I nearly asked her about it, but I figured I maybe didn’t want to know.
Veronica: Probably better safe than sorry! I get goose bumps just thinking about it. Have you had any other experiences of this type?
Jeffe: Not exactly like that, no. I do try to be pretty careful about that kind of thing. And that was an unusual connection. I’m still not sure why I clicked into that.
Veronica: Do you ever think of turning this into a novel? (Because I’d sure read it!)
Jeffe: Ooh, what an interesting idea! 😀
Veronica: If it was made into a movie, who would play you and David? The Birdwoman?
Jeffe: Ha! Can I be played by Margot Robbie? Lol! And Alexander Skarsgård for David. (Okay – maybe I just watched the new Tarzan.) Mila Kunis or Angelina Jolie would make for a terrific Birdwoman.
Veronica: Good choices! I definitely see the resemblances LOL. Any new cat companion photos to share? (Jeffe knows I’m totally a fangirl of her Maine Coon cats. Ssh, don’t tell my short haired cats, ok?)
Jeffe: Just for you. 😉
Veronica: What would you be for Halloween if you were donning a costume and why?
Jeffe: I’d love to dress up as Maleficent some time! Those horns are amazing. I’d have the wings, too. All that sorcerous empowerment would rock!
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, has been followed by further adventures in this epic world in The Pages of the Mind, released in May 2016. Her latest is the Sorcerous Moons series.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.