If you are attending the Offshoot Film Festival this month, you might recognise Kat Yares for her work with The Truth of Becoming. Based in Arkansas, this American is an author and film maker who specialises in horror. Her primary focus in the horror genre is to make her audience think, and her favourite work to date is Vengeance Is Mine. Kat recently took the time to answer my questions.
1) What is something you do in your professional or artistic life that you think is really cool, and why do you think that about it?
In all honesty – my laptop (or computers in general) simply because they make writing and movie making so much easier. I started writing on a manual typewriter, which for me was not very productive since I tend to try and be a perfectionist. One misspelled word and I would pull the paper out and start over.
For the movie making side – computers and Non-Linear Editing software make putting together a digital motion picture much easier than film ever was or will be.
2) How did you come to be in the career position you are currently in?
I have always been a writer, coming up with stories on paper since I was a young child. For a number of years, I supported myself and my children by writing confession stories – the type you used to see in magazines such as True Love and True Confessions. I started writing horror during the 80s and 90s but was afraid to send it out, fearing it wasn’t good enough. My husband is the one who encouraged me and still is my biggest supporter.
3) What is something from your personal life that you are very proud of, and why are you proud?
My marriage. We’ve been together for 15 years – raising six kids between us. Lots of Ups and a few Downs, but we’ve been united through it all.
4) What is a personality trait you possess that other people might not notice, and how would they miss it?
I’m basically shy and not a people person, but once I’ve had a glass of wine or two, no one would know as then I’m able to talk and socialize just like any extrovert.
5) If you could change just one thing about the world, what would it be and why would you change it?
For people to act more like human beings and not just people. If that were to happen, most of the world problems would be solved as you would see more kindness, compassion and love for your fellow man (or woman) no matter what their circumstances.
6) If you could give a young person one piece of advice, what would it be?
Never say – I can’t. At least try. And not just once, try over and over. The last thing you want to do is be on your deathbed in old age and think ‘if only’ on anything you may have wanted to try in your lifetime but were afraid to tackle.
7) What is something that you would like to do in your life that you haven’t done yet, and why haven’t you done it?
Have enough sales from books and short films to earn a respectable living. Haven’t got there yet – but I don’t believe it is impossible.
8) What is something that you have sworn to never do again, and why won’t you repeat it?
Allow myself to judge myself on how I feel others judge me. I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t care what others think – I am who I am – love me or leave me.
9) If you could break one personal habit, what would it be and why would you break it?
The answer to this should be smoking, but that isn’t going to happen – at least in this lifetime. So, I’ll go with procrastination. It’s a very easy thing for me to fall into – chasing this shiny thing or that great blog post, etc.
10) If you could take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, what would it be and why?
I always try to learn something new every year. This year is photography, last year it was learning to play the dulcimer. Come December, I’ll start thinking about what next year’s hobby will be.
11) Is there anything from you that we should be looking out for in the future?
Two new novels – Beneath the Tor and The XIII. More short movies, as that is a passion that both myself and my better half, Kevin, share. My one hope is that I remain creative and productive until the end of my life – so who knows what the future holds.
Next Week: Brent Abell