A New Year’s Message of Encouragement from a Horror Writer

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! Your support of my writing in 2012 has been wonderful. I grew up in a grim, rural household where I was discouraged from writing, so your encouragement has meant everything to me. I really do appreciate it.

I’d like to start the New Year with a message of encouragement. You may be saying: “A message of encouragement — from a horror writer?” Yep! I may write about horrors, but that doesn’t make me a horrible person! I have lots of friends, like to have fun … I don’t wander around in a moss-draped ancient castle all day.

Here’s that message of encouragement: Friends, be sure you have a plan in life (I’m sure most of you do!). Remember this: If you don’t have a plan, someone else will just inflict THEIR plan on YOU. When I was young, my folks did everything possible to try to keep me on the farm, but that wasn’t going to happen. I wanted to be in advertising and also write scary stories, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since I left the nest, so many years ago.

Basically, if I can live my dreams — so can you. So go out there and achieve the goals near and dear to you in 2013! 🙂


About bmoviemonster

Mark McLaughlin is the author of the novels, HUMAN DOLL, THE HELL NEXT DOOR, and INJECTABLES. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in many magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including Cemetery Dance, Black Gate, Galaxy, Fangoria, Writer’s Digest, Midnight Premiere, Dark Arts, and two volumes each of The Best of the Rest, The Best of HorrorFind, and The Year’s Best Horror Stories (DAW Books). Mark is the author of many books of horror, so be sure to visit his Amazon Author's Page at http://www.amazon.com/Mark-McLaughlin/e/B008QCY4TC/
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