Catriona Ward Brings Her Fears Out Into the Open

April 7, 2022 | 1 book mentioned

At Lit Reactor, Catriona Ward discusses her latest book, Sundial, and why the horror genre best allows her to access her vulnerability. “As a writer, when you write what you’re afraid of, you’re making yourself vulnerable to the reader,” she says. “Each book is you showing your soft parts and asking the reader if they’re afraid of those things too. I’m a big believer in this mutual reciprocity becoming a great empathetic exercise. By bringing your fears out into the open, you’re showing something private that people don’t tend to talk about. I think that’s very powerful and makes people feel less alone. It’s a huge part of why I read and write that kind of fiction.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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