Horror has always had a special place in my heart. Turns out that’s true for a lot of writersincluding today’s special guests! (That’s right—this is the first Coffee Break to feature multiple guests!)

I had a blast recording this episode of Coffee Break with Aminah Iman and Jaqueline Stone, two horror writers from Red Ink Publications. I love the positive way they talk to each other throughout the episode, constantly supporting each other and building each other up. (They also both have fantastic laughs, and I think this episode will having you smiling along with us.) So… let’s talk horror!

“People say write what you know. I say write what you love.”

Aminah left her job to write in 2005 and is the author of 14 books, all published under Red Ink Publications (of which she is the co-founder and CEO). She clearly loves what she does, and has a big heart for helping other authors find success.

“I didn’t think it was ‘genre’ when I started writing. It was just… what’s in my head, and how can I get it on paper?”

Jaqueline was encouraged to start writing by Aminah, who mentored her through the writing and publishing process. She only made $11 in her first year of writing, but she didn’t let that discourage her.

“We wanted to show the empowerment of women in horror.”

After recording this episode, I kind of wanted to run around town, shouting encouragement at and/or hugging everyone I saw. Aminah and Jaqueline reminded me that there is great joy in writing, and that we should do what we were made to do without hesitation or fear.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not good enough.”

Be sure to stop by the Red Ink website and social media channels (linked below) to see what these wonderful ladies are up to today, and happy writing!

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