February 2014 is the fifth annual Women in Horror Month. Many of the women writing in this traditionally male dominated genre are from right here in Oakland. Alice B Award winner Linda K. Silva is one of these. The Oakland native is author of four different book series including Maneaters (zombies), Echo Branson (paranormal fiction), Across Time (time travel), and Delta Stevens (mystery). She won the 2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Speculative Fiction Award for “Just Killing Time.”
“I was actually born in Oakland Children's Hospital half a century ago,” said Silva. “I have taught at St. Elizabeth's high school as well as in the education department at Mills College. I'm a strong advocate of Laurel Bookstores in Oakland, as it is one of the greatest places to buy books.”
Asked where she found the inspiration for her Maneater series, she said
“I have always watched and enjoyed zombie movies. I have probably seen every one ever made. One day, my partner said ‘Why don't you write one of those, since you love them so much?’ It was when Walking Dead first came out. I decided to give it a try, and write it with a little twist. It's a story about zombies, but it's more about the human condition and how we create families in even the direst circumstances. In the latest in the series, we get to see what happens when man devolves because of an apocalypse of this sort. We realize that there really are worse things than zombies when anarchy and lawlessness take over.”
Silva is published by Sapphire Books, a small press publisher dedicated to promoting quality fiction by lesbian authors and about lesbian subjects. The publisher donates $1 from every book it sells to charity.
“I am very fortunate to be published by Sapphire Books because they let me run loose with my writing,” said Silva. “My next series comes out this year. The first book of the series is titled Demon Hunter and it's about a demon hunter who doesn't want to be one. For whatever reason, I seem to be really drawn to the paranormal and supernatural. The fact that I have won three Goldies for my work must say something. I love writing and I can't imagine doing anything else. I think that I will write until I can no longer hold a fountain pen in my hand.”