KC Grifant On The 5 Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author

Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine
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12 min readOct 21, 2022

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… Create a habit of prioritizing writing. Whether it’s a little bit every day, or a massive weekend writing binge every few months, test out different methods until you find what works for you.

As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing KC Grifant. KC Grifant is an award-winning Southern Californian author who writes internationally published horror, fantasy, science fiction and weird west stories for podcasts, anthologies and magazines. Her tales have appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Unnerving Magazine, Cosmic Horror Monthly, Dark Matter Magazine, the British SF Association’s Fission Magazine, Tales to Terrify, the Lovecraft eZine, and many others. In addition to a Weird West novel, MELINDA WEST: MONSTER GUNSLINGER (Brigids Gate Press, Feb 2023), she has also written for dozens of anthologies, including Chromophobia; Musings of the Muse; Dancing in the Shadows — A Tribute to Anne Rice; Field Notes from a Nightmare; The One That Got Away; Six Guns Straight From Hell; Shadowy Natures; Beyond the Infinite — Tales from the Outer Reaches; and the Stoker-nominated Fright Mare: Women Write Horror. Learn more at: KCGrifant.com.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?

Pretty much as soon as I learned to write, I started creating stories. The earliest story I remember is one I wrote in third or fourth grade — on that distinctly large-lined, single-leaf notepaper — about a girl who shrunk down in size to soar on a paper plane. The story was read aloud to the class, ending on the very original line of “It was all a dream.” All my stories ended this way, to the point where the class shouted out the line during one reading. This was a great early lesson in watching out for formulaic plots and predictable endings.

As a kid, I wrote mostly adventure and fantasy stories, and got more into scifi and horror as a teen. Like many horror fans, I found the genre to be cathartic — something about reliving and facing imaginary or supernatural nightmares though the safe…

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Kristin Marquet
Authority Magazine

Publicist and author based in New York City. Founder and Creative Director of FemFounder.co and Marquet-Media.com.