“My Childhood Home Was Haunted As Far Back As I Can Remember” Horror, Thriller and Science-Fiction Writer Mylo Carbia
(Horror, Thriller and Science-Fiction)
“My childhood home was haunted as far back as I can remember. Specifically, my first memory was around the age of three when I was sitting on my mother’s lap during a Christmas party and watched a seven foot swirling, shadow man walk down the hallway. Everyone continued to laugh and drink while this tornado man strolled across the room. I knew right then that I could hear and see things others could not.” Mylo Carbia
Film Courage: Where did you grow up? What was life like at home? Mylo Carbia: I spent the first thirteen years of my life in Jackson, New Jersey. To the outside world, my home life looked rather normal. My father was a well-known Latin musician working nights and my mother was an ex-showroom model who stayed at home once I was born. Truth is, my childhood was hell. I was visited and taunted by a number of spirits in my family home and it robbed me of my childhood.
Author Mylo Carbia at Age Four
Film Courage: Which one of your parents do you resemble most and why? Mylo: Although I resemble my mother physically, I am 100% Eddie Carbia’s daughter. Not only do we look alike, our handwriting and sense of humor are identical. My father was a very creative spirit like all of the other members of the Carbia family. Most of my family expresses their creativity through music, however a few of us gravitated towards film and acting.
Mylo Carbia’s Late Father, The Prince of Mambo, Eddie Carbia
Film Courage: What did you learn about fame/being a public figure by observing your parents/family members? Mylo: I learned that fame is transitory and does not always equal wealth. My father provided very well for our family during my childhood but when disco wiped salsa music off the map, we had to adjust our standard of living. And boy was that a wild ride down to reality. He went from headlining the top hotels of the world to playing New Year’s Eve at local VFW’s. But my father never complained about it. He was dedicated to his music, playing all the way up to his death at the age of 77.
Film Courage: Did your parents lend support toward creativity or encourage another type of career/focus?
Mylo: My parents were dead set on having me become a doctor or lawyer. The last thing they wanted for me was to go out into the world and become a struggling artist. So I always joked that I found the perfect career: I set out to become a trial lawyer — an actor that always got paid. And I did make it to law school, the same one as Nancy Grace, but as soon as I arrived, I thought I was going to implode. I left after my first year and nabbed a role in a travelling play called Mondo Condo instead.
Film Courage: Were you extra-perceptive / “sensitive” as a child?
Mylo: Yes, I have always been extra-perceptive, especially as a little girl. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that my Sun, Moon and Rising Sign are all in Scorpio? I have no idea. A friend of mine who is a professional astrologer calls me a “triple threat” (laughs) and told me that I have the exact same natal birth chart as Bram Stoker. So I guess kindergarten teacher was probably out for me the minute I was born.
Mylo was named seventh in IMDB’s List of “Top 25 Most Beautiful Women Behind the Camera”
Film Courage: How did growing up in a haunted house influence your writing?
Mylo: I think it had every influence on me. Writing was my therapy. It was a cry for help. It was the only way I could communicate with others as to what was going on without telling people the truth. In 1979, you could not tell people that your house was haunted. Movies like The Exorcist and Amityville Horror had everyone talking about how horrible it would be to know someone like that. So anyone who had paranormal experiences kept it to themselves, as did I, except to a few of my closest friends and immediate family.
Mylo Carbia on an undisclosed set
Film Courage: What is the difference in being a screenwriter and an author?
Mylo: As a screenwriter, I am the surrogate mother. The producer, director, actor — everyone changes my story, my characters, my words — they take my baby and raise it. As an author, I am the birth mother and get to raise it. I have total control of my story before it hits the hands of my readers. And for that reason, I may never go back to Hollywood again. I am having the absolute best time writing novels and the literary world has practically rolled out the red carpet for me. Film Courage: Who is your target audience for your new book “The Raping of Ava DeSantis”? And how did you get so many die-hard fans? Mylo: Social Media has been amazing for me. I started using Twitter long ago and built a very consistent following over the years. However, I was shocked to learn from a social media expert that eighty-one percent of my 65,000 Twitter Followers are male, especially since my most vocal fans are female. I also have a large following in the UK and Australia for doing cyber events there in support of their paranormal community (Read more of this Q & A withMylo Carbia here).
ABOUT MYLO CARBIA: Considered “The Queen of Horror” by Examiner.com, screenwriter turned author Mylo Carbia quickly made a name for herself as a rising star in the entertainment industry. Born and raised in New Jersey, Mylo spent her childhood years writing to escape the horrors of growing up in a haunted house. As the daughter of “The Prince of Mambo” Eddie Carbia and goddaughter of actor Raul Julia, Mylo was surrounded by the entertainment industry at an early age. By the age of 17, she was already well established in the local theater circuit as a prolific young playwright. While in college, Mylo wrote, produced and directed The Dolly Parton Conspiracy, winner of the Troubadour Theatrical Society’s Best Play Award in 1992. Her very first screenplay was optioned only 28 days after completion, earning Mylo a “three picture deal” with Global Screen Partners and the cover of Hollywood Scriptwriter in October 2003. After that time, Mylo penned several television and film projects under her production company Zohar Films, and earned the reputation of being Hollywood’s number one horror film ghostwriter. Most recently, Mylo was named number seven on IMDB’s list of the “Top 25 Most Beautiful Women Behind the Camera,” and announced big plans to move into the literary world, writing “The Raping of Ava DeSantis” — the first of a series of five horror novels with strong female protagonists — due out later this Fall.