Interview – D.J. Doyle – Red

Book Name and Description:

The Celtic Curse: Banshee – An Irish tale of revenge from beyond the grave, drenched in Irish history and folklore.

The Celtic Curse: Newgrange – A young women must understand her nightmares to stop the birth of the antichrist and the return of the pagan gods.

Red – A serial killer with a lust for blood takes his next victim, but can she be his salvation?

Reddest – Revenge is a dish best served in cold-blood.

Christ on a Bike! – Fr. Jack and his posse of priests are at an exorcism.

Hades’ Gate – A group of  treasure hunting divers find more than they bargained for.

Good Intentions – On the way to a couple’s retreat, their journey takes a wrong turn.

Interview Questions:

What gave you the idea forthe Celtic Curse books?

I grew up listening to the frightening stories about the Bansheeand how she would ‘get us’. We were terrified. I wanted to bring her story to life and give her a reason why she foretold death.

I have visited Newgrange many times since I was a child, it’s my favourite place to go. When there, my mind would think about how the Celts used the place or worship, what was its history… that’s where it started.

A púca, which means ghost in Irish, is an ancient mythical creature that tormented farmers in Ireland. Also, they hunted children without masks at Hallowe’en to gobble up.

 What got you into writing in this genre?

I’ve been watching and reading horror for as long as I can remember. My brother gave me a Stephen King book, The Skeleton Crew, before I was a teenager and I’ve been addicted ever since.

How long have you been writing?

I had a diary when I was young and started writing poetry as a teenager and continued writing poetry for many years. I always had stories in my head, so as my social life quietened down, I was able to start writing my first novel.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I believe I made many errors with Banshee. The story is good, I just don’t think I executed it as well as I could have. I suppose it was my inexperienced first. I follow a standard process now with first draft, second draft, grammar tools and a good editor.     

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
I met Barbie Wilde at a horror convention, she said… ‘I live by the Galaxy Quest quote – never give up, never surrender‘, and that I should follow that, too.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
What works for me is Amazon ads. I don’t have much spare money so my daily budget is only $1-$2 per day so it doesn’t break the bank but I have daily KU pages read, and good sales.

For those who haven’t read any of your stories, what story/book of yours do you think best represents your work and why?
Depends on what subgenre of horror they like. If you’re not squimish and are not triggered easily, my extreme horrors Red and Reddest are entertaining and are different because they’re told from the perspective of the serial killer.   

What are you doing next?

I’ve just finished a short story called OMFG! for a Hallowe’en anthology – this is another Fr. Jack story and I’ve started Púca, the third installment in the Celtic Curse stories about an ancient Irish shape shifter.


D.J. Doyle was raised by pot-smoking hippies and spent her days worshipping pagan deities in the HellFire Club and her nights watching horror movies and reading horror books. She now lives with her family in a treehouse, preying on unsuspecting travellers, and where she likes nothing better than coming up with ideas for new stories and plotting her next novel. Some of this might have been made up. To learn more about D.J. Doyle, her website can be found at and her official Facebook author page is