Mothers of the Roundtable Author Spotlight: Nicoletta Giuseffi

May 8, 2023

R Leigh Hennig gathered many of the amazing authors from Mother: Tales of Love and Terror for a council at the roundtable about writing, mothers, and horror. Join us as we pop in for a brief spotlight on how the stories of Mother, and their makers, worked their horrible magic to create this book.


Author Spotlight: Nicoletta Giuseffi, author of  “Mother Made Cake”


Q: Do you ever see yourself revisiting the topic or theme of your story?

A: Absolutely. The sickly sweet environs of “Mother Made Cake” are what the inside of my head looks like on any given day, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it came about again in some form or another.


Q: What was your process for writing this, and did that at all differ from your usual approach?

A: I began with a completely different story at first; a few pages about the famous cloth and wire mother experiment, but it didn’t feel personal enough. I started over, something I rarely do, with a completely different theme. After the idea to tell a sort of fairytale struck me, the rest wrote itself. Turned on its head, “Mother Made Cake” is a Beauty and the Beast story, but this time mother sets it all in motion.


Q: If your own mother could read this story, would you send it to her? Why or why not?

A: I told her about it, and she said she’s beginning to think of reading my writing for the first time. Our household was not a creative one, so the prospect of sharing it with her is slightly terrifying, but I would love to see her reaction nonetheless.


Nicoletta Giuseffi is a queer English language professor and princess under glass. Although she was born and currently resides in California, she left her heart in Hokkaido, where she taught in junior high schools. She is an advocate of decadence and cannot turn down a cake or a macaron. Although she is currently querying a fantasy novel, she loves writing horror stories. Her passions include animal photography, retro games and hardware (ask her about her home office), and the late 18th century.
Fracture by Mercedes M. Yardley - Mother: Tales of Love and Terror

Fracture, by Mercedes M. Yardley

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Mother: Tales of Love and Terror has been included on the preliminary ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. If you are a voting member of the HWA, we would love to have you consider our anthology, as well as Mercedes M. Yardley’s story, “Fracture,” which is also on the ballot in the Short Fiction category. 

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