Double Trouble Author Interview: Debbie Daughetee

Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups, edited by Jonathan Maberry & Keith R.A. DeCandido, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, is now funding on Kickstarter. The anthology features more than a dozen great tie-in writers teaming classic characters up.

Here’s an interview with the first of our three stretch-goal authors: Debbie Daughetee, who will be pairing Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, with Fantomah.

Debbie Daughetee has spent most of her career writing and producing such television shows as Murder, She Wrote; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; and Touched by an Angel. She has published short stories in magazines and anthologies, including the Bram Stoker Award-winning Dark Delicacies. In addition, she has also written audio dramas set in the world of the 60’s classic television show Dark Shadows, including her Scribe Award-nominated The Lost Girl. Most recently, Debbie created Kymera Press, a comic book publishing company that supports women in comics. She writes the comic series Gates of Midnight, which was winner of the 2019 Irwin Award. She also publishes the Bram Stoker Award-winning Mary Shelley Presents Tales of the Supernatural.

What led you to choose the characters you’re using for your Double Trouble story?

I own my comic book publishing company, Kymera Press, so I decided it would be fun to revisit some 40s comic book heroines that have been mostly forgotten. I chose Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, because her mind is her superpower, and I find that very compelling. Fantomah is the protector of the jungle, but in the 40s, she was blond and blue-eyed. I’ve decided to revamp her and make her black, and instead of having a panther as a pet, she’ll be a shapechanger, and Fury is her panther persona. I think it will be interesting to develop a story where science and the supernatural have to work together to save… well, you’ll just have to help fund the Kickstarter to find out.

What do you enjoy most about writing tie-in fiction?

I love working in worlds in which I’m a fan. Writing Dark Shadows audio dramas was some of the most fun I’ve had.

What’s your favorite licensed universe that you’ve written in during your career as a tie-in writer?

Dark Shadows. I grew up watching Dark Shadows. Then, when I moved to California, I worked for the creator of DS, Dan Curtis. I thought I’d come full circle, but then I was offered the opportunity to write Dark Shadow audio dramas. It’s the most fun I’ve had.

What do you have that’s now out or coming out soon?

At the moment, I don’t have anything new coming out. However, at Kymera Press you’ll find all the books I’m publishing, including my own Gates of Midnight and the Bram Stoker Award-winning Mary Shelley Presents Tales of the Supernatural, written by Nancy Holder, who also has a story in the Double Trouble anthology.

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