This story had a real Little Shop of Horrors vibe to it, especially with the comedic bits. Do you normally incorporate a bit of funniness in your writing or did it just seem to fit well with this piece?
Normally my stories are pretty dark. I think the wit in this piece was just my strange sense of humor showing through.
Was there a reason you chose a hydrangea and not a different type of houseplant, like a fern?
I had a hydrangea once that was pretty fickle. I couldn’t keep it happy, and in the end, I killed it. I think they’re beautiful, but slightly evil.
Evelyn’s relationship with her surroundings reminded me quite a bit of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’ Though, this was a bit funnier and less frightening. What did you find inspiration in for this piece?
This was one of those pieces I simply plucked out of the either. I had the first line in my head, and the rest just flowed out of nowhere.
If you had a message for readers about this story or writing in general, what would you say?
The point of this story is that you can’t please everyone. Your own mental health should take precedence over making everyone happy, and sometimes you need to smash a few pots to find inner peace.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I have a piece in Barren Magazine that I’m quite fond of called “An Elegant Solution.” https://barrenmagazine.com/an-elegant-solution/
You can read Trisha Lea’s piece “Evelyn Versus the Hydrangea” in Issue Eight of The Ginger Collect!