A Contest & A Haunted Interview with the Authors of CREED

Before I introduce you to two fantastic horror writers, how about a CONTEST to win a hardcover copy of THE REPLACEMENT!?

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What do you have to do to win? Nothing fancy…just comment on this post and share your biggest fear. We’ll let our ghouls choose from the entries. And don’t worry, we won’t let them touch the book with their grubby hands.

Guys, I absolutely adore the next authors I interviewed. They are both actively involved in Brenda Drake‘s contests–if you don’t know her, please click on the link to check out the amazing sauce that is Brenda. I can’t even…

Anyhoo, Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie co-author a yet-to-be-released YA horror, CREED. This is one highly anticipated book!!! So without further ado, let’s hear from them…

 

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Creed is releasing November 8th, 2014 with Flux /Llewelyn.

Blurb:

Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

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My links:

www.trishaleaver.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTrishaLeaver

https://twitter.com/tleaver

 

 

  • We all know kids love to dress up and see who can get the most candy when they go out Trick or Treating. As adults, we either pick out of our kid’s haul or we dip our greedy hands in the candy we “bought” to hand out to the little goblins who ring our doorbell. So tell me, what is your favorite Halloween candy? Hands down, Almond Joys.  And lucky for me my kids detest coconut so They. Are. All. Mine

 

  • Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us? Or pictures you can share? Only for you guys would I dig into my mom’s old photo albums and risk embarrassing myself.  Let’s call this Ghost circa 1978 (pic attached)

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  • We can talk all day about Horror movies around here, and we all have our favorites. What is yours? Poltergeist was the first horror flick I ever watched. I remember sneaking downstairs to where my older brother and his friends were hanging out and watching it.  To this day, I can’t sleep with the closet door open.

 

  • So many movies are being remade to be modern and to draw in a younger audience. Many times I find myself wondering just what’s wrong with watching the original. Do you like to see horror movies remade or a fan of the originals? I am a classics kind of girl, so I would have to go with watching the original. Although I would take the book over the film any day!

 

  • Can you remember the first horror book you read? Is this what drew you to writing horror? I absolutely can.  SALEM’S LOT.  I have an aunt who I used to go stay with for a week each summer on Cape Cod.  She was a huge horror fan.  I used to spend hours on her living room floor, pouring through her Stephen King collection.

 

  • Fear is something everyone feels, whether it’s because we watched a scary movie or we read something terrifying in the news. Sometimes, it’s something we can overcome—like my fear of clowns and moving dolls. What scares you? Squids.  I know…crazy irrational fear, but there is just something about those long slimy tentacles and their ability to wrap around things and squeeze the life out of you that just plain old freaks me out.

 

  • As writers, we all fear rejection. It’s absolutely terrifying to share yourself via writing, but at the same time without taking that risk books don’t get published. As a writer, what has your scariest moment been? The day I turned the second pass pages of my manuscript in.  Once that left my hands, there was no more tweaking, not small adjustments. I had to literally let go of the book I had been working on for the better part of two years and trust that world would love it.

 

  • How would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Hmm…I would have to go with copious amounts of chocolate covered expresso beans, because I’d need to keep my energy up to outrun them. Industrial size bottles of hand sanitizer because rotting flesh…yeah, that can’t be sanitary.  And lastly, a flame thrower, because in my mind, fire kills everything!

 

 

Either Or: A Quick Horror Quiz

 

  1. zombies or unicorns That’s like picking the lesser evil to me, but I have to go with Unicorns…that whole rotting-flesh-hand-sanitizer thing 
  2. Spike or Angel Spike every day of the week
  3. Freddy or Jason  Freddy
  4. Dracula or Frankenstein Frankenstein
  5. Michael or Leatherface Michael
  6. the woods or a cornfield  Cornfield
  7. Cujo or Christine Cujo
  8. vampire or werewolf Werewolf
  9. Dean or Sam Swoon…..Sam
  10. Chucky or Annabelle  Chucky

Thank you sooooo much Trisha!! Now, let’s see what he co-author has to say about the same questions…hit it Lindsay! 

  •  We all know kids love to dress up and see who can get the most candy when they go out Trick or Treating. As adults, we either pick out of our kid’s haul or we dip our greedy hands in the candy we “bought” to hand out to the little goblins who ring our doorbell. So tell me, what is your favorite Halloween candy?
Ooooh, I LOVE chocolate, so anything of the chocolate variety is going to make me very, very happy. I’m particularly fond of those chocolate bars with the carmel inside of them. SO good. *drools*
  • Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us? Or pictures you can share?
Well, Halloween is my favorite time of year and I host a large costume party annually for my kids friends and parents. Last year I cleared 120 people and it was my first year running a haunted house adjacent to the party. It was two hours of celebrating one of my favorite holidays in the world. I suppose I like Halloween so much because it’s a night when anything seems possible, you know? You can be whoever you want to be and everyone just accepts it. Last year I was a zombie Alice in Wonderland (there was something evil down that rabbit hole, you know) and the year before I was a corpse bride. It’s a great time, that party. Something I’ll probably keep doing long after my kids think it’s lame:)
  • We can talk all day about Horror movies around here, and we all have our favorites. What is yours?
In terms of watching them for fun and my pure enjoyment of the atmosphere, I’d have to say I love the Scream movies. They’re such good old fashioned slasher fun, but without any real brain to them so you don’t have to worry about thinking. Along those lines, I also love Halloween – the original. So, so good. That’s my ringtone all season, actually LOL! 
 
However, if we’re talking about movies that actually SCARE me . . . my answer is very different. I remember the first time I saw Blair Witch Project and I was absolutely horrified. That movie is definitely along the lines of the kind of stuff that scares me. I also really enjoyed some of the Paranormal Activity movies. 
  • So many movies are being remade to be modern and to draw in a younger audience. Many times I find myself wondering just what’s wrong with watching the original. Do you like to see horror movies remade or a fan of the originals?
I will watch them, but generally I’m never as impressed. I’ve noticed that many of the remakes feel washed out to me, probably because I’m partial to the original. 
  • Can you remember the first horror book you read? Is this what drew you to writing horror? Yup! I actually recently re-read it, too! When I was in 4th grade, I read a book called The Dollhouse Murders by Betsy Ren Wright. Whoa did that book scare me. Dolls in a dollhouse that move and reenact a murder? Yipes! I was deliciously terrified by that book and I think it had a major impact on me in terms of my love of horror. That rush of adrenaline you get when you’re reading . . . it’s perfect. 
  • Fear is something everyone feels, whether it’s because we watched a scary movie or we read something terrifying in the news. Sometimes, it’s something we can overcome—like my fear of clowns and moving dolls. What scares you?  Oh geez. You’re afraid of moving dolls? Don’t read the book I mentioned above. It will scar you for life LOL. Also, maybe stay off “It’s a Small World” at Disneyworld:)  What scares me though? Not a whole lot, to be honest. I have three kids so most of my fears seem to revolve around them and their safety, but if we’re talking horror film type fears, I don’t have many. I will admit that there is a soft spot in me for exorcist related things. So, in movies where someone is possessed and they speak in different voices and have unnatural abilities . . . that stuff really scares me. I can’t remember what movie it was, but one of them had a little girl who was possessed with an evil spirit and she was standing under this emergency light repeating “you scared me, Daddy” and giggling – geez that almost gave me a heart attack. I guess it all comes down to this: as long as no one I know ends up possessed, I’m all good. 
  • As writers, we all fear rejection. It’s absolutely terrifying to share yourself via writing, but at the same time without taking that risk books don’t get published. As a writer, what has your scariest moment been?
I think my scariest moment is to come on November 8 when CREED comes out! Really, I think publishing is scary but in an abstract way when you’e querying and honestly, even when you’re on submission. But once that book deal comes through and your dreams come to fruition, it’s a different kind of scary. The kind that leaves you lying in bed awake at night wondering how people are going to react to your words. Lucky for me, I have an awesome co-author, Trisha Leaver, to go through it with. Together we’ll weather the fears on release day and beyond. 
  • How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Well, I’m into archery and just finished a 3D shoot this past weekend where I did very, very well. If I had enough arrows and could maintain my bow, I’d totally get up onto a roof and pick them off one at a time. Well, assuming they are the slow zombies. If they’re the fast ones, I’m in trouble!
Either Or: A Quick Horror Quiz
  1.  zombies or unicorns  Zombies
  2. Spike or Angel  I have no clue who these people are . . . oops.
  3. Freddy or Jason  Jason, hands-down.
  4. Dracula or Frankenstein  Frankenstein!
  5. Michael or Leatherface  Michael!
  6. the woods or a cornfield  Oh geez – wait until you guys read CREED . . . CORNFIELD all the way!
  7. Cujo or Christine  Christine
  8. vampire or werewolf  Vampire
  9. Dean or Sam  I’m going to go Dean here
  10. Chucky or Annabelle Ooooh, Annabelle! 

You ladies totally rock! I know we here at The Midnight Society are dying to get our hands on CREED when it releases on November 8th!!! Happy Halloween!

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7 comments

  1. Kathy Palm says:

    Great post! Great interviews! My greatest fear… well, I am afraid of failure, but that one I can deal with. You could call me claustrophobic, but it’s not as much the small space as the thought of not being able to move or get out. I go into caves on tours because I know they will lead me out at the end. I hate elevators because what if the darn thing stops and doesn’t let me out (and have you seen the movie DEVIL?) People die in stuck elevators! And I will admit to having a nightmare that still haunts me… dolls grabbed me out of bed and drug me down the stairs. So… yeah.

    • Kissed by Ink says:

      Failure–that’s a great one! I think we all fear this in some shape or form. Now, about those elevators…you’ve kinda freaked me out on this. I will definitely second guess that decision next time and perhaps take the stairs!

  2. Alice says:

    That was a fun read and now I’m in the mood to read some horror.
    I fear magicians and clowns therefore my biggest fear is a clown doing magic. I really fear being tricked – the clowns are tricking me with their makeup (making it look like they are happy -always) and the magicians are tricking me with their illusions (making me believe something that is not true).

  3. Mary Newton Lima says:

    I watched a video once of hands and arms – just up to the elbows – coming out of the closet and from under the bed. Now I’m terrified of walking by closed doors in a dark room or house where there’s juuuust enough light to see the shape of the door…and the wiggly things coming out of the sides of the door, just past my peripheral vision….*shiver*

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