Getting Personal! Gate Crashers’ Author Interviews

Jun 15 2015 Published by under Gate Crashers

If isn’t personal what the heck is it?

Author Interviews That Rock

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Introducing Author

Kimberley Griffiths Little

And her exciting, exotic, YA adventure romance

FORBIDDEN

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Forbidden Card 2Pamela and Kimberley chat about all things, “Forbidden!”

PKW: Kimberley, I’m delighted to be interviewing you here on Ink & Angst. Your career as an author has been a delight to follow and now I’m very excited about the leap you’ve taken into the wonderful, tumultuous world of epic Young Adult romance and adventure!

KGL: YOU have been a wonderful friend and cheerleader to me for several years, Pam – thank you!!

PKW: I’m always happy to cheerlead for you, Kimberley! I’ve enjoyed each and every one of your middle grade novels, and I’m curious, what made you take the leap into Young Adult?

KGL: I’ve been asked this question a lot since FORBIDDEN launched, but I’ve actually been writing Young Adult almost as long as Middle-Grade. I started plotting and drafting FORBIDDEN in 2003 – eek! (And I have a few other YA *practice* manuscripts sitting in my drawers from the 1990s!).

FORBIDDEN has an extraordinarily long journey of too many revisions to count, changing POV, before finally landing a deal with one of the Five New York publishers in 2008—only to take the manuscript back in 2011—suffice it to say that they wanted me to turn it into a middle-grade novel—which it absolutely is NOT. This is an edgy Young Adult crossover Adult with temple prostitution and a near-rape.

It was a nerve-wracking time, but my agent had confidence in the book and it didn’t take long before Harpercollins picked it up in a Significant deal. FORBIDDEN was scheduled for 2013 but then Harper delayed it to 2014. The *end* of 2014 no less, LOL! The publishing journey has been a sprawling saga, just like the book itself.

BUT – I believe books come out when they’re ready to be born and that timing can be crucial. I think FORBIDDEN would have been lost had it been published 6 years ago during the Twilight and Harry Potter rage. Nobody was reading or pubbing historical fiction.

Forbidden 3PKW: One thing I especially love about your books is your settings. Your MG books set in the bayou have all been thrilling, in part because of the unusual location. With FORBIDDEN you’ve taken readers to an especially unusual location, Mesopotamia and on top of that you’ve set the stage back in time. What motivated this setting?

KGL: I’ve been fascinated by the ancient roots of belly dancing and goddess temples for more than 15 years, reading voraciously about the history and lifestyle. Two years ago one of my dreams came true. I was able to travel to Jordan and visit Petra and Amman, explore the majestic desert and mountains of Wadi Rumm in jeeps, and meet Bedouins in their tents and caves, as well as ride a camel of my own. The word “fabulous” is an understatement.

PKW: Your books are obviously expertly and richly researched. FORBIDDEN is most certainly a historical fiction; do you have a special affinity for research and history?

KGL: I love it when readers tell me that they feel completely immersed in the place/setting of my books. I do love research/learning about other cultures and people and trying to bring it alive in very specific details. Historical fiction is like a Time Machine—without the risk. FORBIDDEN is so exotic and different than most historical fiction ie; Civil War or WWII stories, that many readers have called the book historical fantasy. I love that description, too.

PKW: How long did it take you to complete your research for FORBIDDEN?

KGL: It was ongoing for a decade at least. I also watched documentaries by archeologists and historians. When I visited these places and saw them for myself I knew that the research I’d done was good because, upon my return home, I only tweaked a couple of sentences. That was very gratifying.

PKW: While taking the reader on a journey into another place in time, did you encounter any roadblocks?

KGL:The biggest roadblock is trying to find specific details about the cities and time period. 4,000 years is a loooong time ago. It’s amazing how much info is out there about the ancient cities, like Damascus, Tadmur, and Mari on the Euphrates River, but many details of Jayden’s day-to-day life and travels I based on the way the nomadic people live today because those fundamentals haven’t changed for 5,000 years.

forbidden 5PKW: Jayden is an amazing heroine. She continuously has to dig deep inside herself for strength. What was it like crafting her character?

KGL: I tried to imagine what life would have been like for girls in 1759 BCE; the values, tribal customs, the Abrahamic religion, family life, marriage customs, etc. I wanted Jayden to have to grapple with those issues but I also didn’t want to craft a character who had modern sensibilities either. Whenever I come up with a character I think of the word vulnerable and try to relate it to my MC. I ask myself, how are they vulnerable—because all main characters are in some way, and that really helps me when fleshing them out and their relationships and motivations.

PKW: What do you consider Jayden’s greatest strengths?

KGL: Her faith and love of her family. She’s very devoted and is willing to do anything for the people she loves. She also has a fierce love for a desert that could kill her.

PKW: Jayden grew up in an era and a place where women were often considered nothing more than chattel. How did writing a novel about this character in this place and time make you feel?

KGL: I definitely felt Jayden’s feeling of helplessness. It was a fine balance to have her live under the time period’s mores and yet fight for what she loves and wants, too.

Forbidden-PromoPKW: Jayden encounters many pitfalls, traveling through the desert, loss of loved ones, war, power struggles, fear for the integrity of her body and soul. You address some terrifying issues in this novel, what was that journey like for you, the writer?

KGL: Many readers have wailed, “so much bad happens to Jayden!”

This is true, but what happens to her and how her tribe lives and travels in the brutal desert is very much true to life – thousands of years and in present day. Men did control women at that time – and yet there could also be loving and devoted family men, too. I tried to have characters that depicted many types. I’ve also lost many close family and friends to death (in some very tragic ways, too) starting back when I was young so I was able to draw on my own experiences to show Jayden’s emotions of loss as well as her fears and helplessness.

forbidden 1PKW: Jayden falls in love with a forbidden stranger, Kadesh. But she is promised to Horeb, the next king of her tribe. Loving Kadesh means she must escape or die trying. That is one hell of a conflict for a young girl and a terrible choice. How did you make these choices for your character?

KGL: It took a lot of time (years by the end of the process!) to figure out each character and what they would face, but I also tried to juxtapose character opposites who would push and pull against each other to show the conflicts, choices, and hard decisions that girls went through during that time period.

forbidden 2PKW: Horeb does some frightening things to Jayden, was digging deep into yourself for those kinds of scenes exhausting?

Those scenes were difficult to write. When Horeb attacks Jayden and tries to rape her, scarring her body with his knife in the process I rewrote and fine-tuned that scene so many times I truly lost count. I wondered how realistic and how far I could take it, but in the end I tried not to censor myself and just wrote it true to the characters and the time period.

 

PKW: Your descriptions of Mesopotamia are so visceral, beautiful and compelling. Did you visit the locations personally?

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KGL: Yes! You can see pictures from my trip and belly dancers on my Pinterst boards here:

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PKW: The end of FORBIDDEN left me breathlessly hoping for more. Is there a sequel in the works?

KGL: Yes! It’s a trilogy. BANISHED publishes on February 2nd. Book 3, RETURNED, a year later. I’m doing a Cover Reveal on June 16th with lots of fabulous prizes on several of the big Young Adult blogs so please come join us for teasers and graphics. Find me on Facebook and Twitter and you won’t miss out.

PKW: FORBIDDEN’s book cover is beautiful and vibrant. How did you feel at first glance?

KGL: The red was so vibrant I loved it. The color red has great metaphorical meaning in Mesopotamia. Red for blood, red for birth, red for the canyon lands—and red for passion, of course.

The girl on the cover is perfect, too. Harpercollins used the same girl for the photo shoots for Books 2 and 3 in the trilogy. With each book Jayden’s face turns to face the camera more and more – and her hair and the dresses they chose are fantastic.

PKW: Your official book trailer is compelling. How did you go about making it?

KGL: This is a fun story: I’ve created book trailers for my MG novels, too, and I love writing the script and planning out the shots, using film I’ve shot myself on location. But for FORBIDDEN I wanted it to truly look like an actual movie. I hired a young man I’ve known since he was a child who has his film degree from Columbia. After we discussed the script I wrote we decided to focus on Jayden and not clutter the trailer with too many shots or stills. The entire trailer is live action. Justin also found a location in southern Utah called Little Sahara Sand Dunes that looks VERY much like the country of Jordan.

Justin met Sela, the actress, on the set of another film he was involved with and sent her photo along to me. She looks just like the Bedouin girls I met in Petra, beautiful and exotic. Sela’s mother is a makeup artist and in one afternoon they did all the shooting. Justin and I spent about 2-3 weeks choosing the footage and editing. I planned out the opening titles and credits and sent Justin the graphics and fonts he needed. It was definitely a join project and labor of love.

PKW: Reading your books, it’s obvious you love to grow character, setting and plot. Would you share with us your favorite thing about writing?

KGL: The excitement of a new book idea and the creation of the characters and plot – all the fun brainstorming is definitely what I love. I love fast drafting and *living* the story as I write it in real time. Revision makes me pull my hair out, and I eat way too many cookies while revising, which is sooo bad for my waistline.

PKW: If you could say one thing to your readers about FORBIDDEN what would it be?

KGL: FORBIDDEN is a dark, exotic thriller in a land of mystery and intrigue filled with dangerous betrothals, belly dance, ancient goddess temples, tribal warfare, murder and blackmail.

The novel is very different from any other YA novel out there—and different from most historical novels, too, but it’s a great mother-daughter story and a good one to choose for your book club. There are so many topics to discuss.  

KGL: Thank you so much for having me here today!

PamW3-481x250PKW: It’s always a pleasure to have you! Thank you for sharing your awesome talents with Ink & Angst readers and young people everywhere!

 

You can purchase FORBIDDEN here.

BIO:

Kimberley grew up in San Francisco reading a book a day, and currently live with my family on the banks of the Rio Grande in New Mexico. I adore Paris, Scotland, Stonehenge, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Bulgaria, the stunning city of Petra, and anything old and musty and ancient. I’ve drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil—I mean ergonomic keyboard. I adore anything old and musty with a secret story to tell.

Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, 2013 and 2015, Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist. Sign up for my Newsletter: http://www.eepurl.com/LCVjX

Kimberley’s Social Media sites:

Website (Teacher’s Guides and Book Club Guides)

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Youtube (Fabulous book trailers filmed on location in the swamps!)

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How a writer’s path to e-publishing became a hero’s journey.

Jan 21 2015 Published by under Gettin' Real

Pamela K Witte

Pamela K Witte

I published an ebook this week— Jet Lee: Dragon Warrior, a small, but heartfelt project that has me brimming with pride!

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My career as a writer has been quite a journey, and looking at Jet Lee Dragon Warrior on Amazon.com today, I can’t help knowing that my journey has been that of a true hero. I’ve traveled down a writer’s road filled with potholes, bumps and curves and it has been the most phenomenal experience of my life.

When Jet Lee Dragon Warrior came to me on a sleepless night, thoughts and ideas whirled around my insomniac’s brain, demanding my attention until a plot took shape. Jet Lee and his sidekicks wouldn’t leave me alone. Their story was short and engaging and awesome. So, I challenged myself to write it in six weeks. My critique group promised to keep me honest. Forty-two days later I had the first draft of a book. It was a quick read, action packed, fast-paced, exciting, and it had heart. It would be a wonderful book for reluctant readers, kids who dread complicated plots and humungous words. Quite pleased with myself, I sent it off to an editor friend who said it would be difficult to market…

JetLVSRedEyesSo, poor Jet Lee Dragon Warrior sat on my hard drive.

A few years later, while working as an author advocate, I was struck by the amazing phenomena that had recently become self-publishing and e-publishing. The concept that had once been a sort of murky, ambiguous form of getting your words out was now plausible and popular. I thought of Jet Lee, stuck away in my computer, and felt a project brewing. Knowing that any project worth doing is worth doing right, I decided to approach e-publishing with an ALL IN attitude.

Throughout my writer’s journey, I’ve made every effort to do things well. I started with the study of writing and reading books. I took courses, joined associations, went to conferences, learned to blog, mixed, mingled, gained name recognition and turned into an avid author’s advocate. All of these things paid off when I decided to try publishing myself.

While poising myself to launch Jet Lee Dragon Warrior, I developed a fun website, PamelaKWitte.com, that reflects both me and Jet Lee. I challenged myself to design professional marketing materials. I conquered social media, built Facebook pages, learned the intricacies of tweeting, networked, and jumped at any opportunity to work on new projects that would help me with my own. I became so proficient with design and technology that I joined the Book Store Building Team at SCBWI and spent many long hours launching their beautiful online bookstore.

Along my path to e-publishing I found an exciting, affordable illustrator, learned how to format a manuscript, took advantage of every person willing to read and edit my words. Then finally, I sat back in my desk chair, took hold of my mouse and clicked my way onto Amazon.com. When I found Jet Lee Dragon Warrior looking very real and legitimate, pride sizzled through every blood vessel and vein in my body. My heart thumped. My fingertips tingled. I knew I was my own hero and I smiled.

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Children’s books are my passion. I’ve spent countless hours writing, reading and learning about the joys and pitfalls of writing a good kid’s book. My next goal is to have a beautiful, traditionally published hardbound copy of one of my adventures sitting in my office right beside my computer. E-publishing Jet Lee Dragon Warrior is just one proud step of my journey and it happily reminds me that I’m far from finished!

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Tech Yourself: 6 iPhone Apps That Will Put You In Your Story

Feb 27 2014 Published by under Tech Yourself

 

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Your suspicions are correct. The above picture has nothing to do with anything. I just like it.

iPhone apps for writers aren’t all markdowns and note-catchers. Today we’re looking at 6 apps to help authors broaden their thinking.

SIX iPHONE APPS THAT WILL PUT YOU IN YOUR STORY

 

Say, you plan to write a story/novel about a kid lost in the wilderness, only your feet have never touched bare earth. Don’t let that stop you!

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SURVIVAL GUIDE

Based on the Military Survival Guide, this app covers shelters, obtaining potable water, food, weapons, strategies pertinent to particular topographies, and the psychology of survival. Make sure you’ve covered all the bases in your novel. Useful in real life too.

 

 

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OUTDOORS AMERICA–GPS WITH TOPO MAPS AND TRAILS

Street, satellite and topographic maps let you plan the best setting for your story.

 

 

 

 

Scenario number two: Your main character hunts serial killers. Sure, it’s been done. But not like YOU’LL do it.

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PSYCHOPEDIA

Look up mini-bios of serial killers by name, country, chronology or number of victims. With a mugshot. Also, large list of unsolved serial murders. Great for surveying MOs quickly.

 

 

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MICRO-EXPRESSION TRAINER

Want to tell if someone’s lying? Train to recognize those tiny facial clues that will let you know how the suspect really feels. Good for fine-tuning facial description. Gotta admit, I have always noticed micro-expressions on my own, before they were ever discovered as a thing. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING.

 

 

 

You daintier writers out there might like to give your character a volunteer job at the zoo. Here’s how to get the feel of working around animals.

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POCKET PENGUINS

One of the first apps I ever downloaded, so you know about my priorities. The California Academy of Sciences has three livecams on the penguin exhibit. Also, watch the biologist answer crowd questions during appointed times. I COULD WATCH THIS ALL DANGITY DAY.

 

 

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POCKET ZOO WITH LIVE ANIMAL CAMS

Currently there are 32 livecams on this sucker, but not gonna lie. They don’t all always work all the time. Nevertheless, pretty nifty when they do. Right now the app is tiger-heavy, but also hippopotami, manatee–right this very second there’s a diver in the tank–elephants, beaver, gorilla…and much, much more. Also a list of animals with static photos and a sound sample. OKAY IT’S JUST FUN, TOO.

 

 

I don’t publish app prices, as they are tremendously subject to change. But most of these apps are free. Look to the app store to help with setting, character description and other elements of your story that you can’t get from Wikipedia.

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Firehouse Five: To Resist or Not Resist: Is It A Sense of So What or Stall?

Jan 16 2014 Published by under Firehouse Five

I&A is proud to feature monthly guest posts from the Firehouse Five!

Guest post by Victoria Dixon

What is the difference between that sometimes daily sense of resistance to writing and the intuitive sense of “So What?” If you’re a follower of Steven Pressfield, as I am, you’ll know how he goes on about resistance. It is a force – a personal antagonist – that lives to stop the creative process. If you’re alive, you’ve experienced resistance. It is my belief that resistance can sometimes be confused with a different, much healthier intuitive sense I call “So What?” I’ve had an active sense of “So What?” since college and I think it can be a telling, helpful thing.

Like anyone with a creative bone in their body (i.e. everyone) I’ve experienced the sensation of “I don’t wanna.” Most of the time, I open my document, find something that needs adding to, explanation of or what have you and I worm my why back into finding out what happens next to my characters. There have been times when this has proven impossible.

While writing the first draft of my last novel, I reached a point about 1/4 of the way in and realized there was something wrong. I’d write, rewrite and no matter how I broached that plot point, I came away thinking, “So what?” There was no power in what I’d written, it provided no forward momentum for the characters and gave the story no life. As the newbie writer I was, I didn’t know how to fix the problem and I became stuck on that segment for six months, trying to let my brain simmer on the issue.

If I had this to do over again, I wouldn’t let the issue “simmer” for so long, but in my defense, I never stopped writing. I switched gears and sometimes projects. I wrote short stories, worked on other sections of the novel and did a lot of research to try and work through my block. In the end, it’s important to know what worked was not the research, though that helped other parts of the book. What worked to end the block was the writing on other sections of the story. I used what Holly Lisle refers to as “Candy Bar” scene writing. I jumped to other exciting scenes in the book and ended up completing enough of the next section, I jumped over the problem area and kept going.

In hindsight, I believe I suffered from a combination of Resistance and So What? because I still had a problem on that same area of the novel during my second draft and that’s what I mean by “telling.” This wasn’t just a case of Pressfield’s resistance or stalling. This was my intuition telling me what my characters were doing was wrong. The issue was not my characters actions, per se, but me telling them what the plot said they had to do. They were stymied, unable to develop or act naturally.

This is when listening to intuition and not assuming it’s just resistance can be helpful. If I’d continued to jump that spot in the story or try and power through it and stick to my preset plot, my novel would still be schlock. When I listened to that block and what my characters were saying, they changed the book in huge, amazing ways. The novel went from dead drivel to a living, breathing tale. It is not published yet, but earlier drafts were nominated for awards and I’m not giving up.

There are a lot of writers out there, including Pressfield, who will tell you to sit down, shut up and do it and they’re absolutely right. You will never write a thing without putting your butt in the chair each and every day and writing. You know that by now. The question is what to do when that’s difficult.

This is more than just a question of discipline and powering through blocks. If what you’re hearing is just that brutal, cruel voice telling you nasty messages, that’s resistance. Keep writing and you’ll wrangle it into submission. However, if your sense of “So What?” or whatever you call it is telling you what you’ve done has no point, or is lifeless, listen to it. Consider what it’s telling you.

It might have some helpful suggestions.

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Victoria Dixon
Victoria is an author of magical realism and historical novels. She has published short stories and poetry in online and paper journals and completed one novel. It is set in an alternative reality of Han Dynasty China, 208 A.D. Writing and researching that novel gave Victoria a love of literature with Asian settings and that’s where she plans to continue to write for the foreseeable future. Victoria works out of her home in flatter-than-a-pancake Kansas, U.S.A.

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YA & MG authors say- It’sTime to Crash the Gate on Spooky! !

Oct 15 2013 Published by under Gate Crashers

Spooky Pam

“Surround yourself with people who know more than you and soak up knowledge like a sponge!” P.K. Witte 

Feeling Spooky? How do YA & MG authors go CREEPY?

It’s that time of year again. Goosebumps trickle down your spine, spider webs catch in your hair.  Rats go skittering across the floor, ghouls and dark forces lurk evilly in your dreams…. It’s so unnaturally wonderful to be spooked. Murder, mayhem, ghosts, creepy plots; these are the ingredients that brew up spooktacular reads. Especially when youthful minds turn to the changing of the seasons, crackling leaves, ghostly graveyards and all that goes bump in the night. Come October, readers start craving bone-chilling reads like vamps crave blood. But, writing the icky stuff can be daunting, even haunting.   So let’s see on how kidlit writers handle the creepy, gory, spine chilling stuff. Let’s hear from some spooky, paranormal, gritty, ghostly, goosebumpy writers…

Time to get into the Spooky Zone.

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Check out this trailer, it’s seriously scaaarrryyy…

The Flame In The MistKit Grindstaff

Kit Grindstaff

Setting is one part of building a spooky scene: breathing eerie life into the very surroundings. But however creepy an event is, description is dry without being fed through the character’s reactions; the visceral effect, their thoughts, and whatever action they take. How to find those reactions? As ever, memory and imagination is the writer’s best friend! To create the scenes in THE FLAME IN THE MIST where main character Jemma faces ghosts, ghouls and other ghastlies, I dredged up things that have made my own flesh crawl. A walk through a damp, spooky graveyard…A spider scuttling across my path…a dark night with howling winds….Anything that evoked in me the feeling I wanted to evoke in Jemma, and through her, the reader. Keeping the point of view close was key: seeing through her eyes puts us in her skin. So when, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Jemma hears the wind seeming to whisper, “Sweet thirteeeeen….“, hopefully the chills that crawl up her spine will also crawl up the reader’s – along with whatever their own memory banks bring to the spookfest – and propel them with her through the pages as she strives to overcome the darkness in her path.

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I love to put a modern spin on the classics–the quintessential monsters like ghosts, demons, shapeshifters, blood drinkers. Sometimes with humor, seldom with gore. If I have to close my eyes to type it, I know I’m on the right track. If I can’t keep myself up at night, I have no business trying to scare anyone else.  I brainstorm lists of monster traits and their modern metaphors and then ask, how can I make it all so much worse?

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The Key & The FlameClaire Mcaterer

There are two kinds of scary: loud scary and quiet scary. To me, quiet is much worse. Yes, it’s scary to get chased through a castle by someone wielding a sword, but at least the adrenaline has somewhere to go. Quiet scary is sneaking around, hoping you won’t be caught; getting up the courage to tiptoe past the snoozing prison guard; venturing down the dark, dark stairs. I try to work with all that coiled-up tension and tease it as long as I can until the tiniest mouse squeak makes you jump in your chair.

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My next book, THE FEARLESS (out 3rd April 2014 in the UK from Corgi/Random House and early 2015 in the US from Delacorte) is set in a near-future, post-apocalyptic UK. The main character, Cass, faces many challenges as she tries to rescue her little brother after he’s kidnapped by the Fearless, people who have been given a drug that turns them into crazed psychopaths. It’s a bleak, lawless world, and the Fearless aren’t the only people Cass needs to watch out for… The creepiest bits of the book are probably the settings – amongst others, a railway station haunted by a madman, a ruined city, a derelict shopping centre… I researched my settings by reading lots of books and blogs about abandoned buildings and places, in particular Hashima Island in Japan, which inspired Hope Island, where Cass and her brother live with a group of people who fled the UK mainland to escape the Fearless when they first invaded.  I love to scare myself silly, and writing certain scenes sent shivers down my spine as I imagined myself seeing them through my characters’ eyes.

 

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How do I get into the creepy, spine-tingling zone when I’m writing? I always approach the first draft of a new scene with a strong sense of direction, but when I’m writing a particularly suspenseful one, I try to come to it with as little premeditation as possible. By keeping the scene a little shadowy in my own mind, I’m allowing myself to feel the same sense of dread and discovery my characters feel as new details or reveals unfold. If my own heart isn’t racing when I’ve finished writing that scene, then I know it wasn’t scary enough.

Amy Christine ParkerGatedAmy Christine Parker

Creepy scenes are among my most favorite to write. Because much of my creepy stuff is psychological in nature, I prep by reading books on stuff like the psychology of serial killers  or cult leaders and watch videos of real life villians—paying attention to body language and speech patterns in particular. I also tend to write those scenes at night when the house is quiet and dark. It helps get me in the mood.

The Murder ComplexLindsay Cummings

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I have always loved spooky stuff. I can’t handle it…but I love it! Most of the stuff I write is very action packed and gory…I like to watch action movies, creepy villain scenes, read a creepy thriller, and it gets me excited to write those kinds of scenes. I also LOVE days when it’s cloudy or stormy. That just puts everything right into place! :)

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Cat Winters

When I work on my spookier and grittier scenes, I find it best to set aside time to sit down and write as much of the scene as possible in one sitting. I don’t necessarily have to listen to creepy music beforehand or read anything intense to get into the right mindset. I just need to plant myself down in the chair, envision the setting as if I were there, follow the lead of my characters, and let the story flow.

Another great trailer for getting your spook on!

 

 So there you have it Gate Crashers getting spooky!  Now go for it. Creep yourself out. Plug away on your WIP in the lonely hours of the night…and know when it comes to writing, you’re never really alone.

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