What is the working title of your next book?
I have two books coming out very soon. WISHBONE II and EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
WISHBONE came about when my friend was in a horrific motorcycle accident and was bedridden and bored. I had recently seen a B-Horror Film that was embarrassingly bad. It was about some little furry animal that turned on man. After the movie a friend asked what they could possibly come up with next. I tried to think of the least dangerous animal and said Killer Chickens...joke over, I began to think of ways a chicken could possibly kill you. The only thought that came to mind was choking...bones...WISHBONE! The wheels began to spin and WISHBONE was slow roasting in my mind's oven. A short time later, my friend had this accident and I began telling him a story off the cuff, bedside, to keep him busy...and so WISHBONE was born.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER came about when I was watching an afternoon talk show. They had given a major makeover (including plastic surgery) to a young woman who had been in prison for murdering her molester She was the product of lifelong bullying and molested daily by someone she should have been able to trust. Now released from juvenile prison, she was receiving this makeover to help her to begin a new life. However, I turned to my husband and said "Does anyone else see that look in her eye when she talks about the bullying she endured in school?" Seriously, this chick had already killed once (however justified), she looked like she would do it again in a heartbeat- a sinister, tweaked out look in her forever damaged soul. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER began to piece together right then and there. I wrote the novel in 2000 but never did anything with it. I recently pulled it out from the boxes beneath my bed and cut it back from it's 547 pages to more of a novella, focusing mostly on the protagonist verses the supporting characters and police drama. It was fun to write and equally fun to re-write. I'm putting it out mostly to hold readers over until WISHBONE II comes out.
What genre does your book fall under?
WISHBONE is a mind-bending horror-thriller. It's mature horror, not slasher or gratuitous gore...more like The Sixth Sense, Premonition, Shutter Island, or The Butterfly Effect. There's a very strong thread of contemporary drama and complexity of relationships throughout WISHBONE, much more so than the horror aspect, but with a supernatural twist. I've been very blessed by fantastic reviews and a steadily growing and loyal readership; I hope WISHBONE II will give readers the same satisfaction the first installment has.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is a true thriller. There is nothing supernatural about it and the horror is purely human. I like writing real-feel characters that you (hopefully) can't help but forgive for their sins.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For WISHBONE, no one can bring the character of Julien Grenier to life better than Olivier Martinez.
For the character of Jerome; the manifestation of Julien's darkest fears and memories who is manipulated by Sarah as punishment, there is a phenomenal French actor named Moussa Maaskri whom I wrote this character for.
For EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, I have no preference and, to be honest, I've never allowed myself to clearly envision the main character, Panda. She's faceless to me. I don't know why, but perhaps she is the product of a little bit of every on of us.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
WISHBONE...Be Careful What You WISH For.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER...Do you remember what you said to her? She Does.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, will definitely be released by VIVID DREAMS PRESS, as was the first WISHBONE book. WISHBONE II is currently being held back as decisions are being made. We're not sure yet.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote WISHBONE in three months from start to final edit. WISHBONE II was written in about two months. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (in it's current length) took me three weeks; the original full-length version took about four months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
WISHBONE has been compared to Misery, Pet Sematary, Carrie, The Shining, The Monkey's Paw.
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER would be in a similar category to The Dexter Series.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
WISHBONE is slated to hit the Big Screen! The screen adaption is in the early stages of development and will be filming in 2013. It was also Amazon's #2 TOP RATED Horror-Thriller. It is consistently receiving 5 Star reviews and referred to as a Must-Read and a True Page-Turner.
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