Today’s guest is no stranger to this blog. I just hosted a cover reveal a few weeks ago for the new book in her Hode’s Hill series, End of Day, releasing in January – and it’s just as eerie and beautiful as Cusp of Night. I read also Cusp of Night and it gave this horror fan wonderfully warm fuzzies. Welcome, Mae Clair!
Teri, thanks so much for bringing Bad Moon Rising back again. I always enjoy following the posts and discovering new authors and books. It’s a pleasure to be here and I enjoyed answering your questions.
In the spirit of Halloween:
Have you ever played with a Ouija board?
When I was a kid, probably tween years or early teens. I remember being creeped out and intrigued at the same time. We stopped playing with it when it went to GOODBYE during one session. I don’t remember the question we asked. I do remember a friend’s parents being skeptics, so we all gathered at their table and just the parents used the board with the planchette. It took a while but the planchette did move and my friend’s parents grudgingly admitted there was something to it.
I had several of my characters use a Ouija board in A Cold Tomorrow, book two of my Point Pleasant series, but there’s no way I’d touch one today.
Are you superstitious?
Absolutely! Not about things like walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, or black cats. (I own a black cat named Raven). But I am superstitious about Ouija boards, haunted houses, and things I consider better left alone. At the same time, I love exploring old cemeteries…just not at night.
If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?
No way! I won’t even go in a haunted house during the day with a group of people. Just my luck something would latch onto me and follow me home. Weird, because I had no qualms driving down a deserted road in the TNT to look for the Mothman. I guess you could say I have few reservations about urban legends, but the supernatural stuff freaks me out.
In the spirit of writing:
What is the hardest part of writing?
For me, it’s not about writing, but finding the time. I think most writers juggle that problem, trying to balance family life and in many cases, a full-time job. And don’t get me started on promo, LOL. It’s never ending. I do most of my writing on the weekend, carving out a huge chunk of hours on Sunday afternoon. I’ve worked that way for years and it’s been a good fit, although there are plenty of times I still end up chasing a deadline.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read. Honestly, it’s my favorite pastime. I constantly have my nose in a book, and if I’m not reading for pleasure, I’m reading for research. In the summer, I enjoy spending time by my pool (usually with a book). And as introverted as I am, if I’m out somewhere with music, I love to dance.
What are you working on now?
A supernatural mystery/suspense novel called Eventide. It’s book three of my Hode’s Hill series. Book two, End of Day, releases January 19th, and the first book, Cusp of Night, is what I’d like to share with your readers today. All three books feature dual timelines, one in the past and one in the present, with both stories coming together in the end. The past timeline for Cusp of Night is rooted in the Spiritualism movement of seances and table-tilting of the late 1800s. It was fascinating research.
BLURB for Cusp of Night:
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house–a woman whose ghost may still linger.
Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .
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