Happy Hump Day! My book club is reading the featured novel by today’s author, and we’re meeting this Friday night to discuss it. It’s a creepy, eerie, raise-the-hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck read – perfect for this time of year – and although part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. And that cover! It perfectly captures the tone of the story. Welcome Mae Clair!
Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?
Both of these freak me out, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the graveyard. The house would offer more places to hide, but the graveyard would offer more room to run. Plus, there’s a chance someone would hear me screaming, because I’d be shrieking my head off!
Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
Werewolf. Vampires have that sun-sensitivity problem. I love soaking up rays poolside and being a vampire would put a huge damper on that. I don’t think they make a SPF strong enough. Plus, as a werewolf I’d only have to deal with my, er…problem…every 29.5 days.
Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?
X-Files, hands down. I’m a complete wuss when it comes to ghosts and anything of that nature (despite having written books featuring spirits and ghouls). On the flip side, I’m jazzed by the thought of trying to determine if intelligent life exists on other planets. Investigate UFO sightings? Where do I sign up?
If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?
At first I was tempted to respond with a place I’ve always wanted to visit, like Scotland or Australia. But the more I think, it comes down to a toss up between a cottage in New England or a small tropical island.
What is your favorite cover of all your books? Why?
Another toss-up. I love Cusp of Night because of the mood it evokes. The cover artist nailed the suggestion I submitted, capturing the streetlamp-lit corner and the alleyway. I’m also super partial to A Cold Tomorrow. The green cloud on the cover relates to a UFO I saw when I was six. I fictionalized the event and used it in the story.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A cat. They do things on their own timetable, enjoy curling up in a patch of sunlight, have great night vision, rarely get stressed, and see things we can’t. They also make great companions for writers. I’ve been enchanted with them since I was a kid. My current feline, Raven, is an all-black rescue kitty. She fits right in with all of October’s mysterious fun!
Thanks so much for having me as your guest today, Teri. I look forward to Bad Moon Rising every year!
The past is never truly buried…
Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?
As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined with a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. To set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit.
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