I’ve been waiting for this author to make her BMR debut, and the stars aligned in 2022. She’s already had one new release this year, The Hay Bale (unsettling and full of creepy imagery), and today’s featured book will be released next month. According to her, there are some strange things afoot in Alaska. Welcome Priscilla Bettis!
Have you ever said Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror?
No, and you can’t make me!
Would you buy a doll that you knew was haunted?
What, are people nuts? Who’d buy a haunted doll? See now, THIS is how horror stories get written!
Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?
Okay, serious answer here: I grew up in Alaska, and I saw some things that can’t be explained, like stacked rocks MILES away from any people or trails, and trees yanked out of the ground (also in the middle of nowhere) with no tell-tale machinery marks, turned upside down, and shoved vertically back into the ground. So if you ask me if Bigfoot exists, I’d have to say yes.
How do you use social media as an author?
An experienced author once told me that for every one Tweet promoting my books I need to Tweet nine times lifting other authors and their books. I think that’s good advice. Whether or not it sells any of my books is secondary to spreading good vibes.
Have you ever tried to write a novel in a genre you rarely or never read?
Nope. I believe you have to know your genre inside and out in order to both meet readers’ expectations and surprise them.
Do you feel like you’d be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?
Tried that. It didn’t work. I haven’t tried writing nekkid yet, though. I hear it worked for Ernest Hemingway.
Kalb Ward slaughters dogs for the Colony, a closed, dystopian society where resources are tight, free speech is nonexistent, and those in power have eyes and ears everywhere. Ward desperately wants to quit his grisly job, but he knows he’ll be arrested, or worse, if he tries.
In the Colony, a citizen’s future is determined by a placement exam. Score high, and you’re set for life. Score low, and you end up living a nightmare–like Ward.
Li Ling, the love of Ward’s youth, scored high, and she’s a local celebrity now, far out of his reach. Meanwhile, his neighbor’s son is making a series of disastrous decisions as his own exam rapidly approaches.
Can Ward bridge the social divide and win back Li Ling? Can he help the neighbor’s son avoid a future as grim as his own? Can he escape the Colony’s oppressive rule and, if he’s very lucky, bring down the whole horrific system in the process?
You know what they say: Every dog has his day.
And Ward’s day is coming.
Author Bio and Social Media
Priscilla Bettis is an avid horror reader and passionate horror author. She’s also an excellent swimmer, which is good because vampires are terrible swimmers. Priscilla’s 2022 works include The Hay Bale and Dog Meat (coming November 8th from Potter’s Grove Press). Priscilla shares a home in the Northern Plains of Texas with her two-legged and four-legged family members.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Priscilla-Bettis/e/B08R97Z63M