Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Do you still have that ring?"

 Wherein Jack is taking part in a running game because she was yelled at and smacked.

 Also known as I've been tagged.

 YOU'RE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *SMACKS!* Pass it on.

 If you were just smacked by me you have to do the tag as well. MAWHAHAHAHAHAHA

 Here we go!

 1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?

 My novel which now as a title and a series in the works?! THAT novel?! (Sorry, I am hyper today.) Yes, yes that novel.

 Well, it came about because I was reading a book which, while I enjoyed, was more of a conspiracy theory book. Now, I don't know how true this is, but it claimed Utah is the most haunted state in the US. (I'm not saying anyone has to be believe in hauntings, or anything like that, just sharing information.)

 That got me thinking, that and my new found interest for old fashioned ghost stories. Not the, let's scare you so bad you can't sleep. More of the Woman in Black kind - the book. I wanted to attempt to write one.
 Then I met Gilbert Baker, this sad little potato who I fell in love with right away. And, TADA!, I had a story.

 2. Share a Blurb

 I stink at these. So I won't be sharing the one on my NaNo site. I keep hoping if I write them over and over I will get one I actually like.

 Gilbert Baker has escaped his old life and plans to never look back. He has fled a childhood full of pain, suffering, and his most shameful memory. Starting a new life, he feels as if he has finally escaped and can begin things new. That is until the evening his past breaks into his apartment in the form of his little sister, Ava.

 Ava comes baring a message from their uncle. Gil is black mailed into returning home of those he is closest to will be harmed. Knowing his uncle is capable of carrying out his threat, Gil returns to the farm in Utah where more than his past and his uncle wait for him.

 Ian Baker is haunted and wants to finally be rid of the ghosts in his home. He calls in specialists only to learn they will need more help to free him from the ghosts - a specialist Ian doesn't want to set foot in his home.

 And yet there is more going on than seems on the surface. Gil's childhood has returned in ways he never expected and he's starting to wonder if he underestimated his bitter, younger sister. Now it is his time to face his demons and save his family.

 3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting?

 It is set in the frozen farm lands of Utah, a little farming community where everyone knows everyone but also mind their own business.

 I didn't think I'd like this setting but it is perfect for a ghost story. Cold, gray, and rather dim. It's been fun to create a world where part of the area is lifeless and another part is full of life and hope.

 4. Tell us about your protagonist.

 Gilbert Baker is 21. He is short and shy and a sad potato. He frightens easily so you can imagine the effect this setting has on him. 

 Though not brave on all outward appearance, he's' even been known to faint on occasion, Gil has a hidden courage which has kept him going his whole life. He has a devotion to God and a love for his family and friends. And when it comes down to it, he will do anything to protect them.

 5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?

 Ian Baker, Gil and Ava's uncle. I know this is unprofessional and not the best author way to describe him but it is how I feel about him, He's a major jerkface!

 6. What excites you most about this novel?

 Writing a character who is not necessarily the bravest. I feel Gil is more real on how most would act in his situation. Also the story has a darker theme - not in the sense that there's no hope - but just grimmer. It deals more with human emotions and I'm having fun with it.

 7. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else?

 At first I thought it was going to be a standalone, but Mena showed up and turned it into a series. Each book will be from another characters view point. (So for example, this one is from Gil's, the next will be from one of the other characters.) I even have titles for all the upcoming books!

 8. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plansting?

 As always, I am flying by the seat of my pants. Why plot when the characters are going to change it?

 9. Name a few things that make this story unique.

 The characters. Mostly, as with all my books, it is the characters. My plots aren't all that original I don't think. But my characters have a life of their own.

 10. Share a fun “extra” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!). 

Shockingly, I don't have my usual playlist and pintrest board set up yet. *GASP* 



  1. I am loving the sound of this story!

  2. Ooooh, fun ghost story with gritty themes and hope and a cinnamon roll protagonist? I LOVE THIS ALREADY!!!

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