Welcome to day 15 of The Crossroads Blog Tour - better late than neve, I've been at work all day and having stupid computer problems so now I'm running behind! Ugh! Anyway, today I'm featuring Rosemary Clement-Moore, author of The Splendor Falls (2009), Prom Dates from Hell (2007), Hell Week (2008), Highway to Hell (2009), and Texas Gothic (July, 2011). Check out the Goodreads description for The Splendor Falls here. I love gothic novels :)
How did you come up with the idea for The Splendour Falls and how many books will there be in the series?
The Splendor Falls is a stand-alone novel, though there are links between that book and my next one, Texas Gothic, which comes out next year. The idea comes from my love of old fashioned gothic novels. Haunted house, vulnerable but plucky protagonist who doesn’t know who to trust, brooding hero, mysterious surroundings… All those things went into the book, plus a dash of Southern atmosphere and modern sass from my heroine.
What can we expect from the sequel (if there is one)?
The next book, as you might guess from the title Texas Gothic, is another spin on the gothic novel. This time there are ghosts and magic in the Texas Hill Country, where Amy Goodnight is house sitting for her witch of an aunt. A modern mystery mixes with an archaeological dig plus a healthy dose of spooky stuff and good bit of romance and humor.
Are you writing anything else at the moment or have any ideas in the pipeline? Will they be paranormal in nature?
I’m working on another paranormal book for Random House, though I’m not sure how it will tie in to the others. I love paranormal novels. Magic makes the world so much more interesting!
About your writing style, are you a pantser or an outliner? What would your one bit of writing advice be?
I’m a modified-pantser. I usually have an idea of the main turning points of the book, and I do better when I know how it ends. In fact, I often write the end before I get there, so I’ll know where I’m going. That would actually be my advice--if you ever feel ‘stuck’ in a scene, jump ahead to the next place where you KNOW what has to happen. Often the reason you’re stuck is because you don’t need the scene you’re working on.
What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?
Dressing up and decorating the front porch for the trick or treaters!
If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
A fairy. Magical and cute, too!
Thank you to Rosemary for answering all of my questions! To find out more about Rosemary and her books, you can visit her website here. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter. And in case you're wondering what the cover for Texas Gothic looks like, here it is...
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