Today I have the chance to have Nancy Holder by my side! She wrote multiple books, including the Wicked series, and more recently the Crusade series. Please read on to discover more about Nancy, and a great giveaway!
A series about spirits and possessions is rather original, what triggered the whole concept?
Actually, my editor and I were trying to think of something for me to do after the success of PRETTY LITTLE DEVILS. She was thinking of setting the series in New Hampshire but I know there are a lot of very remote parts of California, and suggested we move it there
I love ghost stories and stories about possession really freak me out. I’ve been afraid to watch The Exorcism of Emily Rose, based on the story of Anneliese Michel. I just tried to watch a youtube that says it’s of a doll moving a candle. I had to stop because I got soo scared. Freaky, freaky, freaky.
What can we expect in, The Screaming Season, third book in the series?
I loved writing The Screaming Season. I felt good about it all the way through. I was scared most of the time, always a good sign! In The Screaming Season, most of Lindsay’s questions will be answered. I did leave a few doors open in case there’s a fourth book, but there’s a sense of being “done” by the end of Screaming.
Do you believe in ghosts/spirits? Have you ever had a weird encounter?
Yes, I have had a couple of weird encounters. I wrote about one of them in Dancing with the Dark, edited by Stephen Jones. When I was about nineteen, I thought I saw the ghost of my grandfather standing in the doorway to his downstairs office. And my cousin and I had a ghost we named “Herman.” We were very afraid of him.
If the Possession series was made into a TV shows, who would you like to play your main character's roles?
That’s a toughie! I wish Paris Hilton were younger…but Elle Fanning would be great for Mandy. Tamanna, and Molly Quinn. I love Molly Quinn. I’d like to see who the casting director picked!
Could you pick a song to represent each of the main characters?
Actually, I watched a ton of horror movies (one every morning that I wrote the Possessions series!) and listen to soundtracks. Here are some of my favorite soundtracks and CD’s to read The Screaming Season to:
- El Orfanato
- Dark Water
- Blair Witch 2
- The Eye
- The Uninvited
- The Others
and I LOVE the music of Goblin (Suspiria, Profondo Rosso)
What's for you the best part of being an author?
I love “having” to watch movies and read widely. I also love it that I can pick up my daughter from school. I love it that I can write anywhere—in hotel rooms, airplanes, my house, a coffee shop. I’m a road warrior. I love knowing intelligent and well-read people.
Did you ever imagine yourself being so successful?
I dreamed about it, but I didn’t really think it would happen. I’m so grateful to everyone who’s ever read a book of mine. Thank you all for my career.
Could you share with us three things you like to do that isn't related to writing?
I like to cook with my daughter. We are really amazing cooks! I like to travel, and I really like to party at Disney theme parks with my friend and frequent writing partner, Debbie Viguie.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading an advance reader copy of THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan. I love it!
Last a question I ask all of my guests, what's your best spring break memory?
Two years ago, my daughter and I flew to the east coast. We spent an entire day driving to Baltimore to see the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. It was an amazing experience. Then we went to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. And then…Busch Gardens! It was a fantastic vacation.
Thank you so much Nancy for joining us! I really don’t know how you watch one horror movie a day, I can’t stand them, I’m already frightened lol
Nancy generously offered a copy of The Screaming Season, one copy of Crusade & Signed Bookplates to one lucky winner!
The third novel in the bone-chilling Possessions series by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder
The gutsy heroine of Possessions and The Evil Within returns for another year of boarding school at the haunted Marlwood Academy. Lindsay wakes to find herself strapped down in the infirmary. She had a breakdown and might have tried to kill her nemesis Mandy or Mandy's boyfriend, Troy—or both. The details are hazy, but one thing is certain: she is possessed by a spirit she cannot trust.
Lindsay soon realizes that nowhere on campus is safe. Then, she finds a surprising ally in her former rival. Together, Lindsay and Mandy must figure out who can be trusted—and who wants them dead. But when Lindsay's ex-boyfriend shows up at Marlwood, she is given a chance to get away and be free of the curse. Will she take Riley's hand and run, or team up with a new love to save Marlwood from the evil spirits forever?
For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.
Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated — and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.
Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself — and her heart.
This giveaway is open Internationally
To enter, just leave a comment letting us know if you’ve ever had a paranormal encounter? ^^
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Ends April 6th, 2011.