I just got off a pretty awesome Blog Book Tour for my newest horror fiction book, “Iniquity”. Keeping in spirits (yes, pun intended) with the Halloween season, I did a fun and spooky interview on the blog tour, so here it is in case you missed it. I seriously had a blast doing this, so I hope you guys enjoy. ~TRF
1.) Your newest book “Iniquity” debuted August 19, 2014 and has already hit the bestseller status. Tell us a little bit about it!
TRF: It’s a New Age horror fiction read and it circles around a group of six people who committed a horrific crime five years earlier. They are brought together again by some pretty dark forces completely out of their control and the story spins into raw terror from there.
2.) Tell us why this is a perfect Halloween month read.
TRF: October is the one time a year we love to scare ourselves, isn’t it? INIQUITY is practically oozing with everything that makes a person not want to turn off the lights at night.
3.) What does your writing process look like? Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. Do you listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
TRF: When your career has you working from home the majority of the time, it isn’t always easy—especially for the wild imagination and short attention span of a YA author ;-). So, most days, I’m working in my office from around 6-7 a.m. into the evening around 6-7 p.m. There are definitely times I change it up, relocate myself to a coffee shop or wherever I might travel sometimes for story research or something—but most of the time, to keep my focus, I try to keep a usual routine. I have lots of quirky things in my office and on my desk and walls, which make me feel like I’m in a constant state of “down the rabbit hole”—which is awesome! And I have always made a soundtrack playlist for every book I’ve written to listen to while I’m in the writing process. What’s really cool is that now that I’m eight books in, readers and fans have taken to sending me ideas to add to playlists once my books release and that’s a fun and unique way for me to interact my imagination with my readers’. Something like that is so surreal.
4.) Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
TRF: Nothing too out of the ordinary—though I constantly talk to myself and I do periodically have to get up and pace around my house.
5.) If you could cast your characters in INIQUITY in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
TRF: I normally don’t give answers for this question because I really like to leave that up to my readers’ imaginations, however, I definitely have some Hollywood crushes I see playing Colin Serpan—I’m talking Chris Hemsworth, or Jensen Ackles.
6.) What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
TRF: Not being able to type 500 wam…I could write so many stories so much faster if my typing could keep up with the speed of my imagination!
7.) Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
TRF: Nothing is off the table for me. I think at this point, after eight books in that are all completely different genres from one another, my readers and fans expect a surprise every new release I do. It’s become like my M.O. as an author.
8.) Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
TRF: I like to keep my stories as “clean” as I can while not risking the integrity of the story so that more readers can enjoy them.
9.) What are you working on now? What is your next project?
TRF: I’m working on some pretty exciting stuff right now! A spin-off novel from my Ghost Story Trilogy, a dark, apocalyptic project, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions since the release of INIQUITY about other horror reads in the works: the answer is yes, you can definitely expect some more scary-ness in the 2015 year.
10.) You have 6 incredibly relatable and complex characters that lead the story in INIQUITY. Tell us what’s on their tombstones.
TRF: Oooo, this is a fun question!
Ronnie-I Guess I Did Need That Map
Tori-Vanity is Definitely My Favorite Sin
Gabriella-(A carving of Grumpy Cat in her tombstone)
Sam-That Third Wheel Eventually Ran Me Over
Mandy-Who Knew Indecisiveness Could Kill?
Colin-At Least I Looked Like Hercules
11.) What about yours? What would your tombstone read?
TRF: “This isn’t where I parked my car.”
12.) Why the theme of guilt? This story is practically dripping with it.
TRF: I think the scariest part of the entire story is just the reality within the fantasy of it: can we really ever escape guilt?
13.) What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
TRF:I’ve always been a big fan of the horror/occult genre, whether it’s in books or movies. I had the most fun writing this story, however the drafting and editing processes were brutal because I was so particular (and nearly obsessed) with not hitting cliché walls. The horror genre and its basics can be extremely predictable sometimes, and have been done over and over and over. I wanted to make sure that I could keep the basic building blocks of a horror novel intact, while still providing a unique perspective that sticks in readers’ minds and sets itself apart from others like it.