Christmas Awards 2011

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Guest Post and a Contest

Note: Contest now closed

Halloween stories anyone?

I was never one to pick up themed (Holiday, Valentines, ect…) books before I was asked to participate in a Halloween project. This was a couple of years ago, and I saw it was a way to push myself. Not only was it supposed to be revolving around Halloween in some way, but it also had to be a contemporary setting.

At the time I was very happy writing my historical paranormal. Oh, yes, I had dipped my preverbal toe in the contemporary waters by writing a time travel, but an entire novella? Hmm…

And then there was the fact that it had to involve either werewolves or vampires. I love reading about vampires, but have just never had the desire to write about them, so I chose werewolves.

It was a tough project I had ahead of me, but I dove into it and let my imagination soar. I had a lot of fun writing the novella. There was much more freedom for my heroines than I had in my medieval settings. But I had seen several authors try to switch time periods to disastrous effects so I was more than worried.

Imagine my surprise when this little novella sold and sold and sold. So when the rights came back to me, I snatched them up and set about redoing the cover and expanding the story a couple of thousand words.

The novella isn’t just a paranormal, I added a bit of science fiction in there as well. I blame it on all the Doctor Who and Torchwood episodes I was watching at the time. 

Yet, it seemed to work for the story. A heroine who doesn’t quite fit in and a hero who isn’t from this earth. Together they not only find love, but save the people of Cardiff from a very bad end one Halloween.

Though, I have to admit, there’s no way I’d take any kind of dare into any building that looks even remotely like its haunted. Lol. I’m one of those people who won’t sleep for months after just watching a commercial preview of a horror movie.

And after sleeping in a haunted castle in Scotland – and being touched by said ghost. Twice – I don’t mess around with fate that way.

What about you? Are you the kind that’s loves the scary stuff? Or are you more like me and a scardy cat? 

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April said...

What an exciting post.Larena,thanks for having Donna here today. Primal Heat was a exciting story to read.Christmas is my favorite time of the year.But I love the fall colors of Halloween.I don't really care for the scary stuff either.

Donna Grant said...

April, I love fall colors as well. The cool, crisp air. That I can handle. The freezing cold, not so much. lol

Caridad Pineiro said...

Sounds like a great mix. I can't wait to read it.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

I am proud to be a scardy cat! Hubby loves horror movies like Saw and that stuff. He has to watch all that stuff when I'm asleep or not around.

Though I always loved Halloween. But then I love the crispness in the air. You can always seem to tell when autumn has come by the scent in the air.

Donna Grant said...

Thx, Caridad!

Rao - my hubby doesn't care for horror movies, so we don't watch them at all. Now my brothers on the other hand, the scarier the better, while I was growing up. :)

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Donna - My husband loves them. He had to get those dvd Scarfest movies. Now I did sit down to watch the movie that was filmed/produced by someone locally. It was cheesy. I just can't remember the name of it..

If it makes hubby jump then he'll love it. Man's not right in the head. At least with those films I don't get boggled with questions. Why I hate watching movies with him.

Jacki C. said...

I'm not a scardy cat, per se. But, I don't like scary movies because then it just adds to the stuff that I already have bouncing around in my head all the time. (I see dead people - really) :) Jacki

Donna Grant said...

Rao - lol!

Jacki - wow! I can't imagine.