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As a thank you to my fans—and to encourage new ones—I recently published this 33 page novella with Beau to Beau books for 99cents.
Where did the idea come from for The Chalet? What inspired this story?
A dream I had that was part nightmare and part longing inspired this story. At first, I thought I was back at Latham's Landing for another visit (a haunted isle mansion featured in "Origin of Fear," Spellbound 2011, and the recently published "All That Remains," Bedtime Shadows). Then realized this mansion was not on an island, but in the deep woods. The huge oak doors were intimidating, yet beautiful. I kept being pulled forward through the house toward the master bedroom by my mom, who was oddly an African American (I'm Caucasian). I knew something terrible waited there. Many of the scenes from the story are from the dream, like the ghosts dancing in celebration near the end.
What genre does The Chalet fall under?
Gothic horror/suspense in the genre of The Chalet. You might say it’s truly a tale where horror and romance come together, which is my author slogan :)
What is a one-sentence synopsis of The Chalet?
When Madeline honors her mother's dying wish, and returns to The Chalet, she discovers the true secret of the old mansion; a seductive spirit whose undying love has waited decades to claim her for its own.
Will The Chalet be self-published or represented by an agency?
Beau to Beau Books is putting out this story. They are a new publisher for me that will be putting out shorter stories for a low price, both to thank fans who like my longer works and are waiting for series books, and also to entice new readers.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Counting the lags of time when I didn't work on it? (laughs) The Chalet took about three days or 24 hours to complete, done over two months here and there, when I had time.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My mom said the character of Madeline reminded her of Stephen King's ghostly singer in Bag of Bones. While this is true (and likely where the dream character came from), Madeline the ghost is only a bit player in The Chalet, not the main one. There are similarities to my short novella Return to Me, but this has a lot more suspense and scares, and much more of a seductive quality to it.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
In creating the supernatural force that haunts the Chalet, I wanted something that was immortal, but also vulnerable; something that had some aspects of the vampire, but without all the traditional trappings of the vampire, like the blood drinking. If people enjoy this short story enough, I'll write more about this particular "monster," and this time it will be a novel. So if you like The Chalet please let me know!
I came back again with Jackie when she was forty. This time, I went inside. From the first, I could tell something was off.
Light worked in some places, when they shouldn’t have. No one had paid the bills there in a good twenty years. Yet as we went from room to room, the lights she flicked on came on above, wan light flooding the big room, chasing away the shadows even as it made the dust and decay surrounding us that more apparent.
"You don’t need to be worried," Jackie said to me lovingly. "Mad wants us here. We won’t disappear like those others, honey."
I stuck to her like glue with wide eyes, trying to watch everything around me and not trip over the debris in places. While The Chalet as a whole was in pretty good shape under all that dust, some portions of the ceiling had come down in places. Also, some of the furniture was knocked over, like there had been a fight of some kind here. It was then I noticed a shoe sticking out from beneath an upturned couch. There was something in it that resembled a withered white stick…
"Through here, child."
I followed my mom, averting my eyes, telling myself that that couldn’t have been a leg bone.
The police would have found the body, if it had been. It was my imagination.
We went on, lights going on behind us as we walked the dusty halls, then up the large staircase, and then down another hall. There were so many doors on either side, almost like a hotel. The further we went, the more the surety settled on me that we would never find our way out again. And what if the lights gave out suddenly? We hadn’t brought a flashlight.
"Can we go now?" I said, clutching her hand, hating how I sounded like a grade-schooler instead of a teenager.
"You stop being a baby," my mom said crossly. "Mad isn’t going to hurt us. We’re family. She told me to come back here. I’ve got to get something." She stopped suddenly before a door close to the end of the hallway. "There it is."
I looked, but this door was another door like all the other’s we’d passed. There was not ever a number on it to tell me what significance it held.
"You stay here," she said eagerly. "I’ll be right back."
"No, I don’t want to—!"
A ringing slap numbed my face, and silenced my protest. I put my hand to my cheek and rubbed the smarting flesh, looking at my mom with large scared eyes.
"You do what I tell you," Jackie said angrily. "Lately all you want to do is sass, and act like you know everything. You’re a teen, not a woman yet, Madeline Saunders."
As her words echoed in the long hall, a presence formed, some unseen heavy feeling settling down around us, as if the house were listening, attentive to us, waiting on our next action.
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