Friday, August 22, 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop in the FERAL by




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Thriller, Paranormal

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16067008-stitching-snow?ac=1
The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.











ALICIA: 1. Can you tell us in depth a little bit about FERAL, without giving spoilers?

HOLLY: The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

  It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

FERAL’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

FERAL falls squarely into the realm of the classic psychological thriller. While the book features mystery, horror, and paranormal elements, the emphasis is on the “psychological” rather than thriller / action. The novel features a Hitchcockian pace and focus on character development (here, we’re exploring the inner workings of the main character, Claire Cain). Essentially, every aspect of FERAL is used to explore Claire’s inner workings—that even includes the wintry Ozarks setting. The water metaphor is employed frequently in psychological thrillers to represent the subconscious, and here is incorporated in the form of a brutal ice storm (that represents Claire’s “frozen” inner state). The attempt to untangle what is real from what is unreal (another frequently-used aspect of the psychological thriller) also begins to highlight the extent to which Claire was hurt in that Chicago alley. Even the explanation of the odd occurrences in the town of Peculiar offers an exploration into and portrait of Claire’s psyche. Ultimately, FERAL is a book about recovering from violence—that’s not just a lengthy or hard process; it’s a terrifying process, too. The classic psychological thriller allowed me to explore that frightening process in detail. 

 
ALICIA: 2. What was the most challenging aspect of writing FERAL, and what about it made it so challenging? 

HOLLY: FERAL started out as an MG novel about a young girl digging into a cold case. It took several rounds of rewrites to turn the novel into a YA; with each rewrite, the book got increasingly darker. I actually realized, during the process of turning the book into a YA, that it actually needed to be a psychological thriller, rather than a straight mystery (as it was when it was an MG). One of the toughest chapters to write was the chapter toward the beginning, where we see, in brutal detail, what happened to Claire in Chicago. In the end, though, it’s also the most important… 
 
ALICIA: 3. Can you tell us five random things about you? 
 

HOLLY:

1. I have horrendous eyesight (20/700 vision—must be from all that reading)!

2. I have a completely spoiled Pekingese who enjoys long walks and talking on the phone (I’m totally serious).

3. I think the skies in my hometown (Springfield, MO) are the prettiest skies EVER.

4. I’m always going on buying trips with my brother, an antiques dealer. I can never leave an estate sale without buying a new piece of art.

5. I grew up with two cats that I adored—one of them was born a feral cat.


ALICIA: 4. Did you have to invest a lot of time and research into completing this novel? If so, what needed to be done?

HOLLY: I’d say I did a moderate amount of research. But as an author, there’s a point at which you have to let research go and let your imagination take over. For example: I did do some research into potential cities for the setting of FERAL; Claire’s hometown, Chicago, is actually considered the alley capital of the US (this is important early on). But while I looked into Chicago a bit, I didn’t do any research into the town of Peculiar at all. I chose the town for the name alone; the town as it appears in the book is a complete fictionalization. Really, you have to learn how to ride the line, as an author: you are both tied to reality and able to take liberties. It’s all about using just enough of the real world that your fictionalizations seem plausible.
 
ALICIA: 5. What was your most memorable moment while writing FERAL? 

HOLLY: That blissful moment when you’re nearing the end and are tying all the ends together. It’s a tough enough job when you’re writing fiction, but when your book contains elements of a mystery? Mysteries take tough to another level. There are so many clues and hints (and maybe even a red herring or two) to keep track of. When you feel the book coming together, you get a bit euphoric, actually. That euphoria might be why we writers come back to write another novel time and time again…



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1 comments:

  1. I also have very spoiled Pekineses. Our dogs are not allowed upstairs, but whenever it rains, Snuggles decides that he has to be in my room, and in my bed. So, he gets to sleep in bed every so often. Sooo spoiled.

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