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Thursday, October 20, 2011

2nd Ann. Halloween Extravaganza! Interview with Nancy Holzner

Welcome Nancy! Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you so much! I'm delighted to be here.

First off. Are you excited for Halloween?

I really am. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. When my daughter was little, I'd spend weeks making her a costume each year. (I'm not great at sewing, so we needed to start early.) She'd decide what she wanted for her costume, and we'd scour second-hand shops and craft stores to put it together. Back then, she was everything from Maid Marian to a unicorn to the Empire State Building! One year she wanted to be a knight, and I made her an entire suit of armor out of silver-spray-painted poster board. I had as much fun making the costumes as she did wearing them.

Now, I love having trick-or-treaters come to the house. In my town, our neighborhood is trick-or-treat central. Hundreds of kids from all over the area dress up in costume and go door to door. (Last year we gave away more than 20 pounds of candy!) People decorate their porches and set up mini-haunted houses. It's a real party atmosphere.

Natasha: That sounds super fun. That's my idea on Halloween! I find when I was young, it was like that. These days, young teenagers think their too cool to trick-or-treat! lol

What was your most favorite or embarrassing costume you've gone out as?

It's been quite a while since I dressed up for Halloween. Lately, my role has been chief candy distributor. One year in college, though, I made myself a costume that transformed me into an air-mail letter to France (my face was the stamp). The address was the actual address of a French friend—I guess I really wanted to visit her!

Image DetailAs the author of the bump in the night, 'Deadtown' series. You know spooky. What's your all time favorite horror movie(s)?

I like a little bit of humor with my horror to relieve the tension, so I go for movies like Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. A classic I really enjoy is An American Werewolf in London. The first time I saw that movie, I laughed, I gasped, I screamed—and I was massively entertained.

Do you read novels of the Horror genre? If so, what's your favorites?

Right now, I'm very much into ghost stories and novels with a Gothic feel. I love creepy settings that make you feel compelled to look over your shoulder as you're reading. Some of my favorites are classics, like Peter Straub's Ghost Story and Bernard Taylor's Sweetheart, Sweetheart. A more recent spooky novel that I really enjoyed was The Restorer by Amanda Stevens. It's about a professional cemetery restorer who can see ghosts.

How many novels are planned for your 'Deadtown' series?
I've got four under contract, but I'd like to continue the series for a couple of books beyond that. I'm just finishing the manuscript for the fourth book, 

Darklands, which will be out next summer. Some exciting developments happen in that book, and I need to keep the story going to let them play out fully.

I love Victory's character. If she was to go to a Halloween party this year, what do you think she'd dress up as?

Thank you! Vicky is a lot of fun to write. Hmm, let's see. One thing Vicky wouldn't do for a Halloween costume is change her form into some kind of animal. It would be convincing, but when she shapeshifts the animal brain takes over—she'd actually become a tiger or a koala or a penguin (whatever)—and couldn't exactly enjoy the party that way. I think Vicky would choose a costume that she could accessorize with weapons (real ones, of course), in case trouble broke out—you never know what demons might get up to on Halloween! Maybe she'd dress up as a pirate so she could arm herself with a dagger, a flintlock pistol, and a cutlass.

Do you have any new releases coming out?

Image Detail Bloodstone, the third book in my Deadtown series, was released on September 27, so it's available online and in stores now. As I mentioned, the next book in the series, Darklands, will be out in summer 2012. In between, I plan to release a couple of ebooks: a collection of Deadtown-related short stories 
(including a prequel about the zombie plague), and the second book in my 

(nonparanormal) Bo Forrester mystery series. The first book in that series, Peace, Love, and Murder, was published in hardcover a couple of years ago by a small press. I recently made it available as an inexpensive ebook, too. So many readers have asked for a sequel to the mystery, that I decided to write one and release it myself as an ebook.

I'll be announcing new releases on my website, so you can always check there to see what's happening.

Thanks for stopping by Nancy! You rock!

Thanks again for a fun interview! It's been a pleasure.

Bloodstone, the third novel in Nancy Holzner's Deadtown series, is now available. For information on Nancy and her books, visit her website. You can also find Nancy on Facebook and Twitter, and blogging with other fantasy authors at Dark Central Station.


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

This is a series I have on my TBR shelf, thanks for reminding me why.

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