Tuesday, October 6, 2015

[Blog Tour] Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics Blog Tour
Welcome to the Daughters Unto Devils blog tour! Today we have a guest post from Amy about horror in Young Adult literature.

We don't see a lot of horror in YA literature, what made you want to write horror?
I write horror fiction because it's my favorite genre to read. While there may not be a ton of YA horror out there, there's certainly enough to show how fun, awesome, and scary the genre can be. I've loved seeing the list get bigger and bigger as more deals are announced and more titles are released, but regardless of its current status in the market, I'd want to continue writing horror for as long as I could.
The challenge of writing something that would scare myself as a reader is what makes the experience appealing and fun. When I was writing Daughters unto Devils, I would set up my laptop on the kitchen table, turn off all the lights, and draft to candlelight and the soundtrack for things like Alien (one of my favorites) or A Haunting in Connecticut (I wasn't wild about the movie, but the soundtrack is TERRIFYING.) Making myself feel uneasy and nervous totally translated into the text, in my opinion. Being a horror writer isn't about writing what you think will scare other people, it's about best showing what scares you and why.
It seems simple, but figuring out exactly what scares you is easier said than done. The best way to figure it out, in my opinion? Read as much horror fiction as you can get your hands on. Ask yourself why you did or didn't like the story—doing so will naturally strengthen your ability to come up with your own. Never try to recreate an experience by imitating what you've already read; instead, strive to put your own original spins on your favorite tropes or ideas. Have faith in your ability—if you love reading horror, you're qualified to start writing it.

Three cheers for YA horror!  

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. 

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf. Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. 

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Now onto the giveaway!

3 Finished Copies of DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS for 3 winners (US/Canada)


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