Blurb: Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband's violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn't alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband's death is still with her. Darkness has engulfed the past year of Ella's life. Everyday reality slips a little more between her fingers as she struggles to break free from her memories. She must look deeper into her past as well as the present to discover truth of her husband's homicide. A string of uncanny events takes place and practical explanations run thin as Ella follows the terrifying road to closure. As the past and present come to a head, Ella must decipher who or what the murderer is before it takes her as well.
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When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
After I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer or a forensic psychologist. Hahaha Those were my two main career objectives, but they didn’t really suit me. In the end it was better for me to write about characters who were only limited by the boundaries of imagination.
In your experience, what has been the toughest obstacle with writing?
I haven’t had much writers block or anything like that. For me it is finding the time to keep up with the ideas in my mind. I keep about five books going at once so I can get the ideas on paper, but there never seem to be enough hours in the day.
The stories come easiest for me. Ideas are constantly forming and swirling around in my mind. I love abandoning myself to characters and letting them take me on an adventure.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten about writing?
The best way to build your platform is to write more. I think as independent authors we all get tied down to the idea of marketing and networking, but we sacrifice our writing to do it. However, at the end of the day it is the stories you write and the characters you create that keep people coming back to you.
Do you plot and outline your books before you write them, or do you just go with the flow?
I do not plot, however, I plan on doing National Novel Writing Month this year and I will plot that novel with a method I learned recently. I can see the benefits of plotting if it doesn’t impede creativity.
Dark Corners is a suspenseful mystery with a serious creepy factor, how did you come up with the idea?
Dark Corners is part reality and part imagination. There were some strange occurrences that happened at my childhood home that I incorporated into the story, but mostly I think it came from a misguided youth of horror movies. hahaha
Was it difficult to write a character with the Ella’s personality?
Actually no. It was a relief almost. I love writing characters who aren’t concerned with what society thinks, and who do and say whatever they want. It is so much freer than life is for me and most people, I believe. Ella is in a dark place and she wallows in her pain without apology. She knows her flaws and embraces them, which makes me a pain in the butt as much as it makes her one of the most honest characters I have ever written.
If your lead character had one day to live, what would they do?
Wow, that’s a hard question. I think she would get Detective Troy to sail out on Lake Michigan with her and spend a peaceful day with the wind in her hair and laughter on her lips.
If you were faced with a ghost, what would you do?
Question it until it got annoyed with me and left. Hahaha
Pick one song that best describes either your lead character or you book
Your Ghost by Greg Laswell
My next book is the first in an urban fantasy trilogy called Secrets.
Blurb: While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the abyss gazed back at her. She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger. A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn't know and sometimes what you don't know can kill you.
Thank you, Liz! If you haven't read Dark Corners yet, what are you waiting for? It's a story that will force you to turn the page and leave goose bumps dancing up your spine! I am very much looking forward to reading more books from Liz Schulte