Tuesday, 15 September 2015

On writing horror for kids

Two-book bundle now available

My new book, Myles and the Monster Outside, is coming out this week. I answered a Q&A about the book on Dundurn's blog. We talked about monsters, writing for kids, and more. Here's a taste:

"What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Horror for kids takes a deft touch. What’s too tame, what’s too spooky, how do you strike the right balance between scary and believable, plus provide a satisfying ending that’s not just a Scooby-doo reveal (not that there’s anything wrong with Scooby-doo)? 

Because Myles and the Monster Outside is a psychological, road-trip thriller (which may be a first for a children’s book), much of the spookiness comes from the late night, and the blurred line between what’s real and what’s imagined. I had to keep the tension high inside the car, too – a tall order!"

We talked about audience, readership and more. 
Click here for entire Q&A.

Here are some reviews of Myles and the Monster Outside:  Kirkus Reviews  Goodreads

And hey, the book is the Dundurn FB title page this week!

Myles and the Monster Outside is now available on Amazon.

Check out the fantastic Myles and the Monster Outside Book trailer (that's me playing an original composition on guitar, btw) with all 6 spooky illustrations from Shawna Daigle (who also did the amazing covers).

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