So....I want to tell you about a book. Not a Winternight book. The third book in the Winternight Trilogy, The Winter of the Witch comes out in January, and I'm sure I'll be talking you guys' ears off about that before long.
No, my other book. I'm talking about Small Spaces Writing it was a delightful accident. See, I was on a Megabus to Boston, and I'd shelled out $5 extra for a seat right up front, so I could daydream and watch the open road. But it was incredibly foggy.
No open road. But the fog got me to thinking. What if the bus broke down? What if we were--trapped in the fog? What if things started coming out? (Writers think this kind of stuff when they're traveling, and I have a soft spot for scary books). Recall certain chapters in The Bear and the Nightingale
I scribbled some ideas in my notebook and put it away. But a few months later I found myself at loose ends waiting for editorial comments for The Girl in the Tower. I reopened my notebook. I saw the notes about the bus and the fog.
I got to thinking. Bus to me said school, which said childhood, Goosebumps, field trips, all kinds of things. I got to playing with ideas, not sure where I was going.
A few weeks later, I ended up with a draft horror novel. About a group of kids on a field trip that goes very wrong. About a misty autumn in Vermont, and an old curse, evil scarecrows and a haunted corn maze.
I had an absolute blast writing this book. It comes out on Tuesday, 9/25/2018. Next Tuesday, in fact. For all of you waiting for a Winternight book, I hope you will consider picking this one up in the meantime. It contains all my love for shivery autumn things, and might be just the fall fix you need before Halloween.
Enjoy the shivers, and as the book will tell you, avoid large places at night.