I’ve been tagged by the sublime romance author Lyn Sofras to answer 10 questions about my next release, The Chalet, which is out now!
The Chalet by Tara Fox Hall
You can read about Lyn's ‘Next Big Thing’ on her blog, http://manicscribbler.blogspot.com/.

Let's get to it!

What is the working title of your book?
The Chalet
Where did the idea come from for the book? What inspired this story?
A dream I had that was part nightmare, and part longing inspired it. At first I thought I was back at Latham's Landing for another visit, then realized this mansion was in the deep woods. The huge oak doors were intimidating, and I kept being pulled forward through the house toward the bedroom by my mom, who was oddly an African American (I'm Caucasian). I knew something terrible waited there. Many of the scenes from the story are from the dream, like the ghosts dancing in celebration near the end.
What genre does your book fall under?
Gothic horror/suspense. You might say its truly a tale where horror and romance come together. :)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Madeline honors her mother's dying wish, and returns to The Chalet, she discovers the true secret of the old mansion; a seductive spirit whose undying love has waited decades to claim her for its own.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Beau to Beau Books is putting out this story. They are a new publisher for me that will be putting out shorter stories for a low price, both to thank fans who like my longer works and are waiting for series books, and also to entice new readers.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Counting the lags of time I didn't work on it? (laughs)It took about three days or 24 hours, done over two months here and there, when I had time.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My mom said the character of Madeline reminded her of Stephen King's ghostly singer in Bag of Bones. While this is true (and likely where the dream character came from), Madeline the ghost is only a bit player in The Chalet, not the main one. There are similarities to my short novella Return to Me, but this has a lot more suspense and scares, and much more of a seductive quality.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
In creating the supernatural force that haunts the Chalet, I wanted something that was immortal, but also vulnerable; something that had some aspects of the vampire, but without all the traditional trappings of the vampire, like the blood-drinking. If people enjoy this short story enough, I'll write more about this particular "monster", and this time it will be a novel. So if you like the The Chalet, please let me know!

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Chalet-eboo...

Next Wednesday, October 17th, other writers will tell you about their ‘Next Big Thing’, including:
T. Fox Dunham, Sandra Bunino, and others!
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Published on October 10, 2012 06:58 • 362 views • Tags: the-chalet, the-chalet-by-tara-fox-hall, the-next-big-thing
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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Begin-kruysman Thanks Tara. Good work. Don't know how you keep up the energy.

message 2: by Tara (new)

Tara Hall Lisa wrote: "Thanks Tara. Good work. Don't know how you keep up the energy."

I haven't...LOL...I got very sick last week! Going to slow down in the next months to focus on my series :) Hugs to you and Rich!

message 3: by Lynette (new)

Lynette Sofras What a great post, Tara!
I love that The Chalet came from a dream, as so many of my story ideas do too - and they often involve houses, which I suppose is why these become important 'characters' in my novels.
I have to say, having been privileged to read The Chalet that it's a wonderful story in so many respects. Horror isn't my first choice in reading genres so when I do read it, it has to be good. But The Chalet wasn't good - it was EXCELLENT!
Thanks for a great post.

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