A little bit about Phobic
To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she's gradually falling for, but even he doesn't believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.
Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.
About Cortney Pearson
Cortney is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.
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Q&A With Cortney Pearson
-Piper is a musician who is determined to win a scholarship audition (in the hopes of escaping her creepy house!). She's very driven and ambitious and gets up early every morning to practice her clarinet. She's also timid but learns to stand up for herself, which is huge.
-I picture someone who looks like Saxon Sharbino for Piper. Only with zits, because that's something Piper struggles with and gets bullied for.
-Every year during Halloween/October I get the urge to write something to encapsulate the mood of the season, because I LOVE it! And writing this genre really captured that creepy mood!
Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
-Not really, actually. If I play music that fits the mood of the scene I'm trying to write, that really helps.
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
-This was tough, because I've always loved to write!! I could be a firefighter or a librarian or a flight attendant...nah...drawing a blank here... :-p
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
-Being a mom, definitely. I love my kids! I feel so blessed to have such great kids and I love to see them try and succeed, to learn new things. It's so gratifying to me, as a parent. And aside from other major milestones like graduating college and marrying a spectacular guy, publishing Phobic was definitely huge! Talk about dreams coming true! :D
What do you think makes a good story?
-Wow, so many different things! I think the number one thing for me is having sympathetic characters with a cause I can root for. Characters whom I can connect with, cheer for, cry over, laugh with. Plot, pacing, description are all important as well, along with having tension and suspense to keep things moving.
What books have most influenced your life most?
-As far as fiction goes, I love Jane Eyre -- I've never had a story hit me like hers did. I'm reading The Night Circus right now too (for the third time, ha ha), and that book is pure magic. I'd love to be able to craft something so intricate and magical! As far as non-fiction, definitely The Book of Mormon. I get something new out of it every time I read it! Also, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. That book has helped so much! The way we think and view things really makes a difference.
What can we expect from you in the future?
-I have a lot of projects waiting in line to be finished! I'm in the middle of edits for a YA sci fi/fantasy called SEALED WITH A KISS, as well as a YA contemporary, and YA steampunk. A companion novel to PHOBIC, titled PANIC, is also in the works!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
-Read a lot, write a lot, study a lot. Find great beta readers who'll give you honest opinions, go to conferences, learn all that you can, and be prepared to revise! And it's great to be open to advice and learn all you can, change what you have to, but don't lose sight of *your* vision for your stories as well. It's definitely a delicate balance, learning which advice is good and also sticking to what you know you want for your writing career!
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