August 19, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
Thank you to Jen Cudmore for hosting me on her blog for stop number four on the Mega Dark Blog Tour. This time, I am going to write a little bit about my second book, Adverse Possession.
Adverse Possession is my ‘haunted house’ story. I think every author of supernatural thrillers is obligated to tell their own version of the things that go bump in the night. As long as I can think back, I have loved the classic haunted house story. Mr. Boogedy (which aired on the Wonderful World of Disney in the 80s) was one of the movies that got me started. His vacuum of doom was truly terrifying.
As I got a little older, I moved onto young adult ghost stories like Wait ‘Til Helen Comes and The Shining. Ok, The Shining was not exactly young adult reading, but I had been tackling Stephen King since the fifth grade. My absolute favorite of the genre, however, is Poltergeist. Anyone who reads Adverse Possession will find some similarities between the Forresters and the Freelings, along with some differences. I also enjoyed my share of guilty pleasures, such as the remake of House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts.
The problem with most of these stories, in my humble opinion, is that they don’t get close to the truth about source of these otherworldly darlings. Many are spooky fun to be sure, but they usually leave me feeling hollow and less than victorious. (Spoiler Alert) For example, when Tangina declared the house in Poltergeist to be clean, and in the next scene it got sucked into another dimension. It was a jarring twist, no doubt, but the Freelings never got close to the truth and suffered at the hand of those same monsters over the course of two more movies. Some would say the audience suffered as well.
Writing Adverse Possession was a labor of love. I applied the knowledge I gained from my first go round (The Road to Hell), and had a lot of fun writing it. I even enjoyed editing it, though I did it five times. As with my debut novel, I sent it out once again to agents and publishers who nibbled, but didn’t bite. Though frustrating, I managed to self-publish once again.
To find out more about me, my writing, and Adverse Possession, visit my website at: http://www.jesshanna.com/
Adverse Possession description:
The Forresters have found their dream home… So has something else.
After years of moving from place to place, Andy and Tess are ready to settle down. But from the day they moved into the sprawling Victorian house, something just wasn’t right.
The power cuts out twice a day on a fixed schedule. Windows unlock and open on their own. Strange scratching sounds come from behind the walls.
As the bizarre occurrences continue to increase in frequency and strength, the true source of the extraordinary activity is revealed.
What started as an enchanting curiosity has become a danger to them all, and the Forresters are in a race against time to save their family from an enemy unlike anything they have ever known.
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