Events Buzz: Back to School is Here!

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Do you need affordable classics and literature for class? Do you need to find some hard-to-find titles? Do you need some fun, relaxing reading now that your children are back at school?

Stop into our “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street. If we don’t have the books you need on our shelves, we can special order them for you.  If you’re not sure what you need in books, our friendly staff can help with that, too.

And we ARE open on Labor Day for our regular hours, so feel free to stop in. Also, as of Labor Day weekend, we’re returning to fall hours, so we’ll be closing at 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Our regular hours are:

Monday-Thursday:  10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

NEW: Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

While we don’t have any events planned for Labor Day weekend, we do have plenty of plans for September!

Here’s a look at some of our events in September…

OFF SITE SPECIAL: Saturday, September 10, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Pride on Worcester Common. ABSW will have a booth on the Common, with more info from our Rainbow Readers and Rainbow Readers Youth LGBTQIA book clubs. Come visit!

OFF SITE SPECIAL: Sunday, September 11, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – Pet Rock Festival at Becker College in Leicester. We will have a booth, featuring children’s animal book authors Janet Lawler and Hazel Mitchell. (Watch for interviews on our Friday Spotlights!)

Thursday, September 15, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Friday, September 16, 7:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie.

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Presents: Voice Actor Greg Tremblay.

Saturday, September 17, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discusses The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling.

SPECIAL EVENT: Friday, September 23, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers 4TH Birthday Double-Header Open Mic, featuring Jennifer Martelli and Kevin Carey.

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. September’s special BIRTHDAY event features Jennifer Martelli and Kevin Carey. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on September 23.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting September 26.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting September 15.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on September 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on September 17.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Kristin Dearborn

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Kristin Dearborn, a local author we got to meet while we were at Necon this year.  Her book, Stolen Away, just came out this June. For her spotlight blog, she wanted to give us this beautiful guest post on monsters and their importance.

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I love monsters. The depraved workings of the human mind don’t do it for me; I want something unrecognizable, something unknown, something alien. Monsters are no better than the image you choose to project onto them. Zombies aren’t scary—everyday people’s interactions in a world with no more formal consequences are scary. When written, Dracula was more about xenophobia and a creeping fear of foreigners than the vampires we think of today. It is argued that Democratic presidencies spur more vampire movies in the US, and Republican presidencies bring forth more zombie movies (this may not be as true these days; when Obama took office, I don’t think zombies went anywhere.)

Monsters are a brilliant blank canvas to position the true story of a book. (Mild spoilers ahoy:) In Stolen Away, a creature known only as DEMON rapes human women, impregnates them, and steals their demon spawn to build his army. When I spell it out like that, DEMON barely sounds interesting. In the book, I bring my character’s baggage with me to face DEMON. When the protagonist, Trisha, is victimized by him, she’s at her lowest point. Though the monster is supernatural, what he does to her is no different than what happens to one in three women. It becomes a real, relatable experience, though with a paranormal mask. The best most of us can hope for after a rape is that our attacker be brought to justice. With a monstrous antagonist, we become empowered as we watch Trisha use DEMON’s magic against him.

Trisha and Joel, the protagonists of Stolen Away, are not un-monstrous themselves. They’re from the wrong side of the tracks, they have a history of drug abuse, and they became parents far younger than they meant to. Through DEMON’s magic, they both shift into alternate forms (perhaps true forms?). Joel becomes werewolf-like, a creature based on the inability to control animal impulses. Joel, we learn, has had anger management issues. Taking on the werewolf form is cathartic, a way to imagine working through those issues. The monstrous is perpetually a vehicle for coming to terms with life’s more unpleasant issues.

My favorite monsters are the Xenomorph from the Alien franchise, the titular Thing from John Carpenter’s 1982 film, and Dean Koontz’s Outsider from the novel Watchers. In addition to being some of the most fantastically designed beasties around, this trifecta depicts three very different types of monster.

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The Xenomorph is completely devoid of humanity. It’s a killer. A predator, and when it’s brought onto the Nostromo, it’s just doing what it does. Through all of the films in the series (I’m excluding the AVP here), no matter how the humans try to fuck with it, the Alien wants to feed and reproduce, and make its territory a safe place for those things to happen. There’s no reasoning with it. The Alien isn’t evil; it’s a predator, one that’s expertly designed by Hollywood to push some very specific buttons in audiences regarding sexual trauma and fear. It doesn’t just kill; it forcibly impregnates the victim as a host before it kills.

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The Thing is a horse of a different color. I can’t see the film without being influenced by Peter Watts’ short story “The Things.” (If you haven’t read it yet, head over to Clarksworld and give it a read. It’s free and it’s short. I’ll wait here.) The two texts together (I haven’t seen the 2011 version yet, someday I’m sure I will) paint a picture of an organism with a collective conscience, one that strives to survive by propagating itself. Unfortunately for all the planets with which it comes in contact, the Thing’s survival comes at the price of the host organisms. The story has been around since 1938 when John W. Campbell wrote his novella Who Goes There—also well worth a read. The tale mutated substantially into the 1951 Thing from Another World. Carpenter carefully considered each of these texts when he created him 1982 masterpiece, cleaving much more true to Campbell’s tale. Carpenter’s telling is set in the 1980s, at the start of the AIDS epidemic, and one can easily read his movie as an allegory for that. The sickness can be in anyone, the carrier may or may not know they’re a carrier, there’s no way to know. You can’t trust anyone. Is anyone who they seem? MacReady comes up with a blood test to determine who is human and who is Thing. The monster comes across as non-empathetic without Wells’ tale, but his short reminds us that every good monster is the hero of its own tale.

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Finally, the Outsider is one of the most sympathetic monsters in literature. Ignore the 1988 movie of the same name, I’m talking about Dean Koontz’ novel here. The government, shadowy and evil, made two creatures, two sides of the same coin. Both are designed as weapons. One is a super smart golden retriever, created to be able to sneak across enemy lines and gather intelligence while appearing unassuming and adorable. The other was a more traditional weapon, engineered from baboons and crocodiles and other nasties to strike fear in the hearts of enemy combatants and to kill. Both creatures were fed a steady diet of popular culture, specifically Disney cartoons. The dog was doted on and adored, the Outsider was reviled. Then they both got loose. The Outsider carries a complex set of emotions, namely a seething hatred for his dog-brother, the favorite child. The Outsider is aware he is ugly, but finds solace in pretty, funny things. He loves Minnie Mouse and Disney, and can’t bear to see his own reflection in a mirror. This humanity elevates the Outsider from being a simple cardboard villain to being one of the most memorable monsters I’ve encountered.

What’s your favorite monster? Leave a note in the comments about which fictional beastie has scared you the most.

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08262016 - kristin dearbornIf it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. Kristin has written books such as Sacrifice Island (DarkFuse), Trinity (DarkFuse), and had fiction published in several magazines and anthologies. Stolen Away was recently a limited edition offered from Thunderstorm Books, which sold out.

She revels in comments like, “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe.

Find more about Kristin online at kristindearborn.com or Facebook.

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Events Buzz: Back-to-School Season

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Summer is almost over, and we’re full swing into Back-to-School season. We give an extra special thank you to all of our educators. We hope you were able to come into the store during our Educator Appreciation Week for the extra discounts, but do remember we ALWAYS offer a special 10% discount to educators who shop with us.

We also have many school literature and reading classics in stock at our 65 James Street “bigger on the inside” shop, so if you need to pick up some books for school, check here first! If we don’t have them in stock, we can order them for you.

Also thank you to those who came out for The Brain in Books with author and psychiatrist Laura Diamond and author T.J. Wooldridge. We had a lovely time and there are still just a few signed books left for each of the authors!

This week…

UPDATED: THIS MONDAY, August 22, the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets today at 7:00 PM. Join artists and creators of all types for networking and feedback.

And then THIS FRIDAY, August 26, join us for Worcester Storytellers, as they bring their open mic and featured guest of poet Eric Wasileski starting at 7:00 PM.

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. August’s featured reader is poet Eric Wasileski. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on August 26.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting, TONIGHT, August 22.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! NO DOCTOR WHO TALKS FOR AUGUST. Talks will continue September 15.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on September 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on September 17.

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Author Spotlight: Laura Diamond

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Spotlight on Laura Diamond, who will be here for our “The Brain in Books” discussion this Sunday, August 21, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

For the panel, she’s bringing her two novels, The Zodiac Collector and Under My Skin. In The Zodiac Collector, almost fifteen-year-old twins cast a spell invoke the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux, to ensure an unforgettable birthday. Unfortunately, that attracts the attention of a sorceress who is collecting the powers of each zodiac sign. Under My Skin is a contemporary YA romance about a boy in need of a heart transplant and the artist who hadn’t meant to cause the accident that killed her twin brother, an organ donor.

Thank you so much for joining us, Laura! We look forward to hearing more about your books at the Sunday panel. What else are you working on?

In October, the first of a dystopian scifi duology will be released, via Curiosity Quills Press. It’s about immortal vampire aliens who’ve taken over the planet. An underdog untouchable loses his sister to one of the monsters and does everything in his power to get her back. It’s titled Immortal Aliens: Dawn of the Vie. Part two, Blood Rush, comes out next spring.

While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!

If I’m in a public place like the bookstore, I definitely listen to music while writing. I prefer movie soundtracks (Star Wars, The Dark Knight, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc) but I also listen to a variety of songs from classical (Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Mozart) to rock or alternative rock (Pink Floyd, Metallica, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Evanescence, Seether, Breaking Benjamin), and even folk (Of Monsters and Men). If I’m writing at home (either on the living room couch or the porch during summer), I don’t have to listen to music, but I do like it quiet—no TV!!!

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Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

I have four fur-babies. They are my overlords and I serve them without question. In return, they help me work through plot holes, wrangle resistant characters, and weed out grammar mistakes. Sometimes, though, they like to push my laptop out of the way and sit on my lap. Makes typing near impossible. They keep me warm, though, so I guess I can’t complain.

Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that must be in the vicinity (or must be avoided) while you’re writing or editing a piece of work?

If I don’t have coffee, no words will be produced. I can’t eat while I writing because if I’m eating, all work stops. For me, food trumps all. (Seriously, I’m obsessed.)

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned, thus far, in your writing career?

Never give up! There’s a lot of rejection in writing and publishing and one phrase stuck with me throughout: The only unsuccessful writer is the one who gave up. If you keep writing, that’s a win.

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

UNDER MY SKIN Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Under-My-Skin-Laura-Diamond/dp/1944816984/

                        Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-my-skin-laura-diamond/1123452028

                        iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/under-my-skin/id1086212823?mt=11

                        Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29080076-under-my-skin

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/under-my-skin-34

Walmart.com: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Under-My-Skin/53646621

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DiamondLB

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraDiamond

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5815639.Laura_Diamond

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Diamond/e/B009Y7L432/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377733776&sr=8-1

* Blog: http://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diamondlb/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurabdiamond/

Thank you, again, for joining us, Laura!  We look forward to having you at our 65 James Street store this Sunday, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM!

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New Arrivals: More Hot Summer Titles

08182016 - Love Her MadlyLOVE HER MADLY by M. Elizabeth Lee, Trade Paperback, $16.00

“Glo never expected to become best friends with a girl like Cyn. Blond, blue-eyed, and a little wicked, Cyn is the kind of girl other girls naturally envy—yet, surprisingly, she embraces Glo like a sister after they transfer to the same tiny college in Florida. With a fresh start at a new school and Cyn as her best friend, Glo finds what she has been waiting for her whole life: excitement, acceptance, and the joys of female friendship.

Until she and Cyn fall for the same guy.

It’s Cyn who talks Glo into sharing Raj.  Half the time he’ll be Cyn’s boyfriend, the other half he’ll be Glo’s. Glo reluctantly accepts the proposition—how can she say no without jeopardizing her friendship?—and for a while, everything goes smoothly. Until Glo realizes that she doesn’t know her BFF as well as she thinks. Until the simmering tension between Glo and Cyn boils over during a study abroad trip to Costa Rica. Until Cyn disappears into the jungle of a secluded island, leaving Glo searching for answers.

Now, seven years later, on the streets of New York City, Glo spots a familiar pair of blue eyes behind a sweep of blond hair…

 

IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover, Trade Paperback, $16.00

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life 08182016 - It Ends With Usshe wants.  She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kinclaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

 

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Events Buzz: Educator Appreciation Week

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Happy Educator Appreciation Week from Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester!

If you are a teacher, homeschooler, or any other educator, come on into our 65 James Street “bigger on the inside” bookstore, and let us show you how much we appreciate all the work you do by giving you an ADDITIONAL 10% off of our always-available 10% off discount for educators. This means you’ll save from 40%-70% off cover price for new and used book. Just bring in some form of proof or educator ID or certification, and we’ll give our thanks in savings.

Thank you for everything you do for our community!

We also want to thank everyone who came out to our Rainbow Readers events this past weekend. We were happy to have author Jamie Fessenden for a talk and signing, and we had a lovely discussion of our monthly book of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles.

This week…

Besides Educator Appreciation Week, happening all week, we’ve also got, on Sunday, August 21, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, The Brain in Books Round Table Discussion with author and psychologist Laura Diamond and author T.J. Woodridge.

Have you ever wondered about the accuracy of conditions like bipolar disorder, autism, and other similar portrayals in books? Would you like to know how writers research to give authentic and respectful renditions of mental health in their books? This discussion is for you!

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee.

T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J.Wooldridge. T.J. Wooldridge writes scary books for children; Trisha J. Wooldridge writes scary stories and poems for adults. Her work has won two EPIC awards, the Eye on the Prize poetry award, and has been nominated twice for Stoker awards.

And for the rest of the month…

Friday, August 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers

Monday, August 29, 7:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. August’s featured reader is poet Eric Wasileski. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on August 26.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting, August 29.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! NO DOCTOR WHO TALKS FOR AUGUST. Talks will continue September 15.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on September 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on September 17.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Kristi Petersen Schoonover

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine a spotlight on our friend and author Kristi Petersen Schoonover. Kristi was here for our Ghost Hunting event a few weeks ago; now you can get to know her and her work even better!

Kristi Petersen Schoonover has been writing and placing her stories in magazines since she was 13, and her life’s work as a writer was inspired by the creepy legends surrounding the man-made lake on which she grew up. Her short fiction has been featured in several magazines and anthologies, and Dark Alley Press published her novel, Bad Apple, in 2012, and a novelette, “This Poisoned Ground,” in 2014. She holds an MFA from Goddard College, is the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony residencies, and is a co-host on the Dark Discussions podcast, which covers speculative films. Recently named Guest of Awesome for 2017’s Ro-Con 3, she also serves as co-editor of Read Short Fiction and creates the This Writing Life YouTube series. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, ballroom dancing, stage managing for a local theatre, and volunteering at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her husband, occult specialist, and co-host of The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show, Nathan Schoonover, and still sleeps with the lights on.

Thank you for joining us, Kristi! For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from your work?

Even though Bad Apple is a novel, “short dark fiction” is the best descriptor for my work, because I don’t write exclusively in one genre. I just go where the muse takes me, and the only thing the entire cannon has in common is tone. I also tend to deal with darker themes: loss, grief, perception, obsession, death. I have some that are soft science fiction (“To Chance Tomorrow” in the Wicked Seasons anthology), some that are horror (“A Bone to Pick” in Toasted Cheese), and many that would classify as magical realism (“Our Lips Are Sealed” in Sediments Literary-Arts Journal).

Bad Apple is about a girl, Scree, who suffers a trauma at a young age, and then is forced to grow up rather quickly. Her skewed vision of the world will have dire consequences…and that’s what I was trying to say, I think, with this book: Our perceptions are greatly affected by our experiences, sometimes in very terrifying ways. People who enjoyed the subject matter of Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone might enjoy this book.

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What kind of research went into writing this book?  What is your favorite research story?

In Bad Apple, Scree lives on a working apple orchard (at least for the first half of the book). This required a lot of visiting real orchards to see how things are done, reading up on what’s involved in running an orchard, and devouring more than my fair share of information about apples, how they’re grown, how they’re crossbred and all their different characteristics. I’ve spent every October my entire life picking apples at our local orchards, and I had no idea it was so involved! I also had to do a great deal of research in wedding cake baking and wedding planning. I had to research the old Borscht Belt hotels and what it might have been like to be a guest there; what types of activities went on and what the culture would have been like if someone were an outsider. My favorite part, though, was studying thousands of urban explorers’ photos of one abandoned resort in particular (and this was back in the days of MySpace; I had to reach out to people personally, as there wasn’t a whole lot out there as far as blogs and websites on the subject back in 2005). I actually went and visited The Pines, where some of the story is set. I didn’t have to go anywhere near it—the smell of mold and God knows what else wafted across the road. That was an experience that made me step into Scree’s shoes for sure.

What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?

I’ve had so many wonderful adventures, and it just seems like every day there’s a new exciting project to work on, get involved in, apply for, or create; there’s a new place in the world to visit (or a new glass of wine to drink!). Honestly, every day is enthralling. But because my father was an English teacher, I grew up with a stress on education, so by far, the experiences that have involved learning have been the most exhilarating adventures of all. I got so much out of the residencies at the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony and even more out of writer’s conferences that put the focus on practical workshops (I highly recommend The Writer’s Institute at Miami Dade College, but there are so many more!). Working on the MFA in Creative Writing was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I learned so much about the craft, and if I had one piece of advice to give to writers it’d be study your whole life; never stop studying. I just feel as though I’ll never be done with learning, and there will always be room for improvement.

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

I’ve been putting together a second collection for awhile now, tentatively titled The Sound of Sorrow and Other Stories. Many of the stories are pieces that appeared in publications which are now out of print, and none of them are available online (most of these date back to when print was, in addition to being the only thing going, the only recognized way to be published—new writers are always shocked to find out that prior to about 2004, online publications weren’t considered “legitimate” places to have your work published – look how times have changed!). The reason it’s taking a while is that there are a few stories which need a grand amount of revision, and in order to do that, I have to go back to that place. If I can’t get there, then I’ll just have to wait and come up with new work. But right now the goal is to get it completed and submitted to publishers by next summer, which means we’re probably looking at 2018. I do have a piece coming out—“7 Creepy Tales of Candlewood Lake,” which examines the urban legends surrounding the man-made lake on which I grew up—in the next couple of weeks (hopefully) on the New England Horror Writers blog. I also have five short stories which are due out in various anthologies over the next nine months.

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Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)  And how can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

My short works are featured in several magazines; anybody interested can visit https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/where-to-read-me/ to get links to the (still available) online journals I was published in. I also have a store page for links to anthologies at https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/store/. My novel Bad Apple and novelette “This Poisoned Ground” are available both through Amazon and through the publisher Dark Alley Press’ website at http://www.darkalleypress.com/. Your local bookstore can also order them! Here’s where people can stalk me:

Website: https://kristipetersenschoonover.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kpschoonover

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristipetersenschoonover

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kpschoonover

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KristiPSchoonover

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kpschoonover

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kristi-Petersen-Schoonover/e/B0046Z8VYW

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kpschoonover

Thank you again for joining us, Kristi, for our Ghost Hunting event as well as part of our Author Spotlight blog!

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