Today I’m excited to host a debut author whose book Pretty Dark Nothing from Month9Books is setting the interwebs afire! Heather Reid is here to talk about her inspirations for the book.
About the Book:
Seventeen-year-old Quinn hadn’t slept a full night in twenty-three days. She’s terrified of the demons that stalk her dreams, pull her into a deep dark nothingness and whisper hauntingly of her death. Exhausted, Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, and Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. If Quinn can learn to trust her heart, and Aaron can discover the secret locked away in his fragile memory, their combined power could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.
How did you choose your title?
The title was chosen by my publisher after agreeing that the original title I queried with, When Darkness Whispers, was too similar to other titles. The team did some brainstorming and came back to me with a few choices. Pretty Dark Nothing was my favourite. I LOVE the title. I can’t imagine it being called anything else now.
Were there any other titles you considered?
When I first started writing, the working title of the manuscript was Soul Stalkers. I queried it a few times under the original title and then decided to do a huge revision to the manuscript. After the revisions, I didn’t feel Soul Stalkers really fit anymore so I change it to When Darkness Whispers and started the query process again. After it was picked up by Month9Books, it was agreed that When Darkness Whispers was too similar to books already out there. After some brainstorming, they gave me the choice of either The Darkest Hour or Pretty Dark Nothing. I loved Pretty Dark Nothing the moment I heard it so that’s what the title was changed to.
How did you name your characters?
I wanted Quinn to have a quirky, kind of modern name so I looked through a baby name book and did some name searches until I found one that fit. Aaron just came to me along with his voice in a dream. He was always called Aaron and the name fit. His last name, Collier, came from a set of leather-bound children’s books that were up on my shelf at the time. Collier was the publisher. Teresa was named after my best friend in college, even her nickname, Reese, was stolen from her. Thanks, Reese! While my character shares the same name as my friend, the Reese in my book is not really like my real life friend
Are any of your characters based on people from your real life?
As a writer, I do draw on my real life experiences, but each of my characters is truly unique to themselves. While there are elements of people I know in some of my characters, none of them are fully based on any one person. For example, I did draw on my own relationships when writing Quinn’s best friend, but Reese isn’t like any friend in particular, she’s a mixture of experiences and feelings poured onto the page. Drawing from real makes characters more authentic.
If you could have a pajama party with any of the characters in your book, who would you choose and why?
He’s a secondary character, but if I had to choose, I would pick Marcus. He is so much fun! He makes me laugh and I can only imagine what he might do at a pajama party. For one thing, I think he would let me paint his nails and he would put on a wig and dance around in pink fuzzy slippers. He would deny it, of course, if anyone asked. I’d have to order extra pizza though because he would eat all the snacks and leave nothing for me. He has no shame. It makes me want to write a pajama party scene just to see what he would do.
Can you tell us about any other books you’ve written?
Pretty Dark Nothing is my debut novel, but I do have several books in different stages of completion, including a sequel.
Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and dreaming up new novels to write.
Thanks for stopping by today, Heather!
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