I am super excited to be today’s stop on The Weeping Blog Tour hosted by Book Twirps. For my stop I had a chance to ask the author and three of his characters from The Weeping a few “This or That” questions.
And if you scroll down to the bottom of this post there is a giveaway for a signed copy of the book.
I have also posted a review for The Weeping, but as my reviews tend to be lengthy and with the “This or That” and the giveaway in this post, I thought it best to post it separately, HERE, or you might just be scrolling forever.
But, before you get to know a little bit about the characters and the author, here’s some information…
About the Book
Twenty years ago, Catherine Whitley was the victim of a horrible crime. Betrayed by her friends, including the boy she loved, she was left to die when the Rock Harbor Opera House caught fire, taking a disturbing secret with her to her grave.
Seventeen-year-old Heath Ingram was driving the night his Jeep careened off the road, killing three of his closest friends. Once a popular, outgoing athlete, Heath now suffers from severe depression and crippling anxiety. His parents decide to send him to stay with his uncle in Rock Harbor, Oregon for the summer, praying that by getting away he will be able to put this awful tragedy behind him.
When Heath starts working at the newly renovated Rock Harbor Opera House, he meets Molly, a young dancer who awakens in him a desire to start over and move on. But, when he begins having visions of a half-burned girl in a white dress, he starts to think he may be slipping even further over the edge.
As the apparent hauntings become more intense, Heath begins to fear for his safety. With the help of his friend Josie, Heath discovers an unsettling secret that ties the mysterious girl to both their families. When two of their friends die unexpectedly, Josie and Heath realize that something, or someone, is after the children of those who wronged Catherine, and they are next.
Thank you, O’Dell, for stopping by the blog and for allowing your characters to stop by to answer a few “This or That” questions. The tour has been amazing so far and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
But for readers of my blog who may not have visited some of the earlier stops, if you wouldn’t mind telling us just a little bit about yourself and your book.
Hi there! Thanks so much for having me. The tour has been a lot of fun. When I wrote “The Weeping” I hoped that I would find a few fans along the way, but I had no idea the response would be as crazy as it has.
I chose to write a book about a haunted theatre for a couple of reasons: One, I love ghost stories, and two, I love the theatre. I spend a lot of time working for a performing arts theatre in Houston. This theatre has been around for almost sixty years, and it has a ton of history. On more than one occasion I’ve witnessed some very creepy things that I can’t logically explain. These events were a huge influence, and several of the events show up in key scenes of the book.
While writing I met a bunch of very strong characters, all of which drove the story in their own way. I’m glad I get to introduce some of them to you today.
And we’re really excited to meet them all!
So, without further ado….
Live for the future or live for today?
Hmm, I would have to say for today. A few months ago I would have said the future because I was all about what I thought my future held for me. But now — yeah — now I know you just need to enjoy life day by day.
Ambitious or lackadaisical?
I’d like to think I’m ambitious and I like that characteristic in a person.
Brawl it out or hug it out?
Unfortunately, I tend to be a bit of a brawler. Not really by choice. I mean, I know I have a choice, but when I’m really pissed it’s hard to think logically.
Supernatural or super crazy?
Umm, both? I’ve witnessed some supernatural stuff lately and it is all super crazy.
Face your fears or flee in tears?
I’ve learned that fleeing doesn’t do you any good. It will keep coming back until you face it.
Blondes or brunettes?
Blondes. Hands down. Brunettes are— umm— no. Haha! Just kidding, Molly! Yeah – I have a weakness for brunettes.
Baseball or football?
Baseball all the way
On foot or behind the wheel?
It depends on how far I have to go.
Combat boots or high heels?
Oh, please. Combat boots — 100%. The only time you’ll see me with high heels is if I’m using them as a weapon. And it better be a really high stiletto, hooker-type heel.
Séance or say what?
Séance – hands down. I’m all about a good séance.
Solve a mystery or sew a costume?
How about both? Lately I’ve effectively been able to sew and solve in tandem.
Ouija board or crystal balls?
Ouija. I have no patience for crystal balls. I’m not even sure they really work. I honestly think the only thing they are good for is yard decoration.
Truth or dare?
Dare. All the way baby.
With a group or go it solo? Solo – that way no one gets in your way. I’m okay with small groups, though. I mean, sometimes you need backup.
Fate or free will?
I believe in fate, but I also believe you might need to nudge things to make them turn out the way they should.
Justice or just let it go?
Justice. I’m all about the justice. You get what you deserve.
Love is eternal or love is passing?
Eternal. I don’t think love can just be turned off like a faucet. Not if it’s real.
Forgiveness or revenge?
Forgiveness is always best, but not always possible.
Inflamed or in peace?
Peace — that’s what I want.
Do it over or do something new?
Something new. I don’t want to go through all of this — any of this — again.
Betrayal or be loyal?
Be loyal. I wish everyone would follow that. Nothing hurts worse than betrayal.
Save yourself or save someone else?
You should always save the ones you love.
Tell the truth or tell a lie?
The truth. Lies will get you nowhere. Lies kill you.
Hold on tight or just let go?
Hold on tight, but realize when it’s not worth it and just let go. You’ll be better off for it.
Friendly ghosts or malevolent spirits?
Friendly ghosts are definitely safer, but not as much fun. I’d definitely say malevolent spirits, but only so long as they’re not camping out at my house.
Happy endings or jaw-droppers?
Jaw-droppers all the way. A happy ending is okay now and then, but a good jaw-dropper keeps you thinking about the story. I love that.
ESP or ESPN?
ESP. Then I could bet on a game and watch ESPN and win some cash.
Midwest or Southwest?
Left-brain or right-brain?
A little of both? I really need my whole brain.
On stage or the written page?
Hmm, I love both, but the written page is where my true love is.
Past or present?
Present. The past got me here and I really like where I am.
Heroes or villains?
Villains. I mean, heroes are cool and all, and everybody loves a hero, but a hero is nothing without a truly great villain.
Books or movies?
Fast food or Whole Foods?
I’m shamed to admit I’m a fast food junkie.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs all the way. I’m allergic to cats.
Paranormal or contemporary?
I love a good contemporary, but it has to be really original. The same goes for paranormal, but I tend to gravitate toward it more because you can do so much with it.
Fiction or finance?
Fiction all the way.
Night time or day time?
I’m a total night owl, but the day job prevents me from reaching my full night owlish potential.
Mac or PC?
I’m a MAC man
Thank you all so much for your “This or That” answers. There were a few expected ones and quite a few surprises. Especially from Catherine. Some of those answers have really gotten me to think… and some of them have made me just a bit worried.
I am also a little afraid of this theatre that influenced parts of this story. If I’m ever in Houston I will be sure to give it a wide berth.
And thank you O’Dell for your “This or That” answers which I liked most of all. It’s great to know that you like your endings shocking, prefer the night and see the true value of the villain.
I know this is the tour for your just released book The Weeping, but I already look forward to checking out your next book.
About the Author
O’Dell Hutchison was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There wasn’t a lot to do in a town of 150 people, so he entertained himself by writing stories, plays and musicals. After high school he attended college in the Pacific northwest, where he got his first taste of a real writing class and he was hooked. After college, he found his way to the Houston area. When the first student loan payment came in the mail, he realized he may need to look for a real job to pay the bills and writing became an occasional hobby. Ten years later, he sat down and started writing again. It took a while to brush off the cobwebs and get back into the groove, but through the help of friends, writing buddies and friends in the blogging community, he finally found his mojo again.
O’Dell currently lives in Katy, TX with his dog, Gia. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst. In his free time, he loves to read (like, a lot!), write, tries (and fails) to work out regularly and eat healthy. He also acts and directs at various theaters around Houston.
Places to Stalk
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The author’s WEBSITE
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March 16: Ivy Reads (Top 10 Lists + Review)
What’s up for grabs:
A signed hardcover copy of The Weeping by O’Dell Hutchison.
1. One entry per person.
2. There will be ONE winner.
3. You must be 13 or older.
4. Giveaway is U.S. and Canada ONLY.
5. Prize will be sent directly from the publisher.
6. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, March 22, 2012.
7. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced in this post after publisher confirms winner hasn’t won on a previous tour stop.
7. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.
Requirements and extra entries:
As set by the publisher – following the author on TWITTER is required.
And they are offering two extra entries if you –
Follow the author on TUMBLR or
“Like” the author’s FACEBOOK page.
As always, there is no requirement to follow this blog.
To enter, fill out the form below:
The giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone for checking out the This or That post and meeting the author and his characters in The Weeping for the tour. I’ll be running the names through Random and then sending the winner’s name to be confirmed that they haven’t already won before announcing it here on the blog. Good luck and stay tuned!