It is now officially less than one week until the release of THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL and I’m so excited to have Author Katie Alender on the blog to talk about her favorite and most challenging scenes to write in her soon-to-be-released book of awesome.
I am just pages away from discovering the ending the author decided upon… of course I’m now super curious to find out what might have happened if she’d chosen one of those other outcomes she mentions in her post.
THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL is a lightning fast read and every bit as riveting as the description promises. The writing makes it just so easy to get instantly caught up in the story and the mystery will keep you hooked.
So, if you just can’t wait until its release to find out a little bit more about it, be sure to check out the post below and visit the other stops on the tour. And if you’d like a chance to win a finished copy of this seriously fan-freaking-tastic book, enter in the Rafflecopter.
About THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL
Title: THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL
Author: Katie Alender
Release date: August 25, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Asylum meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.
Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up “troubled” young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play–and it doesn’t want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.
So the house kills her.
Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house’s history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house’s next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?
The Guest Post
Favorite and Most Challenging Scenes
by Katie Alender
My favorite scenes in The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall are the ones in which Delia, the main character, loses track of time. It either speeds up or slows down and she is left to deal with the consequences of either missing something she didn’t want to miss or experiencing something (usually painful) in agonizing slow motion. There’s one scene in particular when she’s having a bit of an “after-life crisis” and time passes in a way that she finds fascinating, but it’s also extremely sad (in my opinion, anyway). Because by this point, she’s having to try to adjust to the idea that, as a ghost, nothing ever ends. So what does it mean for her? Does she give in to numbness or try to find a way out? And how do you find the strength to go on when you don’t even know why you’re trying to go on?
The hardest scene to write… can I just say the second half of the book? There are so many complex logistics in terms of getting people and ghosts where I need them to be, when they need to be there! Everyone is stuck in one house, so I had to account for everyone’s whereabouts in a way that is believable but also interesting (it’s not like I could send some of the ghosts out to the mall for a few hours). At this point, every character is busy doing something that matters to the story, so accounting for them all presented a bit of a challenge.
More specifically, the final confrontation was tough because it had to be scary, but it also had to bring out the best in Delia, while forcing her to make an impossible choice. There were two or three variations before I settled on the version that’s in the book now. As soon as I came up with the final version, I knew it was the right one. So even when a scene is really difficult to write, it can still be incredibly satisfying. (Thank goodness!)
About Katie Alender
Katie Alender is the author of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Famous Last Words, Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer, and the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found quilting, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (on very special occasions, she manages to do all of those things at once).
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- THREE (3) Winners will receive a finished copy of THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL – US ONLY
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The Tour Schedule
- August 17th | The Cover Contessa – Interview
- August 18th | Twisted Book Junkie – Review
- August 19th | Fiktshun – Guest Post
- August 20th | Bittersweet Enchantment – Review
- August 21st – Mundie Moms – Guest Post
- August 24th | The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Interview
- August 25th | Pandora’s Books – Review
- August 26th | Bookaholics Anonymous – Interview
- August 27th | A Dream Within A Dream – Review
- August 28th | Such a Novel Idea – Guest Post