Monday, May 06, 2019

#Interview with Caroline Flarity @CarolineCooney #Giveaway

Welcome to our interview with author Caroline Flarity aka Caroline Cooney

Where can readers follow you?

Twitter: @carolinecooney
Instagram: @CarolineFlarity

1)  What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say? 

The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter. 

A grieving teenager fights to stop a parasitic entity before it destroys the only family she has left.

2)  Who is your publisher? or do you self-publish?

I self-published after my second agent was recruited to a large publishing house for a non-agenting job. After that happened, I asked myself if I could envision investing the time and energy needed to look for a third agent for TGHD. The answer was no. It was time to get my book out there. 

3)  What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I’m currently writing a psychological thriller with a sci-fi element. It’s in the same broad category as TGHD (speculative fiction), but it’s not YA. I might write a sequel to the TGHD depending on how it is sells and is received.

4) What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I’ve always been fascinated by the paranormal, hauntings, poltergeists, near death experiences, psychic phenomena, past lives, etc. I believe that consciousness extends past the body and like to explore that in my writing.

5) Where do you get your book plot ideas from? What/Who is your inspiration?

TGHD and the new book I’m writing are both inspired by real-life claims of paranormal phenomena as well as societal injustices like sexism and bullying. In TGHD, Anna’s soul leaves her body, observes her body and then goes on a journey guided by her thoughts. I was inspired to write those scenes by the hundreds of accounts of near-death experiences I’ve read. I also listen to select paranormal podcasts, radio shows and even reality tv for inspiration (and because I enjoy it). For example, many people have reported seeing “shadow people,” and I wrote about such an entity in TGHD.

6)  How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books? Who designed the Cover of your books?

A company called designed my ebook and paperback cover and the interior of both. They were so easy to work with and affordable, an indie author’s best friend.

7) Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?

I’m definitely a plotter. I spend a lot of time outlining and then insert scenes and ideas into the outline as I go along. I move chapters around or delete them as the story develops. Having this type of structure, knowing in general where I’m heading, allows me to be the most creative. Sitting down in front of a blank screen to write a novel feels more terrifying than any supernatural entity.

8) What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

RUN. Just kidding. Join a writing group. It’s not always easy to do this, and you may go through a few before you find a good fit, but those experiences will still be valuable. The way I’ve found group members is by taking writing classes. Here in NYC there are a lot of writing classes. Writer’s often form informal writing groups with their classmates once the class ends, because they’re familiar with each other’s work and quality of feedback. I love getting feedback, but the deadlines I get in a writing group are especially helpful to me. I know writers who join writing groups online, and that works well for them, too.

9) Why did you choose to use a pen name?

Caroline Flarity is my pen name. My real name is Caroline Cooney, the same name as the legendary YA author Caroline B. Cooney. I use a pen name because of her.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.” 

Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone. 

As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left. 

But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay. 

Buy The Ghost Hunter's Daughter today, and jump into the creepy adventure.

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About the Author: Caroline Flarity is a web content producer living in NYC. Her fascination with fringe topics and love of scary movies led her to begin her writing journey penning creepy screenplays. Her debut novel THE GHOST HUNTER'S DAUGHTER started life as a feature script, placing in the finals of the StoryPros Awards and as a semifinalist in Slamdance Film Festival's writing competition. She enjoys pitting her characters against both supernatural and cultural evils.

A smart, witty YA horror novel with a great protagonist ~
KatherineI was proud to work with Caroline Flarity as an editor of this smart, funny, and truly scary supernatural thriller with the adventure of a teen Ghostbusters combined with the snarky wit of Veronica Mars. Anna Fagan isn’t your usual YA protagonist—she’s not a brilliant student or somehow more special than every other girl in town. She’s a disgruntled, grieving teen, the daughter of a paranormal investigator with a hoarding problem. She starts off wanting nothing to do with her father’s profession, but it turns out that she has a knack for the family business.
When an eerily familiar parasitic evil invades Anna’s hometown—the fictional yet hilariously relatable New Jersey suburb—Anna must reach into the depths of her soul to gain new power or succumb to the evil infecting her and those she loves. With the assistance of Geneva -- a brilliant electrical engineer who has arrived from California to assist Anna and her friends with de-demonizing the town -- Anna learns to access the truth within. Readers will enjoy the strong voice, sharp humor, and fast-paced action of the horror narrative, while also relating to the growth Anna experiences. This is a metaphysical thriller for teens that doesn’t shy away from difficult topics like bullying, sexual harassment, and loss.

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