Monday, June 28, 2010

Guest - Erin Kellison

Good morning everyone! Today's guest, Erin Kellison, is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall. Stories have always been a central part of Erin Kellison's life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature, and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction. She lives in Arizona with her two beautiful daughters and husband, and she will have a dog (breed undetermined) when her youngest turns five.

You can contact Erin though her website, www.ErinKellison.com, where you can also sign up to receive her newsletter.


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Shadows

When I was a kid, I was deathly afraid of the dark. I’d keep myself awake at night watching the shadows in my room, sure that they were moving without cause. When I saw one shift, even slightly, I’d hold my breath and freeze every part of my body so that whatever was in the dark would not find me. Now I have to grin because it reminds me of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park looking for moving prey. If there was a bogeyman in my bedroom, I’m pretty sure he’d know right where I was. (My earliest memory of this was when I was no older than three. I remember elves made out of shadow emerging from the dark to jump on my chest while I clutched the covers. I was still scared of the dark in high school, but then, of course, Stephen King didn’t help.

We’ve all heard about monsters under the bed or in the closet—the darkest places in a bedroom. I can think of a couple movies off the top of my head that use that fear as a jumping off point for their stories. My kids love Monsters, Inc. Is fear of the dark as simple as a fear of the unknown? Or is there more to it?

If you had asked me as a child, I would’ve sworn to you that there was something there, and that it wasn’t good. But I would not have expected you to believe me. It was a personal fear, something I battled alone at night with a triangle of light from the hall beyond my door. Does every kid do that?

Somehow to me darkness always seemed like a conduit for scary things. I got it into my head that shadow was a between place where just about anything was possible. At least anything that my imagination could conjure. As I grew, the shadows in my room started to take on new possibilities. I started to wonder what kind of creatures inhabited the shadows and one conception can be found in my debut release Shadow Bound. The shadows became Shadow, a place of infinite possibility.

You can read an excerpt about Shadow by clicking the link below, which shows how I turned my childhood fear into the world of the Shadowlands.

So how about you? What scared you as a kid?

Leave a comment by noon Friday AND send me an email with your snail mail address. I'll select one random name to receive a copy of my book, shadows and all.

Excerpt link: http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/SpecialFeatures.cfm?ID=2824












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-- Lynda Again

Don't forget, you can still enter my Heartstone Grand Prize Drawing until my novel is released. Go to www.lyndakscott.com then click on News to get the contest details.

Hope to see you there!

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8 comments:

Pamk said...

This book sounds great. I would definitely love to win a copy. What email addy to we send it too.

Pauline B Jones said...

Yes, was afraid of the dark and bears. My family still teases me about my "bear mares." LOL!

Great book video, too! :-)

Kari Thomas said...

Okay I will ----with embarrassed grin here ---admit that I still keep a nightlight on in my bedroom. Im not afraid of the dark shadows. Nope. I just think the nightlight is pretty. Yep. That sounds right.

Beautiful cover!
Id love to read this one!

hugs, Kari Thomas, www.authorkari.com

Erin Kellison said...

Hi Pamk--Thanks! You can send it to me at ekellison@gmail.com. BTW, I'm giving away a Nook on my website too.

Hi Pauline--I love the Bear Mares. Love it.

Hey Kari--I'm all grown up now and still sleep with the bathroom light on. No joke. See, it takes all of 90 seconds for me to scare myself into a cold sweat. My husband just shakes his head, BUT agrees it's good for my writing. :)

SiNn said...

asa child i was afraid of spiders i out grew that

and clowns clowns freak me out still yet oddliy myf av horror film is IT yeah i guess since clowns scare me its ahorror taht scares me im weird i know lol great post!

mortalsinn@yahoo.com

Linda Andrews said...

What a moving excerpt! I didn't fear the dark until I watched ghost and at the end those shadows came and took the bad guy away. I did and still do hate clowns. Poltergeist didn't help.

ElaineCharton said...

I never feared the dark. I did write a book set in my hometown, where I have not lived for almost 30 years.
Having to face all your childhood fears, that was scary. Hardest book I ever wrote and one of my best. Yes it was a romance.

KC said...

I can totally relate to being scared in the night. As a child I would crawl into my brother's bed at night. It seemed that if both of us were taken in the middle of the night it was better.