Sara Brooke is a horror and suspense novelist living in South Florida. A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara’s childhood dream was to write horror books that force readers to sleep with their lights on. Her first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012. Sara’s influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little, John Saul, William Blackstone, and Joe McKinney.
As part of a neat little twist to my Women in Horror Month coverage this year, I’m going to feature fun little interviews with a few women horror writers and I think readers will get a kick out of them.
Check out our fun interview!
1. First scary movie you watched
SB: I can’t remember the name of it, but it was a movie from the seventies about a family that moves into a haunted house and all sorts of bad things happen (people fall from the roof, a child drowns, and the grandmother refuses to leave the attic). If you can remember the name of it, please do let me know! I would love to watch it again with a glass of wine.
(Note: Even though we couldn’t quite figure out which movie Sara is referring to, a staple of the genre in the “haunted house” category is, of course, The Amityville Horror (1979). Let’s just say there’s a reason it’s on several “scariest horror movies of all time” lists)
2. First scary book you read
SB: The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. It was a picture book that I read once and then hid away because it scared me so much. The idea of a dead sister in the house…all cold and gray was too much for my eight-year-old mind to take. To this day, that story terrifies me.
3. First scary Halloween costume you wore
SB: My mother dressed me up as Cyndi Lauper for Halloween when I was in grade school. Trust me…it was scary. It took weeks to wash out the hairspray.
4. First scary thing you wrote
SB: “The Plaza.” It never got published and remains one of my first short stories about a haunted condominium where the residents sacrificed new tenants to a beast that lived in the supply closet.
5. First scary character you had a crush on
SB: Michael Jackson. Ha! Just kidding (though I did have a HUGE crush on him). I’ve always been a fan of Dracula. He can fly, has cool black hair, and a sexy voice.
Sara’s latest release is The Awakening, which came out in November 2014.
Here’s a description:
Everything she knows . . .
Renda Bloodmane is a quiet librarian, who lives a quiet life, in a small quiet town in Florida. Her days consist of going to work (which she loves) and watching old Hollywood movies with her dog Jane (which she also loves). Her life is just fine, if a tad on the dull side. So, when her best friend from college, Bobbie Trillo, invites her to visit her family in Georgia, Renda decides a vacation is in order. Bobbie has moved back in with her mother and brother after her parents’ divorce. Things aren’t going well for her mother, and Bobbie needs Renda’s friendship and support.
Everything she believes . . .
Renda soon discovers that there is a lot more going on in the Trillo household than meets the eye. The moment she sets foot in the Trillo home, Renda starts seeing ghosts everywhere she turns. But one very unique ghost stands out from the rest. A sinfully attractive man named Cole, who died more than one hundred years ago, begins to haunt Renda’s every thought. He warns her there is evil in the house and it’s attacking Bobbie’s mother. Only Renda can stop the demon from taking over and destroying the entire family.
Will never be the same . . .
Renda can’t believe she’s seeing dead people. She can’t believe she’s attracted to a dead man. And most of all, she can’t believe that she’s the chosen one who has to fight a centuries-old powerful demon. But there is more to Renda Bloodmane than even she realizes. Her quiet, ordered life is about to change and there’s nothing she can do to stop it.
Here are a few interviews Sara has done that you can read through:
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this chat with Sara. If you’ve never had occasion to read her work before, I hope you’ll give it a try and if you’ve been a longtime fan, then I hope you enjoyed our little exchange 🙂