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WIP Blog Hop: Horror Novella


The lovely Clare Davidson and my good Twitter friend Imran Siddiq tagged me with this little list of questions. The idea? Take a work in progress and answer these questions, to let readers find out more about it! So, without further ado, that’s exactly what I intend to do.


What is the working title of your book?

At this point, I don’t have a proper title. Right now, it looks like I won’t figure out the title until it’s done. Currently, I either refer to it as my Horror Novella or as my Halloween Stream Novella.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It actually spawned from my recent Halloween Stream Novella. project. Basically, readers were able to vote on five different polls about the characters and setting of the novella. I then took the winning votes and combined them into what would become this novella.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s either dark fantasy or horror, but I’m leaning towards horror. Right now, it’s just a matter of writing it and from there I can go back and edit accordingly. Luckily, the gap between dark fantasy and horror isn’t too large.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a difficult one. Excuse me while I scurry off to!

Okay. An hour-long search only led me to actors I can imagine playing two of the four important characters have. So, without further ado, here are the two side-characters, the siblings, Nate and Emma.

Nate = Alex Pettyfer & Emma = Alicia Silverstone

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When their mutual rival lures them into a forest late at night, Gary and his friends realize that things are never what they seem – and that they will never be the same again.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Novellas are a hard sell for publishers, so the plan is to self-publish it. I might query a bit to test the waters, but if nothing comes from that, I’ll take the self-publishing route. Most likely, self-publishing it is what will happen, with an estimated release date of next summer.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m writing it as we speak and the goal is to finish it by the end of November, which means the first draft will have been written within a month. Editing will start shortly after!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Admittedly, I’m not as well-versed in horror and dark fantasy novels as I’d like, so I’ll have to leave this a bit open-ended. Just imagine darker types of paranormal creatures (ghosts and demons), combined in a horror novella with simple humans as the main characters.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Mostly, the readers. Without them, this novella wouldn’t exist. Without their votes, the idea never would’ve developed and it wouldn’t have become what it is now. Readers, and my friends. They were and still are my inspiration, and this novella is for them.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s a novella, so it’ll be a quicker read than a full-length novel, but will still be a nice sized read. The characters are diverse, and well, who doesn’t like a bit of horror? Plus, you can watch me write roughly the first 5,000 words live on Livestream.

And, last but not least, here’s a synopsis that’s a bit longer than just one sentence:

Paranormal are a myth, a foolish thought spewed by people looking for attention. That’s what hardworking people believe and the soon-to-be-cop Gary wants to be one of them. But when his friend Nate receives an alluring email from their mutual rival, Adam, he’s thrust into a situation he’s only seen in movies – and what he learns there will change his future in ways he never foresaw.

Now, let me tag two fabulous writers and make them answer these questions! They both have a project for National Novel Writing Month, so they have plenty to write about!

Make sure to check out their writing and their WIP Blog Hop posts once they’re posted them! Enjoy your Sunday, and have a great week, all!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

3 thoughts on “WIP Blog Hop: Horror Novella

  1. IMDB is great, isn’t it? Alex Pettyfor is a good choice 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I’ll see you at tonight’s live stream!

  2. Pingback: WIP Blog Hop: Shores of Blood « Phoenix Fine Arts

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