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Today's spotlight book is Falling Under by the lovely Gwen Hayes!
From Goodreads: Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.
As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
Welcome to ParaDays and the Fright Fest Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us! “Falling Under” had a Gothic Alice in Wonderland feel for me- Theia just kind of falls into the rabbit hole of the Under. What were some of your inspirations for writing this novel?
-I sort of felt a Tim Burton vibe the entire time I was writing. Everything was just...a little off. Things were scary but beautiful, beautiful but morbid...truly I felt just as lost and confused as Theia when I wrote Under scenes.
And Haden? Is he molded after anyone in your life? Because if so I want to be directed to this guy ASAP!
-Heavens no, LOL. Now that I'm removed from the story I was telling by a few years, I can see that Haden is an allegory for sexual awakening. He's dark and mysterious, tempting and more than a little frightening. He represents the mystery of what is on the other side of sexual discovery.
What about Under? I found this world completely fascinating and eerie. I loved all of the creatures you incorporated into this universe. Did it start off as a dream for you (like Theia)?
-I don't really recall a dream or a specific thing that brought Under to the light....I just couldn't stop writing it. It freaked me out a little, if you must know. I'd never written anything so dark before. Or since, really.
Do you think you will write any more books in the Under world?
-I think I will continue to write in Serendipity Falls, but I'm not sure about Under. It's sort of better to leave it unexplored, in my opinion. More mystery, LOL.
You certainly know how to write some scary characters (i.e. Mara and her Handmaids- which BTW, gave me nightmares for weeks!), what/ who is your all-time favorite monster or paranormal creature?
-I love Frankenstein's monster. Which I suppose the handmaids have a little of. The idea of piecing together a "human" is creepy and wonderful.
Haden literally lives in a horror movie for most of his life before he met Theia, do you think he would have a favorite scary movie to watch when him and Theia get to finally veg out on a Friday night? Or would he go for something less like home?
-Haden actually loves alien movies. Go figure. He's probably going to make her watch all his favorites.
What about you? What’s your favorite chill inducing film?
-Nightmare on Elm Street is still my favorite scary movie. The one I probably won't watch again. *shivers*
And since this is a book blog after all, do you have a favorite scary book or poem? Any good Halloween recommendations for our readers?
Gretchen McNeil writes some pretty awesome horror YA. I'm thinking TEN in particular. Also, I love Dean Koontz and Stephen King--mostly their books from the '80s. IT by Stephen King will keep you up a long, long time.
Thanks again for your time! All of us Haden fanatics sincerely appreciate it!
Because Gwen Hayes is incredibly awesome and epic, she has generously set up a giveaway for a $10 gift card to Amazon!