I am so excited to have author Liz Schulte come by today because she has a SUPER DUPER brand spanking paranormal book out called Dark Corners and if you're like me who craves your stories with a supernatural feel, I couldn't wait to share! Liz was brave enough to let me interview (I did warn her I don't bite) so enjoy and then head over and buy yourself a copy!
1. How did you come up with the idea behind Dark Corners?
When I was younger there were some strange things happened at our house (many of which are used in the book) and those instances stuck with me. In college, I was a psychology major and the idea of how someone who has experienced a horrible loss—but had no support system—would deal with an unrelenting string of the seemingly unexplainable. This idea combined with a healthy dose of my twisted imagination, you get Dark Corners.
2. In 2- 3 sentences, how would you describe the story?
2. In 2- 3 sentences, how would you describe the story?
Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband's violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn't alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband's death is still with her.
3. What kind of insights can you share about Ella? What is your favorite trait about her?
My favorite character trait of Ella’s is her snarky attitude. I love it when she uses her dark sense of humor as a defense mechanism. I think that is something many of us do—or at least it is something I do, maybe I’m weird. Ella is a very strong person. She starts off the story emotionally broken, but she is still going. She will claw, bite, and fight her way all the way bitter end. That survivor instinct is so ingrained in her and buried so deep she doesn’t even know it’s there. Even everything that happened to her isn’t enough to take away that spark and I admire that in her.
4. If you could give her a theme song to describe her personality, what would it be?
5. What was the best part of writing Dark Corners? A favorite scene or line you'd like to share?
The best part for me was watching the story unfold as I wrote it. The feeling was absolutely exhilarating and addictive.
I sat up, drenched in sweat and tangled in the sheets, tears filling my eyes. Why did that dream still hurt so damn much? The pain hadn't eased over the last year; it was still a knife, twisting away at my soul. My entire body ached for Danny, for just a moment of once more feeling the safety and security I had with him—
My fresh mourning was cut short. A shadow blocked out the light beneath my bedroom door as something moved passed. My insides went cold and my eyes dried. Mustering up all my courage, I climbed out of bed.
There was no noise from the hallway when I pressed my ear to the door. I opened it just a crack so I could see if anything was immediately on the other side. There appeared to be nothing. I opened the door far enough to stick my head out to look down both sides of the hallway. Again, I saw nothing. Taking a deep breath, I opened the door all the way and tiptoed in the direction the shadow moved. There was only one room that direction, the master bedroom. I had not been able to go into our bedroom since the morning I found Danny. The door was shut, just as it always was. I put my shaking hand on the doorknob. There was definitely something on the other side. I listened more intently, but couldn’t tell what it was: perhaps some sort of scratching or sliding.
Fear locked my legs and choked out any sound I would make. I couldn’t move. I could only listen to whatever was in the room. My heart thudded so loudly in my ears that I worried whatever was there would hear it. Whatever was on the other side moved closer; a whimper escaped me. Everything went very quiet. I could hear what sounded like someone breathing on the opposite side of the door. I knew I should open it and see it once and for all. The handle rattled beneath my hand unfreezing my body and mind.
6. Does Ella have a love interest in the book? What makes him the perfect guy for her?
Ella is very married to her late husband, so she fights moving on with anyone else. However, her feelings for Detective Troy become quite a source of anxiety for Ella. He manages to so artfully entwine himself into her life that despite her best efforts she grows to depend on him. Now, whether or not he is perfect for her would depend on whether or not he is all he seems on the surface. In this book, everyone is a suspect.
7. What's next for you in terms of writing? Any story ideas to tempt us with?
Up next, I am working on a paranormal romance set, the Guardian Trilogy. The first book, Secrets, should be released this fall with the others following in 2-3 month intervals. It is about a girl who discovers her destiny only to fall in love with a man who could ruin everything. The consequences of the secrets they keep will change the world forever.
8. Where can we find you online?
Ella Reynolds is in a dark place. She is losing touch with reality more and more everyday. Ella lives as much in her memories as she does in the present. She often drifts back into her own mind and relives the past as the terror of the present becomes overwhelming. Under constant mental strain from living with the murder of her husband and in a house she hates, Ella must look deeper into her past as well as the present to discover the truth. She knew from the first moment she walked into the old home someone or something was watching her. Waiting. A string of uncanny events takes place and practical explanations run thin. As the past and present come to a head, Ella must decipher who or what the murderer is before it takes her as well.
Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.
When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.