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Some places are bad to the core.
Behind the locked gates of Sunken Park, there is a terrible secret that spreads darkness over the once-natural beauty of the trees and lakes.
There is an evil that is powerful and hungry, seeking to extract its revenge on anyone who dares to tread on its land.
Looking for some rest and relaxation, several college students decide to spend the weekend at the park. But they're about to walk into a nightmare that will affect each of them differently. As they struggle to survive, the mystery begins to unravel.
There's no place to hide from the horrors of Sunken Park.
Barnes & Noble US Sunken Park
Eugenio Wilman ~ photographer
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 and John Saul. She is presently working on her next novel.
Hi Sara, thanks for joining me today
Can you tell us about yourself? I write horror & suspense books, and soon will be releasing a paranormal romance horror series. In addition to that, I've just completed a paranormal TV show that we are in the process of finalizing. More details will be available soon. Needless to say, 2014 has been a busy time!
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it? My new favorite quote is "True failure is failing to try." With so many new creative undertakings in my future, it's easy to get nervous and feel self-doubt. I'm trying to keep it all in perspective and continue writing, which is the truest creative release.
What motivates you and inspires you to write? Interestingly, I don't read my reviews, but some of my close colleagues keep an eye out and there was one recently that someone shared with me. A reader posted that they'd just read one of my books and was now going to experience "Sara Brooke withdrawal" as they waited for my next book to come out. I thought that was such an interesting thing to say, and it reminded me that I've got to keep going. It's not just about the creative outlet - there are thousands of readers who are being entertained by my twisted and strange worlds. And that simply must continue.
Who would be your dream cast if your novel was made into a movie? It's hard for me to envision an entire cast, but my newest crush is Bryan Cranston from the popular series Breaking Bad. He proves that you don't have to be a hunky 20-something to be sexy. Yes, I've got strange taste;) I'd love for him to be cast as the main character in any one of my many books. Chances are, that movie would be a success.
Can you tell us why we'd enjoy reading your latest novel? Sunken Park is an interesting ride. I wrote it over the span of four months, and while I was traveling back and forth to Seattle. It is a supernatural horror tale consisting of numerous themes, including mystery - so you never quite know how it is going to end until the final words. In truth, the story basically told itself and flowed out of me like a stream. Even my editor Ashley enjoyed it (which is rare given that she is paid to be highly critical), so I knew the story wasn't terrible.
Tell us one thing that no one knows about you. Well, I'm not going to share THAT, but what I can share is that I love when it rains and I'd prefer to stay home than drink & party at some loud, overbearing bar. I'm actually quite a homebody though people don't immediately guess that.
Can you offer any advice to fledgling writers? Don't read your reviews. Don't give up, even when you feel loaded with self doubt. I sell anywhere from 40-80 books a day, but when I started out, I only sold 20 books a month. It nearly crushed me, but I refused to give up. And as a writer about to venture into the world of television, I'm facing the same amount of fear and doubt. But you know what? That's what makes success so sweet...you stare uncertainty in the eye and keep pressing on.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why? I've traveled to Italy in the past, but never got a chance to visit the Amalfi Coast. It is a dream of mine to buy a small condo along an embankment and spend the summers sipping wine and watching the boats pull up or sail away from the coastline.
Are you a morning person or an evening person? Neither. I'm best around 10:30am.
What is the best thing about writing for you? The release. It's such an amazing cathartic experience. When I write, I lose myself in the world I've created. It's a bit egomaniacal, but such an amazing journey. I hope you'll join me.
Many thanks to Sara for joining us today and you can check out her previous visits and novels by clicking the links below:
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Have an awesome Wednesday