October 6th, 2009

Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell, knowing

Kim Baccellia Interviews Thomas Randall

Today, Thomas Randall talks about bullying, folklore, vampires, and more with Kim Baccellia. Here's a sneak peek:

What inspired the book The Waking: Dreams of the Dead?

Possibly the coolest thing about vampires is that they can be adapted to tell almost any kind of story. There are terrifying vampires and beautiful vampires, brooding vampires and funny vampires. But most of the vampires we see in books and movies and on TV these days all spring from the same European origins. I've always been fascinated by the other variations. Japan has no vampire myth as we know it, but a number of the evil spirits and demons in their folklore are vampiric in nature, and I wanted to explore that. I also wanted to do something that would be very creepy, with a classic horror style isolation. I hope I've achieved that, and I've certainly enjoyed exploring these Japanese spins of the vampire tale.

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Follow The Waking blog tour to learn more about Dreams of the Dead, the first book in this thrilling YA series, and its author, Thomas Randall.

Monday, September 28th: An interview with Little Willow at Bildungsroman
Tuesday, September 29th: Author Q&A with Courtney Summers
Wednesday, September 30th: The Mind of a Girl, a guest blog about writing from the female POV, at readergirlz
Thursday, October 1st: Strange Girl in a Strange Land, a guest blog about researching Japanese culture, at lectitans
Friday, October 2nd: An interview at Sarah's Random Musings
Friday, October 2nd: An interview at Steph Su Reads
Monday, October 5th: The Cold Open, a guest blog about writing mysteries, at Books By Their Cover
Tuesday, October 6th: An interview with Kim Baccellia
Tuesday, October 6th: An interview with BookChic
Wednesday, October 7th: An interview at Presenting Lenore
Thursday, October 8th: Special post for Michelle at GalleySmith
Friday, October 9th: Last stop with Kelsey at Just Blinded Book Reviews
wings, believe

Thomas Randall Meets Book Chic

Thomas Randall and Book Chic talk about everything from horror to Jelly Belly jelly beans in today's interview. Here's a sneak peek:

You write a lot of horror novels. What brought you to that particular genre, and what about it interests you and keeps you writing it?

I don't honestly know what brought me to horror in the first place. It always intrigued me. I always liked being scared. From my perspective, very little of what I've written can really be classified as Horror, but I'm always proud to be counted amongst the roster of horror writers. And there's no question that THE WAKING is horror, though you could call them supernatural thrillers, too. As for what interests me about it now...I think we all love being scared. There's catharsis in there. Like a good laugh, you feel better after a good scare. More alive. More engaged. More relaxed. (Not relaxed WHILE being scared, of course.) But for me part of the appeal of the supernatural is spiritual. If you can believe for even one instant that demons and ghosts exist, than for that same instant you have to accept that there is life after death. Where there is evil, there is good. Where there are demons there are angels. Horror helps us believe that there is more to our existence than just flesh and bone.

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Follow The Waking blog tour to learn more about Dreams of the Dead, the first book in this thrilling YA series, and its author, Thomas Randall.

Monday, September 28th: An interview with Little Willow at Bildungsroman
Tuesday, September 29th: Author Q&A with Courtney Summers
Wednesday, September 30th: The Mind of a Girl, a guest blog about writing from the female POV, at readergirlz
Thursday, October 1st: Strange Girl in a Strange Land, a guest blog about researching Japanese culture, at lectitans
Friday, October 2nd: An interview at Sarah's Random Musings
Friday, October 2nd: An interview at Steph Su Reads
Monday, October 5th: The Cold Open, a guest blog about writing mysteries, at Books By Their Cover
Tuesday, October 6th: An interview with Kim Baccellia
Tuesday, October 6th: An interview with Book Chic
Wednesday, October 7th: An interview at Presenting Lenore
Thursday, October 8th: Special post for Michelle at GalleySmith
Friday, October 9th: Last stop with Kelsey at Just Blinded Book Reviews