I’m so excited to be touring the fabulous Linda Gerber and her latest book Trance, a paranormal thriller. I LOVED all of Linda’s ‘Death by’ series and am hanging out to read this one.
Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows what’s to come—a trance. She’s pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But she’s never been able to stop the event from actually occurring—not even when the vision was of her mother’s fatal car accident. When soulful Jake enters Ashlyn’s life, she begins having trances about another car accident. And as her trances escalate, one thing becomes clear: it’s up to her to save Jake from a near-certain death.
And now for the usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
Several years ago, I had a very vivid dream about an airplane crash. Some of the details were so clear and disturbing to me that I wrote them down, just to get them out of my head. Then, a couple of weeks later, I saw an article in the paper about a plane crash on the other side of the country. The real crash was eerily similar to the one I had seen. It really shook me up.
Later, when I was finally ready to talk about it, I shared the dream with one of my sisters. She told me that she had also had dreams before about things that hadn’t yet happened.
It made me think… what if there were sisters who shared precognitive visions?And what if each one of them only got part of the vision and the other one got the other part, so they had to put the pieces together to see the whole?
Oooh… and what if when they had the visions, they went into trances, which made it really hard to hide what was happening from their family and friends? And what if they wrote clues about the meaning of what they were seeing while they were in the trances? And what if those clues weren’t given in words, but in numbers? (Actually, my ingenious editor came up with that idea.)
So, long story short, the idea for TRANCE evolved from a long string of what ifs, and my quest to find the answers.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I love to read YA, so writing it is a natural fit for me. I’m trying supernatural fiction because that’s the story that came to me.
What is your writing process like?
I outline by necessity, although I’m a pantser at heart. I usually start out with a pretty good idea of where the story’s going, although I don’t always know how I’, going to get there. Each day, I start by reading back the last couple of pages I wrote from the previous day and then continue on from there. I use a timer on my computer to set goals (and limits, such as staying off the Internet.)
What are you working on now?
HACKED, book three in my upcoming Middle Grade series, LIGHTS, CAMERA, CASSIDY, about the daughter of popular TV travel show hosts, and the trouble she manages to get into every time she goes on location with them.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read. Listen to music. Catch up on TV. Be a mom.
Who do you like to read?
Wow. How much space do you have? Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, Alyson Noel, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lisa McMann, Kate Coombs, Sara Zarr, Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Neil Gaiman, and so many, many more.