Monday, September 8, 2014

Guest Post: Lisa Amowitz (VISION Tour Stop)

Author: Lisa Amowitz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pub. Date: September 9, 2014
The light is darker than you think…

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.


 How to Handle "Supernatural" Events in Thrillers (the questions that can't be easily explained, like Bobby's visions.)

I’ve written a total of seven books (only four of which are publishable) and though there is usually a supernatural element in them, for the most part the action takes place in the real world. And when it comes to my supernatural twists, I guess I tend to be kind of an explainer.

In BREAKING GLASS, it’s the missing Susannah’s interest in world religions and the occult that sparks Jeremy’s desperate prescription-drug induced attempt to summon her from beyond the grave—and mostly to have his way with her. Though I don’t refer to any scientific material for the spirit world (after all, to be fair, there isn’t any reputable material) I did rely on mythology and lore. I delved heavily into ancient Kabbalah rituals (there is no raising of the dead in Kabbalah), blending them with Pagan rituals and witchcraft. I read up on the old Jewish myths about dybbuks, restless spirits of the departed that refuse to graciously depart. 

In Vision, I tried a different approach. I did not rely on mythology or folklore, and instead delved into the psychology behind dissociative personality disorder (multiple personality disorder). In Bobby’s case I wanted a quasi medical cause for his maladies. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I did do a fair amount of research into a lot of Bobby’s medical symptoms and got pretty creative with what I learned, threading the real with the unreal.

I guess you’d say that is how I work—I build a plausible world that seems very much like our own, then busily fill in the cracks with strange, otherworldly caulking.

About Lisa:
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

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2 Signed copies of Vision and swag for 2 winners US ONLY.


Week One:
9/1/2014- Word to DreamsInterview
9/1/2014- Books Complete MeReview
9/2/2014- Suzy Turner, YA AuthorGuest Post
9/2/2014- Her Book Thoughts!Review
9/3/2014- Mom With A KindleInterview
9/3/2014- The Bookie MonsterReview
9/4/2014- One Guy's Guide to Good ReadsGuest Post
9/4/2014- Reader GirlsReview
9/5/2014- Realm of the Sapphired DragonInterview
9/5/2014- Amaterasu ReadsReview

Week Two:
9/8/2014- The YA Lit ChickGuest Post
9/8/2014- Buried Under BooksReview
9/9/2014- Anonymous Interests - Interview
9/9/2014- In Between The Lines - Review
9/10/2014- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post
9/10/2014- Dalene's Book ReviewsReview
9/11/2014- Avid Reader MusingsInterview
9/11/2014- Operation AwesomeReview
9/12/2014- kellyvisionGuest Post
9/12/2014- Reese's Reviews- Review

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