It’s my pleasure to welcome author Michelle Muto to A Diamond in the Dark! Michelle is the author of three books: Don’t Fear the Reaper, The Book of Lost Souls, and her newest release The Haunting Season. While she was born in Chicago, she’s found herself and her voice in the southeastern part of the United States; she currently resides in NE Georgia, and it is her newest book, set in Savannah, Georgia and Asheville, North Carolina that positively shows her affinity for her surroundings. The Haunting Season oozes the charm of Savannah, and by “ooze” I don’t mean in a charming way. I mean there’s history in that city, and all the houses have eyes, but Siler House not only has eyes, but ears and a pulse and it’s watching you. YOU! Yes, YOU! Right there — so don’t leave the book open too long … You may think I’m kidding, but I’m not. There’s something so richly disturbing and palpable in the story that you’ll find yourself re-reading it. I did.
The book compelled me (yes, you read that correctly) to leave the following review on Amazon, where I purchased the book for my Kindle App on my phone. Yes. I read the book on my ‘Droid. Talk about a page-turner, I couldn’t flip through it fast enough!
Michelle Muto has crafted a riveting page-turner that will engage YAs and older fans of YA Lit. Her characters are real, breathing individuals with unique voices. The dialog is never muddled. The reader always knows which character is speaking–even without the use of dialog tags. That’s an art–because dialog is more than he said, she said. It is mannerism and inflection, it’s how a character reacts and the choice of words. Four young adults in a creepy situation–a house with eyes and ears that gets beneath the skin and wants …. needs … everything… There were times in the reading that I felt physically uncomfortable (that’s a good thing!), and swore I saw things out of the corner of my eye. At the outset, I’ll admit to thinking, “oh, please, how scary can this be?” Well, I gave up reading it at night. The stark light of day made it a little bit easier. I could NOT read it before going to sleep. It got just that disturbing. But it’s all good, because that’s what you WANT in a story like this. The settings were lush–the book invoked Savannah beautifully, eerily. The reader is drawn to the house, just as the characters are drawn. It’s a difficult book to put down. If you’re brave enough, try it on a dark and stormy night. If you’re like me and not quite that brave, go for it in the light of day in your favorite coffee shop surrounded by people. But, no matter HOW you take this wonderful dose of horror, make sure you take it. You don’t want to miss out
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But, wait. Before you do, get to know the imaginative mind that brought Siler House and all within it to life. Michelle Muto has graciously agreed to join me today on the blog. I’m positively THRILLED to have her here, and even more thrilled to share some interview time with her!
Amy: Oh! So great to have you here! I have to ask, because it’s been in the forefront of my mind lately, what sparked the idea for this book?
Michelle: A trip to Savannah, Georgia. I went on a ghost tour through Savannah’s real most notorious haunted house – the Sorrel-Weed House.
Amy: Oh … my heck. Such a place EXISTS?? How do you hope the story affects your readers–I mean, how do you hope they react?
Michelle: I hope it gives them the creeps, LOL! I want them to think, however irrationally,that there could be something in the mirrors, under the bed, or in the walls of their house.
Amy: From my side, I can say you succeeded. Um … thanks for that. When did you start writing? Not the books lately, but when can you remember starting?
Michelle: When I was about six, I think. I wrote stories for my mom – of dragons and castles, and of course, princesses.
Amy: Did your childhood influence what you write now?
Michelle: My brother made me watch scary movies whenever he had to babysit. He wanted to scare me, and it did. But it also had an effect I don’t think he ever counted on – that’d I’d also love those movies. hat, and my mother used to read to me when I was very young. When I was older, we’d go to the library on weekends. Those are still some of my favorite memories growing up.
Amy: It’s so cool your mom read to you. There’s nothing better than having a mom who reads to you, I think. What are your favorite books? Do you have any favorite writers?
Michelle: I love all kinds of books, from humor to horror, fiction and even some non-fiction. Some of my favorites are Harry Potter, The Haunting of Hill House, The Shining, The Stand, and The Stephanie Plum series. My favorite authors include: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, Janet Evanovich, Shirley Jackson, Rod Serling, Alfred Hitchcock, David Sedaris, and probably a few dozen more.
Amy: You have three books out now. Do you hear from readers? What do they say?
Michelle: I do! And honestly, I’m honored they took the time to contact me. They usually tell me how much they loved a particular book or character, and ask when the next book is coming out. It’s a humbling experience. I have to look around the room to see what other writer is there with me, because they HAVE to be talking about them – not me.
Amy: Wow! That’s wonderful and well deserved, too. I have to ask, too, because you’re here … Dish, please! What are you working on now? What new projects are you contemplating, and what are we going to see from you in the near future?
Michelle: I have another adult/new adult book due this spring. It’s dark fantasy, maybe a little horror. I love this book. I think it’s my favorite over anything I’ve ever written. Then, there are the sequels to The Book of Lost Souls and Don’t Fear the Reaper.
Amy: This spring? Oh, I’m going to have to have you back then! Thank you so much for being here!
And … Michelle has one other surprise for us! A Giveaway of The Haunting Season! Comment on this post for your chance to win ONE of THREE COPIES that she is giving away today!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed meeting Michelle Muto and finding out more about her new book The Haunting Season. Don’t forget to leave a comment below fror a chance to win a copy, and go check her out in the land of many links:
Michelle’s Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Muto/e/B004RWAZCK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Follow Michelle on Twitter: @MichWritesBooks
Michelle on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4712387.Michelle_Muto