*Eerie music plays*
Welcome to stop number The Next One on the blog tour for FINGERS IN THE MIST by O'dell Hutchison!
About the Book:
Title: Fingers in the Mist
Publication date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: O’Dell Hutchison
Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.
About the Author:
O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.
An Interview with O'Dell:
1.) What was the most challenging thing about writing FINGERS IN THE MIST?
I’d have to say the opening chapters. After all was said and done, there were three completely different versions. The current one is definitely the tightest and serves the story best, but it took me a while to get there.
2.) If you could pull one character from your book, and bring them to life for a day, who would you choose and what would you do?
While Cait is pretty bad-ass, I’d have to go with Chastity. She’s totally the type of person I like hanging out with. No nonsense, fun, and tells it like it is.
3.) What other YA world do you think Caitlyn would best survive in, OR which YA world do you think would be the most interesting to see her in?
I’d like to see Cait pair up with Ridley from the Caster Chronicles. I think the two of them together could get into a lot of trouble (and kick a lot of ass in the process).
4.) What was your most favorite chapter or scene to write in FINGERS IN THE MIST?
Hands down, chapter eight. This is where it all starts to unfold. We’ve been warned about The Redeemers and it’s been creepy, but this is when they finally arrive. I did several edits, and cut a lot from the book, but, aside from a few grammatical tweaks, this chapter never changed.
5.) Are there any authors you look up to?
So many. Honestly, I admire anyone who has the guts to sit down and craft a story and then put themselves out there the way authors do. It’s a tough business. That being said, the horror authors I read when I was younger are the ones who inspire me today: Stephen King, John Saul and Dean Koontz. I devoured their books in high school and college.
6.) Was becoming an author always part of your life goals?
Since about second grade. I was always a voracious reader. I was always crafting stories and even studied writing in college. It just took me a while to find the confidence, and the time, to finally attempt writing a book.
7.) Who was your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
I don’t know that I really had a favorite. I definitely enjoy Cait; I love the connection she has with Mitch. He’s her rock. I also really enjoyed writing Monique. She’s a little “b”, but writing her was so much fun. I ended up cutting all of my least favorite characters. I kind of figure if I don’t enjoy writing them, why put them in the book at all, right?
8.) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Stick with it. I went through many, many rejections. I self-published The Weeping, and was considering doing the same for Fingers in the Mist. I was told by several agents that the premise was overdone and it would never sell. When I pitched to Month9Books, I had decided that if it didn’t get picked up, I’d shelve it and come back to it later. Lucky for me, they all loved it.
9.) Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
It’s kind of all over the place. I tend to put together a very loose outline of the overall story to start out. I have certain plot points that I know are important to the work and I use them somewhat like mile markers in the overall map. When I’m in the zone, I can pound out several chapters with no issues. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen. I struggle with overthinking things and this causes writer’s block. To combat that, I tend to write in random scenes. When I see a scene in my head, I just sit and write it out and worry about how I got there and how to connect them later. It’s messy, but it works for me.
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Fingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison (INT)