Today on the FlipSide, I’m helping Carson Buckingham get the word out about her novel Gothic Revival. For those of you unacquainted with Carson, let’s take a moment to get to know her…
Carson Buckingham knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and began, at age six, by writing books of her own, hand-drawing covers, and selling them to any family member who would pay (usually a gum ball) for what she referred to as “classic literature.” When she ran out of relatives, she came to the conclusion that there was no real money to be made in self-publishing, so she studied writing and read voraciously for the next eighteen years, while simultaneously collecting enough rejection slips to re-paper her living room… twice.
When her landlord chucked her out for, in his words, “making the apartment into one hell of a downer,” she redoubled her efforts and collected four times the rejection slips in half the time, single-handedly causing the first paper shortage in U.S. history.
But she persevered, improved greatly over the years, and here we are.
Carson Buckingham has been a professional proofreader, editor, newspaper reporter, copywriter, technical writer, comedy writer, humorist, and fiction author. Besides writing, she loves to read and work in her vegetable garden. She lives in the United States in the state of Arizona.
Welcome Carson, let’s delve into the questions… Using ten words or less, tell me about your book.
Gothic Revival is a paranormal thriller set in Connecticut.
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
John Fogarty’s ‘Haunted House.’ I like it for Gothic Revival because it is a deceptively upbeat toe-tapper for a song about a haunted house.
Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Tim Burton. Jamie Lee Curtis.
What is your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
All I know for sure before I sit down at the computer is how I want the story to end, then I write to that ending. I will also write up short biographies of each main character detailing not only their physical appearances, but what their motivations are, and how they relate to the other characters. As to hand writing—I do a bit of that. I enjoy writing in the bath tub, and my husband has built me a tub desk that fits perfectly across the tub. I have been known to spend hours writing that way. When you write in the tub, you are a captive audience, so to speak. You can’t get up and get something to eat easily, etc., so you focus more on the task at hand. I also think better in water. As to the computer—if I type anything in directly, I autosave every two minutes and I print out a hard copy after every session. This is because I lost an entire short story one time when the power went out just after I had typed ‘The End,’ but just before I saved it. Never again.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
I would tell myself to start writing seriously much younger than I actually did.
What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Coffee
- Cats or dogs? Dogs
- Snow or sun? Snow
- Print books or eReader? Print
- Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips
- Baked or fried? Baked
- Candy or chocolate? Candy
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Animated
- Classics or Modern? Classics
- Old World or New World? Old World
- Sweet or spicy? Spicy
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort
Thank you Carson! Now let’s take a look at Gothic Revival…
Alex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.
But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.
Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?
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There’s also a tour wide giveaway!