Ever since she could remember, Elle has had to hop from town to town to keep up with her dad’s demanding career as a corporate insurance agent. Each time, a reoccurring nightmare followed her wherever she went–until the day that the frightening figures haunting her at night became all too real. When news of a serial killer spreads throughout her new school, Elle worries that the Reaper has been leaving her his calling card in the form of cigarette butts on her doormat and an unusual ribbon in her locker. With the help of Brian, a boy she meets at a flea market, she discovers that this isn’t her first encounter with the murderer and that her father has been concealing her true identity for the past twelve years. But despite her father’s desperate attempts to protect her, Elle still comes face to face with the darkness she has been running from her whole life. Trapped in the woods and with help hundreds of miles away, will Elle be able to confront the Reaper and reclaim the life she lost?
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How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I love book trailers. I spend hours trawling YouTube looking for my favorite authors and discovering books I simply MUST read. When I signed a contract for my YA suspense, DECEIVED, last year, I knew I needed a trailer, too.
I contacted my alma mater, Kent State University, and asked Mass Media and Communication students for help. I hit the talent jackpot when one young man, Matt Petrunak, a junior then, agreed to take the challenge. He spent his time and effort casting the roles, finding a crew and hauling equipment from site to site around campus and the city. The process was painstaking and he did it all for me, a complete stranger.
I didn’t have the talent to begin a project like this, but I don’t give up easily. I looked at my available resources. I highly suggest authors reach out to their former college homes or even the colleges near their home. Contact high school technology teachers, or anyone who can act as a liaison. Students benefit from the experience, too. They can take these opportunities to build or hone skills, beef up their resumes, college applications or websites. I always suggest giving anyone who helps out their full credit in the acknowledgement page of your book and anywhere else you can. Teens and young people are some of our best and least tapped resources. They’re probably right next door and an absolutely wonderful knowledge base for all things Internet LOL! If you need a trailer, a great start is contacting a school near you.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As an only child, I had plenty of time to write and make things up. I never outgrew the tendency. Today I write the stories that keep me up at night and tell them to anyone who will listen. Usually that means my children, other times it’s the guy behind us in line at the checkout. I love words and use them often. I wrote this story when an idea wiggled into my brain and wouldn’t leave. I wondered all night for weeks on end what a girl would do if she were being hunted, but no one told her. What if she were in real danger, but convinced herself the thought was silly and went unwittingly into the hands of a monster. I decided that would really suck. So, I started writing. 91,000 words later, Deceived was complete, and I was satisfied to know what would happen. Hint: Very bad things.
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. In 2013, Julie welcomes five new releases in three genres including her newest title, DECEIVED, a YA suspense from Merit Press, and her first cozy mystery, MURDER BY THE SEASIDE, book one in the Patience Price, Counselor at Large series from Carina Press (a digital imprint of Harlequin).
Julie is a self-proclaimed word nerd who would rather read than almost anything else. She started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Most days you’ll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book.
Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.