Interview with mystery author Greta Cribbs

Debut
novelist Greta Cribbs kicks off this new week. We’re chatting about her
paranormal mystery, Amelia’s Children.
Bio:
Greta
Cribbs has worn many hats over the years, from mom to schoolteacher to choir
director. She constantly seeks out opportunities to indulge her many interests,
but writing is the passion that has been with her the longest. She wrote her
first poem at the age of nine and has been crafting stories ever since. Amelia’s Children is her first published
work. You can follow her on Twitter for the latest information about
her writing and other projects she is working on.
Welcome, Greta. Please tell us about
your current release.
Amelia’s Children
is a paranormal mystery told from the point of view of Sarah, a young woman who
has returned to her hometown in the wake of a failed acting career. David
Jenson is a mysterious stranger who is in town on what he calls “personal
business”, though he won’t tell anyone what that business is. Determined
to find out what David is up to, Sarah eventually comes to suspect that he has
some connection to Amelia Davis, a local woman who was murdered in 1985. She
also discovers that Amelia’s death may have been more than a simple murder.
What inspired you to write this book?
I based
Sarah’s character primarily on myself. Her struggles with her career and her
feelings of not fitting in were taken directly from my feelings about my own
life at the time that I was writing the book.
The small
town in which my book takes place is based on my own hometown, but the idea of
setting the story there was inspired by the show Twin Peaks.
A lot of
David’s backstory was inspired by the first two seasons of Supernatural. I was feeling frustrated with the direction some of
the storylines, particularly Sam Winchester’s story, had taken after season
three, and had all these ideas about how I
would have written it, so I decided to put some of that in my own story.
Excerpt from Amelia’s Children:
My mind was so full
of thoughts as I lay in bed that night that I have no idea how I managed to
fall asleep, but somehow I did. I slept and I dreamed—of rivers and old gnarled
trees, of blood and death and abandoned babies. I dreamed of David. I saw him
standing on the riverbank looking out over the water. He looked over at me and
held out his hand. I took it and we smiled at each other. We seemed to float up
and up and up until the whole world disappeared and it was just me and him. Then
he let me go and I was falling, but of course in dreams you never hit the
ground so the next thing I knew I was back in the clearing by the old tree. I
saw a foot sticking out from under a bush. Amelia Davis’s foot. But when I
pulled back the leaves to see what was there, it was not Amelia’s body that I
found. It was David’s. His lifeless eyes looked at me and through me and I
tried to scream but there was no air. Then he grabbed my wrist and sat up. He
put his face close to mine and shouted one word. “Help!”
My eyes shot open
and I was in my room again, safe and sound. My heart was racing and I was wide
awake. I tried to calm myself down, to tell myself that it was just a dream,
but then I heard it again. It was like a whisper but at the same time it was so
loud it made my ears ring. “Help!”
It was David’s voice.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
My newest
project is also a paranormal book, but it has more elements of urban fantasy
than mystery. The main character is Damian, a man who for the past five years
has tried to move on from his traumatic past, but a dark secret has come back
to haunt him and now he must be the one to break the curse that has been passed
down in his family for centuries.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I’ve been
writing since I was nine years old, but fear of rejection kept me from pursuing
writing as a serious career. When Amelia’s
Children
birthed itself fully formed from my mind almost overnight, I knew
I had to actually follow through this time. I was still hesitant to use the
word “writer” to describe myself, not really being sure if I measured
up to the title. Then I entered a short story contest a few months ago and
actually won. That was the event that gave me the validation I needed to truly
call myself A Writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I do not
write full time. At the moment I am a stay at home mom who teaches piano
lessons in the afternoon and exercise classes on the weekends. I would like to
say that I have wonderful time management skills that help me find time to
write, but the truth is I often spend time writing instead of doing housework. I
mean really, who wants to clean the house when they could be writing the next
Great American Novel?
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Hmm…I guess
that would be the fact that I have to be absolutely in love with my primary
male character while I’m writing, otherwise I won’t want to do it. Before I
started the project I’m currently working on I had begun another book, but I
wasn’t feeling the characters so I had to put it away. In this new book,
however, I adore Damian’s character,
and that makes writing about him a pleasure. When I was writing Amelia’s Children, my heart was divided
between David and Sarah’s brother Will.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I started
seriously thinking about that question when I was eleven. I was torn between
wanting to be an astronomer and wanting to be a writer. I had just gotten
interested in science fiction books, so studying planets and stars was
fascinating to me. At the same time, however, I was also busily writing my
first novel, a ghost story, and had dreams of growing up to be the female version
of Stephen King. Then high school came along and I switched my focus to music. I’m
just now getting back around to thinking of writing as a career.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
In addition
to writing, I love singing, dancing, and studying Spanish. I’ve actually found
a way to incorporate my love for the Spanish language into the new book I’m
writing. It will show up here and there as I reveal pieces of Damian’s family
history.
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Thanks, Greta! Happy writing.

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