Author Chat with Erica Waters (Ghost Wood Song), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Erica Waters author of
Ghost Wood Song.
Read on for more about Erica and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Erica Waters!
Erica Waters grew up in the pine woods of rural Florida, though she now resides in Nashville, TN. When she’s not playing bluegrass on her banjo, she can be found teaching writing courses at Belmont University. Ghost Wood Song is her first book, and you can visit her online at www.ericawaters.com.
Meet Ghost Wood Song!
Sawkill Girls meets Beautiful Creatures in this lush and eerie debut, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead.
If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.
Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness.
But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets.
In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.
Family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness make this young adult debut a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Inspiration for GHOST WOOD SONG came from several places—my grief after losing my dad, memories of growing up in a haunted house, and a whole lot of bluegrass music. But here's how I got the idea for the ghost-raising fiddle: One day, I was upstairs writing in my attic office when I heard someone playing a banjo. We have a few banjos in our house, but I was the only one home. When I went downstairs, the music stopped. So that got me to thinking about a connection between ghosts and bluegrass instruments, and Shady’s ghost-raising fiddle was born!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character to write was Orlando, Shady’s friend and bandmate. He’s a budding entomologist, a peacemaker, and a joker. I always felt happy when Orlando was in a scene. I find myself thinking about him a lot, wondering what he might be up to after the end of GHOST WOOD SONG.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel! I tried a few different (not so great) titles before landing on GHOST WOOD SONG, with my literary agent’s help.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
What I didn’t know back then is how much of a community effort a book is. Sure, the writer comes up with the idea and writes it, but there are so many other people who touch a book— critique partners, beta readers, literary agents, editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, and everyone else involved in the book’s production. If you want a book to be successful, you have to welcome those people in and let them have some ownership of the book too. Even though your books feel like a part of you, you can’t cling too tightly to them or else they’ll never make it—and you won’t either. My critique partners, agent, and editor have shaped my work so much and made me a much better writer. I’m endlessly grateful for them.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love how the cover perfectly echoes the mood, setting, and themes of the book. What you see on the outside is what you get on the inside. Like the cover, GHOST WOOD SONG is spooky, Southern, and filled with Florida critters.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Right now I’ve got a stack of YA novels calling my name: Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams, A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow, and The Silence of Bones by June Hur.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I just finished The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow, a YA scifi road trip novel that kept me smiling most of the way. It is fun, inclusive, beautifully written, and endlessly surprising.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My next book from HarperTeen, which comes out in 2021, is another Southern contemporary fantasy, this time about witches. It is filled with magic and monsters and features an enemies-to-lovers sapphic romance. I’m also working on a middle grade haunted house book that I’m having a blast writing.
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
GHOST WOOD SONG is also available as an audiobook, narrated by Jesse Vilinsky, who did such a fantastic job with Wilder Girls and Mostly Dead Things.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting. I rarely start a book with an outline or a strong sense of how it will progress. Instead, I begin with a little idea and just follow it to where it leads. To me, that is amazingly fun—it’s this huge feeling of possibility. It’s like telling a story to myself, which is a good way to stay engaged and excited about what I’m writing.
Ghost Wood Song
By: Erica Waters
Release Date: July 14th, 2020
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