Author Chat with Thommy Hutson (Jinxed), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Thommy Hutson, author of Jinxed. Read on for more about Thommy and his book, plus a giveaway! 

 

 

Meet Thommy Hutson! 

 
 

Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and best-

selling author

who is considered the foremost authority

on

A Nightmare on Elm Street

. A graduate of

UCLA, Thommy has written or produced critically acclaimed film and television

projects such as

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

,

Inside Story: Scream

,

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

,

Animal

,

The Id

,

Truth

or Dare

, and more. His latest novel,

Jinxed,

has been called

A must-read for classic

horror fans ... Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Hom

age and originality

...

Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.

He recently wrote the

teleplay for an upcoming Hallmark Channel holiday project and is curre

ntly developing

and writing a television thriller. An aficionado of horr

or and teen movies from the 80s

and 90s, Thommy is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Horr

or Writers

Association.

Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and best-

selling author

who is considered the foremost authority

on

A Nightmare on Elm Street

. A graduate of

UCLA, Thommy has written or produced critically acclaimed film and television

projects such as

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

,

Inside Story: Scream

,

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

,

Animal

,

The Id

,

Truth

or Dare

, and more. His latest novel,

Jinxed,

has been called

A must-read for classic

horror fans ... Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Hom

age and originality

...

Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.

He recently wrote the

teleplay for an upcoming Hallmark Channel holiday project and is curre

ntly developing

and writing a television thriller. An aficionado of horr

or and teen movies from the 80s

and 90s, Thommy is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Horr

or Writers

Association.

Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and best-selling author who is considered the foremost authority on A Nightmare on Elm Street. A graduate of UCLA, Thommy has written or produced critically acclaimed film and television

projects such as Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Inside Story: Scream, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, Animal, The Id, Truth or Dare, and more. His latest novel, “Jinxed,” has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans ... Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality ... Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” He recently wrote the teleplay for an upcoming Hallmark Channel holiday project and is currently developing and writing a television thriller. An aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association.

 
 
 
Meet Jinxed!
 
    

Break a mirror. Walk under a ladder. Step on a crack. Innocent childhood superstitions…

But someone at the Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren't random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna's opening night also be her final bow?

 
 
 
A Chat with Thommy Hutson:

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

The idea for “Jinxed” came out of two things. The first was definitely my love of horror and teen movies of the 80s and 90s. I grew up watching “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “ Friday the 13th,” “Halloween,” John Hughes movies, “Scream” and so many more. I wanted to do something to combine thrills, chills, and kills, mixed with a little teen angst, snark, drama, secrets, and the notion of superstitions. Throw in a masked killer and, hey, what could go wrong!? The second aspect is I actually went to a performing arts school, so a lot of the characters’ feelings are things I have experienced, or my friends

thought and went through. I had the idea for a long time that a performing arts school would be a fun place to set a horror novel. In this case, it is heightened in the fact that it is very posh and very secluded.

 

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

It’s actually a toss-up. I know the obvious answer would be “Layna,” because she is level-headed and would probably keep everyone out of trouble. Then again, in a book like this, aren’t we all looking for a little trouble? That’s why I also lean—maybe a tad more—to “Nancy.” She is someone who throws caution to the wind and wants to have a good time. She’s silly, snarky, and will always have your back. (Even though it is her attitude that might be the reason you need someone to back you up!) I can really imagine hanging out and having a blast with her. Whether it is a party, sitting around the house, or driving around, there would be pop music, laughter, lots of snack food, and a fantastic time. Plus, she would be the one to investigate the scary noise while I hang back and ask, “Who’s there?”

 

3. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I really love the opening. I believe it very quickly sets the tone and the stage for what’s to come. It gets intense, quickly, and I believe you can really feel what is happening in those pages. I tried to imbue with a lot of emotion, tension, and give the reader something very visceral.

 

4. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

To quote William Faulkner, and later Stephen King, “Kill your darlings.” I have learned that, as writers, we (or, at least I) fall in love with our characters, our story, our very words, so much sometimes that it can be very hard to see objectively what needs to stay and what needs to go. Writing is a lesson in economics that way and I have learned it. That doesn’t mean I won’t fight now and then to keep a turn of phrase, or a line of dialogue that really resonates with me in the project. Sometimes it’s just something you really see or hear in your mind and want to slip it in there in the hopes the reader gets it the way you do.

 

5. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

That’s easy: everything! I am, hands down, in love with it. It was created by the incredibly talented UK “dark artist” Mister Sam Shearon. When the time

came to think of what the image would be, I had a general notion and told Sam in a very rudimentary way what I wanted: the school, a sense of exclusivity, a sense of isolation and, of course, the mask. When I saw what he created I was blown away. It was everything I had hoped for, and more. I was stunned at how he was able to nail each of those items and bring them

 together in something that is as creepy as it is intriguing.

 

6. What’s up next for you?

I am currently working on book 2 of the “Jinxed” trilogy. “Cursed” is really fun, creepy, and a blast to write. I can’t give too much away, but it definitely builds on the characters, relationships, and mystery set up in the first book. I actually came up with the end of book 2 first and am really thrilled about it; it’s definitely going to be quite a cliffhanger!

I’m also a screenwriter and have two projects in the works that I am writing. One is a thriller, and the other is a fun, quirky horror film.

 

7. Is there anything that you would like to add?

I love connecting with readers, watchers, and fans—whether of my books, films, or documentaries, or 80s/90s horror and teen movies in general. People can connect with me and see what I am up to on Twitter: @ThommyHutson

 

8. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

The ending. Even though I knew how book one was going to end, I think the penultimate scene was pretty tough, mostly because it had to accomplish a lot of different things: I had to reveal the killer, the motive, and wrap things up. I worked hard to find ways in to keep it exciting, thrilling, creepy, and have a lot of action. I really am pleased with the way it came out. And, I realized it’s also a lot of fun. Some of the characters are larger than life and dramatic, particularly because of the setting, so it was great to play with that and let things really go.

 

9. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

I’m a big fan of the revision. They say writing is rewriting and it’s clear to me why. I can really dive in, see what the bones are of what I have built,

and then work to lay in the muscle, connective tissue, skin, and the looks. It’ s the time when you can get back to the project after stepping away and

really create the perfect monster. If writing is sewing the parts together, rewriting is the lightning bolt that brings the creature to life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jinxed

By: Thommy Huston

Release Date: March 13, 2018

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Marisa Fort on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:33

The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing!

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The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing!
Precious J Hernandez on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:22

I love mysteries and this sounds amazing! LOVE the cover!

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I love mysteries and this sounds amazing! LOVE the cover!
Penny Olson on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:55

I like the super creepy cover and story.

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I like the super creepy cover and story.
Janell Goode on Sunday, 18 November 2018 10:38

love the cover and the synopsis

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love the cover and the synopsis

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