Scary stories have always fascinated Deanna. It started with The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson and has continued for decades in all formats like books, movies, ghost stories around a campfire and haunted tours. She’s a life-long reader which ramped up with her first job in high school at a B. Dalton Bookseller. This interest, combined with a love of writing led to her first young adult thriller that combines small-town horror and young love. She has two middle grade mystery and adventure novels that will be published soon along with a young adult paranormal trilogy.
Deanna lives in WV with the love of her life, sharing their home with several reptiles and their fat cat, Heavy P. When not writing, she is reading, enjoying decades of music, watching college sports and working as an auditor in the insurance industry.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a young adult fantasy trilogy that focuses on the ancient theme of good versus evil. It revolves around an existence, an alternate society that shares the earth with mankind. It is made up of opposing sides who spend eternity in constant battle for souls. The stage is the earth, the victims are human kind. A young woman is thrust into the battle and finds protection and companionship from one of the good which lends some romance to the story. I hope to have Book 1 out by November 2019.
Who are your favorite authors?
Given my love of horror, I am a fan of Stephen King. Given my inclination for time travel and romance, I love Diana Gabaldon. Her Outlander series is something I have read again and again. (The TV series isn't too shabby either!) Like many, J.K. Rowling has given me a character I've loved for years. My intellectual side favors Ayn Rand and David McCullough. There are so many, but I've probably read more Nora Roberts and James Patterson than anyone else. Like with music, I tend to love a lot of different types, styles and people.
It's Joshua Newman's first day at a new school. The faculty is scary, the building has a mind of its own and the kids that go to detention, never come back the same. With a little investigation, Joshua finds that the school doesn't use proper disciplinary methods, but something more sinister. Can he avoid detention? Can he fight it? Or will he become a victim of their mysterious methods?
Campbell Conway, recent high school graduate, is thrust into a battle for survival when the older population in her small community fall ill. An infection quickly spreads through the population and the illness progresses causing the sick to undergo gruesome physical and mental transformations. The town is quarantined. No one in, no one out. Campbell must fight the infected or joins the brainsick.