Here we are with another author! Take a look at her style, seems super unique.
I never imagined myself as a horror writer. Though I’ve always been drawn to the macabre, I started my writing career with a focus on young adult fiction. After all, I’ve spent most of my adult life teaching in some capacity and really felt connected to the target audience. Then, a friend of mine was bored at work one day. We were talking over a break and he said I should write him something. He’d been Beta reading contest entries for me and liked my style. I, also bored with the repetitive nature of my job, readily agreed… provided he would send me a prompt. So he did. And a horror writer was born.
When I tell that story it sounds easy. It was not. Switching genres made me uncomfortable, but I like a challenge when it comes to writing. I second guessed myself throughout the entire process, worried that I would fall on clichés to accomplish what I needed to progress the story. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cliché. After all, they’re cliché for a reason. But I also wanted to be original.
While Salvagium only took a couple of months to write (around working full time and being a full time single parent), it took me more than a year to get the edits done. I worked with several professional editors, both for line edits and developmental edits. I read through comments that broke my heart and some that made me walk on clouds. I cried over the manuscript and worked through the fear of not being good enough. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but has turned out to be one of the most fulfilling.
The part about horror that I find most satisfying is that I actually get to use my education. I have a degree in criminal justice and a degree in psychology. While I am not physically able to use these degrees in a traditional manner following three brain surgeries and surgically induced Meniere’s Disease, I am still fascinated by both topics. I spent 16 years in college so I could learn them! To write horror is to explore both. My crime scenes are written through the eye of my forensic science classes. When I terrorize a character, I use the psychology I learned to do so. I’m finding that I can pick the most interesting pieces of both disciplines to write what I like best.
Does that mean the young adult novels I’ve completed will never see the light of day? Definitely not. I’m currently in the process of revising my first novel, one that few people have seen. It’s taken a darker, edgier turn after ten years of shelf time and I’m excited to see how it turns out. Finding my niche was important. It makes me a better writer and makes what I write more interesting to those who have read through some of it.
Growing up, my mother always told us to “do what you love and the money will follow”. Being an indie author isn’t about becoming an overnight millionaire, but doing what we love. I’ve found that, since I decided to focus on what I love (writing), not only are sales picking up, but I’m infinitely happier than I’ve been since I became an adult. It’s funny how Moms are so often right, even when we don’t want to admit it!
Available in both paperback and kindle version!
Salvagium is a crazy ride from start to finish! Just when you think you have the book figured out, author Lanie Goodell turns around and throws another curve ball at you, time and time again. – Corie Shreiber, Amazon Review
Salvagium is a romantic horror novel, set in the picturesque mountains of Vermont. Summer Eastman has lost everything in her world. Her best friend, the family she chose, is murdered and she has no one to whom she can turn. Using the inheritance he left her, Summer buys an old Victorian home in Brattleboro, desperately seeking to escape the nightmare her life in New York has become. The house holds secrets, however. Secrets that can destroy Summer. With the help of the town handyman, Cullen O’Conner, Summer must figure out what’s going on in her home, before anyone else dies.
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