I am so excited to be hosting a stop on the OF THE TREES blog tour! Later in my post is an exclusive interview with the author. But first, be sure to check out all the details below, especially if you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author E.M. Fitch.
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About The Book:
Title: OF THE TREES
Author: E.M. Fitch
Pub. Date: February 28, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Cassie and Laney fancy themselves amateur ghost hunters. When a carnival comes to town, Cassie embraces the chance to try something new.
Carnival workers watch the girls with a collective gaze that ignites in Laney a dark and dangerous fascination, leaving Cassie unnerved.
It's not just their age or the unsettling way they stare. There is something in the shifting of their skin and the way their features seem to change in the shadows.
Cassie can's shake this sickening feeling that there's more to the carnival than meets the eye.
When townspeople suddenly start dying and bloody warnings appear around town, Cassie is lured into a nightmare where trees whisper and strange, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods she once hunted for ghosts with her best friend.
~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with E.M. Fitch~
1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?
One of the first elements that came to my head was inspired by my absolute fear of hearing voices. I think hallucinations are one of the most terrifying things to experience, and the people who cope and manage them on a daily basis are some of my personal heroes. From that element of personal fear, grew the story of a girl who couldn’t make the voices in her head stop. I wanted a fantastical source for the whispers, and so Of The Trees became a mix of local ghost stories, and the old folklore of the fae. I stumbled upon W.B. Yeats and his Tales of Irish Peasantry, and this helped to shape much of the storyline, most especially his poem, The Stolen Child. Another influence was the fond, and sometimes not-so-fond, memories I have of my own high school experiences. When any of my old, high school friends read this book, they will most definitely find characters/situations that they recognize and can relate to.
2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?
Yes. I want readers to see that bravery is a choice; that it looks different for different people, but that it’s always worth choosing.
3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?
Yes, but I won’t tell you which ones!
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?
Broadly? Tolkien and L. Frank Baum. Recently? Patrick Ness, Libba Bray, and Becca Fitzpatrick. Personally? As a mentor and friend, Mav Skye.
5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?
Normally I’m a Trivial Pursuit kind of gal, but if we’re fantasizing here… I’d play one of those Murder Mystery games, the kind where everyone plays a part and you have to try to solve who killed the victim before dinner is over. Of course I’d have a lovely dinner prepared (or purchased). I envision a roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings; and of course some tasty drinks. The three characters I’d invite would be: The Mad Hatter, Hermione Granger, and Haymitch Abernathy. I doubt we’d solve the murder. But what a time we’d have!
E.M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night. She lives in Connecticut, surrounded by chaos, which she manages (somewhat successfully) with her husband, Marc.
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