Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooktacular Day 23: Spooky Interview & Giveaway

What kind of Halloween person are you? Dress up and party every year, give out candy maybe dressed up, or hide inside your house with the porch light off?

I would LOVE to dress up and hand candy out…if we lived in that type of neighborhood. Where I live is rural—only skunks, possums, and pigs come out at night. We have to drive our spawn into town and release them upon neighbors unknown. Hehehe.

Do you decorate outside for Halloween?

I did one year. Made spiders out of black pipe insulation and milk jugs, and hung them from our non-climb livestock fence. We don’t get a lot of traffic on our one-lane road, so I quit decorating outside. I like the spawn to carve their pumpkins every year. We set the Jack-O-Laterns on the fireplace hearth and light them at night.

Are you a master pumpkin carver?

No – I wish! My knives won’t cooperate that well. But I took this picture of a super cool pumpkin we saw last year:

Find a picture of a costume you love.

I love this pic of my little darlings. These are the costumes that I loved.

Tell us the scariest thing that has ever happened to you and it doesn’t have to be Halloween related.

This happened to me about a month after my Father-in-law passed away. It was about two in the morning and I was in bed, sleeping on my back with my head turned toward my husband. I woke up for some reason…and couldn’t move my neck back to center. It didn’t hurt, but it wasn’t moving! Also, I couldn’t open my eyes. I had my eyeballs pinging around behind my lids, trying to figure out how to crack them open.

This went on for about thirty seconds and I was starting to freak out. Finally, my neck moved and I straightened to center and got one of my eyelids to open a little. I saw my husband straightening up at the side of the bed and figured his getting out of bed must have woken me up.

My eye still wouldn’t open, and it was really dark in our room. I watched my husband’s shadowy figure walk to the foot of our king-size bed, pass by, and make his way either out the bedroom door or he went into the bathroom. I couldn’t tell because I couldn’t open both eyes.

Then I heard a snuffle beside me. I turned my head, and there was my husband! Sound asleep!

Suddenly free of whatever paralyzed me, both of my eyes popped open and I jumped out of bed to figure out what in the hell I’d just seen. Our bedroom door was shut, and nobody in the bathroom. I went into the hallway, checked both kids rooms…nothing. Just silence.

When I went back to bed, I noticed how it wasn’t so dark in our room. We have a nightlight on in the bathroom, and bleeding through our shutters are outdoor floodlights for our kennels.

I’m not someone who believes in spirits and ghosts. If they do exist, other people experience sightings, never me. I truly believe what I saw was the spirit of my Father-In-Law leaning over my husband and whispering to him. Then he left our room.

I can’t explain what I saw. But I know my husband felt peace in his dad’s passing for the first time in the days following.

Do you like haunted houses or mazes?

Not so much haunted houses, but I enjoy a good corn maze! The neighbors a few miles down the road grow one every year for the kids. It’s about two acres of tall green stalks, with scarecrows seated throughout. I love it.

Do you believe in ghosts?

I think I do now.

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

Definitely carving the pumpkin with my kids. What they end up with always cracks me up.

What is your favorite Halloween movie to watch or are you a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown sort?

Almost every year we’ll watch Young Frankenstein, with Gene Wilder.

Have you ever tricked instead of treated like toilet papering someone’s house or egging a person or house?

I admit to an involvement of TPing someone’s house when I was in high school. I don’t remember who our victim was or why. Karma slapped me back. We got hit one year.

Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees?

Freddy Krueger scares the bejeesus out of me!!

What’s your favorite Urban Legend?

At our cemetery, there’s a private mausoleum built in the shape of a pyramid. It’s not very big, maybe fifteen feet tall and ten feet wide. It’s where high school kids go to party at night.

Before you descend three steps, there’s a concrete apron approach. A thick iron door with heavy lock and latch guards the interior. Written in the approach in Roman type of lettering is this cryptic message:

Disturb not the sleep of Death.

Of course, the kids have to go there on Halloween and knock on the door. Though I never heard it, some say you can hear a moaning as you walked to the door. 

 Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.

He's the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.

Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.

Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn't push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.

When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.

Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?

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Becky said...

Great interview! Remedy Maker. sounds like a very interesting story. That is scary when you can't get your eyes to open or move your neck. I live in the U.S..

Patricia Eimer said...

Great interview. Remedy Maker sounds really good.

Denise Z said...

Remedy Maker sounds like an awesome read! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today. I am with you I think I have to believe in ghosts :)

elaing8 said...

Great interview.I love Young Frankenstein,such a good movie. And that pumpkin is awesome.

booklover0226 said...

Young Frankenstein is a classic. Now I need to watch it, again, and SOON!

I have added Remedy Maker to my wish list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

booklover0226 said...

OOPS, I forgot to add that I am in the US.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Texas Book Lover said...

Love the picture. I have pictures of my hubby like that when he was little...well and every time he goes to the dear lease. He is still a big kid at heart!

mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

June M. said...

US resident.
Great interview. I have not seen YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in years! These days, I generally watch a scary movie or two, read a mystery or paranormal, and eat some chocolate, lol.
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview. Cute costumes.


Sheri Fredricks said...

Thank you for having me over, Danielle! You're fabulous!! And thank you EVERYONE for your lovely comments!!

Happy Halloween!!

Toni Kelly said...

Remedy maker sounds like a great book, been meaning to add it to me to read list and crack it open. Thanks for sharing this great Halloween interview!

Daryl Devore said...

Love your ghost story :-)
your excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview. Loved the ghost story.

Brenda said...

Hot freaking damn! This site is so cool looking.
Sheri, your ghost story gave me goosebumps!!!
And RM is an awesome novel.

Sheri Fredricks said...

The most awesomemest part is...it really happened to me! Cross my heart!

Jenna said...

This was a fantastic interview, ladies! I LOVE Halloween. We had spooktacular parties when my kids were little. Now, not so much. I'm usually at work. Loved your ghost story! Happy Haunting this year! Continued success and sales with RM!

Sandy said...

Oh my gosh, Sheri! Young Frankenstein was on yesterday. Everything at my house stopped. My husband stopped working in the yard, I stopped reading and we both sat there to watch. I LOVE THAT MOVIE!


Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Love Young Franenstein! Great interview!

Martha Ramirez said...

WOW what an awesome interview! Beautiful picture of your fave costume of the kiddos!

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