GIVEAWAY! Guest Post: Aaron Smith – Prom Dates to Die For


Prom Dates to Die For

written by: Lena Brown, Heather Dearly, Kelly Parra, Jenny Peterson, and Aaron Smith
published by: Buzz Books USA

release date: May 1, 2012

available for purchase at: Buzz Books Store and Amazon
The ebook editions will be available at the Kindle store, B&N, iBook store and Smashwords.


Be sure to enter the awesome Giveaway after the guest post by author Aaron Smith!!! You can win your choose of either a paperback copy or an e-copy of Prom Dates to Die For!!!!

Summary from Goodreads:  

Five young adult authors cordially invite you to five paranormal proms with…
  • Supernatual hunters hired to save a prom date hungry for souls
  • A reaper haunted by a past she doesn’t remember
  • A prom queen seeking justice…and revenge
  • A loner musician called to save his classmates from an enemy only he can see
  • A heroine getting much more than she wished for on her 18th birthday and prom night


GUEST POST

WHEN REALITY ISN’T WEIRD ENOUGH
By Aaron Smith
author of “A Kiss at the Threshold,” in the PROM DATES TO DIE FOR anthology

     So I had to write a story taking place at a prom with a supernatural element. It wasn’t difficult. In fact, the whole story came crashing into my mind very quickly. That’s the way it works with writers sometimes. On other occasions, getting a story to flow onto the page is like pulling teeth, but sometimes it just pops into existence. During the writing process, I never stopped to wonder why it came so easily, but now I suppose I can analyze the process.
     Maybe it was me looking back on my own high school years and the prom in particular and wishing it had been a little weirder, a little more eventful than it was. I can’t say my own prom was a huge highlight of my teenage years. Much like Clarence, the protagonist of my story, I didn’t even intend to go to the prom. Yes, there was somebody I wanted to ask, but I thought she was out of my league. So she ended up going with somebody else, but it turned out the guy she went with was the person a certain female friend of mine wanted to go with…so that friend asked me if I’d be her date so she’d have someone to go with. I accepted.
     Looking back, I remember very little about the actual prom. It just didn’t have the power that such a night is supposed to have. There was no excitement in it for me, no romance, and no great saga like it often has in movies or books. Maybe that’s why adding an element of excitement came so easily to me. If something like what happens in the story had happened at my prom, maybe I wouldn’t draw such a blank about it now when I look back in time!
     Despite the fact that mine was nothing so special, I do understand, as a writer, that the idea of the prom has something archetypal connected to it. It’s supposed to be a highlight of the high school years, it’s meant to be one of those nights that everybody who goes remembers for the rest of their lives.
     But I have to wonder now (because that’s what writers do) about what would have happened if the prom had been more interesting to me. Would it have been so easy, years later, to add an element of strangeness to the idea and come up with the story? Or is the fact that my own prom seems so mundane to me an essential part of me being able to write the story now? I guess I’ll never really know, but every experience, or lack of experience, has an effect on the mind of a writer, so it seems it worked out for the best.  

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Comments

  1. A prom with a dose of paranormal element is a total to-die-for read. Looking forward to finding out what happened in the stories. 🙂 Thanks for having the giveaway.

  2. Awesome Giveaway! :)Sounds interesting!

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  5. I had to subscribe to the blog once I read about this book. My Prom was not too great either(disco music 1979). I hope to win so I can read more:)Thanks for a awesome,interesting giveaway to me.
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  6. Sounds interesting….might have to have a look

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  7. Suz Reads says:

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