Hi everyone, this is Aleah Barley! Hope you're having a spooky October.
I write funny (I hope) contemporary romances. My first book Too Hot to Handle came out last year, and my next book Leaving Las Vegas is available for presale now.
I don't write horror, but both of my books are quick paced and suspenseful with car chases, standoffs, and explosions. So, how do I write scary?
Scary is visceral.
Scary isn't about saying that June is scared.
Scary is saying:
June quivered nervously.
Scary incorporates the senses:
The taste of bile rose in her throat. The smell of gasoline from was heavy in the air. She couldn't see much, but she could hear the killer's footsteps as he crossed the cramped garage, disturbing centuries old dust.
Scary is about what happens next. What might happen next.
She held her breath, praying to some unknown god that her childhood allergies wouldn't choose this moment to act up. There was a familiar itch at the back of her throat. She couldn't sneeze now.
Scary is about the details. Scary is being surprised!
The killer walked to the door. For a moment, she thought that everything would be okay. She was safe. He turned slowly at the last instant, his mouth pulled back into a wicked smile. White teeth gleamed in the darkness. He pulled something out of his pocket. Her eyes strained to see what he was doing. There was no hope, not in the thin light coming through the cracked window.
He struck a match.
That's how I write scary. What about you? Got any tips? Leave a comment below, and I will pick two at random to receive copies of my first book Too Hot to Handle.
And, while you're at it, check out Leaving Las Vegas. When Luke and Glory meet it's hate at first sight. She thinks he's stuck up. He knows that she's cheating at cards. When gun thugs invade their poker game, they end up stuck together on a car chase across America. Can these two gamblers risk everything on love?
Find it now at Amazon or at Barnes and Noble!