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Title: Faulkner’s Apprentice
Author: Val Muller
Published: April 30th, 2013
Word Count: 84,000
Genre: Horror (Supernatural Thriller)
Content Warning: Suggestive themes, non-graphic sexuality, and mild violence
Age Recommendation: 18+
Misfit and struggling writer Lorei Franklin has always struggled in life. Juggling an ailing mother, busy-body friends, and dead-end jobs, Lorei finally catches a break: she has won the L. Cameron Faulkner fiction contest, earning a three-week stay with the reclusive and famous horror writer. But her time at Faulkner’s mansion is not what she expected. She is plagued by a man in a fedora, two frightened assistants, and a series of strange visions–not to mention all the scratches on the walls. She also struggles with her feelings for Faulker–she’s had a crush on him since his cameo appearance in his movie, but he’s much more intimidating, and attractive, in person. The isolated mansion makes it difficult for Lorei to contact her dying mother, the only person who knows the identity of Lorei’s real father. As the novel progresses, Lorei learns that the creepy visions she’s experiencing are flash-forwards of her own future life in the mansion. As she discovers, the man in the fedora has a sinister purpose–as the devil, he has claimed Faulkner’s soul but will relinquish it in exchange for Lorei’s–as it turns out, she is his daughter, and he’s been out to possess her for years. Now desperate, the devil is pulling out all his cards. To beat him, Lorei will have to fight her growing lust for Faulkner, ignore her love for her mother, stifle her fear of the mansion and that which is hidden in the walls, and abandon her dreams of becoming an author. If she can only accomplish those things, perhaps she can escape the devil’s grasp and avoid becoming the tormented old woman in her visions…
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English teacher by day, writer by night, Val grew up in cold and haunted New England, which seems to have colored her works with a tinge of the macabre. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two corgis, a rambunctious and curious dog named Leia, and a kind and obedient (yet terrified) dog named Yoda. Val writes for children and adults and, when not performing her day job as an English teacher, attends book events and elementary schools to conduct writing workshops.
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1.Hi,Val! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you, please?
I’m a high-school English teacher by day, but I spend my free time taking care of my corgis and writing. I’ve wanted to write since forever, and I finally decided to take it seriously a few years ago.
2.Would you tell something to us about your book?
Faulkner’s Apprentice is a supernatural chiller. It’s about a girl who dreams of being an author but just doesn’t have what it takes. She finds herself winning a writing contest and enjoying a prize beyond her wildest dreams. But you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true. There’s this creepy guy in a fedora that keeps appearing, and the writing mentorship she won seems like anything but…
3. How did the story come in to your mind?
I had a dream—a nightmare, rather—and I was stuck in a spacious house, much like the mansion in my novel. The feeling of dread was palpable, and there was a sinister man at the door trying to make his way in. The dream was in first person point of view, and I was trying to keep out the bad man while at the same time realizing somehow that he owned the house…and I was actually the intruder!
4.When was the very first time when you wrote?
I was writing since I could first hold a pencil. The first “book” was The Mystery of Who Killed John Polly, which I wrote and illustrated in first grade.
5.Who or what inspires you?
Nature. Definitely nature. There’s nothing like the sound of wind whispering through a leafy tree, the cool grass on bare feet, the dancing shadows of sun on green branches… When winter comes, I feel like I’m dead, and when the spring returns, I become reanimated. I never have writer’s block if I’m able to sit outside and listen to the sounds of nature.
6.Which is your favourite book series or book?
This is such a difficult question. I think I’d choose 1984.
I love the concept of freedom, and there’s nothing as poignant as the last scene in 1984. Taken out of context, it seems almost like a happy ending, at least in tone—but it’s the most despairing and chilling ending, showing what a total annihilation of the human spirit looks like. While there are plenty of more optimistic books I enjoy, the stark reminder that freedom can be lost makes me enjoy the happier books all the more.
8.Which is your favorite movie?
Back to the Future has always been my favorite movie, but it’s followed closely by The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Dark Crystal, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
Read. Write. Repeat.
10. What kind of music do you like?
When writing, I prefer non-verbal music (the words mess with my ability to think). I am currently listening to Native American flute music, but I also like Lindsey Stirling, and even some video game soundtracks, as well as anything classical—especially Vivaldi.
11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
After watching The Dark Crystal about a zillion times as a kid, I had convinced myself that I was a gelfling. Every morning, I ran to the mirror to see if I had sprouted wings (as all female gelflings have). I couldn’t wait until the day my wings came in!
12.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?
I’ve always wanted to be a published author. After the vivid dream I had, I knew it was something I wanted to share. The bad man in the book tests people’s limits, asking them not only whether they’d be willing to die for their dreams/goals/loved ones, but whether they’d be willing to kill for them. I guess it’s sort of like 1984. Watching people being pushed to their limits reminds me to be thankful for what I have.
13. Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?
In the words of Doc Brown, “Your future is what you make it!” So make it a good one!
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