Name: Tara Hudson
Book Title: HEREAFTER
Release Date: Summer 2011
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection ofher past life - or her actual death - she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existense. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowing in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow evern closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world...forever.
What made you decide to be a writer?
Like a lot of authors, I was sort of born writing. After all, how many of us annoyed our parents with spiral notebooks full of half-baked novels (most of plots lifted entirely from Christopher Pike novels, which I definitely shouldn't have been reading at age 7), or wrote "story magazines" on construction paper and forced them upon family members at the dinner table? No matter what path I took or career choices I made, writing couldn't help but find me.
Too many to name without becoming obnoxious about it, so here's the short list: Neil Gaiman (!!!), Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, John Connolly, Nancy Werlin, Arundhati Roy, Joe Hill, Maggie Stiefvater, Becca Fitzpatrick, John Kennedy Toole, etc. etc.
Morning person or a night owl?
To everyone's eternal dismay, a morning person. I love you, 10 a.m.!
PC or mac?
PC all the way...I will never be technologically savvy enough for Mac. Heck, I just got rid of my hot pink Razr last week. And I'm almost 30. Don't judge me, okay?
What did you have for dinner today?
A Luna bar. I'm 7 months pregnant and trying very hard not to make every meal a double cheeseburger, considering I was all but vegetarian before this kiddo!
Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.
1. I owned a chemically grown, water-only frog for most of my life. My grandfather bought "Gilly" for me, Christmas 1988. Gilly died in 2009. Seriously.
2. I don't own any more frogs, but I do own two cats, two English bulldogs, and a legion of deer we inevitably house in the forest behind our home. But since my parents own four cats, I still consider myself normal.
3. My husband and I are both only children, so our kiddo won't grow up with any aunts, uncles, or cousins, unlike the two of us who grew up with too many relatives to count.
4. My husband and I also don't know how to ride bikes. This kid is screwed.
5. I can't whistle. Not one note.
6. I have 200+ different types of perfume. Can you imagine what that cabinet smells like?
7. I voraciously collect everything associated with Edward Gorey. To quote Emma Stone from the movie, ZOMBIELAND: "He just gets me."
8. Speaking of zombies, I'm obsessed with them. I'll watch any zombie movie ever made, and have actually have had heated, angry debates about how best to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. If you haven't read Carrie Ryan's THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, you're missing out.
9. I cut my very first class, ever, in law school. Sure, I'd missed class because of illness, but I didn't voluntarily miss one until I was in my mid-twenties. I. Am a Huge. Nerd.
10. I've been to every Kings of Leon concert put on in Oklahoma, including their first -- which was in a 1,000 square foot room with about 200 attendees. In fact, that concert was my first unofficial date with my husband.
11. I love purple, to an almost annoying degree.