Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Tour: Guest Post by Angela Kuilg, author of Skeleton Lake

The Truth About Vampires, Werewolves, and What I Do
Hi, I’m Angela Kulig and I like to make things up. I know that’s pretty obvious, with what me being a writer and all, but there is something else. I don’t like to play by other peoples rules. I am mostly unapologetic for this, but you should be warned, if you’re looking for werewolves you won’t ever get them from me. Trust me, that is a good thing.

Have you ever heard of a vampire that didn’t need/want/actually drink blood? Well, then they wouldn’t really be a vampire would they? With classic monsters, whether you’d want to admit it or not, there is lore and someone will hold you to it. Of course you can blur the lines, rebel, and have your own way with things. Some people will love you for it, and others will hate you for it. It happens. Because people have made up truths about vampires for years before you were born. Some of those truths are vary wildly, but some things resonate differently for people. Years after Twilight, some still think all vampires should sparkle; while others prefer the kind of vampires that kill people and haphazardly dump bodies in dark streets. It’s nothing personal, it just is. You are rarely going to change a person’s mind about it.

It doesn’t matter that the truths can’t be true. I personally prefer my imaginary beasts, well, imaginary. If I make up something new completely, I don’t have to battle against other peoples preconceived notions of what my creatures should be or do. I’m free, and so is the reader.

The monsters of Skeleton Lake aren’t really monsters at all, and yet the monsters like to swarm around them--they have even been known to keep other creatures in the house. There are skeletons, moving, walking, soul shattering, with bruised bones and hearts. There are hollow beasts, and people who feel hollow inside. There are trees that move and creak, as they eat flesh from bones.

And there is love.

I will never be satisfied by monster stories, and things that go bump in the night alone. There should be all that and more. There should be an ache, and desire for things just out of reach. There should be anxiety, and relief, and any other emotion you can squeeze in between being a afraid.

The truth of the matter is, vampires and werewolves aren’t so different than what I do. It’s a different approach to the same end. Any creature can lead you on and adventure, it all depends on who is wielding the pen.
About Skeleton Lake:
Unsure if she's drowning or being saved, all Marlow wants to do is run away. Ensnared in a haunting love triangle, she realizes both boys have holes in their hearts; gaping spaces she can never hope to fill. Scars from loving the same girl, a girl who managed to stay dead. Now she is being hunted, for what she has become and what she never asked to be. Even as a Skeleton Marlow isn’t the worst thing in the night—she isn’t even close.
To find out more about Angela and her books, head on over here.

My review for Shelton Lake will be posted sometime within the next few weeks! 


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