Today’s post is an author spotlight/interview with LV Gaudet. This post, and the review I’ll be posting next month, were scheduled by the author via Silver Dagger Book Tours.
LV Gaudet writes dark mysteries and thrillers. She also writes for YA audiences under the pen name Vivian Munnoch. As LV Gaudet she has 7 books, as Vivian Munnoch she’s published 3.
Let’s head straight to the interview!
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
When you are writing about serial killers and you ask someone, “Do you think I should just look this up online or go ask the RCMP (Canadian federal police)?” the answer will be, “No!”
If your McAllister series was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Groot. Just kidding. But, hey, wouldn’t that be fun? An evil Groot who scares the daylights out of the movie goers? Honestly, I couldn’t say. I’m going to say the killer is that lead, since that’s whose story the series essentially follows. Someone charming but not too charming; and not too good looking. I would want the character to ring as real life and you just don’t get that in a gritty movie with plastic good looks. They would also have to play the mood swings well and be able to be disarmingly charming one moment and terrifying black rage the next.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
At some point in reading the McAllister series, you might wonder where the story takes place. You might search the books for a name, a location, any clue where the story is happening. That’s kind of the point. Hint: It’s near you. Surprisingly near you, wherever you are. I don’t give it a location because it can be anywhere. It is anywhere and everywhere.
How did you come up with name of these books?
Coming up with the name for Where the Bodies Are was horrible. Nothing felt right. I finally settled on taking a line literally out of the book, ‘…where the bodies are.’ I had to think fast because I had an Indy publisher putting the book out and I needed a title then and there.
The McAllister Farm was easier. They are the McAllisters and they live on a farm. Hunting Michael Underwood and Killing David McAllister are pretty much just explanatory names. They describe what the books are about. And titling the whole thing the McAllister series just made sense since the series focuses on them.
What is your favorite part of this series and why?
That’s a tough one. I’m not sure I can pick just one. Writing the scenes with Nathan, the character who was not even supposed to be in the story, was fun. When timid Marjory McAllister is forced to stand up against the bullying town ladies, watching this nervous little thing shine with her own inner strength. When Lawrence Hawkworth, the cowardly and not-so-moral reporter visits the old town hardware and lumber store and the old guys yank his chain. I laughed at that. I can keep going and going.
If you could spend time with a character from one of your books in the McAllister series whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Little Sophie McAllister from The McAllister Farm. Frankly, she’s the only one that doesn’t scare me. We would probably pick some flowers and play with those kittens in the barn.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
My characters are all purely fictional people. I use random observations of people and their behavior to build their personalities, but I do not base them on anyone. I even try to avoid using names of people I know just to avoid anyone wrongly thinking the character is based on them. I had to change Jim McNelly’s name for that reason. It was originally John McNelly. Then I knew a John and changed it.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I’ve seen this analogy used many times in writer groups and blogs, that the characters somehow developed a life and will of their own and refused to listen to the writer. I kind of get where people feel that way, the story can feel like it takes on a life of its own. I think it’s more of where the story needs to go isn’t necessarily where I wanted it to go as the writer. And sometimes I get off track and take the story in an unexpected direction.
Convince us why you feel your series is a must read.
Do you like a story that is dark? Scenes that might shock you out of your comfort zone? Do you want to know where the bodies are?
Maybe I should convince you and your readers why you should not read this series. What if you can’t put it down? What if it makes you second guess what you thought you knew about the world you live in? What if the things you believed you knew about serial killers was just so … much less than the possibilities?
Here are two poems I jotted off that might help convince you why you should not read this series.
Walk In the Woods
When you walk in the woods and your nose picks up that slightly unpleasant musky smell.
When you look at your neighbor with new eyes and wonder… Could he? Is she?
When you see two vehicles parked tail to trunk, alone, silently brooding.
When that car seems to be following you just a little too long.
When someone does not answer their phone.
Do you know where the bodies are?
Where the Bodies Are
Where it is dark, cloying, musky. In
The place no person treads. Where
Bodies silently rot flesh from bone. Secrets
Are hidden in undisclosed graves.
The corpses silently cry. On
McAllister ground far away. In the
Farm of graves insects feast.
Hunting the lost and forlorn. Not a
Michael or any other can hide. In the
Underwood, the dark earth beneath the cowering trees.
Killing is desperation to send the darkness away. Where
David is the man of no name, no face, no man. On
McAllister ground far away corpses silently cry.
Thank you, LV Gaudet!
Even with these warnings, I’ll be reading the McCallister series this month and posting a review of the series on October 17th.
Individual reviews of each book will be posted on Amazon (.com and .ca) and on Goodreads.
LIST OF BOOKS:
Where the Bodies Are
Hunting Michael Underwood
Killing David McCallister
The Gypsy Queen
Old Mill Road (New Release)
The Latchkey Kids (as Vivian Munnoch)
The Latchkey Kids 2: The Disappearance of Willie Gordan (as Vivian Munnoch)
Madeline and Mocha (New Release as Vivian Munnoch)