Title: Death by the River
Authors: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
A high school “American Psycho.”
SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.
SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.
And that someone will pay with their life.
Responses by Alexandrea Weis
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
>I have an idea of where I am going, but if I have an outline, I never stick with it. Writing is an organic process for me. I like to be surprised by where the story goes. If I’m surprised, my readers will be surprised.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
>I edit after I write the first draft. I read through a manuscript at least twice before it goes to a developmental editor.
3. How does it work with more than one author on a single story?
>Death by the River was a collaboration with Lucas Astor who came up with the story and wrote the first draft. I developed the story, chose the setting (outside of New Orleans), fleshed out the characters, their motivations, and relationships, and helped bring his vision to life.
4. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
>When I am working on my own stories, I can take inspiration from anywhere. Lately I have been working on historical novels about remarkable women in ancient times.
5. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres: Anything on ancient history and horror/thrillers.
Movies/TV Shows: Game of Thrones. I am also a horror fan. So, anything scary.
Music: Jazz and Blues
Food/Writing snack: French fries
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)