Thursday, October 18, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Book info:
TitleDeath 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.”
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.

Author Interview:
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

Author Bios:
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
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)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.