GCC presents Gretchen McNeil

Okay, despite the fact that I have written a book about zombies, it is a well known fact that I am a wimp when it comes to anything scary. HOWEVER, despite this, I’m dying to read Gretchen McNeil’s new book, Ten, which has the creepy factor dialed right up!

For those of you who don’t know Gretchen, she is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk.  Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday.”


And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?

My publisher wanted another horror/suspense novel from me after POSSESS and I wanted to do a throwback to the old Christopher Pike and Agatha Christie novels I loved as a teen.  Voila!

2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?

Christopher Pike read, loved and blurbed TEN, then called me on the phone the day TEN released.  Yeah, it doesn’t get any better than that!

3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?

Easy.  My agent Ginger Clark and my editor Kristin Daly Rens who helped get me through the process of writing this book on a ten week deadline.  Also my mom and my best friend Roy who kept me sane during the process!

4 Describe a typical writing day

Sadly, I still work a full time day job.  So my typical writing “day” is usually me in bed around 11pm, squeezing out and hour of writing time before bed each night.  Then there’s also the marathon revision sessions on weekends.  Those are…fun.

5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.

I recorded my own vocals for the book trailer.

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  1. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere! It looks fantastic. I was sold when I heard it was a throwback to the Christopher Pike novels I loved so much when I was in middle school and high school.

    And, wow, writing the book in ten weeks while also working a full-time job? Impressive!

    Good luck with the release!

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