Friday, April 17, 2015

Facing Your Fears… Sort Of!

With: Michelle Karl

Congratulations to "Jonetta A." the winner in Michelle's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

One of the most common pieces of writing advice that every writer hears, at least once in their journey, is to “write what you know.” Whether or not you subscribe to that adage, there’s one thing that we all know—and probably better than we want to: Fear. We all know what it’s like to feel afraid, to feel that surge of adrenaline in your chest that starts your pulse racing and your heart pounding.

It’s a lot like falling in love, really. Maybe that’s why suspense and romance go together so well!

When I started writing Fatal Freeze, I asked myself: “What am I afraid of? What makes me shake and shiver, what is it that, when placed in a difficult and unexpected situation, would make everything so much worse?”

Spiders and snakes are common fears for some people—as are public speaking and heights—but you know what strikes terror into my heart? Boats. And the ocean. Boats on the ocean! All right, before you start laughing, hear me out for a moment! 

I think that when you can identify a fear and harness those raw emotions, a story becomes much more powerful. My hero and heroine in Fatal Freeze are trapped on an icebound ferry in the ocean, and just thinking about being in that situation makes me shiver and cringe in fear. Imagine if you were in their shoes, with a killer aboard. Yikes.

Throw a little romance into the mix, and that pounding heart is going to get a major workout! 
I’d love to know what makes you shiver and shake with fear! If you were on the run from a killer or placed in danger, what would make that situation so much worse? 

Giveaway:
Commenters will be entered into a giveaway to win a copy of Fatal Freeze!


FATAL FREEZE

CIA agent Shaun Carter is on the trail of an international crime ring, and the sudden appearance of a woman from his past could jeopardize his mission. Missing persons investigator Lexie Reilly's search for a missing teen has put her in the criminals' crosshairs. Joining forces to take down this ring is their only chance of survival. Shaun vows to keep the beautiful investigator out of harm's way and help her find the lost girl. But when their ferry becomes icebound, they are trapped at sea with killers who will stop at nothing to keep them from discovering their secrets.

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About the Author
Michelle Karl is an unabashed bibliophile and romantic suspense author. She lives in Canada with her husband, a co-dependent cat, and an opinionated parrot. When she's not reading and consuming copious amounts of coffee, she writes the stories she'd like to find in her 'to be read' pile. She also loves animals, world music, and eating the last piece of cheesecake. 

Visit her at www.michellekarl.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MichelleKarlAuthor), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/_MichelleKarl_)! 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST April 18th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

18 comments:

  1. Fear of dying. It's the ultimate unknown. How does it feel? What's on the other side? There's no opportunity to change anything, it's s done deal.

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    1. I think we must all share in this fear, at least to some degree! "Death and taxes", as the saying goes...

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  2. I completely get your fear of boats on the ocean. Though I've been on them many times, I have a healthy respect for the ocean and when it's stormy, it's frightening.

    Thanks for the post!

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh yikes... on the ocean during a storm?! That's one of my worst nightmares. I like what you say about having a healthy respect for the ocean. That's definitely critical... only fools rush into water unprepared!

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  3. Believe it or not, Michelle, I have a fear of the ocean...or any deep water...as well. I can recall vividly, in fact, my first and only fainting spell in my life. I was about 10 years old and I was with my family at the local (small) movie house. We went to the movies every Saturday as a family. Anyway, the movie was about deep sea divers looking for treasure (with danger lurking, naturally). Remember the old heavy lead-based boots on diving suits with huge metal helmets attached to breathing tubes from above? Well, one of the divers got attacked by another diver and his breathing hose was cut off. The look on his face through the glass in the helmet was horrifying as he gasped for air. I just couldn't stand it and my heart raced and things started to get fuzzy until my mother noticed and dragged me out of the theater. I believe it all started when I was a toddler and a neighbor boy sat on a pillow over my face while we were playing. When I was "rescued" by my mother I was blue in the face. Ever since I've been afraid of not being able to breathe, don't even like turtle neck tops...and I am afraid of drowning. I think it would be a horrible way to die. So that's my story. And to this day, I get seasick even on a small sailing vessel or a slow-moving barge...perhaps those are a result of my fear even. I figure I have many other things I can do and be excited about besides being on an ocean or deep body of water. :-) Thanks for your post. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Oh my goodness, Janice!!! No wonder you share this fear with me!!! At the same time, I'm a little envious that you have a distinct event to look back on and pinpoint for your fear! It makes sense that way. That movie really does sound traumatizing... and gosh, the breathing thing... I don't like turtlenecks either, or chokers, or anything that sits tightly on my neck. I'm so glad there's a kindred spirit out there! Lol. :)

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  4. what an exciting sounding book! I haven't been on a boat on the ocean, so no fevers yet :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I know some people just adore the ocean, so I won't spoil that possibility by saying not to ever try it. Who knows! You may be right at home on the waves! Haha.

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  5. Thanks for the chance , looks like an awesome read tammykd@live.com (not sure if my last comment went through: :)

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  6. My fear is of falling... it is odd... I love rollercoaters, but I really can not stand ferris wheels... lol, you should see me with ladders... after two steps I cling like a monkey and getting down... oh boy is that a sight to see.

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    1. Oh, interesting... so it's not actually a fear of heights, but a fear of the sensation of falling? And I suppose when you're in a roller coaster you're probably well strapped in, and the momentum keeps you in place. Those ferris wheels usually just have one safety bar across the front and it gets windy up there!

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  7. no one to help

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. There's nothing worse than being completely alone and feeling helpless! Especially if you were on the run! Yikes.

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  8. I think knowing they are relentless. That nothing will stop them.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. That would definitely be scary if you were on the run from a killer... knowing that no matter what, you'd never escape. Good thing this is just fiction and not reality! *shudder*

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  9. I am afraid of heights and rats and mice freak me out too. But, someone whole was stalking me would freak me out the most. yenastone at aol dot com

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  10. I have some common fears such as spiders and heights but what really scares me is helplessness. Having someone I care about in trouble and not being able to help is my biggest fear!
    Thanks for offering this giveaway. The book sounds exciting!
    shelleybp(at)live(dot) com.

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