Posted on July 15, 2011 in Horror
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Please welcome Jennifer Hillier to the blog today! Jennifer is the author of the brand new psychological thriller, Creep, and I’m so thrilled that she agreed to answer a few questions for me. Also, Gallery Books has offered up a copy of Creep to one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post!
Jennifer, for those that haven’t read your debut thriller, Creep, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Thanks for having me, Kristin! Creep is about a sexually addicted college professor who has an affair with her teaching assistant. When she finally tries to break it off with him, he gets revenge, in ways only a true sociopath could. He starts off by stalking her… and it just gets worse from there. Hint: basement, chains, handcuffs.
What do you love most about writing thrillers?
I love writing stories that keep the adrenaline pumping and keep the reader guessing. I also love writing villains. There’s so much freedom in writing “bad guys”.
What kind of research did you do for Creep?
Not much, actually. I used to work at a university, plus I majored in psychology for awhile, so the university setting was based on my own experiences. I did research psychopaths and serial killers, as well as some of the geography of the Seattle area, as I had just moved to the Northwest when I started writing the book.
I read that your favorite author is Stephen King. He’s one of mine too! What’s your number one King read?
It’s always hard to pick just one King book, isn’t it? But the one I read every year is IT. There’s something magical about the way Stephen King writes children, and IT has seven 11-year-old protagonists, each with a distinctive voice. It’s amazing to watch them bond together as they face their worst fears, which are embodied – literally – by an evil creature (“It”) who murders children.
If someone wrote a book about you, what would the title be?
You should know I’m terrible at titles, but I’ll say, “Going From Plan B to Plan A”. It’s not sexy, but at least it’s accurate! I had a great job before I started writing full-time (working in Student Awards for a major university just outside Toronto), but I knew deep down it wasn’t my dream career. And while I know that not everyone is able to work at their dream job, I hadn’t even given mine a shot – I was living my Plan B without ever having tried Plan A. So when we moved to Seattle, I took a chance and started writing full-time. I’m so happy I did.
I read that you’re a Canadian. I’ve never been there, and would love to go! For a first time visitor to Canada, what are the must-sees?
Start with Toronto! Go to my mom’s house before you do anything, she’ll feed you. Obviously I’m biased, but my hometown is an amazing, beautiful, vibrant city with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. It’s multi-cultural, open-minded, and so much fun. (Okay, I’m getting homesick!). But Canada in general has a lot of amazing places. One place I’d love to visit myself is Prince Edward Island. I’d love to see Green Gables. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books ever.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to go to Italy. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun one too many times, but it’s on my bucket places of places to visit before I die.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I tried to get a book published. Getting a book published is hard! And scary! Luckily, it worked out.
Is there anything you’d like to share with us about upcoming projects or events?
**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
About the book (from BN.com)
Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten. If he can’t have her . . . Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, riddled with guilt when they weren’t, she knows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she’s finally engaged to a kind and loving investment banker who adores her, and she’s taking control of her life. But when she attempts to end the affair, Ethan Wolfe won’t let her walk away. . . . no one else can. Ethan has plans for Sheila, plans that involve posting a sex video that would surely get her fired and destroy her prestigious career. Plans to make her pay for rejecting him. And as she attempts to counter his every threatening move without her colleagues or her fiancé discovering her most intimate secrets, a shattering crime rocks Puget Sound State University: a female student, a star athlete, is found stabbed to death. Someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex, and blackmail . . . and before she knows it, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with the lover she couldn’t resist-who is now the monster who won’t let her go..
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