Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Quirky and fun Interview with Thommy Hutson, Author of Jinxed: High school can be a real killer. *****Giveaway*****

 

Jinxed
Thommy Hutson
Publication date: March 13th 2018
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult


High School Can Be a Real Killer

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions …

But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?



A Quirky Interview with Author 

Thommy Hutson

Welcome to Character Madness and Musings



What made you decide you wanted to write?


I feel like I’ve always been a storyteller. As a child, I certainly was a talker! I loved writing little things down and reading them to people. I remember in first grade I wrote my first story, which was all about how the ghouls and goblins on Halloween night can be captured if you dress like them. It made sense at the time! I was definitely lucky to have the constant encouragement of my parents and teachers. They really instilled in me that writing was something I could do and should pursue. I think the desire, the need, to keep telling stories never left me.

I bet that scared the kids in the neighborhood.


What sort of people or writers inspires you?

So many! In fact, I try to find a little inspiration in everyone and everything. There’s always a takeaway where I think, “That’s interesting” Or, “That would make a good story.” Or even, “That person is so dynamic, they’d make a great character.” I do love reading about people who have overcome tremendous obstacles, as I think there is so much to be learned about oneself in learning about another’s journey. In terms of writers I have read a lot and admired, Stephen King, Wes Craven, Shirley Jackson, Agatha Christie, S.E. Hinton, Mark Twain, Jack London, John Green … the list goes on and on! I’m a big fan of horror, mystery and young adult works.


Any quirky or hard-headed characters?

The characters in “Jinxed” are a mix of teenagers and adults and they all have their, shall I say, moments. The kids are seniors at a very exclusive performing arts high school. They are all there because people, for most of their lives, have told them they are amazing, talented, going to be stars. When you hear that over and over, coupled with being a teenager, it’s bound to affect your thinking, your actions, your words. These kids are gunning for their moment in the spotlight. It just so happens to be at the same time someone is trying to kill them and they are not only trying to figure out why, but who is doing it and who is next. It gets under their skin and the stress puts a strain on their interactions.

There is definitely one adult character, the dean of the school, who certainly fits the idea of hard-headed. In his mind, there’s a place for everything and everyone and he will make sure you are aware, in no uncertain terms, where you stand. But people soon realize even the most perfect have secrets…


If you were a character or creature in one of your stories, what would you be with your personality, and why?
I’d be the goofy, talkative, best friend. Unfortunately, I think history has shown that character makes it close to the end, they don’t always make it to the end. I like to think I’d go out with a fantastic one-liner.


What would you want to be?

The awesome, smart survivor who comes back for the sequel!

Good answer!


If you were a fantasy creature, what would you want to be?

Anything that could fly.


I love bouncing around with alternative choices, so …

Angel or demon?
Angel.

Land or air?

Air

City or Country?

Country

Candy or Cake?

Cake

Red or blue?
Blue

Coffee or Tea?

Hot cocoa!
Haha

Music or Television?


Music. It helps me write.

Paperback or Kindle?

Paperback, for sure. I love the feel of opening a book and flipping the pages.

Christmas or Halloween?
Christmas!


Are there any books planned for the future that we can look forward too?
The sequel to Jinxed! I’m writing it now and am realy excited about where the story and charactrs (those who survive, that is!) are headed.


Do you have a website?www.thommyhutson.com

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter: @thommyhutson
Instagram: thommyhutson

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Is there anything you want to add before calling it a day?
“Jinxed” releases on March 13th, but I am doing a pre-release signing for the book on Saturday, March 10th at Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank, CA. The book for signing can be ordered here: https://tinyurl.com/jinxedbook


It’s was great having you Thommy. Thanks for joining us today.
Read more about Thommy Hutson below.



About the Author


Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY, NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY, MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th.

He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.

As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. He also has a deal with Vesuvian Media to write a YA thriller trilogy with the first book due out spring 2017.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Most recently, Thommy wrote the screenplay for CineTel Films’ supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE. He is also directing, writing and producing a documentary with Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films in addition to developing other film and television properties with the company.

As an author, he is currently writing another book that definitively details the history, making and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.

A member of the Producers Guild of America, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.



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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Jena! :)

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me and helping spread the word about Jinxed!

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck with your book :)

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