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The Weirdville series is comprised of scary chapter books for kids, including: “The Doll Maker”, “House of Horrors” and “Fright Train”. Each book can be read as a stand-alone.
How did the world of the Weirdville series come about? Did the books emerge from the setting, or did the setting evolve from the books?
The books evolved from the setting. I used to read a lot of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books when I was a kid. They both wrote scary books for kids, which had one thing in common: setting. Each book told a different story but they all took place in the same street or town.
That’s how I came up with the idea of Weirdville. All stories would take place in the same town, but they would involve different characters.
How did the setting evolve during the writing process? Was it all mapped out beforehand, or has it emerged in the telling?
The setting evolved as I started writing. At first, Weirdville was just an idea, but as it grew, items began to get added to the town, like a doll shop, a haunted graveyard, and a fair. Readers will find out a lot more about Weirdville and the scary places the town has to offer in the next few books.
As each book is a stand-alone, do the uncanny events in the Weirdville series follow the same rules of magic?
Well, each monster that has been featured so far, is completely different, so they each follow different rules of magic. For instance, in the first book there’s a doll maker feeding on the energy of little kids, who can only be destroyed in one particular way. In the second book, there’s a demon that can only be destroyed a certain way as well. Each monster has its own rules.
What other fantasy worlds have you read that have inspired you? What aspects of the setting draws you to them–the landscape, politics, religions, cultures, etc?
I’ve read many fantasy books that inspired me. Culture and politics draw me in the most. I don’t care that much about landscape, but more about what makes a civilization. I particularly love the world of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
Sometimes it’s good to be the king or queen, but that often isn’t the case in fantasy worlds. If you had to live in one of your favorite fantasy worlds, would you want to rule it?
I wouldn’t like to rule the world of Song of Ice and Fire, because sitting on the Iron Throne usually means a death sentence. I’d like to be close to the throne though, but not so close I actually had a chance of ruling.
Part of creating unique and memorable world is finding those vivid details that thrust the book off the page and into the reader’s mind. What are 5 interesting facts about Weirdville that set it apart?
First of all, Weirdville is just about the scariest place you can imagine. The dead don’t say dead, demons are lured to town, and all the scary things you can think of, can actually happen there. It’s like evil has decided to claim town, and in a way, it did.
The reason why evil has made its home in Weirdville is because of something that happened in the past, and that will slowly be revealed throughout the book.
Weirdville is a small town, but it has a forest on the outskirts of town. Its closest neighboring towns are miles away.
The city is run by the Weirds, the notorious family who founded the town. The Weirds have always been a little off, and they harbor dark secrets.
The Weirds have family members living all over the world, and now and then, they come to visit. But these visits are never good news, and bring new terrors to town.
What can readers look forward to in the future of this series?
The next three books in the series will release this year. Book four, “Drowning in Fear” will release in July. Book five, “The Clumsy Magician” releases in September, and “Grave Error” releases in December, as well as an omnibus edition. Each book can be read as a stand-alone.
Readers can expect more scary stories, and slowly, the history of Weirdville, and its many secrets, will be revealed.
Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.
She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.
She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.
Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”
Author Website: http://majankaverstraete.com
The Doll Maker: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18163241-the-doll-maker
House of Horrors: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518799-house-of-horrors
Fright Train: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518899-fright-train
On Publisher’s website:
The Doll Maker: http://evolvedpub.com/product/the-doll-maker/
House of Horrors: http://evolvedpub.com/product/house-of-horrors/
Fright Train: http://evolvedpub.com/product/fright-train/