Monday, September 15, 2014

Teaser Interview with Cortney Pearson

This is my week to host on Unicorn Bell, the writing and critique blog I'm honored to co-host with several other AMAZING writers and authors. I interviewed several authors this week and I've decided to give you a teaser interview to entice you to want to head over to UB to check out the full. Hope you stop by! 

For today, I have an interview with Young Adult author, Cortney Pearson. You may remember her recent cover reveal on my blog...

Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.

To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she's gradually falling for, but even he doesn't believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.

Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.


Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates books for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town. | | FACEBOOK

 To buy the book:
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You recently decided to self-­publish your YA horror novel, Phobic. What influenced that decision?
I had just finished a two­-year­-long bout of querying. I had TONS of interest and then rejections that for the most part weren’t based on anything actually wrong with the story, just that agents “couldn’t connect” or it wasn’t “the right fit.” It was really discouraging because I knew my story was just as good as what was being published!

I kept hearing about people having huge success self-­publishing. And then I met an author at LDS Storymakers who shared her story and she asked a question that rocked my world:

“What can traditional publishing do for you that you can’t do for yourself?”

I decided to find out. And there were so many factors! I wouldn’t have to wait on other people’s opinions—I could publish a story I loved and have it out for others to enjoy! I could design my own cover, have it listed for as long as I like, in short, I’d have control, which, after waiting on others for so long, was especially appealing.

*Way to take control, Cortney! That is an appealing aspect of self-publishing. -K.S.

If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
I know most people probably say this, but I’d love to be in a Harry Potter novel. I want a wand! To learn spells and apparate. I WANT TO GO TO HOGWARTS.

*That would be fun! -K.S.

What specific thing have you done that impressed yourself?
I’ve been pretty impressed with my mad painting skills lately. Not like, artwork painting, but just painting our house, lol. I’ve also gotten pretty good with a caulking gun.

Haha! I think there are some things around my house that could use a good caulking... :) -K.S.

To read more of Cortney's interview and find out what grosses her out, please visit Unicorn Bell. :)


  1. Love that cover and the house sounds so cool! Never needs repair... What a dream! LOL I didn't know you were part of Unicorn Bell. So you know, Marcy - my first writing bud. She's like the only other author I've met online who lives in Maine. We got together a while back and had lunch at Panera Bread! Everyone over at UB is awesome. M asked me to join in when she was considering starting it up, but my life was just too busy. Love that you're apart of it!

    1. That is so cool! I knew Marcy lived in Maine, but I didn't realize you two knew each other—how fun! Yes, UB is awesome! You should join us... :)

  2. Mad painting skills - funny!
    Two years is along time to query with no results. Self-publishing really was the best option for her.

  3. Sounds like quite the book-part ghost story, part detective-very neat premise. Happy Painting!

  4. Very cool. Cortney is so awesome and now I want to get all gung ho and start fixing my own home. I just have to find the energy...


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