An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie...because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister--before she is lost to him forever.
I had the pleasure of interviewing her and learning about her as well as her writing style.
Schley: What got you started in the writing world?
Salpeter: I always loved to write, but I was not always a very good writer. In college, I started my first novel, THE RUBY AMULET, and I would send each chapter to my younger sister and she'd send me back a chapter of a book she was writing. To be honest, hers was better at the time, but after a few chapters, she stopped sending her story. I realized I had a lot left to say, and kept writing and finished the story.
The problem was, it was in dire need of some serious editing and I needed to learn the nuances of writing. I was fortunate to meet up with a wonderful editor, Denise Vitola, and she has basically been both editor and teacher these past twenty years.
Schley: What made you decide to make your character deaf?
Salpeter: I didn't go out to make the character deaf. It was simply a part of who he was as I developed the character. I thought, "wouldn't it be cool if this child who doesn't yet speak, knew one of the most incredible secrets in the universe?"
Schley: How does your character communicate-oral or sign?
Salpeter: In book #1, FLYING TO THE LIGHT, he communicates primarily in Sign Language and his family is all fluent as well. In Book #2, he can also lipread better and has some speech, but primarily I concentrate the entire novel on him, and others, signing. I think it's important to have the family signing, because I've learned from the Deaf community that this is not always the case. A lot of families never learn ASL or BSL and the kids have a very hard time communicating their needs.
Schley: Why did you pick this genre of writing to write your series?
Salpeter: I seem to be incapable of writing anything but fantasy! Anytime I've written a book, thriller, YA, it morphs into some fantastical area. It could be paranormal, metaphysical, but something about it is just not straight fiction. There's this joke that if I ever wrote a memoir, an alien or something otherworldly would end up in the book.
Schley: What do you think gives you most inspiration for writing-a place, a certain type of music, a vision,etc.
Salpeter: I let my muse speak to me. I don't have typical writing places or inspiration. My deaf thriller series developed simply by watching a group of birds pecking at food on the ground, my horror novel came from a scene of a nightmare I had - it was just an image of a man standing next to a young boy, with his hand on his back. They were on a hill looking down at a decayed mansion. That became the crux of my horror novel, THE MANNEQUINS which I'm hoping to launch by Halloween.
Schley: Tell us about your family-children/husband/your siblings,etc.
I am married with two wonderful kids and a crazy ferret. We've had ferrets for years and our last little one was actually deaf. We taught her sign language to communicate with her and had to completely change our behavior so that she wouldn't be scared when we were nearby. Such as gently tapping the floor when we came into a room where she was and making sure we checked all her hiding spots before sitting down since she couldn't hear us and move away quickly.
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