Avaya Emerson has no memory of the night her parents died. Now an orphan she moves in with her isolated Uncle James deep in the woods of Vermont. Where her new life is not what she expected. When she meets Nate his familiar presence draws her in. His resemblance is undeniably similar to a guy in her dreams and Luken Vandersen who mysteriously vanished 127 years ago. She discovers a strange shadow in the woods watching her and a girl she can’t see wants her to disappear. The closer Avaya comes to learning the truth about Nate, Luken Vandersen’s disappearance and her own tortured memory coming back her life is in greater danger than she can imagine. Even though Avaya faces haunts and trials with the help of others she has one fight she must handle alone.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I self-created my book trailer because I don’t have the money to pay someone to make the trailer I want to make and I currently don’t have the funds and the connections to make the trailer I want using my own filming equipment. I used images most of them I own and I also used images that are under a creative commons license that allows commercial use. I also used royalty free stock images that were available for free. I didn’t spend any money on my book trailer and used Windows Movie Maker to edit and add transitions. My images came from wikicommons, flickr, and dreamstime. My music, I didn’t have money to purchase royalty free music. I had to find a musician willing to give their music free with credit and I found a couple of them. I ended up using songs from danosongs.com which he is really great. As long as you give him credit you can use his songs for trailers. I had to do the old-fashioned photos with words and music. I like the movie preview style trailers better. Those give better visual components to a book trailer and I think the film style trailers are a better idea if you have the resources or connections.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the book for a book contest and it didn’t make it past the first round. I believe when the idea for my book came I was watching the television show Ghost Whisperer. While I was writing The Secret Garden got added to the mix, so it is my own, but Ghost Whisperer and The Secret Garden were my inspiration to write my book.
I live in Northern California with my dog Mocha. When I am not writing my latest novel, I am spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, and working on my acting career. I love overcast skies and some Tim Burton films. My current favorite book is the Nevermore triolgy and one my favorite movies is A Walk to Remember.