Saturday, March 19, 2011

PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Nancy Holder


Today I have the chance to have Nancy Holder by my side! She wrote multiple books, including the Wicked series, and more recently the Crusade series. Please read on to discover more about Nancy, and a great giveaway!

A series about spirits and possessions is rather original, what triggered the whole concept?

Actually, my editor and I were trying to think of something for me to do after the success of PRETTY LITTLE DEVILS.  She was thinking of setting the series in New Hampshire but I know there are a lot of very remote parts of California, and suggested we move it there

I love ghost stories and stories about possession really freak me out.  I’ve been afraid to watch The Exorcism of Emily Rose, based on the story of Anneliese Michel.  I just tried to watch a youtube that says it’s of a doll moving a candle.  I had to stop because I got soo scared.  Freaky, freaky, freaky. 

What can we expect in, The Screaming Season, third book in the series?

I loved writing The Screaming Season.  I felt good about it all the way through.  I was scared most of the time, always a good sign!  In The Screaming Season, most of Lindsay’s questions will be answered.   I did leave a few doors open in case there’s a fourth book, but there’s a sense of being “done” by the end of Screaming.

Do you believe in ghosts/spirits? Have you ever had a weird encounter?

Yes, I have had a couple of weird encounters.  I wrote about one of them in Dancing with the Dark, edited by Stephen Jones.  When I was about nineteen, I thought I saw the ghost of my grandfather standing in the doorway to his downstairs office.  And my cousin and I had a ghost we named “Herman.”  We were very afraid of him. 

If the Possession series was made into a TV shows, who would you like to play your main character’s roles?

That’s a toughie!  I wish Paris Hilton were younger…but Elle Fanning would be great for Mandy.  Tamanna, and Molly Quinn.  I love Molly Quinn.  I’d like to see who the casting director picked!

Could you pick a song to represent each of the main characters?

Actually, I watched a ton of horror movies (one every morning that I wrote the Possessions series!) and listen to soundtracks.  Here are some of my favorite soundtracks and CD’s to read The Screaming Season to:

  • El Orfanato
  • Dark Water
  • Blair Witch 2
  • Hellbent
  • The Eye
  • The Uninvited
  • The Others

and I LOVE the music of Goblin (Suspiria, Profondo Rosso)

What’s for you the best part of being an author?

I love “having” to watch movies and read widely. I also love it that I can pick up my daughter from school.  I love it that I can write anywhere—in hotel rooms, airplanes, my house, a coffee shop.  I’m a road warrior.  I love knowing intelligent and well-read people.

Did you ever imagine yourself being so successful?

I dreamed about it, but I didn’t really think it would happen.  I’m so grateful to everyone who’s ever read a book of mine.  Thank you all for my career.

Could you share with us three things you like to do that isn’t related to writing?

I like to cook with my daughter.  We are really amazing cooks!  I like to travel, and I really like to party at Disney theme parks with my friend and frequent writing partner, Debbie Viguie. 

What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading an advance reader copy of THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan.  I love it!

Last a question I ask all of my guests, what’s your best spring break memory?

Two years ago, my daughter and I flew to the east coast.  We spent an entire day driving to Baltimore to see the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.  It was an amazing experience.  Then we went to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.  And then…Busch Gardens!  It was a fantastic vacation.


Thank you so much Nancy for joining us! I really don’t know how you watch one horror movie a day, I can’t stand them, I’m already frightened lol

Nancy generously offered a copy of The Screaming Season, one copy of Crusade & Signed Bookplates to one lucky winner!

The Screaming Season (Possessions #3)

The third novel in the bone-chilling Possessions series by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder

The gutsy heroine of Possessions and The Evil Within returns for another year of boarding school at the haunted Marlwood Academy. Lindsay wakes to find herself strapped down in the infirmary. She had a breakdown and might have tried to kill her nemesis Mandy or Mandy’s boyfriend, Troy—or both. The details are hazy, but one thing is certain: she is possessed by a spirit she cannot trust.

Lindsay soon realizes that nowhere on campus is safe. Then, she finds a surprising ally in her former rival. Together, Lindsay and Mandy must figure out who can be trusted—and who wants them dead. But when Lindsay’s ex-boyfriend shows up at Marlwood, she is given a chance to get away and be free of the curse. Will she take Riley’s hand and run, or team up with a new love to save Marlwood from the evil spirits forever?

Crusade (Crusade, #1)

For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.

Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated — and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.

Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself — and her heart.

  • This giveaway is open Internationally

  • To enter, just leave a comment letting us know if you’ve ever had a paranormal encounter? ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

Tweet:  Win! The Screaming Season, Crusade & Swags by Nancy Holder hosted @Tynga & @parajunkee #giveaway pls RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

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117 People left their mark on “PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Nancy Holder”

  1. Ashley

    I occasionally have semi psychic ‘gut feelings’ or thoughts. The thoughts are more random stuff but the ‘gut feelings’ are near psychic at times. I remember one time driving down my very dark, tree lined back country road at the dead of night. I reached the curvy section of road and got the worest gut feeling, something was very, very wrong. Danger! It said. So I slowed way down and sure enough as I rounded the bend I saw deer standing right in the middle of road. If I hadn’t slowed down I might have hit them. I might have been hurt. But I didn’t and I wasn’t. Because of my uncalled for ‘gut feeling’. And that’s my story.

  2. Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    Hmmm…I once was high on tea, at four in the morning, and I thought I saw something out of my window that looked vaguely like a face. Don’t think it was anything though…
    Love the look of this series…there’s hardly any spirity ghosty stuff out there compared to vampires and werewolves…
    Nina xxx

  3. ~The Book Pixie

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a paranormal encounter. I think it’d be cool to though, assuming it was a benign encounter.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. Chrystal

    What a great contest! 🙂 I am loving Paranormal Spring Break.

    When I was little my entire family was eating breakfast in the kitchen when we heard a loud bang noise upstairs like something had been knocked off a dresser and then at the top of the stairs there was a light (almost like a floating orb) that suddenly got brighter and then disappeared. It scared me because it was almost like a ghost had been up in my room and then when it saw me coming to investigate it got scared of being caught and left quickly. CREEPY!

  5. Ricki

    In college, I did see our resident theatre ghost. I was backstage working on a play when this guy dressed in jeans, denim jacket and a white t-shirt with 80s surfer hair appeared and then disappeared before I could tell him to leave. One of my friends saw the exact same guy a few years later.

  6. Jessy

    No, I can’t say I have been lucky enough to have any kind of paranormal experience. I imagine I would enjoy having one though.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  7. Victoria

    I really don’t know if I’ve had an encounter or not. I’ve had that feeling many a time that “something” was with me. And I have seen things in the sky that I couldn’t explain. But still I’m not really sure. I do believe in the paranormal though.

  8. Michelle

    I have been meaning to read Crusade for a while now. Must get to it soon!

    I have never had a paranormal encounter – that I know of!

    michelle at hookedtobooks dot com

  9. Elysium

    Thank you for making this international!

    And no, I haven’t had any paranormal encounters…


  10. BLHmistress

    The only time I think I might have was when my friend were playing Ouija board and all of a sudden a slight breeze came into the room(no window) open and the candles flickered then went out. Freaked us out so bad we never played again.


  11. andreat78

    After my cousin died, I had multiple dreams of him coming to me & trying to tell me he was okay.

    +1 Tweet @andrealynnt (I don’t know how to provide direct link, but I am using

    andreat78 at yahoo dot com

  12. Deea


    I have Nancy Holder’s books on my wishlist, so I’d be so very happy if I won any of them! And I really enjoyed the interview, she seems so cool!:D

    As for my paranormal encounters… I don’t think I had any… Unless you consider some premonitional dreams I had a few years ago when I was going through a very hard time as paranormal.:)) They were so creepy!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Judy

    I have never had an encounter of any kind. I think you have to be on a certain wave lenght and I am not.

    These are fantastic reads!!


  14. Mel

    I haven’t had an ecounter at all, but there were rumours that my old school was haunted. It was originally a Queen Anne mansion and apparently the butler threw a maid he’d gotten pregant down the stairs and broke her neck. She’s said to wander the halls looking for her lost love…


  15. Bethie

    I have not had a paranormal encounter. Although sometimes I feel like my husband is from another planet!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  16. mariah

    I’ve never had a paranormal encounter, but my father has. One day before I was born my dad was at home with his brother and sister in law and also his newborn niece. A man appeared to all of them and pointed to his niece’s room and disappeared. They all thought nothing of it because they had been drinking, but when they went to check on her later, my dad’s niece was dead. True story. It gives me chills everytime!

    mariah.sandburg @

  17. Moonlight Gleam

    Great post hon! Thank you for sharing!!!

    I definitely believe that there are spirits among us. One night while I was home alone, and on the phone with a friend.. as I walked down the hallway I felt someone breathing near my ear (warm breath) and a sigh escaping. I swear I never screamed so loud and ran so fast down the stairs! My friend was yelling on the phone saying that she’ll call the cops lol but then I turned on the light to go back upstairs and there was no one. Wow, you have no idea how fast my heart was beating at that moment.


  18. elaing8

    Great interview. I really enjoy Nancy’s books. Crusade is at the top of my wish list.

    I have not had anything paranormal happen to me.

  19. Jessica

    No paranormal encounter for me unfortunately. I would love to have an experience of some kind though!


  20. Bethany C.

    I had a really spooky experience when I was alone in my old house and a door violently flew open. I ran screaming to the front of the house, and the front door was open too, and it was starting to storm. So I choose to believe someone left the door slightly ajar and the wind forced it open.


  21. donnas

    Yup. Seen someone standing in front of my closet, heard voices, and had the TV turn off by itself when I had to leave for a funeral.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  22. dor

    I’ve had quite a few paranormal encounters. Don’t talk about them, though. Once, I saw someone holy, who in a blink on an eye, was gone. Another, I saw someone not so holy and he was surprised I saw him. I was stunned and he too, was gone in a blink of an eye.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  23. Capucine

    Well, once I was at a friends house (I was about 7), in her attick and we were looking for something.Everything was topped one on top of the other, so if something shifted them everything would fall. We were heading for the back of the attick when we heard something and suddenly all the boxes in the back fell. We screamed and ran. We were breathless when we ran to her mom who told us that it was just the wind. None the less, I was really freaked out.

    Great give away!!!!

  24. Precious

    Well, I lived in a haunted house back then. My family (my grandparents) were the first to buy a lot and have a house built in our subdivision. It used to be some sort of woodsy field. By the time that I was old enough to understand ghosts, I remember that four of the family died in the same house. So…I guess it’s just natural to be haunted. I place a cup on the table, go rummaging in my room and come back and find it gone. I’m alone in the house. Whispers from the corner. That feeling on the back of your neck when you feel as if someone’s watching. Doors being blown open despite the fact that the curtain right next to the door isn’t moving at all – there’s no wind.

    I’m a follower!

    I tweeted about this –!/precious_shusky/status/49484885076869120

    Thank you!

  25. chidori

    I only had some weird dreams, which seemed almost paranormal, but otherwise I haven´t… maybe good for me 😀

  26. Ammy Belle

    Hm … I always wished I did, but so far I am hopelessly ordinary, nothing at all eerie or interesting has ever happened to me – not paranormal like anyway. But I would still love to win this! Thanks so much for the contest!

  27. Kulsuma

    I hope I never have any paranormal encounters because I’m scared of ’em. Best left in books methinks.
    Therefore, would love to enter your giveaway!

  28. Birgit

    No paranormal encounters so far or does the Hauted Mansion ride at the Magic Kingdom count? 😉

    danaan at gmx dot at

  29. winnie

    Nope, I’ve never had a paranormal encounter and I kind of like to keep it that way, lol 😛


  30. Aanchal @ Book Flame

    I’ve had quite a few experiences some I rather just forget, I lived in one of those old homes with alot of history growing up and I’ve dealt with unexplainable noises,things not being where I put them, hearing whispers at night as a kid and it got pretty bad where my mom had a priest come and bless the house after she saw a figure standing in front of her bedroom door at night only to disappear at the blink of an eye.

  31. mary ann

    I have not yet had a paranormal encounter, well when I’m on my junior year when I was in the restroom I thought I saw a lady in white who’s floating, but I really don’t know if it counts or it’s really true, ‘coz there’s rumors about our school being a cemetery.

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

  32. Jade

    Besides having a few premonitions that actually occur in almost the week after, I never really had a paranormal encounter. Sad, but true. Although I do see the temptation, I think I’d be more afraid or shocked than anything.
    Thank you for this chance! 🙂


  33. RachyBee

    I do believe I have. I was too young to remember myself, but my grandparents house is supposedly haunted and one night when I was a baby, my mum and dad where sleeping when my mum work up and say an old looking woman standing over the bed gazing down at me sleeping next to them.
    My mum has told me the woman was simply looking at me and that she didn’t feel frightened in anyway, as though the lady meant her or me no harm.
    The weird them was when my became fully awake, and the woman was now she looked down and saw that my jumpsuit was now inside out….and it hadn’t been when they went to be.

    Thanks for the chance and for letting me share my little tale


  34. Laura (All of Everything)

    Ive never had a paranormal encounter personally but my mom’s had a few moments where she believes my grandma who passed has let us know she’s around.
    My paranormal fix comes from books and Supernatural 😛

    m_laura28 at yahoo dot ca

  35. Laina

    Well, last night my window slammed shut and you have to turn a crank to close it… but I think that was the wind 😛

    I’ve had a couple of weird dreams that kinda sorta echoed things that happen later, and I get weird feelings sometimes, but nothing really.

  36. Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother...

    My mother swears that when I was little about 4 & my brother 6 she put us to bed and on more than one occasion she would hear noises coming from our rooms. She would go up to investigate just to find us sound asleep but the furniture in our rooms would be completely rearranged including us in our beds. I do remember waking up and my bed being in a different place. You see we lived in a 100+ year old school house. She was home alone with us those nights because my dad was at work…

    Pretty freaky! Thanks!

  37. Dinda

    I’ve never had a paranormal encounter. I don’t think I could stand it.


  38. Ronyka

    well my para normal encounter!!! Since I live in this house with my parentes (the buy it brand new along time ago) i have always fell a something following me when I’m caming out of the Kitchen. and my have 2 floors, so when I’m down stair me and my family (and some friends) have always heard noises up stairs like someone is moving a furniture, but there’s no one in the second floor. I’, used to all that it dosen’t scare me.

  39. Ashton The Book Blogger

    oh yea. when I was about 10 years old my mom, sister and i were home. just us three. my dad was out of town with my brother. we were all in the bedroom my sister and i shared, my mom and sister were looking for something in the closet and the way the closet door was open it held the bedroom door shut. I heard a noise and thought it was my dad, so my mom moved the closet door so i could open the bedroom one, and i looked to my right (which was looking down the hallway towards the kitchen) nothing. Then I looked left. I saw a man standing at the end of the hallway. he was wearing blue overalls. He just looked at me, smiled, and then disappeared into the end of the hallway. Just freaked me out!!! Trust me. No lie. I remember this like it was yesterday.

  40. Melanie L

    When I first moved into my house I noticed that I would find doors suddenly opened that were closed when I last looked at them and TVs on when I know I had turned them off. I have a bathroom connected to my bedroom and every night I would close the door to it before I went to bed. Then every morning when I woke up it would be open. I don’t know if it was anything paranormal causing it or not, but it was weird. My house is actually right in between two cemeteries so it made me wonder. It kept happening for a few months and then it just stopped.

  41. Serene

    I am not sure whether it was a paranormal experience but a while ago, i had a dream.

    In my dream, i was awoken by a small light in my room. I slept with my light off, you see. I felt that there was a person, a male person sitting on the foot of my bed. I was scared, I couldn’t move. Then, I heard someone in the washroom outside, I assumed should be my brother. I screamed for him to come in. He opened the door and as the light flow into my room, I was able to see clearly the face of the appariton, it was a male, half transparent. I wanted to tell my brother that there was something there. But I couldn’t say anything. As hard as i tried, I just couldn’t utter a sound. And the appariton was getting nearer and nearer, as if to grab me. Then i was finally able to scream. I woke up after that.

    It felt so real even after I woke up that I wonder whether it was real.!/bakafay/status/51276395489394688

    serenekua at gmail dot com

  42. krysykat

    I was sleeping in bed when I felt what I thought to be my cat jump up on my bed and curled up next to me, when I reached to pet my cat there was nothing there and the air there was chilly. Since then I have had many experiences with what is now named “the ghost cat”.

  43. latishajean

    I have never had a paranormal encounter before but love to read about paranormal ! great giveaway thank you.

  44. Wendy V

    Oh boy have I had paranormal encounters!

    I can distinctly remember a few times where i saw something paranormal,ghosts. A few years back i’d visited some family off in Portugal and remember going out late at night near the barns only to be completely creeped out when i saw someone literally walk right in front of my, cross my path and walk straight THROUGH the barn. I was hysterical and ran home screaming. I was then told that i was imagining it but it happened the next week when i decided i probably HAD imagined it and decided to walk back out again. Needless to say, never EVER went back near those barns at night again.


  45. Kathrin

    As a new Nancy Holder Fan, I have to hope for some luck here!

    I don’t know whether it counts as a paranormal encounter, but I firmly believe that my Granddad was in my room shortly after he passed away at a clinic. (He had a brain aneurysm (sp?) and died a few weeks later.)

    April 6, coincidentally, is his brother’s birthday, by the way.

    You can reach me at kathrin.p AT gmail DOT com

  46. Desa

    I’ve never had a paranormal encounter!
    That would be interesting!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


  47. Karla Vollkopf

    Sometimes I feel like someone helps me. When I’m in trouble or don’t know what to do, the solution is “whispered” in my ear, or just suddenly pops in my mind…. maybe it’s just intuition… or maybe a guardian spirit/angel… who knows? It’s helpful. 🙂

  48. Aleetha

    I have never got any chance for it. I cant not imagine if I can cope if it really happens to me.
    But I always get amazed with all story about it. at gmail dot com

  49. Amy

    I haven’t had a paranormal encounter and I’m thankful because I would just get really scared.


  50. FidFid

    I guessed I experienced it twice ? First was when I woke up around 3-4am ? And I was going to Facebook . Suddenly , there was no internet connection . And even my sister’s phone had no connection . Her phone talk with her boyfriend was cut off suddenly . She went out of our room and saw someone in my brother’s room and went back to our room . When she tried to close the door , she felt a force trying to push the door and she quickly pushed it . My heart was beating super fast! I slept with my sister . Secondly , around 3am there was a knock on the door outside . It was slow . It was like “knock…. knock knock … knock … knock knock knock …” and the windchimes outside started tingling ? On that very day , my sister and I slept together again . I was really afraid .

    Yours truly, Fidah .

  51. mbreakfield

    I’ve had psychic feelings and a few dreams that came true. I had a feeling, when I was a child to stay home and not ride with my Mom to the store. She ended up having an accident, during which I would have surely been hurt. This was before the seatbelt laws.

  52. Jolene Allcock and Family

    Actually yes, I think I did. A few months ago I was sitting in the bedroom at the computer when my pony tail was pulled with enough force that my head snapped back. I turned around to yell at my kids only there was no one in my room. Positive that it was one of my kids and they ran out, I ran into the living room and there all three of my kids sat engrossed in a movie. It creeped me out


  53. Kasumi

    I have a very boring life, so I never have a paranormal encounter. And if I have one someday, I want a safe one, please 😉

    Please, enter me!


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