Showers can be deadly-

I was in the shower the other morning, trying to decide what to write about for this post. Why was I thinking about that in the shower? For some reason, I get a lot of good ideas in the shower. But that’s not my point.

Distracted, I saw something moving out of the corner of my eye. I jumped, slipped, and nearly fell out of the shower. When I looked in the direction of where I had seen movement, what did I find? Not a spider (which is what I was expecting). Not a psycho killer (I’ve watched to many horror movies). Nope, it was my shadow.

Now, I’m sure you’re all laughing along with me. I sure laughed at myself. I get scared WAY too easily. It must come from watching all those horror movies. I get scared by the strangest things. I went camping one time when I was seventeen, and I was so convinced that the guy from Scream (the one with the mask) was lurking in the shadows. I was so freaked out that I actually convinced several other people that they saw him too. The power of suggestion. After watching Scream 2 (no, I didn’t learn the first time), I walked out of my bedroom one morning to an axe propped up in the corner of the hall. Of course, that’s only what I thought I saw. It was really the vacuum cleaner. But between that, and not finding my roommate in her bedroom (she had fallen asleep in the living room), I was completely panicked. After watching The Ring (which I’m convinced is the most demented movie ever made), I covered all the mirrors in my room, and slept with my light on for a month. I’ve never watched another scary movie again.

Everyone gets scared at one point or another in their lives. Sometimes it’s over a movie, or book. Sometimes it’s over something in real life. What happens in the movies and the books can’t hurt you, no matter how badly it scares you. But things that happen in real life can. When I first started submitting my novel Foreshadow to agents and publishers, I was terrified. Not “I need to sleep with the light on” terrified, but “Oh my gosh, what if they reject this?” terrified. I knew I would get rejections, and even being semi-prepared for that was scary. No one likes to be told they’re (or something they did) isn’t good enough, or that it wasn’t quite right.

I did get those rejections. I handled it, although not always that well. But it was a learning experience. Every time I got a rejection, I’d think, “Well, maybe the book’s not quite ready yet.” So I’d revise, and query someone else. Wash, rinse, repeat. Finally, Astraea Press sent me the thing I’d been dying to see: an acceptance.

Not everything scary in real life is something that should be avoided. Obviously, avoid dark alleys. Those are scary for a reason. But sometimes scary things are worth it.


Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.

Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.

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9 Responses to Showers can be deadly-

  1. Iris says:

    Great post, Brea!

    So where do I start? Of course I had a giggle re the shower. It sounded so familiar. NOT THAT IT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME !!!!! And yes I’m a whimp, scared of what might be under the bed, behind the curtain or in the dark. Had to grow up though once I had kids and had to be the “mature” one when hubby was away overnight.
    I’m kinda ‘scared’ of everything unfamilar. it really hindered me in life for a long time. I still am worried sick when something new lies ahead, but nowadays I tackle everything straight on ….. didn’t like the rejections either, but they were meant to be, otherwise I wouldnt’ be with that fab publisher now.

    Last but not least …. I can only wholeheartedly recommend your book. I loved it! And that’s from someone who normally does not pick up this genre! Kudos to you.

  2. Jenna Jaxon says:

    The sleeping with the light on thing happened to me after seeing The Exorcist and I completely agree with you about The Ring (long story there). But the truly scary stuff is not the kind you find in horror stories. It’s the stuff that takes quiet courage–like querying an agent. A recent guest blogger of mine said querying agents was the most daredevil thing she’d ever done.

    Congrats on your release! Great post. 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    At first I thought this was you, Lindsay, speaking. I sing in the shower. The water downs out my voice which is a good thing. And I get ideas there too. And it’s true, fright is not always a bad thing. The story sounds intriguing and the cover is wonderful

  4. I enjoyed today’s post, and I can definitely relate. I don’t watch horror movies or gory murder mysteries either. They stay with me! I also spend too much time agonizing about things before they happen–I call it preparation; my husband calls it “fretting.” I’m afraid he may be right. Like you, I get ideas while showering. Could it be the hot water warming up my brain cells?

  5. Linna Drehmel says:

    Great post! It really is good to know and understand fear so you can overcome it.

  6. Scary things are worth it. Amen.

  7. Fun post! I get scared easily because I have waaaay too much imagination. Case in point: the other day a cop car is parked in front of our house, doors shut, motor running, no cop. We figured he is at the apartments around the back (as there is a girl there who has warrants for her) so time passes. Soon it’s been twenty minutes and he is still gone. Car still running. No sign of him. I start to think “i wonder if everything is okay back there?” another ten and meanwhile the dog is whining to be walked,. I wait another ten (still no cop) and i finally take the dog. As I head in the direction of the back apartments (which is where we have to walk the dog) I am half panicked that I will see them standing there, front door opened, bleeding/dead cop laying half in the door. I got myself so convinced of it that as I pass I refused to even LOOK in that direction. On the way back by I got my nerve up to find the cop is standing there, perfectly fine, talking to some guy.

  8. jeff7salter says:

    I get startled by nutty things also. The other day I saw what looked like a rabid rat on our kitchen floor. I jumped back.
    Nope, it was a tiny stuffed penguin that Bojangles [dog] had been playing with.

  9. Ciara Knight says:

    I can so relate to this. I don’t know how many times my shadow has gotten the best of me. 🙂

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