Meet Greta Cribbs, Author of Amelia's Children
GC: I am currently a stay-at-home mom teaching exercise classes part-time at the YMCA. I have a degree in music education and play a variety of instruments. For pleasure I study Spanish and take dance lessons. I have been writing for most of my life. I wrote my first poem when I was nine, and that poem actually won an award in a local contest, then I started my first novel, a ghost story, when I was eleven. In high school and college I was more focused on my music than on writing, but I do have some personal poems that I wrote during that time. Amelia's Children is my first published work.
GC: I love paranormal stories, and the inspiration for Amelia's Children came from several different sources. There are definitely elements of Supernatural and Twin Peaks. Those are two of my favorite television shows, but I was feeling frustrated with both of them. I had all these ideas of how I would have written them, so I decided to make up my own story based on some of those ideas. I think I was also channeling a little bit of Harry Potter when I created the relationship between my three main characters. Knowing where my inspiration was coming from, I spent a considerable amount of time trying to create my villain, because I wanted to make sure I wasn't stealing from any of those stories. I also didn't want the ending to be too predictable.
BBB: Tell us about your main character.
GC: Well, there are two. There's the narrator, Sarah, who I based primarily on myself. Her backstory is different from mine and she's a little more outgoing than I am, but a lot of her thinking mirrors my own. The other character, David, is the real center of the story. Being inspired by Supernatural and Twin Peaks, I made him sort of a combination of Agent Cooper and Sam Winchester. Agent Cooper because he is the mysterious stranger who comes to town and investigates a crime. Sam Winchester because of his backstory, which I won't reveal here because it will give away some important plot points, but if you are a Supernatural fan, think about Sam in the first two seasons of the show and that will give you an idea. David also may have a little Harry Potter in him, though that wasn't entirely intentional.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
GC: I've started a new book that is also paranormal, but it is a little more urban fantasy than mystery. The main character's name is Damian. He has tried for five years to move on from his traumatic past, but now something has happened to one of his childhood friends. The key to saving his friend appears to be in the secrets that his family has been protecting for centuries, so now Damian has to relive some of the most horrific moments of his life in order to come to the rescue.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
GC: People can follow my Twitter account: https://twitter.com/GretaCribbs They can also read my personal blog:http://gretacribbs.blogspot.com/
My book is currently only available on Amazon, and can be found here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01663954Q/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=176X7T7FB8G32XMDKKEB&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop