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Welcome Author Anthony Avina

Anthony writes horror . . . and I thought it might be interesting to highlight his latest release, I Was An Evil Teenager, and to interview him to find out what makes a horror writer tick.

AvinaAnthony Avina’s latest novel, “I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered,” is the collective work of the Evil Teenager novella series. Featuring the novellas “I Was A Teenage Killer”, “I Was a Teenage Zombie” and “I Was A Teenage Demon”, the story follows the exploits of Lisa Etron, an innocent looking teenage girl that everyone in her small hometown loves.

Yet a sinister presence resides behind the mask that is Lisa Etron, and the terror she brings will affect the lives of those closest to her in dark and terrible ways. This is the story of the evolution of evil and whether or not true evil can ever truly die. It’s also the story of hope and overcoming that evil with the love and support of family and friends, and how that hope can bring out the strength people never know they truly have. Good versus Evil come to life in this series in new and terrifying ways, and only by reading this completely remastered version of the stories can you find out what makes Lisa Etron a truly evil teenager…

You can find this suspenseful novel Here.

So let’s get on to the interview:

1. What book do you wish you could have written?
I wish I could have written The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. The way he’s able to effortlessly mashup various genres and infuse such an epic story with very real and grounded characters is so inspiring. That’s the kind of story I hope to write someday.
2. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Definitely Stephen King is my biggest inspiration. He is the one that first brought about my interest in writing. I also am inspired by Dean Koontz and his incredible characters, as well as Cassandra Claire and her unique style of YA genre writing.
3. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
For I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered, I’ve always pictured the story as being a television show or film series. For the main antagonist of Lisa Etron, I’d probably want to cast someone like Ashley Benson or Chloe Grace Moretz or even Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame. They are young actresses who have displayed a wide range of roles and can bring the dual role of innocent and beautiful girl next door meets demented and cruel serial killer. I also would want to cast Tom Holland or Brendan Meyer from The OA as my protagonist Dave Trent. They both have the look of innocence but also possess the acting chops to show the steady progression of a young kid who is forced to become an adult quicker than he could have ever imagined, and must fight to stop an incredible evil from rising. I could go on for hours on the other characters but those are just my main two characters for now.
4. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Names are very important to me. I think the names of the characters help bring their personalities to life for me when I’m writing them. Some names i hope will inspire terror or fear the same way as Freddy Krueger does, and others I want to inspire hope and heroism much like Bruce Wayne does for comic book fans. I found a great app called List for Writers in the iOS store that has allowed me to explore several names and combinations that allow me to find the perfect name for my characters.
5. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In recent years I have managed to sign my very first book contract. Up until now I’ve been self-publishing my books, which I love to do. However I am one man with limited funds, and having a publisher behind you has proven to be a huge help when it comes to editing and formatting my book. I can’t go into details yet on the book deal or the publisher, but when I can I will be making a big announcement and can go into more details. However getting my first publishing deal is definitely my best and biggest accomplishment so far.
6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself living in a small apartment or loft in a city, preferably near a beach somewhere. I want to be in a relationship, living as a full time writer and travelling around the world as I do so.
7. What are you working on now? What is your next project?
As I mentioned I am working on my first book publishing deal and I will be sharing the  details of that hopefully within the near future. I am also working on the second novella in my YA series Nightmare Academy, and the fourth book in the Nightmare Wars series. Nightmare Wars is the main adult action/horror series that my YA series Nightmare Academy serves as a prequel.
Bonus Question: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I’ve always wanted to visit the UK. London, Scottland and Ireland are in my top three places I’d love to travel to, taking photos of beautiful landscapes and castles while exploring these infamous locations and writing to my hearts content.
Thanks for sharing that with us, Anthony! Now, a little about where we can find you:


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Thanks for visiting with me today, Anthony, and best of luck with “I Was An Evil Teenager.”


Claire Gem is an award-winning author of contemporary romance & supernatural suspense novels. You can find out more about her at her Website or her Amazon Author Page.



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